Mountain biking, motocrossing, skateboarding, bungee-jumping, skydiving -- you name it, these are some of the adrenaline-pumping sports that look both fun and exhilarating. And wouldn’t it be great if you able to record them all at the same time?
Which is why you should use an action camera. They are small, portable and specially designed to mount anywhere from the top of your helmet to a bike handlebar. Here are the top picks of 7 best action cameras for sports worth checking out for.
This superstar of GoPro’s flagship action camera can shoot a crisp 4K HDR video at 60fps and comes equipped with an improved image stabilisation system. It can go deep underwater to 10 metres below, and you don’t even need an extra housing for that!
Other highlights include its ability to shoot super slow-motion footage at 240fps, sturdy build quality and easy-to-use voice controls to activate settings like taking photos or start recording video.
Sony is no stranger to producing high-quality video cameras from camcorders to prosumer-level varieties. Carrying the same quality is the Sony FDRX3000R; a tiny action camera equipped with a 1/2.5-inch 16:9 Exmos R CMOS sensor as well as the renowned Zeiss Tessar multicoated lens.
It boasts the brand’s proprietary BOSS (Balanced Optical SteadyShot) technology that helps minimise shakes, resulting in a more stabilised and steadier video footage. You can use it to shoot either 4K or 1080p video up to 30fps and 120fps respectively. The action camera’s camcorder-like ergonomic design is another highlight here, offering a better and comfortable grip.
The Xiaomi Yi 4K may lack the big-brand name if to compare with a more popular rival like GoPro. But this action camera has its advantages, namely its competitive price and portable yet lightweight design that weighs only 95g.
It also boasts WiFi connectivity for easy sharing and top-tier image quality up to 12 megapixels, complete with adjustable photo settings such as ISO, white balance, time stamp and different shutter speed modes up to 30 seconds.
If you like capturing fast-moving footage like cycling or motocross, your best bet is to mount a tiny action camera onto your helmet. Take SjCam SJ6 Legend, for instance. It is particularly lightweight enough at just 84g and boasts a wide-angle lens that can shoot up to 166°.
The SjCam SJ6 Legend is also equipped with a Gyro Stabilisation technology that helps to eliminate annoying camera shake, ensuring you have smooth footage all the time.
The affordably-priced SjCam SJ4000 can record different MOV video modes, with the likes 720p at 60fps and 1080p at 30fps. Its camera features a 170° wide angle lens, allowing you to capture more footage within the frame. It also comes with an IP68-rated waterproof design that enables you to shoot underwater action up to 30 metres deep.
A 155° ultra-wide angled lens, a built-in microphone & speaker, featherweight design at just 76.6g -- you name it, the Xiaomi Yi Sport Action Cam has them in spades under its budget-friendly price range.
It supports Full HD 1080p video recording at 60fps. There’s even a 16MP Sony EXMOR R CMOS sensor for crisp and vivid images even at a low-light condition.
The Nikon Keymission 170 is built tough for both outdoor and indoor shooting, complete with shockproof and even freezeproof features that can withstand up to 6.6 feet and 14° respectively.
The camera also shoots a high-end 4K Ultra HD footage at 30p, allowing you to capture vivid yet sharper video. If that’s not enough, it comes with a remote control that enables you to shoot hands free via Bluetooth connection regardless of capturing still images or video recording.
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