- Screen and Connectivity
1. Box Style
VersatilityAlso, box-style action cameras are very versatile, the most versatile in this list, as it can be used almost anywhere, ranging from holidays, to skydiving, etc.This is because the accessories connected to these cameras can be used interchangeably and if you decide to buy an SJCAM camera and later decide that you want to switch to a ThiEYE or GoPro, you can still keep the accessories and use it with your changed camera.Click here to check out the best accessories!
Resolution:Depends on the camera, 720p – 4K.
Screen and Connectivity:
Waterproof:Most fall under 30m – 40m waterproof index.Most are only waterproof with the external casing which is provided and not waterproof solely the camera itself.
Price:It can be as low as $50 (Eken H9R) to as high as $400 (GoPro Hero 5 Black ).
VerdictI think cameras under this category is good for you if you are a beginner or have no specific interest and want something that is simple.
2. Cube Style
FOV:Average: 140˚The field of view of these cameras are slightly smaller than the box-style by about 20˚, thus it can’t capture as much.
Waterproof:Average: 10mThe camera body itself is already waterproof and no external casing is required. However, the waterproof housing can still be bought separately to increase the tolerance to 45m.
Screen and ConnectivityWith size this small, it is not possible to house screens on the cameras and hence everything is required to be done remotely through your phone, which is connected via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Price:$65.99 – SJCAM M10 –> $99 (Polaroid Cube +) –> $150 (GoPro Hero Session)
Verdict:I think this camera is for those who like a compact portable camera and likes travelling as it is not bulky at all and very easy to bring about.It is also for those of you who like mounting on tight corners or small areas as this camera is the most compact of them all.
3. Bullet StyleThirdly, we have the bullet-style.This is called bullet style because it looks like a bullet and is very long and sleek.As far as I know, there are no major brands, at least I know that specialises in doing this and currently, it is mostly Chinese, thus quality may be a little sketchy.
Versatility:I feel this is mostly to mount on places that need this type of shape and is also very good for mounting on your RC car or quadcopter because the weight will be distributed very equally and hence your riding will be very stable and not lob to one side.It also is used for filming bikes as you can easily mount it on your bike stem.A disadvantage of this would be that the accessories are designed only for the model you purchase and cannot be used with other models as the dimensions are different.
Resolution:Most can film at 1080p – 30fps or 720p – 120fps, which is decent enough to film your videos.
FOV:Not very wide, most about 120˚ to 140˚.
Screen and Connectivity:A downside of this cameras would be that it has no viewfinder, no screen and no wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth). Hence, the only way you can see is either you plug to your phone to view it or through your PC.
Price:$100 – $150Eg. CamPark Camera ($99.99) or New Technology G1S ($129.99)
Verdict:I feel its ideal for you if you really want action camera of this shape to mount onto your RC, or else, you should consider another type.
4. Periscope StyleThis isn’t really considered an action camera because it isn’t tough enough in my opinion, but anyways, the only periscope style action camera I have seen is the HTC Re. Hence, the following is going to be quite specific on this model.The HTC Re is quite unique because it has a grip sensor which is able to be switched on and off based on your grip. Grab, on. Let go, off.
Versatility:It is waterproof resistant and dust resistant.Although this camera doesn’t feel very durable to maybe film underwater shots, it is definitely durable enough for travelling(can easily slide into pockets) as I feel it is one of the best value action cameras for travelling out there in the market.It has no mounting capabilities except for the 1/4″ tripod screw underneath which you can connect to your tripod or selfie stick, but I think it will look a little weird with the Re together. 😛Although the accessories do not have a very wide variety, it is still definitely enough to do simple daily activities.
Resolution:1080p – 30fps , 720p – 120fps16MP Native ResolutionI’ve checked the quality and it is really clear and nice to look at.
Screen and Connectivity:Although it has no screen, it works like the cube style and has an app that is very user-friendly and simple, which you can connect to your smartphone with to customise and view your footages with.Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Price:Available for $61 on Amazon
Verdict:This is very good for people who want a simple, cheap and portable solution to their travelling as it has basic water and dust resistant properties and is also able to film really clear and vibrant shots.I think I’ll use it to film concerts (if I even get to it) as it would be a good view because of the height advantage due to the length of it. 🙂But for sports activities, where there will be a certain extent of roughness, I really wouldn’t recommend it.
5. 360˚ StyleLast but not least, we have the 360˚ style cameras.In the past, a lot of them are for enterprise use but now many are available for personal use.Due to the latest trend on VR, manufacturers have started investing in 360˚ style cameras because it will be very popular in the near future as everything is switching over towards VR.Moving on to the cameras…
Versatility:This is very good if you are into sightseeing, travelling, etc but if your main focus is on extreme sports(wakeboarding, mountain biking) or general sports (cycling, running), it may not be your best choice as these cameras are not very strong as there are a lot of delicate lens inside and hence, will not be very ideal for those kind of activities.
Resolution:Generally about 2K, which has to be since it covers a wide amount of view.
FOV:360˚ (Horizontal) and 220˚(Vertical)
Screen and Connectivity:It usually has a small screen to view your status like battery life, the number of photos or duration of videos left in storage. To view the footage, you can use the app which can be connected to your phone via Wi-Fi.
Price:Ranges from:$67 – Cube 360 & $65.9 – Elecam 360 (Review Here) (Code:92ELE360) —> $190 (Samsung Gear 360) –> $15000 (Yi Halo, GoPro Fusion)More examples:$130 – SJCAM 360 and $180 – 360FLY,This is the highest price range in this list as it can capture the widest view, while still maintaining the quality.
Verdict:360˚ cameras are used to film normal event (cycling, running, roller coaster) but rarely use to film extreme events (mountain-biking, wakeboarding)as there is too much risk involved due to it being relatively fragile.However, having said that, the video produced by it is really very cool because it is super immersive and are used for VR.
SummaryIn conclusion, there are many types of action cameras to choose from and if you came here asking “which action camera should I get” or “what types of action cameras are there”, hopefully this post has answered your question.To me, ultimately when I am looking for an action camera, I would always go for the one that gives the most bang for my buck, and you should too. Not every time does the most expensive mean the best because there are many companies that offer a little less but at half the price.Anyways, I hoped I gave you a nice insight of action cameras and hopefully you have learnt something from it.
Lastly, as this is my take on a general category of action cameras, and if there’s any specific model that you’ll like to know my view about or you think I have missed out on something, please feel free to drop a comment down below and I’ll try my best to reply to it ASAP!Lastly, lastly, thanks for dropping by and have a nice day! 🙂