The SuperPhoto mode makes it easy to apply HDR, local tone mapping, as well as noise reduction effects on the fly. Additionally, an 8x slow-motion mode allows filming videos in 1080p format to make fast-paced scenes even more fascinating.
The user's manual could be more detailed.
The GoPro HERO7 is a new word on the market of action cameras. This model will bring both your videos and pictures to a whole new level. Thanks to the support of the latest wireless technologies you will be able to stream live via YouTube or Facebook and all that is possible without even touching the camera itself thanks to the built-in voice controls.
4K - 60fps
Up to 120 minutes; 1 rechargeable battery
Waterproof up to 33 ft (10m)
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro-HDMI, MicroSD card slot
Mounting frame, Adhesive mounts, Mounting buckle, USB-C cable, Thumbscrew
Thanks to the wind noise reduction function, the sound of your videos will always be clear, even when you shoot during a motorcycle or mountain bike racing. And with the 2" IPS touch screen, the camera setup is very easy.
The record button is too sensitive.
The Akaso V50 Pro is a feature loaded camera that promises its user excellent performance in very extreme conditions. So, wherever you shoot, underwater or in the air, with the 20MP image sensor and 30fps in 4k resolution, your footage will always be on top.
4K - 30fps
Up to 60 minutes; 2 rechargeable batteries (up to 120 minutes total)
Adjustable 140° - 170°
Waterproof up to 98 ft (30m) in a protective case
Wi-Fi, Micro-HDMI, MicroSD Card Slot, Micro-USB
Battery Charger, Waterproof Case, Remote Control, Bicycle Stand, 10x Mounts, 2x Helmet Mounts, Bandage, 5x Tethers, Protective Backdoor, USB Cable, Lens Cloth
With the Micro HDMI slot, you can connect this action camera to your TV and look through your photos and videos in more detail. And if you connect the Apeman TRAWO to your PC, you can use it as a webcam for Skype calls.
Some users don't like the design of the waterproof case.
The Apeman TRAWO action camera is a great choice for submarine hunters and divers because it allows a user to shoot at depths down to 40 meters. It also has a green filter that adjusts to the light conditions underwater helping you shoot like a pro.
4K - 30fps
Up to 90 minutes; 2 rechargeable batteries (up to 180 minutes total)
Waterproof up to 130 ft (40m) in a protective case
Wi-Fi, Micro-HDMI, MicroSD Card Slot, Micro-USB
Waterproof Case, Bicycle Stand, Helmet Mount, Clips, Tethers, USB Cable
The AKASO EK7000 comes with a wireless wrist remote control. Therefore, the navigation is much simpler and faster. There are also enough mounting accessories for more convenient installation.
The FPS for 4K recording is rather low.
This is an outstanding camera that was given a low price and high quality. AKASO is compatible with most of the GoPro mounts. Besides, not only will it give you high-quality videos it is also super easy to control.
- 3840x2160 - 25 fps
- 2704x1520 - 30 fps
- 1920x1080 - 60 fps
Up to 90 minutes, 1050 mAh
Waterproof up to 98 ft (30m) in a protective case (included)
Wi-Fi, Micro-HDMI, Micro-SD Card Slot, Micro-USB
2.4G Remote Control, Waterproof Case, Bicycle Stand, 7 x Mounts, 2 x Clips, Helmet Mounts, Bandages, 5 x Tethers, Protective Backdoor, USB Cable, Lens Cloth
If you are not a big fan of staged photography or prefer to use a tripod as an exception, then the electronic image stabilization function will come in handy to you. The camera has a built-in gyroscope that reduces shaking.
The battery run time could be longer.
The Campark X20 is equipped with the Exmor CMOS Sensor by Sony. It makes for brighter colours and more detailed crisper video. Plus, there are 4 auto modes for more intuitive control which makes this action camera ideal for a beginner.
