Video has long been dominated by analog technology, and even in the modern era of global computing, some types of cassettes and tapes are still being produced. Nevertheless, they became the lot of professionals and nostalgic amateurs, and convenient, lightweight and compact digital video cameras took the main market niche. For their simplicity, reliability and protected body (standard or external), they are called 'action cameras', that is, a device designed for dynamic shooting. Below are the top ten devices of 2018 with features and key specs.
One of the best budget solutions. The camera is characterized by high stability, high-quality body and aqua box included in the delivery set. Shoots video in HD at 60 frames / s, as well as in Full HD at 30 frames / s, the maximum resolution for still photography is 12 megapixels.
Price – 2,500 rubles.
Xiaomi Yi Sport
The popular Chinese brand Xiaomi has delighted fans with an inexpensive and convenient action camera that is very easy to sync with any Mi series smartphones. The novelty is equipped with a 16-megapixel sensor with a physical size of 1 / 2.3 inches from Sony and is capable of shooting Full HD video at 60 fps. In addition, slow motion is provided: at a resolution of 480p, the device records up to 240 frames per second.
Price – 4,000 rubles.
The idea of combining a compact camera and an action camera in one one-piece waterproof body is worth considering in itself. We can say that HP has done an excellent job of this task, having released a device with a 10-megapixel 1 / 2.3 CMOS sensor. The camera is equipped with two displays and a wide-angle high-aperture lens (F / 2.8), however, it writes video only in VGA resolution.
Price – 4 500 rubles.
This Packard has a classic layout and only one display. The maximum photo resolution is only 5 megapixels, but video recording is available in Full HD. But the camera got a place in today's rating for a high-quality lens with a short focal length, which provides a clear, contrasting picture even in backlight.
Price – 5 500 rubles.
Xiaomi Mi jia 4K
The wide-angle lens with optical glass lenses, built-in UV filter and 2.8 unit aperture is impressive, but the main feature of Mijia is the low-noise Sony IMX317 matrix. Thanks to it, the camera is able to record 4K video at 30 fps, and Full HD – up to 100 fps.
Price – 7,500 rubles.
SJCAM SJ7 Star
Don't like perspective distortion from action cameras? Then this model is for you. In addition to 4K video recording, it is equipped with an automatic distortion correction system, which almost completely eliminates the fish-eye effect. In addition, the model can work with a variety of external accessories – from a microphone to a remote control.
Price – 12,000 rubles.
Samsung Gear 360
The new Gear is more convenient, more functional and faster than previous models of the series and most other panoramic cameras. The Dual Pixel sensor delivers superb detail and light sensitivity, while the maximum f / 2.2 aperture will appeal to those who like to shoot in the evening and at night. The maximum video resolution is 3840 × 2160 pixels at 24 fps. A live broadcast is available on social networks through the proprietary Samsung application.
Price – 16,000 rubles.
GoPro products need hardly any introduction – they are classics, trendsetters in the world of action cameras. “Seven” saw the world relatively recently and has the best value for money. A large, high-resolution display with touch zoom, an excellent OIS lens, and a high-quality sensor will satisfy even the most sophisticated user. The only drawback is the lack of 4K, the maximum available standard is Full HD + (1440 pixels on the smaller side) with a frequency of 60 fps.
Price – 20,000 rubles.
Ezviz CS-S5 Plus
In fact, the Ezviz CS-S5 Plus is a complete system camera in a compact body. You can control sensitivity, aperture, shutter speed (up to 30 seconds). Video shooting is carried out in 4K format, a special slow-motion mode is provided for HD video. Two noise-canceling stereo microphones are responsible for sound recording, while the latest OIS wide-angle lens ensures excellent picture quality.
Price – 30,000 rubles.
The gold for today's review went to the new flagship from GoPro with the latest generation of 18MP sensor. It is capable of capturing 5.2K spherical video at 30fps, 60fps at 3K. The Fusion dual lens features multi-axis stabilizers and four microphones capture sound. Photos can be taken at 180 and 360 degrees, with professional RAW format and many manual adjustments available. The picture quality is comparable to top-end compact cameras and semi-professional 'DSLRs'.
Among other advantages of the model, it is worth noting a long battery life, small dimensions and weight, a protected case (even without an aqua box, it is possible to dive to 5 meters), the function of simultaneous operation with two memory cards with a capacity of up to 128 GB.
Price – 60,000 rubles.
At home, on a walk, during outdoor activities or playing sports – everywhere your action camera will be a reliable companion that will capture and preserve the bright moments of life. We hope we have helped with choosing the right model.