Buying an action camera is not an easy task if you are a first time buyer. There are hundreds of action cameras available these days and you can buy them physically at a store or online like most people do. The issue with buying things online is that you haven’t actually seen the product and you only know what you can see on adds or a few reviews you will find online.
At first, I just wanted an action camera because I was planning on going snorkeling and wanted to capture all the awesome underwater footage of me snorkeling. I assumed all these cameras were okay as I saw a few reviews online that eventually made me purchase this camera. The price was also lower than most others which should have been a red flag for me but I was so optimistic and excited about my upcoming trip and I basically just wanted any action cam. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of purchasing this 1080P HD Action Camera.
- Action Camera Sport Camera 1080P Full HD Waterproof Underwater Camera
- Support micro SD card up to 32GB maximum
- Lots of mounting accessories included
- Multiple video recording formats: 1080P 720P WVGA
- Multiple photo shooting modes: Single shot, Snapper Mini appearance, diversified colors available
- 12 Mega Pixel HD 170 degree wide angle lens
- Experience underwater activities up to 30 meters
What are the Pros
- The outer design is really slick.
- There are a variety of colors for you to choose from so you don’t have to go with the ordinary black color.
- It is relatively cheap when compared to other HD action cameras.
- There are dozens of accessories you can buy for this camera that makes it easy to mount on bikes etc.
What are the Cons
The digital quality is poor. The digital display quality is poor. The camera is really not very easy to use. I had to keep looking for instructions on how to do simple things like switch between video and taking pics because it was so complicated. I followed the instructions and it still didn’t work. The quality of videos and pictures was really the lowest that I have seen. The pictures are not clear and were even less clear when I attempted to take pictures underwater. You could hardly see what I had taken pictures of it just showed the blue water.
The video stops on its own. You always have to turn the whole camera around to make sure its still recording. I deleted all videos and pictures taken with this camera as the quality was bad The battery life wasn’t great either. If the camera is fully charged you only get about 2 or 3 hours battery life out of it.
The camera has a variety of shooting modes which are pretty easy to navigate between but it makes absolutely no difference what mode you select and what picture quality level you select on the camera as it will all come out the same. The pictures lack color and sharpness. Everything is very blurry.
I was lucky enough to find an action camera rental stall on the beach. Turns out the stall was owned by our snorkeling tour guides. We had a really great snorkeling trip and had an awesome guide who took some really great pictures of me underwater. He also knew all the best paces to take pictures and videos and he would swim off with the camera and take great pics from time to time which was really helpful as it gave me more time to enjoy the whole snorkeling experience and not be to worried about snapping shots!
I rented a GoPro Hero 6 and it was much easier to use than the other 1080p action camera. The quality of the photos do not even compare. The pictures taken with the go pro are clearly defined and the color is so bright. This GoPro also caught some really great angles. It was really easy to switch between the different functions from burst shots to videos to time-lapse.
I didn’t have the GoPro application installed on my phone and so used a memory card instead to save all the great footage.
Lesson learned is to always do thorough research when purchasing electronic products like action cameras. It can be a little tough if you have absolutely no knowledge about camera technology (like me) but do your research by looking for reviews of products and asking around. Store sales people can be helpful at times and will give you unbiased opinions about the products they have on offer ( most times!) I hope this review will be useful as I didn’t find anything similar to it at the time I made my purchase.
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