"Go Pros"…. what is the best budget alternative?
I am thinking of an Action Cam as a pressie…. not even really sure what for but my Wife is keen for family trips and it would be interesting to mess around with on the bike. They seem a bit like Chinese lights in that there are some great option for a fraction of the Go Pro type money but it takes a fair bit of digging to get the “best”.
So what would be the best Action Cam around the £50-100 mark? If a few more pennies gets something significantly “better” then we can consider it too 😀
Any thoughts appreciated, ta!
DanWPosted 2 years agoaracerSubscribercyclomonkey wrote:
Check out techmoan , he reviews all the cameras here the git1 looks good
Aagh, was all set to order an SJ4000 having deliberated for ages and now I’m not sure any more. Not really helped by the majority of my use likely to be to capture evidence when road riding for which I’d really like a low-profile bullet style cam, which none of the decent cheapish ones seem to come in.Posted 2 years ago
Thanks for the help guys. I’ve browsed the reviews and watched a ton of youtube videos but it seems most are pretty good and there are only a few duds out there nowadays. I’ll check out the Hero deal and work down from there 😀
Edit: The Argos deal seems to be £200 now… bit too much for me. I’ll keep browsing the suggestionsPosted 2 years agopjbartonMember
The verb is a good option if sub £100 – the screen is useful, it’s well built and the footage is ready to go vibrancy wise (as is iON) – GoPro can be great but needs ‘post’ fiddling. TomTom is great to use and has the best app but footage a bit pasty.
I’ve just finished a review of 6 action cams so it’s all fresh
The one I really wanted to test was the Sony, high end ones look great on YouTube but they wouldn’t send me one.Posted 2 years agorockhopper70Member
both filmed on a £45 hitachi gopro copy bought from argos.
I keep thinking of a gopro but it wouldnt make the content, subject or my riding any better so I’d look to get a reliable decent one with a warranty.
The xiamo camera gets good reviews but I dodn’t know how good the back up might be.Posted 2 years agopjbartonMember
This is footage all filmed at the same time for a magazine. I taped them all to an old handlebar, so it’s all a bit shaky but good for comparisons…
Garmin virb – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0pxwWwnEyo
tomtom bandit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO9G1yj_Egs
iON air pro 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p01virE9lZk
panasonic – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzcZvBOx5Oo
GpPro silver – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT5mu8kmkW0
iON on handlebars – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6n5VUBh9I4Posted 2 years agotimmysSubscriber
Yes, in my humble opinion, one massive one – it’s the wrong shape for chest mounting. With non-GoPro shaped cameras you either have to helmet mount, which makes the terrain look flat as a pancake and footage as boring as hell, or bar mount it which means the footage is ridiculously shaky.Posted 2 years agoaracerSubscribershindiggy wrote:
Eken H9, only cheapish one I’ve seen that does proper 1080p60.
But is the quality of the footage actually any good, or is that just a worthless headline figure? Presumably there’s pretty much zero advantage to the higher frame rate unless you’re going to slomo stuff.wrote:
With non-GoPro shaped cameras you either have to helmet mount, which makes the terrain look flat as a pancake and footage as boring as hell, or bar mount it which means the footage is ridiculously shaky.
Which is where I have a dilemna with my requirements. I know I’ll want to chest mount for nice footage off-road, but still want something discreet for helmet mounting on road (though a Virb doesn’t seem to manage that either having checked). I suppose maybe I just need to buy two, with a really cheap bullet cam for road use where I don’t care much about the quality.Posted 2 years agoiain1775Subscriber
just got an SJCam 4000+ this week after much deliberation and a few threads on her asking for advise
It seems great, is genuine and has updated to latest firmware no problems (update to something like v2.1 first then to v2.6 rather than going straight from the 1.6 mine came with to v2.6 as it doesn’t like that very much), image quality seems nice, shifting the settings around a bit has improved it no end
Has all features of the GoPro including wifi and screen, 2k recording, rotation, image stabilisation etc plus it can be used as a dashcam (has instant on and record when connected to a power source and cyclic recording) which a GoPro cant which was the decider for me as it gives it another use and I drive quite a bit for work
I paid a bit more to ensure UK stock and reduce risk of getting a fake off one but was still only £81 at Amazon here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01236R1X2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00
Forfilled by Amazon so easy returns if not satisfied
Avoid the SJ5000 series but if you want something like the newer smaller GoPro look at the M10 (or wifi version) still around £100
Cheap set of mounts including car and chest mounts which also seem fine (not used in anger yet though) here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00V4584GW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00Posted 2 years ago
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