Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.
Action cameras have become a hit among those who love traveling and extreme whose life is filled with bright moments and unforgettable impressions. Unfortunately, not all fans of this spending time can afford expensive models small gadgets, and are forced to use only what enough free budget.
The editors of the magazine, together with experts drew attention to actual problem of recent days and compiled its list of 9 most the best budget action cameras with low price and acceptable video quality settings. The rating was compiled on based on the following aspects:
- build and work quality;
- average cost;
- rated technical parameters;
- consumer reviews;
- fame in the Russian market.
- Rating of the best budget action cameras
- GitUp Git2P Pro Panasonic 170 Lens
- AC Robin Zed2
- Xiaomi Mijia Mi Action Camera 4K
- SJCAM SJ4000 WiFi
- Rekam XPROOF EX640
- Gmini MagicEye HDS5100
- EKEN H9R
- Digma DiCam 385
- X-TRY XTC162
Rating of the best budget action cameras
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Rating of the best budget action cameras||1||GitUp Git2P Pro Panasonic 170 Lens||6 800 rub.|
|2||AC Robin Zed2||7 004 rub.|
|3||Xiaomi Mijia Mi Action Camera 4K||6 646 rub.|
|4||SJCAM SJ4000 WiFi||4 249 rub.|
|5||Rekam XPROOF EX640||4 240 rub.|
|6||Gmini MagicEye HDS5100||2 730 rub.|
|7||EKEN H9R||3 190 rub.|
|8||Digma DiCam 385||1 944 rub.|
|9||X-TRY XTC162||1 658 rub.|
GitUp Git2P Pro Panasonic 170 Lens
First Place GitUp Git2P Pro Panasonic – Merit Components action cameras that work great with capture and processing Images. The Novatek NTK96660 processor is responsible for performance coupled with the adequate operation of the system functions, and the Panasonic matrix 16 megapixel MN34120PA allows you to achieve optimal picture at shooting in 2k resolution. There is a full automatic image stabilization, photo mode and time-lapse, thanks to which users can get exactly the result of shooting that they want to.
A qualitatively different level of performance of the action camera is revealed on stage of viewing peripheral parameters such as Energy consumption. Offline GitUp Git2P Pro Panasonic fulfills up to 2 hours, for which it manages to fill at maximum All available 64 GB Micro SD memory. Digging here is not particularly up to of what – even the components were chosen so as not to offend none of the potential buyers.
- 16-megapixel CMOS sensor from Panasonic;
- auto stabilization function;
- fast processor from Novatek;
- 120 min battery life.
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AC Robin Zed2
AC Robin Zed2 – a budget action camera with video recording in 2k resolution (2880×2160 pixels) and a viewing angle of 160 degrees. Supports widescreen shooting and has a 16MP CMOS sensor with electronic image stabilization and auto white balance. Due to the “strong” set of hardware characteristics when recording in Full HD models managed to reach a frequency of 60 frames per second – the captured videos look dynamic and smooth, without any artifacts, graininess and gaps in the video stream.
An important feature of AC Robin Zed2 was the availability of support flash cards with 64 GB of memory – apparently, manufacturers here understand about the importance of convenience to users. Options are not the most “fat”, but quite good, as well as overall dimensions (weight is 58 gr). From the rest, we can note only a complete set of interfaces (HDMI, USB and Wi-Fi) and the fact that the camera is definitely worth it of money.
- 16 megapixel sensor;
- the presence of electronic image stabilization;
- Native application for working with media files.
- lack of a shooting function in 4k-resolution.
Xiaomi Mijia Mi Action Camera 4K
The third place ranking goes to the budget action camera from Chinese company Xiaomi. Let’s say in advance: she is not the best in rating from the position of numbers, but in terms of characteristics not less good than Panasonic’s GitUp. For performance in Mijia Mi Action Camera 4K meets Ambarella A12S75 processor supporting auto stabilization function, white balance settings and other less significant parameters. The 8-megapixel matrix actually shoots like this same as the 16-megapixel analog in the AC Robin Zed2 model (difference between them is minimal). But in terms of resolution, it’s implemented here Full Ultra HD – 3840×2160. True, the viewing angle is underestimated. utterly: 145 degrees does not fit into any framework reasonable.
Other features of the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Action Camera 4K follow highlight the presence of a touch screen, an abundance of recording modes and lack of wired interfaces as such. Instead of the last in models are provided for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, giving communication with others Xiaomi gadgets. The battery life of the camera does not exceed 1 hours, and the weight almost reaches 100 g.
- high quality of shooting even with obviously low hardware specifications;
- the presence of a touch screen and image auto-stabilization;
- cheap and affordable accessories in mass markets;
- low price.
- small viewing angle of the camera;
- 1 hour of battery life;
- lack of wired interfaces.
SJCAM SJ4000 WiFi
The fourth line of the rating went to SJCAM SJ4000 WiFi for quality parameters, namely for the 12-megapixel CMOS matrix, which allows you to shoot really beautiful videos. True, in Full HD resolution, but at a stable 30 frames per second, smoothly, with exposure adjustment and automatic white balance. The viewing angle is 170 degrees, which makes it possible work in widescreen mode.
