OCLU is full of innovative features to make recording your best moments easier.
OCLU Action Camera shooting modes and quality
The OCLU can shoot 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps for slow motion, and everything else in between. It has electronic image stabilization, which works at 1080p 60fps and 30fps. At the moment, it doesn't have 24fps mode for that cinematic look.
In comparison, GoPro Hero 7 Black can shoot 4K at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps with stabilization that works from 4K to 720 as long as it stays at 60fps and below. It can shoot 24fps at all resolutions except 960p and 720p.
There's also Superview mode, Low light mode, and Sport mode on the OCLU.
As for photos, the OCLU takes 12MP shots like the Hero 7 Black.
The OCLU uses the same processor as the Hero 5 Black, a Sony 12MP sensor, and an Ultra-wide angle F2.5 150° diagonal all-glass lens.
On paper, the GoPro takes better quality video but most people probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. In some cases, you might even think footage from the OCLU looks better. However, stabilization is clearly better in the GoPro.
Check out the difference in the video below starting at 8:09.
OCLU Form Factor
OCLU has a slim profile (about half the height of GoPro Hero 7), which makes it more aerodynamic than a GoPro. It's great for high speed action like when it's mounted on a car or a motorcycle helmet.
The low profile design also means it can be mounted where it could not be with the GoPro Hero 7 like under a skateboard or something like that with very height.
It's also less intrusive and less likely to be knocked out of position.
When held by hand, the OCLU feels natural due to its form factor and secure thanks to its soft-touch rubber exterior.
There are two screens on the OCLU. Both are not touch-sensitive.
For an action camera that's likely to be wet or underwater, this is an advantage because even though you'd have to use buttons to change the settings, it works even when wet. It also makes it possible to change settings while using gloves.
The screen on top is full color and is used for live previews and settings.
The other screen is placed in front of the camera and shows the battery indicator, recording time, and shooting mode.
You can also use the screen on your phone to control the camera and see the live preview by connecting them via wifi.
You can preset 4 shooting modes on the OCLU so you can toggle between them at the press of a button.
This allows you to record at the right setting without missing the shot.
To save space on your SD card and reduce unwanted footage, OCLU has a cool feature called Live Cut.
It allows you to quickly delete the footage you just recorded at the press of a button while you're still recording and only save what you need.
Magnetic Charger and Data Transfer
The magnetic OcSnap charging cable makes the OCLU the easiest action camera to charge. There's no need to fiddle with anything or hunt for the charging port.
Simply get it close and the charger will snap into place.
The magnetic charging cable is also used for data transfer.
The OCLU comes with a 1/4″ tripod mount built in, which can be very useful.
It also comes with an adapter that lets you use GoPro mounts. This is great especially if you already own some of the mounts.
The accessories available for the OCLU are some of the most innovative we've ever seen. For example, the chest harness has a quick latch system that makes it quick and easy to use and the OcDock magnetic mount allows multi-axis adjustment to get the right angle you need handsfree.
- IPX7 Water-resistant (1m for 30 mins) – it can go down to 50m with casing sold separately
- Motion Recording for motion initiated recording of anything moving
- Removable 1000mAh battery
- Microphones on top and front with wind reduction
- GPS data recording
- One press recording
What's in the box?
- Slim Profile
- Magnetic Charging and data transfer
- Removable battery
- Live Cut
- Cheaper than GoPro Hero 7 Black
- Comes with travel case
- Good mounting options
- Can adjust settings underwater
- Stabilization on available at 1080p
- Not much in the box
- Slow-motion only 120fps (GoPro at 240fps)
GoPro Hero7 Black retails at $329. The OCLU action camera retails as much as the DJI Osmo Action at $299. The OCLU provides something different to the GoPro and DJI Osmo Action with its slim profile, Live Cut, and cool mounting options.
If you want the best quality footage and best stabilization, the GoPro Hero7 Black is still the one to get as of this writing. If you want a cheaper option with some unique features, the OCLU might be good for you.
Is it really all that special?
It's ok but we wouldn't trade the GoPro Hero 7 Black for it. The OCLU is still a good option though if you want to try something new. We'd be hard pressed if we had to choose between the OCLU and the DJI Osmo Action, which retails at the same price.
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