Buying An Action Camera, Here Are 7 Tips to Choose the Right Actioncam

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There are many manufacturers of action cameras who all supply very good sport cameras, each with their own specific advantages and disadvantages. Here are 7 tips from to choose the right actioncam.

7 tips to choose the right action camera

GoPro is the inventor of the super compact camera that can be taken anywhere, connect to anything and that takes surprisingly good pictures. Another fun feature is the wide screen format, to show much more than normal cameras. There are many manufacturers of action cameras who all supply very good sport cameras, each with their own specific advantages and disadvantages. But which sport camera is best? Here are 7 tips to choose the right one. gives the advice.

1. Image quality
When buying an action camera, choosing the right one is not always easy. If optimal image quality is a priority, write speed of the memory card is an important factor. If this is too low, image quality will be reduced with blurry photos, or it might even pause when recording. A Class 10 memory card guarantees the best image quality.

2. Frames per second
For a stable film recording, the camera should process at least 50 frames per second with a high resolution. The higher the frames per second, the better the camera can compensate for tremors and fast movement. This makes the images look sharper and significantly smoother.

3. Size and weight of the action camera
Also pay attention to the size and weight of the camera. Cameras that are too big or heavy don’t work that well when filming, especially when mounted on a helmet or bicycle for instance.

4. User and user-friendliness
Before a camera is purchased it is useful to determine where it is used for and where it is mounted on. A tubular camera is easier to attach to the side of a helmet than a flat, rectangular camera. When used as a dash camera a flat camera is to be preferred. Also pay attention to the recording button of the camera and check if there is an acoustic recording signal when the camera starts and stops recording.

5. Waterproof video camera?
When mounted on a bicycle, the camera doesn’t have to be waterproof. But make sure the video camera has a waterproof shell when filming during rain storms or when shooting under water. For these circumstances the camera should at least meet the IPX7 norm.

6. Complementary apps, GPS and Wi-Fi with the sports camera
Practically all modern and compact cameras have Wi-Fi and the right apps. With this configuration it is very easy to make and check image details. There are also many apps to operate the video camera with a smartphone or look at the photos taken.

7. Which accessories are included or available?
A wide range of accessories guarantees varied and interesting perspectives. These are things like sticks and supports for bicycle frames, helmets or snowboards. The only limit is the creativity of the film maker!

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