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Campark V40 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Aug 09, 2021 at 10:18 am
Campark V40 Picture
3.8
Travel Photography
4.9
Landscape Photography
3.4
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.9
Vlogging
5.0
Studio Video
6.3
Action Video
Body Type
Action Cam
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
Unspecified
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The Campark V40 is a compact dual-screen action camera that's almost identical to the AKASO Brave 7 LE in terms of physical appearance. It's incredibly portable and does a good job of smoothing out camera shake, especially when recording in FHD. It feels well-built, with a rubberized grip around the body and a built-in tripod thread. It also has an IPX7 waterproof rating, and when you equip the included case, it becomes waterproof up to 131 feet, although we don't currently test for this. Unfortunately, its video quality is lacking, although that's fairly typical of an action camera, and its frame rates are limited, as it can only shoot in 4k at 30 fps and in FHD at either 30 fps or 60 fps. 

Our Verdict

3.8 Travel Photography

The Campark V40 is a poor choice for travel photography. While it's incredibly compact and easy to travel with, it's designed primarily for action video, so its photo features and image quality leave a lot to be desired. It has a fixed lens with a wide-angle fisheye field of view that distorts the image. You can only adjust ISO, and the shutter speed changes automatically but has a limited range, leaving little flexibility for taking still photos.

Pros
  • Incredibly portable.
  • Waterproof.
Cons
  • Fixed focal length and aperture.
  • Image quality is lacking.
  • No autofocus system.
4.9 Landscape Photography

The Campark V40 isn't for landscape photography. While it's easy to take to remote shooting locations thanks to its compact size, its primary use is meant to be action video. It has a fixed lens with a wide-angle field of view, which creates a fisheye effect that can distort landscapes. Its image quality is also lacking, and it doesn't have an autofocus system.

Pros
  • Incredibly portable.
  • Waterproof.
Cons
  • Fixed focal length and aperture.
  • Image quality is lacking.
3.4 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Campark V40 isn't for sport and wildlife photography. It's primarily designed for action video rather than still photography. Its image quality is lacking, and it has a fixed focal length, so you can't zoom in on far-off subjects. Its shooting speed is also extremely limited, as it can only shoot burst photos at a speed of about 2 fps, though it behaves inconsistently.

Pros
  • Incredibly portable.
  • Waterproof.
Cons
  • Fixed focal length and aperture.
  • Image quality is lacking.
  • Very slow continuous shooting speed.
6.9 Vlogging

The Campark V40 is okay for vlogging. It's incredibly portable and can easily be mounted on a gimbal or handle for easy vlogging. It also has a front-facing screen to monitor your recording live and ensure you stay in frame. However, its overall video quality is underwhelming. Its lens is also fixed to a wide-angle field of view, creating a distracting fisheye effect. On the upside, it does a great job of smoothing out camera shake.

Pros
  • Good video stabilization.
  • Incredibly portable.
  • Front-facing live view screen.
Cons
  • Fixed focal length and aperture.
  • Poor video quality.
  • No microphone jack.
5.0 Studio Video

The Campark V40 is inadequate for studio video. It's designed primarily for action video, so its video quality is sub-par. It also lacks a headphone or microphone jack. Its lens is fixed to a wide-angle field of view that distorts the image, and it doesn't have an autofocus system.

Pros
  • Incredibly portable.
Cons
  • Fixed focal length and aperture.
  • Poor video quality.
  • No headphone or microphone jack.
6.3 Action Video

The Campark V40 is passable for action video. It's incredibly portable and comes with a built-in tripod and accessory mount, which is handy. The camera itself has an IPX7 waterproof rating and is advertised to be waterproof up to 131 feet with the included protective case, although we don't currently test for this. Unfortunately, its video quality is disappointing overall, especially in low light. It also lacks high-speed frame rate options suitable for generating slow-motion footage, as it can only record at up to 60 fps in FHD and up to 30 fps in 4k. On the upside, it does a good overall job of smoothing out camera shake.

