Action Camera

Purchasing an action camera can be challenging as there are a few options to choose from, but the reward is worth it. Here are some key features to look at when purchasing an action camera for your next adventure.

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Shopbot's Official 2020 Buying Guide for Action Cameras

 

Image & Video Quality

Action cameras specialize in recording video, but they can also capture still photos if the cameras have a decent megapixel rating that will produce sharp photos. However, still, images are not where their talents lie. 

 

Sensor Resolution

Sensor resolution plays an important role when trying to capture 4K to 8K video. If you are looking at buying a good quality action camera, it's best to look for models that are 4K capable of providing top-quality video and stills.

 

FPS

Frames Per Second, a typical action camera shoots in 30fps; this is a standard rate for TVs. Higher-end action cameras can shoot 60fps, giving a smoother motion with lower blur. Some cameras can support a higher frame rate, such as 120fps, which provides crisp slow-motion footage.

 

Field of View

A wide field of view is crucial for action cameras as it allows you to record videos or take pictures in a more immersive perspective; the larger the value, the wider angle of view. Action cameras come with view ranges of 170°, 180°, 3D 180°, and 360°. 

 

Sensor Type

CMOS Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor sensors have a huge advantage in the action camera world. They have low power consumption giving you a much longer time between charging and provides better recording times.

 

BSI Back-Illuminated Sensor has a considerable advantage of being excellent in capturing beautiful images and videos in low light conditions

 

RAW Mode image shooting in full raw mode allows for complete control when editing the images. This feature is a nice bonus for an action camera to have if the image has exposure problems or if the color is off.

 

ISO is not very important in action cameras as this is mostly set at auto and often can't be changed. 

 

Design & Features

The Screen is something to consider when looking at action cameras, but this is all dependant on the purpose of use. Here are some key elements to think about: Touch screen, Size, Resolution, and if it has a Front Facing Screen for vlogging. 

 

The Design of an action camera is basic. The whole point is to be as lightweight and compact as possible while still offering a sturdy protective case with a simple one-click button.  

 

The features can be basic on an action camera, but some are a must.

 

·         Voice Control

·         Time Lapse

·         Live Burst

·         Slow Motion

 

Mounts & Accessories 

Action cameras are designed to give a first-person view of your adventures. That is why they need to be able to mount to any surface or object. 

Most of these cameras typically come with one or maybe two mounts in the box, but they come at an extra cost when you want additional mounts. 

If you happen to be looking to attach your action camera in a specific way, such as on bike handlebars, there are specific mounts for that.

A good action camera has a host of additional mounting systems available, meaning you can clip your camera to virtually anything without buying any additional third-party accessories.

 

Durability

Typically offering water resistance, waterproofing, shock proofing, dust proofing, and weather-proofing (e.g., the minimum and maximum temperature capabilities), these cameras are ideal for extreme activities.

 

Stabilization

You can get three types of stabilization with action cameras, such as built-in image stabilization like Digital and Optical. Then you get an external mounted Gimbal to ensure you have steady and easy to watch video. 

 

Storage 

Most cameras make use of microSD cards, whereas few may contain an advanced SD card. When you need extra storage, it may help to have multiple memory cards.

It's vital at least to check the cameras memory card compatibility specifications so you can pair it with a high transfer rate card. This allows the camera to transfer all the data to the card as fast as possible. 

Try going for a class 8 or a class 10 card as it offers better transfer speed. 

 

Battery

Even the best action camera only lasts a few hours, so the ability to have multiple batteries or a portable charger is a must. Some action cameras don’t have a removable battery, which can be a hassle. In that case, you should consider the battery size, battery type, battery life, and charge time.

 

 

To wrap it up, Look for removable batteries and memory cards so you can have extra on hand if you lose memory or power, so you don’t have to miss out on any of the action. Overall, have fun and let your new action camera catch it all. We at Shopbot hope this buying guide helped you, and don’t forget to look at our links for the latest specials.

 

 

 

 

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