ALDI Bauhn FAKE 4K WiFi Action Camera SCAM from ALDI Australia with paid FAKE media articles, reviews and news

Various articles in ads have caught my eye saying that ALDI have developed their own action camera that rivals the GoPro and similar cameras for a fraction of the price. Knowing that ALDI generally slap their logo on anything from China they can make money on I was intrigued especially knowing the number of fake 4K cameras that exist but surely a reputable German business like ALDI is not going to rip off it’s loyal customers? Read on and as usual the ACCC will do nothing despite the blatant false advertising, the paid articles in the media and no doubt a team of social media shills pushing this product online.

An ACCC report was made on the 22/01/2018 (accc-report:145871) and to date no response has been received.

Fake 4K cameras stretch the image from a smaller size to one that appears to be a real 4K images, they do this via interpolation which guesses what goes in between the real pixels which are now spread further apart. The image will appear to be a 4K image but will be poor quality. These cameras can sometimes offer a good HD image but why not get a decent camera from a manufacturer that doesn’t have to deceive you?

A real 4K camera will record video in 3840 x 2160 REAL pixels which is 8,294,400 pixels. A fake 4K camera will* record in 1920 x 1080 pixels which is 2,073,600 pixels (25% of 4K resolution) and will create the missing six million pixels using interpolation (essentially guessing what pixel would exist in between using various algorithms). You can always lower the resolution of photos and video after you have taken them so always use the highest quality setting possible but you cannot increase the resolution after the fact as the pixels don’t exist and that is exactly what these fake 4K cameras do.

*It can record in other higher resolutions but most of the time it is 1920 x 1080 also known as HD or 1080P.

The first article that caught my eye was this one.

Aldi launching waterproof GoPro rival camera for just $69.99
Daily Telegraph Link

Posted on January 18, 2018 by The Daily Telegraphy

SYDNEY’S loyal legion of Aldi fans love a bargain – and their latest post Australia Day offering is sure to fly out the door.

They’ve queued for super cheap rocking chairs, Dyson vacuum cleaners, ski gear and toy cars amid scenes of near hysteria.

But be warned. The latest Aldi special could prompt their biggest rush yet.

On Saturday January 27, as part of their daily special buys offering, ALDI will be launching a waterproof action camera to rival GoPro for a fraction of the price of most devices.

Their Bauhn high quality action camera retails for $69.99 and boasts an amazing array of features associated with more expensive models which normally sell for around $400.

The camera features 4K Ultra HD recording plus:
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Image of actual webpage 22/01/2018

I quickly found four more articles from other “journalists” that were nothing but paid advertorials that intend to do nothing but mislead people. They all quote 4K Ultra HD Resolution with no asterisk and they all quote the exact same specifications line by line like it was copied from the ALDI script sheet. The only “journalist” to mention that this was interpolated but with no detail as to what this means was Gizmodo but a search of their website shows they promote ALDI products all the time.

Aldi launches crazy affordable GoPro rival with amazing features
Smooth Link

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Christina Calaleri

Definitely going to need to line up for this one

When Aldi just continues to make your dreams more attainable.

Cheaper veggies, cheaper chocolate, cheaper wine and now CHEAPER ACTION CAMERAS!

Yes, you read that correctly.

If you’re one of those people who like adventure but you know, not over the top in love with it and need something like a GoPro, you can settle for the $69.99 action camera for your own adventures.

On Saturday January 27 as part of their daily special buys offering, ALDI will be launching a Bauhn high quality action camera.

But before you think it’s going to be nothing like the GoPro, think again!

It has STACKS of features.

· 4K Ultra HD recording
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Image of actual webpage 22/01/2018

ALDI IS LAUNCHING A WATERPROOF GOPRO RIVAL FOR $69.99
Gold104.3 Link

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Olivia Mackinnon

IF YOU’VE BEEN THINKING OF INVESTING IN AN ACTION CAMERA TO CAPTURE YOUR ADVENTURES, BUT AREN’T PREPARED TO FORK OUT HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS, YOUR PALS AT ALDI HAVE COME THROUGH FOR YOU, WELL AND TRULY.
On Saturday January 27 as part of their daily special buys offering, ALDI will be launching a Bauhn high quality action camera – for $69.99.