Pros
  • Incredibly portable.
  • Waterproof.
  • Good video stabilization in FHD.
Cons
  • Poor video quality.
  • Limited frame rate options.
  • Stabilization is only decent in 4k.
  • 3.8 Travel Photography
  • 4.9 Landscape Photography
  • 3.4 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.9 Vlogging
  • 5.0 Studio Video
  • 6.3 Action Video
  1. Updated May 17, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  2. Updated Aug 09, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Aug 04, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.7
Design
Portability
Height
1.7" (4.4 cm)
Width
2.6" (6.6 cm)
Depth
1.3" (3.2 cm)
Volume
5.7 in³ (92.9 cm³)
Weight
0.28 lbs (0.13 kg)
Weight With Lens
0.28 lbs (0.13 kg)

Note: With the protective case equipped, the camera is slightly less portable, measuring:

  • Height: 3.0" (7.7 cm)
  • Width: 3.3" (8.3 cm)
  • Depth: 1.6" (4.1 cm)
  • Volume: 15.9 in³ (262 cm³)
  • Weight: 0.42 lbs (0.19 kg)
  • Weight With Lens: 0.42 lbs (0.19 kg)

8.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Materials feel solid, including a rubber finish around the sides for grip
  • Inputs and outputs are covered by sturdy hinged doors, although some of them can be hard to open
  • Inserting and removing micro SD cards is somewhat difficult due to the size and depth of the SD card compartment
  • Buttons feel stiff
  • Tripod mount is built-in, so you don't need an extra accessory
  • Plastic cover on lens feels somewhat flimsy and may scratch easily

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Waterproof
Rugged
Yes, with included case
Hot Shoe
No
Customizable Button
No
Command Dial
0
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
No

Note: The camera itself is advertised to have an IPX7 waterproof rating, meaning it's waterproof up to 1m for 30 minutes. Campark also advertises it to be waterproof up to 131 feet with the protective case on. That said, we don't currently test this.

Design
In The Box

  • Campark V40 action camera
  • Protective case
  • 2x 3.7v 1350mAh 4.995Wh battery
  • Battery charger
  • Micro USB cable
  • Remote control
  • 2x velcro strap
  • 2x strap
  • 2x helmet mount
  • 2x sticker for helmet mounts
  • 6x mount
  • 4x zip tie
  • Tether
  • Bicycle stand
  • Lens cloth
  • User manual

6.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Large Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No Hand Grip

  • It's intended to be mounted and used as an action camera, but it can also be used handheld to take photos/videos if desired
  • Menu is easy to navigate and settings can be changed using either the touchscreen or companion app
  • ISO can be adjusted but the aperture is fixed and shutter speed adjusts automatically
  • Shutter can also be activated using the included remote control
  • Buttons are hard to press
  • Output and battery door are hard to open

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
No Viewfinder
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
N/A
5.9
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Dual Screen
Screen Max Brightness
409 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Size
2.0" (5.0 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes

Note: The front-facing screen measures 1.4" (3.5 cm).

8.5
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
No
App Name
iSmart DV

  • Menu is simple and easy to navigate using the touchscreen or companion app, although the menu can be a bit sluggish at times
  • Two different menus for photo and video modes
  • Can swipe up on the screen while shooting to access shortcut menu
  • Holding down shutter button allows you to change the drive mode
  • No guide mode to provide additional information about settings

Design
Assistance Functions
Level Display
No
Grid Lines
No
Histogram
No
Zebra Pattern
No
Focus Peaking
No
Waveform
No
6.7
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
2.8
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Minimum Focal Length
N/A
Maximum Focal Length
N/A
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Optical Image Stabilization
No
Luminance
79.8%
Light Falloff
49%
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
Unspecified
Advertised Effective Pixels
20 MP
Processor
Unspecified
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
100
Native ISO Maximum
3,200
Tested Firmware
Aug 13 2020
9.5
Design
Battery
Battery Type
3.7v 1350mAh 4.995Wh
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
N/A
Tested Battery Life In Video
135 min
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
No
Shutter
Electronic
Slowest Shutter Speed
60 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/7,845 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
No
Time Lapse
Yes

Note: The shutter speed isn't manually adjustable, except when using the 'Long Exposure' shooting mode, which lets you pick between 1s, 2s, 5s, 8s, 30s, or 60s.

