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Action Camera Frequently Asked Questions 4k gopro hd sports cam 1080p pro goWhat is an Action Camera?
It is a small lightweight camcorder that mounts to your helmet, or other sports equipment like bicycle handlebars, snowboard, racing car, motorbike etc. It takes photos as well as videos. You can use it as a general purpose camera that fits easily in your pocket and it is light enough to take anywhere. It comes with a waterproof case making it ideal for watersports, such as surfing, diving, or just a trip to the beach with your family.
Why should I get another camera?
You probably already use a digital camera for still photos. Whilst some cameras also take high quality video many models do not. The action camera is small and light, so you can take it with you on expeditions where you would not normally carry a camera. It is easy to mount to most equipment for creative film making. It also takes photos at regular intervals so you can leave it running whilst you are doing your activity and come back with a photographic record of your adventure. Furthermore the waterproof case makes it ideal for watersports or just relaxing at the pool or beach.
What is the picture quality like?
The action camera takes good quality, sharp full HD video at 1080P. Photos are up to 8 megapixels and suitable for printing medium enlargements. It has high frame rate modes, so you can easily create smooth slow-motion effects. The combination of a sharp fixed focus glass lens and quality Sony CMOS sensor produces great pictures. You also have a burst mode of up to ten photos per second for capturing action shots.
Is it easy to use?
There is a large 2" LCD screen on the back so you can easily frame your shots, and check that they have come out the way you want them whilst you are still on location. The many features are accessed by a menu system. It is easy to change any of the settings as needed. A variety of common mounting options are included in the kit. The waterproof case clips into the mounts so you can easily position and remove the sports cam. A WiFi remote control is also included, so you do not have to reach to the actioncam to start and stop recording. You can mount it somewhere inaccessible and still operate it.
Is it worthwhile doing photography, or should I just enjoy my sport?
The answer to this question is personal and we can only talk about our own experiences. Adding something new to your sport, like taking photos and making videos, can re-kindle the flame. If you are getting bored of riding the same trails on your bike, or skiing on the same slopes an interest in photography helps make it more interesting. It gives you another reason to spend lots of time outside participating in your sport. Also if you go to new places it is good to have a record of the trip. Memories are good but can fade with the passing of time. When you have a photographic record it can bring back memories later on. You can share it with your family and friends, and show people what you get up to who otherwise would not know.
Although you may not use it every day, It will be there for the times when you want it. Much like an ordinary photo SLR is there when you need it, but you don't carry it with you all the time!
How do I edit the videos?
For short videos you do not need to edit and can use the files straight off the camcorder. Carefully avoid moving the sports cam when starting and stopping the recording, so that you get a smooth video. For longer videos and if you want to combine different files you will need a video editing program on your computer. Fortunately most modern PCs are powerful enough to process digital video at 1080P.
There are some free programs available for basic filmmaking (such as Windows Movie Maker that comes as standard with Windows XP). If you want more advanced editing tools then you can invest in a commercial package. We recommend Serif MoviePlus, but unfortunately this has been discontinued by Serif and is no longer supported. See our action camera links page for other video editting software suggestions.
What size photo enlargements can I print?
Sports camcorders use a smaller image sensor than dedicated photo models. This limits the resolution and absolute detail of the photos. You do not notice for most applications, but printing needs higher resolution than viewing on a computer screen. We suggest that A4 sized prints (12" by 9") is around the maximum size possible before you notice some artefacts from sensor noise.
Should I go for a high end or low end model?
The market for sports camcorders has everything from VGA quality models, to top of the range 4k ones that encorporate larger sensors. The best 4k video looks sharp on a massive TV screen, with photos that rival a good conventional digicam. Here at Motion Pro we believe that having the latest and greatest technology is not so important - it is what you do with it that counts. Your digicam will tell your story, of activities, adventures, people and the exciting places you visit. A few good photographic techniques can make a bigger difference to these memories than the hardware you are using. Most modern digicams produce better image quality than is necessary for what the average photographer will use it for.
That said, the images you take will be unique and cannot be recreated again, so you want quality that stands the test of time. For this reason we do not recommend the older, lowest price models. The extra resolution, low light performance and true to life colours of recent CMOS technology ensures you will be happy with your images for years to come. Our Vision model provides the quality you need, without the high price tag of the very best 4k electronics. Spending more on the price/quality curve gives marginal returns, with two or three times the price needed for improvements in image sharpness, and features you may not often use. If you are a professional photographer, or have a specialist application it could be worth it, but for the ordinary user we suggest our Vision model is about right.
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