GoPros are the gold-standard for action cameras, there is no doubt in that. When it comes to recording your snowboarding escapades or water rafting experiences, GoPro is the first camera you turn to. However, if you are seeking to be a little less mainstream, there are actually a variety of action cameras available in the market, capable of doing the same thing GoPro does, and maybe an even better job for the same price.
The Yi Action Camera is capable of shooting videos in full-HD and has a 16MP camera, capable of recording time-lapse videos in several time-interval modes of 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 seconds. It is even capable of snapping photos via burst at 3/5/7 per second/7 in 2 seconds.
Will the Yi Action Camera give GoPro a run for its money, Engadget might think so.
One of the heavier action cameras in the market, the Drift HD Ghost-S weights about 171g, but it has a huge display size of 2-inches. Meant for water sports, the Drift HD is capable of being submerged up to 9.8 feet underwater without even requiring a case. In terms of resolution and wide-angle views, the Drift HD also offers a variety of options, letting you record 1080p video at 25, 30, 50, and up to 60fps and offering viewing angles of 90, 127, and 160 degrees.
Coming in at 2.6 x 1.5 x 2.8 inches, the Kodak PixPro SP1 isn’t tiny, but it’s powerful. It holds a 1.5″ colour screen and records videos in 1080p resolution. Furthermore, it has a variety of capturing modes to choose from.
- Ultra Wide (159, 141, 137, or 123 degrees,)
- Medium (120, 109, and 94 degrees)
- Narrow (90, 82, or 72 degrees)
Under low-light conditions, the 14MP still-shots hold up well and colours are well-saturated and reproduced. An all-purpose budget action camera, the Kodak PixPro SP1 doesn’t disappoint, whether you are a skateboarder, cyclist, or even snorkeller.
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