4K - 24fps
Up to 45 minutes; 2 rechargeable batteries (up to 90 minutes total)
Waterproof up to 98 ft (30m) in a protective case
Wi-Fi, Micro-HDMI, MicroSD Card Slot, Micro-USB
Remote control, Waterproof case, Waterproof case bracket, Bicycle mounting kit, Helmet mounting kit, USB cable
MOUNT ANYWHERE, FILM EVERYTHING
The GoPro Hero7 action camera provides the user with a top-notch video quality with a resolution of up to 4K with relative ease and zero stutterings. But what features make this particular model so popular? To figure this out, we took the most important aspects of the camera and compared it to similar products in the same price range.
To start off, the device supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interfaces, which allows for using it as a live stream camera. Thanks to the additional frame and adhesive mounts, as well as the mounting buckle you can secure the camera in place or mount it on any piece of equipment including bags, helmets, and other gear.
As for the quality of photos taken with the Hero7, the device can effectively apply various effects to the final pictures. This includes HDR, local tone mapping, and noise reduction to improve the overall quality of the pictures taken with the camera.
The support of multiple high resolutions will help bring the quality of your videos to a whole new level. What is more, the camera is also capable of capturing video in true 60 FPS while recording in 4K, 120 FPS in 2.7K, and in 240 FPS in 1080p, 960p, 720p.
A NEW WORD ON THE ACTION CAMERA MARKET
Unlike previous models in the GoPro camera line, the Hero7 features a high-quality touch screen that will make navigating the menus a tad bit easier. That said, the real issue with the camera hides in its convoluted design of the onboard menus and that the user’s manual doesn’t explain how to navigate through properly. Fortunately, you can always use the voice commands in order to start recording a new video or to take a picture.
On the bright side, however, when it comes to the autonomous capabilities of the camera, the Hero7 can operate for up to 120 minutes from a single battery charge. The lithium-polymer battery included in the kit takes around 1.5 hours to charge so in case you plan on taking the action camera with you on your trips we also recommend getting a capacious power bank as well.
Furthermore, the additional features include a waterproof housing that allows using the camera underwater on depths of up to 10 meters. But if that’s not quite enough, you can always opt for an additional casing that will allow recording in even deeper waters.
The Camera You Can Rely On
As you might have known, GoPro is a pioneer on the market of action cameras. Well deserved, the Hero7 is one of the best action cameras in the medium class today. Reliable, rugged, and extremely easy to use it brings a new definition of high-quality videos to the market. Indeed, this trendsetter is worth to be entrusted with your most significant memories.
AKASO V50 Pro
Small Camera, Big Opportunities
If you are in the market for a top-notch action camera in the middle price range than this workhorse from Akaso will definitely interest you. It pleases its user with an awesome image, loads of shooting options, and user-friendly interface.
The first and most important is the image quality, this model shoots in 4k resolution capturing 30 fps. The image sensor contains 20MP which means your photos and videos are always clear and ultra sharp. As for the photo/video settings, this tiny action camera offers a lot. You can adjust viewing angles in the range of 140°-170°. It has 4 modes: super wide, wide, medium, and narrow. In order to eliminate distortions that occur while shooting in the move, the camera has an LCD image correction feature. Additionally, there is built-in electronic image stabilisation and a 6-axis gyroscope that won’t let your videos turn into a blurred shaking disaster.
A Multitude of Accessories
The Akaso V50 video camera gives its user a little on top of the opportunity to film practically anywhere and make professional photos and videos. It gives a bunch of accessories that make use of this little cam effortless. For example, if you are going for an extreme mountain ride, you can install the camera to your helmet or bike wheel. There are also 5 tethers, bandages, and a protective backdoor in the box to help you shoot with more convenience. Last but not least, you get a Mini USB cable and a lens cloth with your V50. You might say that this stuff is redundant, but agree, it is always good to have some of such extras especially when your goal is to buy wisely.
Great in Many Ways
The Akaso V50 is equipped with a highly-responsive 2” IPS touch screen. It produces a bright detailed image and has an intuitive interface. The result is, setting up the cam, shooting, and footage previewing is far more pleasant than with most of the analogue models.
Summarising all the above, this video camera by Akaso is a rising star in the world of action cameras. With 4k photo/video shooting, user-friendly operation, and the opportunity to film both underwater and in the air, this little workhorse is a finding for its user.
