#UnPack'd

BY YUAN SOLOMON

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On the first issue of The Unpack'd, Yuan Solomon reviews the Supremo 4K as an alternative to expensive and high-end action cams.

The Supremo

Alternative

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Ever wanted an action cam that does what it's expected to do but is less expensive compared to leading brands? Read on to know more about the Supremo 4k Action Camera.

Supremo 4k Action Camera

It is a budget-friendly action camera that can take 4K videos and quality photos up to 20MP. With  its waterproof casing, you can bring it underwater up to 30 meters (or around 98 feet).

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The Supremo 4K camera unit is matte black with a full 2.0 inch LCD screen at the back and just a few buttons.

 

The ports and battery are hidden behind a rubberized cover and sliding plastic panel respectively.

 

The camera only has a few buttons including a Power and Record Button at the Top and a WiFi button in front that is used to connect to their app (SPOILER ALERT! The app was buggy when I tried it). 

The waterproof casing looks very similar to those intended for higher priced action cameras in the market right now. Speaking of other action cameras, one good thing about the Supremo 4k is its compatibility with accessories of some other action cameras.

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  • Lens angle – 170 degrees, 7G A+ Fisheye Super Wide Angle Lens

  • Screen – 2.0″ LCD screen (960*240)  

  • Video – 4K at 24fps, 2.7K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps video quality

  • Photo – 16MP (20MPx interpolated/14MP/12MP/10MP/8MP/5MP JPEG     

  • Battery – 1000mAh, 3.7V lithium battery

  • Waterproof – maximum at 30 meters    

  • Ports – HDMI Mini (Type D) and USB 2.0 ports

  • Dashcam Functionality

  • Dive mode

  • Memory Card – 4GB to 32GB Micro SD Card (sold separately)

Specs:

The Supremo 4k is compatible with many accessories: 

 

  •     Supremo Wrist Remote

  •     Waterproof Case

  •     Replacement Backdoor 

  •     Frame

  •    Quick Release Buckle

  •    J-hook Buckle

  •   360 Degrees Rotating Swivel Arm

  •    3-Way Pivot Arm + Thumb Screws

  •    Lock Bold

  •    Flat Mount

  •    Curved Mount

  •    Clip Mount

  •    Handlebar Mount

  •    Safety Tether

  •    Straps

  •    3M Adhesives

  •    2 Rechargeable Batteries

  •    Wall Charger

  •    USB Cable 

FIELD TEST NOTES:

I brought this camera on some of my trips and I found out that its Waterproof Case is durable.

Since it’s waterproof with the case on, the camera is very handy for water adventures. You can take videos underwater without any worries whatsoever. 

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If you’re the type who is very particular about color quality, you might want to sit down with the manual for a while and study the settings to get your desired colors before you actually use Supremo 4k.

 

Its screen also automatically shuts off after a while when it's in battery saving mode, so in this mode you’re not always sure if you’re recording or not.  To check if the unit is on when you're using battery saving mode, check the light in front of the camera. 

 

In photo mode, the default setting is pretty wide. This is good for landscape shots where you want to get a lot of the background. The distortion is very evident in close-up and product shots though.

 

It is good for street photography if you are confident enough to go really close to the subject.

When mounted on the handlebar of a mountain bike, the video comes out very shaky. I tried shooting with anti-shake on, but it seemed to have a more blurry effect on the video. Additionally, the video looked like bouncing gelatin because it was trying to stabilize the rough terrain.

There's also the issue of the bike mount not being as sturdy as the others on the market. As a matter of fact, 
the bike mount snapped after I got involved in a bike crash while I was riding at around 15kmh.

Transferring photos and videos to a desktop is pretty easy via a micro-USB cable. It automatically sorts videos and photos into two different folders.

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PRICE:

 

The Supremo 4K Action Camera costs between P2500-P6500 (around $52 - $134) depending on where you buy it.

SHOULD YOU BUY IT? 


For its price, the Supremo 4K is an affordable gadget for the "Always On The Go Warriors" like me who want souvenir photos and videos of their travels. If you are an introverted street photographer like me, nobody will notice that you are taking their photos. It’s generally OK if you’re going to use it for B-Roll Shots. And with the number of accessories that go along with the camera upon purchase, it’s very budget-friendly. Recommended for activities like mountain biking, motorcycling, skydiving, and snorkeling. 

 

However, if you are a professional or really want to get serious about videography, you might want to invest more in an action camera capable of higher-end footage. The Supremo 4K is still not bad to have as a back-up or extra camera to have around so that you can experiment with multiple angles for more dynamic editing options. 

 

 

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#UnPack'd is an ongoing article series by Yuan Solomon that is released regularly in PhotoNation magazine. Stay tuned for the next issue.