It may be overwhelming for an inexperienced person to choose a suitable action camera. Thus, before I dwell any further onto the realm of action cameras, let me explain to you what an action camera is and how to buy an action camera.
What Is An Action Camera?
Action cameras like normal camcorders and cameras, are able to film and take photos. However, what makes it unique is that it is made for outdoor enthusiasts, and hence it is usually made to be really compact, portable and durable. Other than that, it also includes many features such as waterproofing, shock proofing , all of which to make it more durable when filming, especially in extreme situations, eg. Scuba-Diving, mountain-biking, etc.
What You Should Look Out For When Looking For One
Be it an expensive flagship 4K camera, or one below below $100, there are many features you should look out for when buying one.
Amount of pixels in each frame which corresponds to the detail of the film. 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) has four times asmany pixels as a FULL HD (1080p), which has 2 1/2 times as many pixels as a standard HD resolution (720p).
Field of View:
It is measured in angle. 180° means it is able to record everything in-front of the lens.Most action cameras have a field of view greater than 150° because it allows more details to be recorded, resulting in a more immersive perspective. As an editor of the footage, you would also have more freedom to choose from. Hence, most of the time, the wider the field of view, the better.
Frames per second (FPS):
FPS is the number of frames or images, the camera can record in a second. Most standard actions cameras have a 30fps shooting speed and movies that you see are usually recorded in 30fps as well. However, if you are planning to record something that moves very fast, or in slow-motion, higher end action cameras can record up to 240fps. Therefore, the higher the FPS, the smoother and crisper the footage is.
A secondary function of actions cameras is to take pictures. Similarly to the video resolution, the more pixels, the more details it is able to capture, and hence the sharper the image would be.
Another thing to note is the duration of the battery life. Most battery lasts about a few hours (idle + filming) and hence if you are using it more than a couple of hours per day, such as during travelling, it is noteworthy to buy a couple more batteries or a portable bank to last you through the day.
An especially important thing to take note if you plan to submerge it underwater. Most action cameras are not water-resistant by itself and thus require an additional water-proofing case, which most of the time comes together with the camera. Most waterproof action cameras are able to film normal underwater footages, like swimming, snorkelling, etc, however, if you wish to bring it down with you when you scuba-dive, you might want to check with the manufacturer or the retailer.
Most cameras come with a micro-USB port to transfer data over quickly and reliably. However, there are some with Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth connectivity to allow you to connect to your smart phones or tablets, to allow viewing of live footages. An example of this being useful is when you mount your camera to somewhere where it is really compact and the screen is blocked. You can then use this wireless feature to view it and check what you are recording and even change the settings remotely.That’s it you need to know for now. If you have any queries or want to know anything in general, feel free to leave a comment below! Thanks for reading and have a nice day. =)