Powerful Camera for Sports Enthusiasts
The Apeman TRAWO camcorder is a great choice for a submarine hunter, a surfer, a skydiver, an Alpine skier, or a cyclist, in other words, for anyone who gets the most of their activity and wishes it to be filmed for their blog or as a memento. Why is it so great? For many good reasons!
To start off - the image quality. This cam delivers 4k/30 fps or FullHD/60fps sharp videos. High-quality image sensor with 20 MP is always ready to deliver its user lifelike HD photos. In order to guarantee a photographer less colour dispersion and aberrations, the manufacturer has equipped this model with a 7-layer glass lens and Ultra-Wide viewing angles.
The heart of this camera is a Hisilicon chip with an advanced image processor and a high-quality sensor by Panasonic. As you might have known, Hisilicon is the Huawei-owned fabless semiconductor company that has been producing chips and processors for more than 25 years. They are also known as the largest domestic designer of integrated circuits in China. Indeed, the manufacturer took heed to use the best hardware for their products.
Moving on, the TRAWO cam supports the electronic image stabilization technology, high-definition 120fps for a slow-motion effect, loop recording, and time-lapse. Seeking for a good shoot? This little cam can give you that.
Depending on the type of your adventure, the TRAWO video camera by Apeman offers you 4 different scene modes:
- The landscape mode that allows you to achieve more depth of a field with focus on every detail. The aperture is minimised here.
- The portrait mode with intelligent face recognition function that gives you the background blur effect while all the faces are highlighted. The aperture is maximised in this mode.
- The defogging function helps you take a clear photo on a very foggy day.
- And the last and most favourite is the underwater mode. The camera has a built-in green filter that adjusts to the light condition at depth. But the best is that the Apeman TRAWO is 40m waterproof. So if you are a submarine hunter or a diver, with this action camera your filming options are great.
The TRAWO action camera features a 2” IPS screen. It displays sharp and clear images with high fidelity colours, so you are never misled about the quality of your footage by poor screen capabilities.
This model also comes with two rechargeable 1350mAh batteries with a solid run time (120 min in 1080P and 90 min in 4K). Not bad for a camera in the price range. Well, with all the features this model has to offer, there is no doubt that the Apeman TRAWO is at the top end of the budget underwater action cameras.
A Solid Competitor to More Expensive Models
The Akaso EK7000 has features that many top models such as GoPro have, and it gives you many video opportunities at a very reasonable price. This camera allows you to capture 4K videos (3840x2160). However, take note that when shooting a blue streak in this resolution, an image might seem a bit blurred. That is because the picture frequency for this format is 25fps. So when you need to film objects that are moving very fast, we recommend you to select 1080P mode (1920x1080) with 60 fps. The image will be sharper, then. A built-in Wi-Fi module is another advantage of Akaso. It allows for the wireless setting of video parameters. Plus, all the videos and footage will go to your phone immediately so that you can look them through. In order to optimise this process, you will just need to install iSmart DV on your smartphone or tablet. It works well on both Android and iOs. So it will take just a few minutes to get full access to your materials via your gadget. By the way, you can control your 4K cam via Wi-Fi at a 10-15m distance. That also expands your options a lot. Since there are many different mount accessories, and Akaso is compatible with most of the GoPro mounts, you can get the most of your sports cam installing it in the most convenient way. You will also find a waterproof case in the box. With its help, you will be able to capture underwater videos at the depth of up to 98 feet (30m). In other words, this high-class camera is a must-have for adventurers and any other enthusiasts who want to catch all special moments. Indeed, the Akaso EK7000 is a real bargain.
Distance Is Not a Problem
This 4K action camera comes with a 2.4G remote controller. You can affix it around your wrist and command your Akaso camera at a distance. There are several buttons on the controller to start/stop video or photo shooting. You will notice that not all models have such a useful option.
Have Twice as Much Time
The Akaso EK7000 action camera requires a 1050 mAh battery which allows for continuous operation for up to 90 minutes. However, you are not limited to this time. Since it comes with an extra battery in the box, you can double your shooting time and capture more special moments.