Here are just a few of the features:

· 4K Ultra HD recording
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Image of actual webpage 22/01/2018

Heads up, bargain hunters: Aldi is about to launch a waterproof GoPro rival for $70
Techly Link 
(Techly claims to be Australia’s best youth and tech news! make of that whatever you want given this article)

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Andrew Miller

Cautious optimism best describes how we feel after hearing about the latest product Aldi is planning to launch.

The supermarket giant is taking on the action camera market with a $69.99 variant from Bauhn.

We’ll be honest: we’ve never heard of Bauhn, the price is suspiciously low and their slogan of “Effortless Technology” doesn’t fill us with confidence.

Nevertheless, it won’t set you back too much more than a slab of premium beer and could be just as fun. The product will launch on Saturday, January 27 as part of Aldi’s daily special buys.

Check out the features Bauhn’s bargain-bin beauty is boasting:

4K Ultra HD recording
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Image of actual webpage 22/01/2018

ALDI Are Selling A $69 Action Camera. Nice.
Gizmodo Link

Posted on January 18, 2018 by James Swinbanks

With arguably the biggest player in the Action Camera market apparently struggling to keep itself afloat, we’re likely going to see a few more action cameras on the cheaper side around the traps, like this Bauhn Action Camera that’ll be going at ALDI for just $69.

Nice.

As you might expect for something so cost-effective, it’s not going to light up the spec sheets. It is capable of interpolated 4K Ultra HD recording and includes a 2-inch TFT-LCD Display, an underwater housing that’s good for a depth of up to 30 metres and it’s battery life should give you around 90 minutes of recording time without Wi-Fi.
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Fake 4K Advertisment

This is the ad on the ALDI website. All it says is 4K WiFi action camera with no other details aside from the $69.99 price tag.

4K WiFi Action Camera by itself sounds pretty good but there is no mention of other features like image stabilisation, frames per second, pixels etc. Googling finds a page with the details on the BAUHN website. BAUHN is a brand that ALDI use to rebadge many products from China to deceive people into thinking they are getting some quality German made product.

Image of actual webpage 22/01/2018

This BAUHN website lists all the details and has some photos of the camera that ALDI “developed”.

This page has a asterisk next to the 4K Ultra HD Recording* and this has the following further down the page “* 4K recording is interpolated, not native.”. This doesn’t change anything, this is not a 4K camera and Wednesday is not Saturday ALDI! Saturday the 27th of January is when you sell these!

Further down the page it mentions the image sensor in the specifications.

Image sensor: SONY 179, 8M pixel COMS (sic)


Picture resolution
16M (4608 x 3456 – FALSE
12M (4000 x 3000 – FALSE

Video resolution
4K (3840 x 2160 30fps) (Interpolated) – FALSE
4K (3840 x 2160 30fps) (Interpolated) – FALSE

It has the photo resolutions of 16MP and 12MP but the sensor is only a 8MP sensor with an effective number of pixels of 3280 × 2464! It’s not only the video resolutions that ALDI lied about but the photo resolutions as well!

Image of actual webpage 22/01/2018

Link to the manual is also on the BAUHN website.

Sony Specifications
The sensor is a IMX219 for mobile devices (smartphone or tablets) according to the manufacturer Sony (this is assuming that the sensor is actually a Sony) on their product page here and specification sheet here.

The IMX179 is a diagonal 5.7 mm (Type 1/3.2) CMOS active pixel type image sensor with a square pixel array and 8.08M effective pixels. This chip operates with three power supplies, analogue 2.7 V, digital 1.2 V, and IF 1.8 V, and has low power consumption. High sensitivity, low dark current, and no smear are achieved through the adoption of R,G, and B primary color pigment mosaic filters. This chip features an electronic shutter with variable charge-storage time.
In addition, this product is designed for use in cellular phone and tablet PC. When using this for another application,
Sony does not guarantee the quality and reliability of product. Therefore, don’t use this for applications other than cellular phone and tablet PC. Consult your Sony sales representative if you have any questions.

 

This photo shows the difference in size for various resolutions. Some Fake 4K cameras will have a sensor that can record at 1440P or 2.7K and whilst the quality of the interpolated image will be better it will still be poor when compared to a real 4K photo or video.

