Product Listing

AgfaPhoto eClipse Explorer – For Adventurers On A Budget

By Alfred Bayle - 25 Nov 2011
Launch SRP: PhP4995

Physique and Features

Walking On The Wild Side

The eClipse Explorer has a bright utility-yellow finish framed with black highlights. It is one of those rugged models that you can take with you during hikes or afternoons at the pool. It is dustproof, waterproof, shockproof, and can shoot in full HD 1080p resolution.

When you talk about rugged devices like military-grade laptops and waterproof cameras, it mostly entails paying a premium to justify the materials used to create a tough gadget. Now, though, comes the AgfaPhoto eClipse Explorer, an affordable pocket camcorder built to go adventuring with you.

The Package

Inside we find a pair of included anaglyph red glasses, a manual and quick guide, a driver disc with ArcSoft MediaImpressions HD +3D, a warranty slip, a couple of ArcSoft flyers, and the camera itself along with a USB cable and charger.

As a compact camcorder, the eClipse Explorer has a 5-megapixel front camera and a 2.5-inch LCD at the back. Below the display is an 8-button interface that includes four-way directional keys, a dedicated video record button, and a still-capture button. As its name suggests, the eClipse Explorer is a shockproof and waterproof camera with a maximum drop height of 1.5m and depth of 5 meters. Despite appearing to be completely encased in a plastic body, the camera does have sufficient heft and feels very solid, especially considering it is meant to take blows and keep on shooting.

The big red button in the middle of the directional keys is the record button, while on the left is a dedicated stills shutter button. Below that is the Playback button. Off to the right we have the Menu and Delete buttons. Above the AgfaPhoto logo, particularly above the “T” is an LED indicator light that flashes red while the device charges either via USB or wall socket.

Instead of a miniUSB port, the eClipse Explorer has a built-in USB connector that pops out when you flick a small red tab. This can be accessed by popping open the right side panel when facing the camera front. A mini-HDMI port is also accessible via the same panel. Unfortunately, the package does not include a mini-HDMI cable.

The other side panel is where the SD card slides in.

It has two panels, one on each side, that pop open to reveal a built-in USB connector, a mini-HDMI port, and the SD card slot. We found the USB connector to be quite useful as it allowed the camera to be easily popped into a notebook’s side USB port to download content. For harder to reach ports, the package comes with a USB extender. The camera also comes packaged with ArcSoft MediaImpression 3D HD software which enables users to convert 2D images to 3D.