A Slow Motion Video Mode
If you like to capture the night life of your city, for instance, the Time Lapse mode will be a pot of gold for you. You can edit a photo/video easily since images are made with 0.5 - 60 seconds interval. And in case you'd like to make videos in slow motion, use the 720p mode that records at 120fps.
A Good Budget Action Camera to Start With
The Campark X20 is another high-potential underwater action camera in our list. It promises professional image quality and very simple operation. In other words, if you are new to vlogging and want to start with a high-quality action camera in the budget price range, this little cam should be right up your alley.
Without further ado let’s find out what helps the X20 gain popularity. The image quality is good. This model can film videos in Ultra HD 60fps which results in a detailed and smooth video. It also supports 4k 24 fps which gives pretty good results when filming some picturesque views in the open country. For motor racing, we would switch to 1080P 60 fps or even 720 120 fps resolutions. The picture will be crisper.
Next, the Campark camera has an advanced electronic image stabilization to shoot on-the-move and still get stable videos. Low light mode, distortion correction, adjustable viewing angles, an image sensor with 20 MP by Sony, and continuous shooting mode ensure you will get the best shot from the first time. By the way, the continuous shooting captures 3, 5, or 10 photos at a time, for sure, you won’t miss a thing. Finally, this camcorder has a waterproof design. So if the underwater world excites you, you will like the X20 also for letting you record your adventures at up to 30m depth.
The Dual Control
When it comes to usability, Campark offers a simple design and intuitive interface. Being more specific, this action camera is equipped with a 2” LCD touch screen. It produces sharp images with crisp colours for more detailed footage preview. The sensor is pretty sensitive, which in combination with an intuitive interface makes a setup process a matter of a few seconds. The Campark X20 also has a double screen, a small second display on the front panel just like the GoPro7. It shows the mode, video recording time, and the battery. Very handy for video streaming. By the way, remote control is also easy with Campark. You get a wrist 2.4G remote controller in the box. It is resistant to water splashes and light rain.
The X20 comes with two 1050mAh batteries. Each of them performs 90mins when shooting in 1080P or about 60 mins in 4K. Finally, this model supports Wi-Fi, so you can upload photos and videos to your Facebook page or YouTure right from the camera. Or, you can preview and edit your adventures on your smartphone and then share them with your friends.
Loaded to the Full
You get a lot of accessories with Campark. The package is full of handy mounting kits and other stuff a newbie vlogger may need for a start. You will find a bicycle bracket, helmet pedestals, bandages, switch supports, a waterproof case, fixed base, and other handy accessories that let you use your camera to the full. Overall, the quality-to-price ratio is what makes the Campark X20 stand out and get into our list. It promises pretty good photo and video quality, is stuffed with accessories, and easy to use.
What Is an Action Camera?
Nowadays, video shooting technologies are developing very quickly, allowing millions of people all over the world to capture any activities. No need to say, lots of us want to shoot videos while doing some sports, but it's difficult to control a camera - it vibrates so much that the video is usually very poor. That's why action cameras have been developed - they are compact and have a sophisticated stabilization mechanism in order to provide stunning videos. Most sports cameras are fully protected against dust, moisture, and shock, so that you can even dive and capture the underwater world. Equally, any sports camera can shoot a video of your crazy bike ride or, for example, a daredevil parachute jump. Any person practicing extreme sports should have such a camera! Everybody has probably heard about GoPro cameras, but there are more HD action cameras on the market. That's why we picked the best devices and compared them by the most important features only. Now, go ahead and read our sports camera review!
However, if you want to get a camera for recording the road conditions when you're driving, we recommend you to read our comparison of the best car cameras.
Also, make sure to read our new review of waterproof cameras. These devices allow making stunning photos even underwater without any cases or accessories.
What Features to Compare
An action camera isn’t similar to a regular gadget designed for capturing still images and thus, becomes a spotlight of all those personalities who are engaged in extreme sports. Sports cameras are usually attached to bikes, cars, clothing and equipment and therefore, designed to be lightweight, compact and impact-resistant. Consider different shapes and dimensions to find the camera that would fit your setting. They aren’t made to be equal so you better go along with your own needs while choosing among multiple models.