This camera isn’t worth purchasing, ALDI have lied about it’s basic functions and if you have purchased it return it to ALDI for a full refund and lodge a complaint with fair trading and the ACCC. You cannot buy a 4K camera for under $100 so steer clear of other cheap cameras. There are plenty of decent action cameras around for not much more but they will all be HD.

This camera is a rebadged fake version of the SJCAM and possibly the SJ5000X 4K model.

More information on fake 4K cameras can be found at Dashcamtalk here.

ALDI talk up their Corporate Responsibilities amongst other things but it seems this does not apply to the supply of their products. “Providing clear product information” – link.

 

10 thoughts on “ALDI Bauhn FAKE 4K WiFi Action Camera SCAM from ALDI Australia with paid FAKE media articles, reviews and news

  1. Leeroy Jenkins

    Cool story bro, but the product clearly states on the box that it’s interpolated, not native 4k. They’re not deceiving anybody. Millennials are just so used to having things handed to them on a silver platter that they’re too lazy to even read the product description.

    It’s not a rip-off. They’re not lying. You’re not a special snowflake, nor are you a super sleuth for discovering this ‘horrible truth’. Go back to your safe space princess, or get rekt

  2. Post author

    Thanks for your feedback “Leeroy” but the facts are that ALDI advertising, website and promotional work via the media does not make any mention of interpolated or what this means and that is beside the point, this is not and never will be a 4K camera.

    It is irrelevant that the box may have the word interpolated in a small font next to an asterisk because this is advertised as a 4K camera. This is a rip off and ALDI are deceiving their customers.

  3. Rex

    The specs provided on the Bauhn site prior to sale outlined the specifications openly and said quite plainly about the interpolation. No serious pro would consider using this for full 4K edited use and if I got one for my basic Drone or simply as a low-end video attached to my bike/surf board or helmet then it will do a great job. Having now got one and tried it out the product is great. It also has a rear lcd showing the live view and menus, a battery which is very similar to the gopro3+ size (I am yet to see if this is interchangeable with any GoPro models) and also a spare thrown in. Also importantly it comes with a huge amount of accessories that the brand name doesn’t. A proper carry case, the normal and underwater housings and a full range of mounts, brackets and adapters. It has a remote (start/stop record or take picture), cables, velcro straps.. everything. There is $70 worth of accessories in this bundle not counting the camera itself. So it’s not 4K like 720p interlaced tv’s where not the supposedly HD back in the day… You get what you pay for but in this kit you get a lot for your bucks. P.S. Yes, many ‘journalists’ will use promo copy for an advertorial.

  4. Post author

    The Bauhn site was not linked from the ALDI website, I have a screenshoot of what the ALDI page looked like. The Bauhn website also had fake still picture resolutions which they didn’t have an asterisk next to and most people would not know what interpolation means. This is an ALDI scam. If the ACCC do their job ALDI should be prosecuted for this.

    Running these cameras in 4K mode is pointless as the quality will be poor but most people will do this. This is no different to a dealer advertising a 4 cylinder car as a V8 because it has a loud exhaust.

    A similar HD camera from China is available for under $50 with similar accessories and they is no reason who also ALDI could not have offered a HD camera instead but they choose to instead rip consumers off with lies.

  5. Rick Aston

    I bought one because my expensive GoPro bounced down the road after breaking off my motorcycle. Although the Bauhn camera seems to capture images OK, albeit not as clear as the GoPro, it won’t let me playback and save on a PC (Windows 10) or on a smart TV, very annoying. The mobile phone app works OK but getting camera images on to anything else has been a real pain, even went to shop with image processing with no luck. It only seems to save still shots of the video recording and the TV reads an error. I phone to Bauhn help service , they were useless.

  6. Michael Williams

    I’m having the same issue with not being able to save my video capture onto my PC via USB connection using Windows 10. The camera will charge from PC but not open up to reveal video files. Is there a software update that I am not sire of?

  7. Rex

    Win 10 worked fine, the camera should display a menu when plugged into usb with an option to charge, usb or webcam. Each worked for me so I am thinking perhaps you are using a power-only usb cable?

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