Most sports or action cameras have an inbuilt image stabilisation, meaning to say when the image is taken, it will be able to stabilise the picture. However, most lack the feature of active video stabilisation, which is the ability to stabilise the video taken and hence a gimbal would be used to stabilise video taken by the camera.
A downside of digital stabilisation present in many cameras is that some field of view would be penalised. Why so? Digital stabilisation uses software to smooth out footage by cropping the footage and using the excess space that is not being recorded to account for the vibrations, thus the results or the footage aren’t that ideal.
There are two action cameras as of now that caught my eye due to its unique stabilisation features.
First on this list, the Sony X3000R.
That’s where mechanical stabilisation comes into play. Mechanical stabilisation, as they call it Optical SteadShot™ involves the lens itself physically moving to account for the subtle vibrations caused when filming the footage. Unlike stabilisation corrected by software, or digital stabilisation, it does not cut into the field of view of the footage, which might bothersome some of the times when you want to record just a little bit more footage.
As for the specs, it is able to record 4K video at 30fps, includes Wi-Fi and GPS and waterproof of up till 60m.
Full review will be available soon!
Secondly, Revl Arc, the first fully stabilised action camera
It uses a motorised gimbal at the back of the camera which uses its magnets to stabilise the camera. The gimbal at the back is also built with a motor which is attached to any mount it is mounted to, keeping the camera aligned and stabilised. The price of this has not been confirmed at the time of writing this as it is an IndieGoGo project.
Regarding the image resolutions, it’s equipped with a 12-megapixel image sensor made by Sony, which is known for making some of the best small image sensors in the world. That allows the Arc to capture 4K footage at 30 frames per second, 1080p at up to 120 frames per second, and 720p footage at up to 240 frames per second.
As for the other minute specifications, it is waterproof up till 3 metres and has a field of view of 150° which is the average of the many action cameras in the market now.
If you are interested you can look at my Revl Arc review here!