1. Select the image quality, frame rate and viewing angle according to your needs.
Before buying an action camera, you can think about what scene you will be shooting in or decide what subject you want to shoot in advance, and choose the corresponding resolution and angle of view, to shoot the scene you want.
① If you value image quality, choose a camera that supports 4K!4K is now becoming the mainstream resolution for action cameras. Of course, the higher the pixel quality, the more expensive the camera itself is, so it’s important to choose based on how you’ll use the video after shooting. If you don’t need to edit and upload the video you shoot, but just watch it yourself, full HD is enough.
② If it is action-packed photography, choose a high-frame rate camera!If you want to shoot intense sports videos, it is recommended to choose a camera with a high frame rate. Frame rate (FPS) refers to the number of frames recorded per second. The larger the number, the smoother the shooting effect will be. If there is 24-30FPS, the record of daily life is enough. However, if you want to attach it to a surfboard or bike for shooting, a high frame rate model that supports 60FPS is recommended. Especially in the case of 4K quality, if there is no smooth transition, then the high-quality video will appear to be stuck, so the high-pixel quality also needs to correspond to the high frame rate to play its best role.
③ Wide viewing angle is shocking, and small viewing angle can avoid picture distortion.The style and range of shooting video are determined by the viewing angle. Generally speaking, human eyes have a viewing angle of nearly 200 degrees. The closer the captured picture is to the 200-degree viewing angle, the more immersive it will be. The previous action cameras have a viewing angle of about 130 to 150 degrees. With the breakthrough of technology, products with an ultra-wide viewing angle of more than 200 degrees have been launched. The super wide-angle can give people some shocking feeling, but too much will also cause the possibility of picture distortion. So if you want to avoid this from happening, you might as well choose an action camera with a small viewing angle; on the contrary, an ultra-wide-angle action camera is recommended for immersive shock. In addition, some cameras can adjust the angle of view, and there are more choices, so you can learn more about it if you need it.
2. Select the function according to the shooting scene.
Choose the function according to the situation you use the sports camera, such as using the camera for a long time while traveling, or using the camera in the sea or in the swimming pool. Each situation requires corresponding functions, and you can choose according to your most basic needs.
① If you use the camera in a scene with severe vibration, the camera must have an anti-shake function!Camera anti-shake generally has optical anti-shake and electronic anti-shake. If you want to control the hand shake to a minimum, it is recommended to use an optical image stabilization camera; an electronic image stabilization camera can resist slight vibrations; so if you want to shoot smooth and high-quality videos, it is recommended to use an optical image stabilization camera. At the same time, it needs to be understood that optical image stabilization models can shoot beautiful images without afterimages, but due to the complex structure, the size of the camera body tends to be larger, and the cost will also be higher.
② Sea sports and outdoor shooting must have waterproof and dustproof functions.When shooting near water, choose a camera that is suitable for waterproof use. If you are shooting on the beach or other places, you can choose a camera with a water depth of less than 3 meters, so you don’t need to worry about being submerged; if you are shooting underwater such as diving, please choose a camera with a waterproof performance of 10-60 meters according to your hidden depth. Also, for off-road racing and motocross photography on mountain roads, it can collect dust, requiring a model with high dust resistance.
③ If you use it on a trip, please pay attention to the battery life!Before buying, confirm how long you can shoot after a single charge, and try to avoid the situation where the camera runs out of power halfway through the trip. After knowing the battery capacity and continuous use time, it is also a good way to prepare spare batteries. Plus, if you opt for the USB-charged model that charges via a power bank, it’s also handy in emergencies.
3. Choose a size and weight that is easy to carry!
When choosing an action camera, you should also pay attention to the size and weight. If possible, it is recommended to choose a small and light one. Like so-called body-worn cameras, action cameras can be worn on helmets or clothing for filming. If it is too heavy and too big, it will be difficult to install, especially for people who are shooting for a long time.
4. If you choose more accessories, the bicycle will be easier to install!
If the action camera comes with a variety of accessories, it will be easier to adapt to various scenes, so it is highly recommended. For example, when riding a bicycle, it can be mounted not only on the helmet, but also on the handlebars. Depending on the shooting position, the sense of presence will also vary.
5. Compatible with Wi-Fi Bluetooth function.
If you often use an action camera to share videos, it is recommended to equip an action camera with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. By connecting with a mobile phone or tablet and uploading to a social APP immediately, you can easily interact with friends and relatives, and some even have a live broadcast function. Those who have this need can consider starting with this style.
6. With a display screen, you can view the video immediately while shooting.
Models with a display screen are great if you want to view footage of your captured video in real time. Although the size will become larger because of the display, you can view and view the video you have shot while shooting. However, many action cameras do not have a display screen, and it seems unnecessary, because you can’t even see the display screen when shooting changing sports, but it is also very good for those who want to record Vlog videos and scenery. necessary.
7. When purchasing, you should compare the price.
For professionals, you should choose relatively high prices. For ordinary sports enthusiasts, cost performance may be more important.
8.Where to buy an action camera?
Buying a branded action camera is usually to go to their official website.