Review: Turnigy 2K Camera Black Edition

In this review we are going to have a look at the new Turnigy 2K Action Camera from Hobbyking. The Turnigy 2K camera features a built-in LCD screen display, 2K HD video recording and more.

Have a look at our guide on how to choose a great HD action camera for quadcopters.

Get your Turnigy 2K Action Camera from Hobbyking.

Unboxing

Lots of accessories in nicely branded boxes such as handle bar mount, stick on mount, etc. It also includes a water proof housing that allows you to use the camera anywhere.

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The black matt surface on the camera looks professional and great quality. Some people might prefer bright colour casing which makes it easier to locate/find when it’s lost. This camera looks identical to the SJ4000+ (even the spec is the same), but still get yours from Hobbyking to be sure it’s the real deal.

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There are 4 buttons, power (mode), shutter (enter), up (Wifi) and down.

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The battery is a 900mah 1S Lipo which allows you to film continuously for over 100 mins at 1080p60fps (tested myself). And the battery is removable.

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The camera is pretty light weight at only 62 grams, 45g excluding battery.

Features

This camera is capable of recording at 2K 30FPS, or 1080p 60FPS. Highest photo resolutions up to 12MP (4032*3024).

Back Screen

I absolutely love the built-in LCD display on the back! It enables users to see what they are shooting, which I found really helpful. Currently you can only find this feature on the GoPro Hero4 Silver for camera this size. The on-screen-display shows you what settings are on etc, and the screen also enhances the user experience a lot with easy menu access.

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Wifi

It has built-in Wifi that allows you to connect the camera to a smart phone via their App on Android and iOS. I am guessing this is for firmware updates as well as for changing settings / controlling remotely in situation when you cannot reach the camera easily.

Image Stabilisation (Gyro Sensor)

Gyro sensor image stabilisation works pretty well for someone who has shaky hands, or have the camera mounted on objects that moves. It works by cropping the edges of the frame, so you will sacrifice field of view and some picture quality. Only problem I have is I sometimes forget I have it on, and the image turns out to be not the way I want it.

Other Features

It does what most cameras do, time-lapse, timer, continuous shooting etc.

It also supports video out which means you can use this camera as your FPV camera, on your RC plane for example. However the video-out cable needs to be purchased separately.

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Comparing to GoPro Hero4 and Xiaomi Yi

The other most popular cameras in the FPV hobby are probably the GoPro and Yi Cameras. They are also in very similar form factor making them very good comparison subjects.

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Sorry about the comparison video quality, Youtube compressed the hell out of it and it looks sh*t.

The Turnigy 2K has identical height and width to the GoPro, but it’s a bit bulkier than the GoPro and Yi. The Lens is also smaller on the Turnigy 2K, so the casing and lens protection cannot be used on one another (not interchangeable).

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It also fits in my camera gimbal that is designed for the GoPro, where my Xiaomi Yi just won’t fit because it’s just 2mm too tall.

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Conclusion

So overall, I think this camera is good for filming FPV flights, as well as sports, or even just casual day to day filming.

Good things about the Turnigy 2K Camera

  • Back LCD screen is a big bonus
  • Very easy to use, didn’t need to read the manual to operate this camera
  • Gyro sensor mode could be useful
  • Colour is more vivid and richer which is great
  • It doesn’t get as much sun glare as the Gopro or Yi cameras
  • Default image sharpness looks higher than average
  • 33% lighter than the GoPro Hero4
  • Only takes 1 second to turn on – much faster than the Xiaomi Yi
  • Cleaner audio, pick up less wind noise. But also slightly quieter.

Things can be done better

  • No side door to cover the SD card slot and connectors – SD could possibly pop out in impacts, and dirt could get into connectors – easy fix is to put tape on it
  • Light Dynamic Range is not as good as the GoPro even the Yi
  • On Default settings, when light condition is not ideal, the colour of the image appears to be purple-ish. This might not necessary a bad thing, some people might prefer it. :)
  • FOV is slightly less than Yi and GoPro (non-superview)
  • At low light, performance isn’t as good as the other 2 cameras.
  • I’d like to see lower image contrast which gives more room for editing
  • Image over-exposed when facing the bright light

I probably won’t use it on a mini quad or anything that is likely to crash due to the more vulnerable back screen.

The image quality is not bad but can be better. It performs better when there is enough light.

Here is the full manual in case someone needs more technical info.

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10 thoughts on “Review: Turnigy 2K Camera Black Edition

  1. KANCHUKA

    Hi,
    I have a choice to be made on the following two sports cm models to use in my DJI F450…

    What is the best in performance and quality?
    1. Turning 2k HD
    2. SJ 8000

    Please let me know I don’t know what to purchase and what’s the best out of these two…

    Reply
  2. Andy

    Hi Oscar,
    Can you recommend over the Yi at the sale price of $35US? Looking to get my first HD camera for quad racing.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Oscar Post author

      Just get the Yi if you are using for racing and going to crash a lot, it’s the best value at the moment. (only $50-$60)

      Reply
  3. Dan

    Hi Oscar,

    Thanks for the review and also for scanning the manual – I needed that! I was reasonably certain that the price difference to the GoPro would mean loss of something, so glad to know what before buying.

    Reply
  4. barrymossel

    Hi Oscar, what cam would you recommend for a racequad (when on a budget)? And is there any difference between the Xiaomi Yi’s?

    Reply
      1. barrymossel

        Thanks! Not the Runcam (2)? Heard some good things about that one. And are there any of these action cameras that CAN be used as FPV cam as well? Or is latency too high on any of them?

      2. Oscar Post author

        yea these cameras all have video out and can be used as FPV cam :) there will be latency, so not recommend really!

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