Tec.Bean 4K Sports Action Camera Review

If you’ve been around a while or follow me on social media you know that I ride a motorcycle, not just as hobby but as my main form of transport. When asked if I wanted to review the Tec.Bean 4K I snapped it out of their hands. At £50 I wanted to see how good the 4K footage was. 4K in this form factor and at this price would make it a steal, right?

Specification

  • 4K Resolution
  • SONY-179 Sensor
  • 2.0 inch LCD Display Screen
  • 170° Full HD Wide Angle
  • Waterproof Up to 30m
  • Built- in WIFI
  • Anti-Shaking
  • 2 Rechargeable Batteries

What In the Box

The packing is ridiculously simple. Opening the box reveals two smaller boxes. In the left box you’ll find the camera in its waterproof case with a mount on the bottom. In the right box you’ll find all of the accessories. All in all you get:

1x TEC.BEAN 4K Action Camera
1x Waterproof Case
1x Waterproof Case Clip
1x Waterproof Case Bracket
1x Multi-Function Clip
1x Bicycle Mount
1x Camera Clip
1x Helmet Mount
4x Bandages
1x Cleaning Cloth
1x Power Adapter
1x 3M Stickers
1x USB Cable
1x User Manual
2x Rechargeable Batteries

Review Video & Sampls

With 4K being the main focus here I’ll start there. In short it is well below the line of the usable, that’s just in the day time. It does however do a little better at dusk. Looking at the footage it appears to be upscaled 1080P footage which is certainly not a setting that I would ever recommend using and something we see all too often in this category of “4K” cameras. However in it’s defence the 30FPS is a true 30FPS.

Switching gears to 1080P is sort of a similar experience. Though it is better than the 4K it still washes out the colours and again it’s still not great. Strangely at dusk it looks slightly better but that dusk could be hiding some of the more subtle grain perhaps?

Conclusion

Rounding everything off, the Tech.Bean 4K action camera is a hard one to recommend. The image color being off, the wrongly advertised battery life, and the misleading “4K” features, ultimately mean that you could spend an extra £10 and get the SJCAM SJ4000 WiFi which has been my daily camera for this use case for the past year and is far superior. It’s not a terrible product but it isn’t good by any stretch of the imagination either. For the quality of the image it seems overpriced. If they discount by 50% then perhaps it’s worth it in a pinch?

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