6 Must-Know Action Camera Facts before Buying One
ACTION CAMERAS PROVIDE YOU DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW SHOTS
An Action Camera is preferred over a standard DSLR/Point and Shoot due to its rugged and small built, making it perfect if you want it to be mounted in different configurations – Chest, Hand, Leg, tied to a tree, the list goes on.
ACTION CAMERAS ARE TOUGH!
One of the prerequisites of an action camera is its ability to stand the test of environmental conditions. Most have housings which make them waterproof (Most can go as deep as 40-60m underwater), and can take a bit of rough handling. Afterall, action cameras ARE built for extreme activities.
ACTION CAMERAS ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR WIDE FIELD OF VIEW (FISHEYE EFFECT)
An Action Camera has a much wider lens to create a more immersive footage. This wide field of view is largely known as the fisheye effect to many. A typical action camera has a field of view of around 140 – 170 degrees, compared to a point and shoot with only about 100 degrees.
FISHEYE EFFECTS ON ACTION CAMERAS CAN BE REMOVED
While the Fisheye effect is appealing to most, some do prefer their footage to look more natural. The fisheye effect can be fixed easily by editing in your GoPro Studio Software (or most other video editing applications) using the “Remove Fisheye” setting. If you don’t want the hassle of post editing your footage, most action cameras such as the GoPro have FOV adjustments settings, so you can switch to a narrower view (We recommend Medium Settings on the GoPro).
ACTION CAMERAS HAVE SHORT BATTERY LIFE
Most Action Cameras last only between 1-3 hours depending on your usage. It’s not a lot, so it is wise to think about investing in extra batteries if you do get an action camera. If you’re interested, do also read up on our Tips on maximizing your Action Camera Battery Life
ACTION CAMERAS NEED GOOD MEMORY CARDS
Ever heard of stories of Action Cameras Overheating, Freezing footages etc? A big part of this happens because the wrong types of memory cards were used. Action Cameras are similar to supercomputers shrunk into a tiny cube, and so while they look small, they require high processing power and a good memory card. We never recommend anything under a Class 10 for all action cameras, and more powerful cameras like the GoPro HERO4 Black Edition should be fitted with an even more powerful microSD card. Watch our video on Choosing the Right Memory Card for you.