Many people heard of the term action camera or maybe sports camera but do you know what makes it unique and what they are usually good for?
As the name says, and you should have already guessed it, they are mainly used for filming sports, extreme stuff such as skydiving, or parachuting or mountain-biking and much much more. However, what are some of the traits of action cameras that make them be able to handle those environments?
Action cameras are built to withstand harsh conditions. Most action cameras, if not all have an extremely solid external casing to protect the camera from being damaged. This usually comes in the form of it being shockproof, dust-proof and waterproof. Hence, the user wouldn’t need to worry about it being damaged easily.
One thing if you have not already noticed would be that all action cameras usually comes with one or more mounts. There are almost an infinite amount of mounts for every camera.
Be it mounting onto helmets, bicycles, skateboards and other objects, action cameras are really convenient to mount. One of the reasons is due to them being really small and compact, with majority smaller than your palm and hence mounting in tight corners such as in the spokes of bicycles are possible.
Cheaper than traditional camcorders
More and more action cameras companies are entering the market. This, in turn, leads to a higher competition between difference companies, each trying to make the price as competitive, hence low, as possible.
They are generally more affordable than a camcorder in my opinion because the main feature of an action camera is durability and compactness, instead of footage quality as compared to camcorders, which prioritises footage quality. Hence, less and cheaper materials are used to make the action camera as compared to video camcorders which allow the price of the action camera to be lower than one of a camcorder.
WIDE Field of View
Lastly, action cameras have a really wide field of view, with most having about 170°, as compared to camcorders which have an average of about 45° and the iPhone 6 camera having a field of view of about 64°. However, due to action cameras wide FOV, they are in a fish-eye perspective giving that sort of curved edge at the side.
So what is this feature even for? Is it of any use? Well, yes. This wider field of view presents a more immersive experience as the viewers are able to see a higher amount of detail.
This genre of cameras was actually made to allow sports or adrenaline enthusiasts to capture their footages with convenience, reliability and safety. However, that was a thing of the past. Nowadays, everybody of all demographics uses it. Be it for travelling, vlogging or even live-streaming, it is something really easy to use and you should definitely give it a try.
Lastly, if you wish to know more about action cameras or have any queries, please feel free to drop a comment down below. Thank you for reading and have a nice day!