Action Camera For Dummies

Comparing to when the first cameras came along, action cameras are super new. Because of that, many people are unfamiliar with it. I asked many of my friends and family and sad to say, most of them are clueless and didn’t know they even existed.

Recently, I have received lots of questions about action cameras everywhere and that’s why I have decided to create this article overcome the learning curve of action cams!

The questions below are dedicated to those of you who are very new to action cams or are planning to get one.

Thus, if you are decently experienced in action cams, you should probably have already figured most of it out and you’d be better off checking

If you’re thinking of getting an action cam, check out my buying guides here first!

Anyways, without further ado, let’s begin!


What is An Action Camera?

Action cameras laction camera iconike 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.

How To Open Action Camera/Waterproof Case

There are 3 main types as far as I have seen.

1. Manually Lifting

The 1st, which is the most common one, would be where all you need to do is forcefully lift the latch to open.

2. Pushing Slider

Action Cam Waterproof Case

The 2nd one which is slightly rarer has a slider which, to open, you would have to push the slider and lift the latch to open the case.

3. Turning Knob

Finally, the last one is super rare and the most reliable in my opinion. So far, I have only seen it in Gitup action cams (such as Git2) which are opened from the side by simultaneously pressing the trigger button and then turning the knob.

Oh, and since we are on the topic of waterproof cases, something to note is that some of the times, action cams come with 2 interchangeable waterproof doors. One is totally waterproof, which has no holes while the second has holes but is not waterproof which is used for better audio quality.

How To Use Action Camera Mounts

Basic Set Accessories and Mounts for GoPro, SJCAM, Eken, ThiEYE

The Basic Set That Comes Together With Your Action Cam

I am assuming you have the mounts that comes together with your action camera for these examples.

It really depends on what you use it for. But, for the those of you who have no clue at all, let me provide 2 examples.

For Vlogging

Vlogging/Travel Basic Clip Adapter

For Cycling


If you are interested in more ways of using the mounts, check them out here!

How to charge action cam

Standard Interface For Action Cams

Standard Interface For Action Cams

Most action cams use a micro-USB cable for charging and data transfer, similar to the one used in android smartphones (at least the older ones, as the newer ones now use USB Type C instead).

Just plug it into any USB adapter or PC and it should be charged in no time.

Oh, and 1 tip. Switch off the camera when charging and don’t switch it on during the charging process because there have been many instances when the battery does not get charged when it’s turned on. So you don’t want that, keep the battery off.

How To Edit Action Camera Videos

It depends on what you want to get out from your videos.

Is it a holiday vlog? Is it a first POV video from your RC drone? Or is it an action video mountain biking through the forest?

Any editing software will work in my opinion. Windows Movie Maker (Windows) or iMovie (Mac) will do the work but if you wanted to perform specific tasks such as removing the fisheye effect , stabilizing your shaky shot or creating slow-motion/timelapse, you’d have to use apps that are meant for it. Click here to learn more about it!

How To Mount Action Camera On Helmet