4.0
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
2 fps
High Speed Continuous
2 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
2 fps
Raw Buffer Size
N/A
JPEG Buffer Size
30 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
2 s

Note: This camera only has a single burst mode that can be set to take bursts of 3, 7, 15, or 30 images. However, it can only shoot at a rate of about 2 fps, and it doesn't behave consistently.

0
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
N/A
Face Tracking Success Rate
N/A
Face Detection Distance
N/A
Eye Detection
No
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
N/A
not tested
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
N/A
In-Body Image Stabilization
No

Note: We weren't able to run our image stabilization test properly because the camera doesn't have a manually adjustable shutter speed.

Photo Image Quality
not tested
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
SNR 18% After Exposure Recovery
N/A
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
N/A
Dynamic Range At ISO 800
N/A
Dynamic Range At ISO 3200
N/A
not tested
Photo Image Quality
Photo Sharpness
JPEG Sharpness At Base ISO
N/A
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
N/A
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
N/A
RAW Sharpness At Base ISO
N/A
RAW Sharpness At ISO 800
N/A
RAW Sharpness At ISO 3200
N/A
not tested
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Color Accuracy
Color Difference (dE2000) At Base ISO
N/A
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 800
N/A
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 3200
N/A
not tested
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
N/A
SNR 18% At ISO 800
N/A
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
N/A
0
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A

Note: This camera doesn't shoot in RAW format.

Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 N/A
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 N/A
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 N/A
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 400 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 800 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture N/A

Note: This camera doesn't have an adjustable shutter speed or aperture, so the results may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested. It also only shoots in a 3:2 aspect ratio, so we've cropped the photos. You can see the original here.

Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture N/A

Note: This camera doesn't have an adjustable shutter speed or aperture, so the results may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested. It also only shoots in a 3:2 aspect ratio, so we've cropped the photos. You can see the original here. The photo turned out darker than it appears in reality because the camera has trouble adjusting exposure with a lot of sky present in the shot.

Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture N/A

Note: This camera doesn't have an adjustable shutter speed or aperture, so the results may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested. It also only shoots in a 3:2 aspect ratio, so we've cropped the photos. You can see the original here. The photo turned out darker than it appears in reality because the camera has trouble adjusting exposure with a lot of sky present in the shot.

Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture N/A

Note: This camera doesn't have an adjustable shutter speed or aperture, so the results may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested. It also only shoots in a 3:2 aspect ratio, so we've cropped the photos. You can see the original here.

Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No

Note: According to Campark, this camera doesn't record sound when in its protective case; however, we don't currently test this.

Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
4.5
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
No
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.9
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
59 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
59 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
N/A
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0
0
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
N/A
Face Tracking In 4k
N/A
Face Detection In 4k
No
Eye Detection In 4k
No
7.3
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
Walking Test In 4k
9.43 pixels/frame
Running Test In 4k
8.76 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
4k Video Stabilization Crop
1.6 x
4.3
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
3.5
Test Scene Extract In 4k
5.0
6.8
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
4.7°
Full HD Video
5.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
No
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
8.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
33 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
22 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
N/A
0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
N/A
Face Tracking In FHD
N/A
Face Detection In FHD
No
Eye Detection In FHD
No
7.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
Walking Test In FHD
4.79 pixels/frame
Running Test In FHD
5.18 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
FHD Video Stabilization Crop
1.6 x
4.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
3.5
Test Scene Extract In FHD
4.5
6.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
4.3°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
microSD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
4.0
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
Mini USB
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
No

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Campark V40 comes in one color variant: 'Black'.

If you come across another variant or your Campark V40 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update it. 

You can see our unit's label here

Discussions