Have you ever seen any youtube video about guy in flying wingsuit slipping through cracks in a cliff or maybe a brave surfers on big Australian waves, downhill mountain biker in the dust,… All those videos are made by adrenaline junkies who love to share their moments with us. Such a videos are made by a very small hands-free action camera which can be mouted to a bike, chest, helmet, surf,…
Action camera has become smaller and a lot more powerful every year. Nowadays, they are capable of making the movie as quality as of professional recording studios. This mean that action camera is the key to your secrets, whether you are snowboarder, skater, surfer or just a freak doing a wheelie on a highway. Lets talk what you need to know about action camera.
Action Camera: What I Need to Know?
Video Quality and Resolution
The better the video quality, the more expensive the action camera. At the moment, October 2015, some action camera allows you to record an amazing 4K video (Ultra High Definition), but majority could easily make 1080p at stady 30fps, which is perfect for 99% of people eyes. In addition, to broadcast a video on TV even 480p is good enough.
Buying Fact: Get an action camera that can make a video at least 480p.
Size and Weight
Nowadays action camera is consider to be small and functional. Most of them are designed to be attached to a helmet or any other mounted equipment, like for example selfie-sticks, chest belts,…
Buying Fact: We suggest you to pick as smaller action camera as possible.
Point of View
Point of view is noted in degrees (example: 170 degrees). You will be able to capture more action, if action camera has larger and wider point of view.
Buying Fact: Wider than 150 degrees.
Waterproof or Weatherproof
The important is that action camera can stand up to the weather. Action camera can be waterproof by itself, but most of them require a special waterproof case. With those cases you can dive to at least 50 m and make some crazy footage with it. On the other side, if we talk about rain or snow, most of them are weatherproof.
Buying Fact: Get a weatherproof action camera. Cases are available for almost any of new action cameras.
Think pink. The best mobile phone on the planet, whether is Apple or Samsung or any other brand, the biggest problem is battery life. So is with action camera. Even the battery of the most expensive action camera on market today will not last more than just a few hours.
Buying Fact: If you need extra battery life, action camera can be charged by additional rechargeable batteries or even a solar charging device.
That is the most important part. Action camera is made to shoot your POV (Point of View). It has to be able to be mounted to a helmet, surf, selfie-stick,…
Buying Fact: Check if you favorite action camera has the possibility of getting an accessories with ease via Amazon, Ebay,…
If action camera does not have Wi-Fi in 2015, do not even look at it. It has to have Wi-Fi. Period.
Buying Fact: That’s a basic fact.
The action is mostly recorded to microSD cards. Older action camera can use postage SD cards. Either way you can get a couple of extra memory cards and stay calm that you will be able to save all your freaky moves without running out of space.
Buying Fact: The more you need, the bigger addition microSD you buy.
We love GeekPro action camera. Simply, because it has everything. You can make amazing 1080p videos, connect via Wi-Fi or even dive 50 m deep with it is “bullet proof” case which is included.
You can read our full GeekPro 2.0 Sports Camera review here.