By chance, JCAM SJ4000 WiFi was not lucky enough to get support for large amounts of memory: the maximum camera is working with 32 GB Micro SD. But, in fairness, from the Rekam XPROOF EX640 her distinguished by the richest equipment, and the availability of Wi-Fi, and low weight with compact dimensions. In general, the option is not without flaws, but able to capture all the important moments of travel in colors.
- excellent quality recordings at a resolution of 1080p;
- huge equipment;
- 12 megapixel matrix;
- compact, lightweight and stylish camera.
- case without moisture protection;
- does not remove in 4k resolution;
- Supports up to 32GB flash memory.
Rekam XPROOF EX640
Rekam XPROOF EX640 – a budget camera with great potential recording quality, which was accompanied by an inadequately small volume readable memory. The CMOS matrix in this model has a resolution of 8 megapixels, and the combination of structural elements allows you to record video in UHD 4k resolution at 30 frames per second.
As with competitors, the Rekam XPROOF EX640 has features slow, loop and continuous shooting, but without image stabilization. The weight of the camera is 96 g at relatively small dimensions in width, height and depth (thickness) – 59x43x30 mm. The housing is waterproof, which partially determines the scarcity of equipment. However the main a drawback, according to many users, is the ability reading micro-flash drives with a memory capacity of not more than 32 GB. This nuance makes the model from Rekam equivalent to the device from Gmini.
- 8 megapixel matrix;
- stable video shooting at a resolution of 3840×2160;
- the presence of HDMI and USB.
- the ability to expand memory only up to 32 GB;
- scarce set of components;
- lack of Wi-Fi interface.
Gmini MagicEye HDS5100
The ideological continuation of all previous representatives of the rating with 170 degree viewing angle and the ability to shoot stable video in Ultra 4k format. Record framerate, as it should be of high quality action cameras ranging from 120 at 720p HD to 30 frames per second with 4k shooting. No large drawdowns, as well as flaws from the picture, although no advanced automatic settings stabilization or something else is not observed. From advanced to Gmini MagicEye HDS5100 can be distinguished except for the amazing balance white.
For the first time in the ranking, an action camera has acquired an HDMI interface in appendage to USB and Wi-Fi. You can still complete it only 64 GB flash drive – there is no memory of its own. Like waterproof case, the benefit that comes with an aquabox. The model weighs only 45 grams and works offline up to 93 minutes.
- The optimum ratio of price and quality;
- stable video at up to 30 frames per second (when shooting in resolution 3840×2160 pixels);
- modes of time dilation, cyclic and continuous records;
- low weight.
- own case does not have moisture protection;
- lack of internal memory and the ability to install flash cards larger volume (than 64 GB);
- 4 megapixel matrix.
Chinese budget action camera of the old format, updates which is achieved by new firmware releases with practically invariable internal components. EKEN H9R is a popular device in the circles of domestic lovers of active leisure. Covers almost all current quality formats today video: from HD 720p to Ultra 4k, delivering from an impressive 120 to extremely modest 25 frames per second (with drawdowns of up to 15 at most difficult to handle places). Of course, this is a nuance, on which can not be ignored.
If we talk about peripheral indicators, then I want to note 170 degree lens view, 90 minutes continuous stand-alone work (battery 1040 mAh), as well as the first truly waterproof case. EKEN H9R costs as much as Digma DiCam 385, but in some cases it looks much better than its direct competitor.
- waterproof case;
- 170 degrees camera view;
- advanced equipment;
- the presence of a Wi-Fi module.
- 4 megapixel camera;
- quite serious fps drawdowns when shooting at maximum quality settings.
Digma DiCam 385
Digma DiCam 385 is a little more attractive choice than previously reviewed X-TRY XTC162. All things being equal, this the action camera has a wide-angle lens, allowing cover up to 160 degrees of the front view, and also shoot full widescreen video.
The total weight of the model is 58 grams with dimensions of 60x41x30 mm. His Digma DiCam 385 has no memory, but users can install Micro SD (and other types of micro-flash drives) up to 64 GB. Capacities battery lasts for 90 min continuous shooting with active screen – if you turn off the screen, you can increase this time up to 108 minutes Still missing video stabilization and other attributes of high-quality action cameras, but for the money the offer is more than good.
- up to 108 minutes of continuous video recording with maximum permission;
- light weight device;
- the ability to shoot video in widescreen mode;
- rich equipment (plenty of brackets and accompanying accessories).
- lack of own memory;
- lack of Wi-Fi interface;
- set of automatic settings is limited by balance white.
Budget action camera with support for high-definition video (Ultra HD 4k) and moderate feature set. X-TRY XTC162 has dimensions of 59.3 x 30 x 41.1 mm, and weighs no more than 60 grams. Uses 8MP IMX179 CMOS sensor and Allwinner processor V3, which allows you to process the video stream at maximum resolution with a peak frame rate of 30 frames per second.
In addition to standard video shooting, the X-TRY XTC162 supports loop recording, slow motion and single shot modes. Functions such as image stabilization, laser aiming and remote control is not implemented here – from the good you can mention only white auto-correction. But the action camera accepts 64 GB Micro SD, has a Wi-Fi module and allows you to record video continuously for 90 minutes.
- low price;
- good quality 4k-shooting;
- underwater box included;
- wireless Wi-Fi interface;
- viewing angle is 140 degrees.
- lack of own memory;
- lack of protection against external influences (plastic case without moisture protection);
- a small number of automatic settings.
Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.