If you don’t want to be limited to shooting capabilities, it’d be better if you choose a waterproof cam. With one of those attached to your diving suit, capturing videos and photos of the underwater world would be a breeze. Some action cameras are wrapped in protective cases (removable and not) to allow immersion in the water up to 60 meters in depth. That’s quite impressive properties most of us could only dream about even a few years ago. For users’ convenience, a lot of cameras are equipped with displays using which in some situations is absolutely invaluable help. From there you’ll also find information on battery life.
Among the most important tech specifications that cannot go unnoticed are resolution and frame rate per second. If you seek for a sports camera to set off down true breath-taking adventures, you surely need to opt for the highest available 3840 x 2160 resolution (also known as 4K). For most average users who plan to use it only now and then, Full HD would suffice the needs. Consider the frame rate if you’d like to shoot professional video clips. 60 fps for motion capture will be good for most users while for those who’d love to dive and do extreme cycling taking pictures on the go there’s no other way rather than get a cam with the yield of 120 frames per second. Check out a viewing angle to know how much scenery it’s possible to capture. A small angle, by the way, isn’t necessarily a bad specification for it allows video shooters to put smaller objects in the forefront.
Action cameras support a number of modes and options to enhance users’ experience and provide them with the right tools to make shooting much more exciting and pro-like. So, make sure that you consider all available options and find them suitable for your activities and needs. Like being mentioned above, a sports camera is used mostly by extreme personalities who practice jumping, climbing, driving and other sports activities, willing to capture the slow motion of their tricks. Therefore, it’s got to be simple to use and control. Most models on the market have only one or two buttons to navigate through modes and settings, and that’s pretty handy.
Q: What’s the difference between an ordinary camera and an action camera?
A: Action cameras are designed for sports. Therefore, these devices are usually lightweight, compact, and easy to configure. Sports cameras are equipped with an image stabilization system which is responsible for focusing and image sharpness. Also, they have a rugged casing to withstand heavy bumps and falls. Many action cameras can shoot underwater as well.
Q: How good are these cameras at shooting videos?
A: Well, it depends on the model you choose but generally these cameras deliver a great video quality. You can assess how good the model is by checking the FPS rate (frames per second) in different resolutions. For a smooth, artifact-free picture, for example, the FPS rate should be no less than 60, no matter what resolution you choose.
Q: What’s the maximum resolution an action camera can provide?
A: This parameter depends on the model you choose. The top-of-the-line sports cameras can shoot videos at 3840x2160 pixels (Ultra HD). However, the higher the resolution, the lower the FPS rate.
Q: What viewing angle do action cameras have?
A: They have wide-angle lenses but the viewing angles may differ. The best models deliver a viewing angle of 170°, though affordable models may have a smaller angle.
Q: Do sports cameras have a zoom?
A: No, they don’t support a zoom function.
Q: Can action cameras record sound?
A: Yes, most sports cameras don’t just shoot videos but record sound as well. The best models even have a sophisticated sound processing system and record stereo sound.
Q: Do they support memory cards?
A: Yes, they do. Sports cameras don’t provide a lot of internal storage space. That’s why they require memory cards of different types. As usual, they are microSD or SDXC/SDHC cards. Don’t forget to check the maximum capacity that a camera supports, though.
Q: Can these devices be used underwater?
A: Yes, most of them can. However, some devices have a waterproof casing, while others need a special waterproof case (it’s either included in the package or sold separately). If the model you choose requires a waterproof case, don’t try using the camera underwater without one.
Q: What’s the maximum depth I can dive with my GoPro camera?
A: It depends on the model. However, the models in waterproof cases can be used deeper than those that don’t have one.
Q: Can I mount a GoPro camera on my bike helmet?
A: You can if you have a special mount. Some extreme sports cameras come with a pretty rich accessory kit including a bike helmet mount. However, for some devices, these mounts should be purchased separately.
Q: Can I take photos with an action camera?
A: You surely can! Apart from shooting videos, such devices can make brilliant photos. However, the sensors used on such cameras usually have a much smaller resolution than those used on DSLR cameras.
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