Bargain Action Cam

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Shaun
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Bargain Action Cam

Post by Shaun » 03 Mar 2018, 09:35

When I first started using these instead of Go-Pro's they were around the £100.00 mark. Absolute bargain for £12.00 shipped

https://www.newfrog.com/product/full-hd ... tm_term=EU

Perfect for capturing all your button pushing escapades on film..

Or for £7.00 more a 4K version.. This one even has Gyro stabilisation for wobble free shots.

https://www.newfrog.com/product/outdoor ... der-192150

Shaun

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Re: Bargain Action Cam

Post by Flynn » 03 Mar 2018, 13:47

The '4K' action cam I had wasn't 4K, it wasn't even fullHD, even the claimed 30fps was interpolated and it still dropped frames - absolute garbage, so you need to be a bit careful when looking for a cheap '4K' action cam. If Shaun can vouch for the ones he has listed then IMHO thats the place to buy them from.....
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Re: Bargain Action Cam

Post by Shaun » 03 Mar 2018, 14:13

I've had lots of action cams sent for review over the past 3 years.. The SJ cam being one of them . Best performing ones I've found use the genuine Sony Exmor sensor. Cheap slow memory cards are the main issue with action cams re dropped frames.


I don't vouch for anything that only costs 12 quid delivered and offers so much, it was just a suggestion based on past experience. 😁 I wouldn't want to bung my Go Pro or anything expensive in my planes or drones......

We don't really need 4K for what we do though.

I would however vouch for my Nikkon D5300 and silly expensive Nikkon 300mm lens though.. Now thats a great camera for the money.
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Re: Bargain Action Cam

Post by Tobe » 03 Mar 2018, 16:52

Normally...you get what you pay for!

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Re: Bargain Action Cam

Post by FBMinis » 03 Mar 2018, 21:26

The Eken H9R seems to be the most popular right now. The footage is impressive and the price is low enough. None of my devices can reproduce over 1080p, as far as I understand. I feel like a dinosaur already :)

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Re: Bargain Action Cam

Post by ozrs » 04 Mar 2018, 03:36

I have tried a few of these cheaper action cams. The first was a HobbyKing one (~A$100) which was OK, until smashed in a crash.

I then got a EKEN W9Rse (~A$50) which was good and the remote control was useful to start the video just before takeoff. This was lost in long weeds when it detached from the quadcopter.

I then purchased 2 more of the EKEN W9Rse, but they weren't exactly the same as the first (remotes not compatible with first one - didn't give a clear beep on starting the video etc). One was out of focus and because the lens thread was spot glued in it was a PITA to refocus. These 2 cams never seemed to record video as good as the first.

I guess in summary, the quality of these cheap cams is variable and a bit of pot luck (even when reordering the same item from the same supplier).

However they only have a limited life expectancy (at least on quadcopters flown by me :D ) and are cheap - I can remember when a roll of film (24 shots) cost around $12 and another $12 to have it developed (40 odd years ago), so paying $21 today is a pretty good deal for a action cam.

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Re: Bargain Action Cam

Post by _AL_ » 10 Mar 2018, 03:22

I bought one of the SJ ones for around $40au or roughly 20 quid from Banggood a while back. The camera itself is fantastic but the batteries are the weak link.
They are supposed to be lithium but they self discharge quicker than any battery I've ever owned & don't live very long.
I went to use mine a couple of weeks ago & it looks like the new battery has died as well. Charged for an hour & wouldn't turn on....

Al

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