The object of desire for bikers, skiers and surfers, action cams allow you to capture the most daring moments of your adventures
In the beginning, companies that produced action cams could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Only a few companies followed GoPro's lead and threw themselves into the unexplored field of shock, dust and water resistant cameras.
In the last ten years, the entire industry has taken giant steps forward and companies like Sony and Garmin have decided to focus on cameras for surfers, bikers and skiers. But that's not all. In fact, more and more users are buying a GoPro to capture their vacations from a very personal point of view (usually the devices are mounted on the users head or body). Grazie a queste aziende le fotocamere e le videocamere per l’avventura hanno conosciuto una seconda giovinezza e a beneficiarne sono stati anche i prodotti che oramai permettono di registrare filmati in altissima definizione.
La continua evoluzione tecnologica ha portato le videocamere a essere sempre più resistenti e versatili: possono essere utilizzate in qualsiasi tipo di sport, l’importante è utilizzare il giusto supporto. Inoltre, grazie a dimensioni sempre più ridotte possono essere facilmente trasportate durante i viaggi e resistono anche alle cadute e agli urti che distruggerebbero qualsiasi altro dispositivo. Sul mercato sono disponibili centinaia di modelli diversi, ognuno con le sue caratteristiche e funzionalità: effettuare una scelta non è semplice se non si è esperti del settore. Alcuni fotocamere sono più adatte a sport più estremi, mentre altre sono ideali per bikers o snowboarder. Here's our buying guide with the best action cams of the moment.
GoPro HERO5 Black
GoPro HERO5 Black
The best GoPro ever made. The HERO 5 is the best that enthusiasts can find on the market when it comes to cameras dedicated to the world of adventure. Let's start with the technical features and what the action cam can offer us: the GoPro HERO 5 Black allows you to record video with a 4K resolution at 30 frames per second and integrates a GPS sensor that allows you to geolocate the path made in case you use it in a descent in the woods with a mountain bike. The camera has a 2-inch LCD touch screen with which to interact to change the settings of the footage and with which to delete videos and photographs. The GoPro HERO5 Black is among the first cameras to also integrate voice commands with which to order the device when and how to record footage. The engineers of the Californian company have invested most of their time in improving the quality of video and sound: for this reason they have integrated a new optical stabilizer and three microphones that allow you to automatically eliminate the noise produced by the wind.
Sharing images and videos has never been easier thanks to the GoPro Plus cloud storage service available to every user of the Californian company. By creating an account with the service and connecting to an Internet network, the camera will transfer selected photos and videos directly to the cloud, without further burdening the device's memory. Instead, as far as water resistance is concerned, the GoPro Hero5 Black can withstand up to 10 meters underwater without suffering any damage to the hardware. Finally, an application is available for smartphones and tablets that allows you to review all the images taken and edit, cut and tag the most emotional moments of the footage. On the main Italian e-commerce stores, the price ranges from a minimum of 350 euros to a maximum of over 450 euros. To purchase it is necessary to evaluate the reliability of the site and the accessories included in the price.
Garmin Virb Ultra 30
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The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 is the first action cam from the U.S. company with voice control and features that allow you to record videos and take high-quality photos even in the most extreme and dangerous situations. The camera ensures the recording of videos with a 4K resolution, while the images are taken through a 12 Megapixel lens even at night and with a very high exposure optimum. The optical stabilizer allows you to take quality images even during jumps into the void, dangerous descents or paragliding jumps. The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 can be used up to a maximum of forty meters underwater thanks to the waterproof housing, while the microphone allows you to record any kind of noise but canceling the sounds of wind. Thanks to the high-resolution display and touch screen, you can set the different features of the camera with a simple touch.
But the features that allow the camera to make a difference are others: for example, the Sensory TrulyHandsfree technology that allows you to control the device directly through voice commands. This feature is very useful especially for mountain bikers and snowboarders who do not have the possibility to change the settings of the filming during the sport activity. At the moment, however, the only supported language is English. In addition, the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 offers the possibility for users to broadcast live videos on YouTube and share them on social networks in a few seconds (logically you need an Internet connection also quite stable). Through the application available for smartphones and tablets, the user can view their videos, make changes and delete images a bit 'shaky. Finally, thanks to the G-Metrix system, the user will enrich their videos with all the data recorded by the camera's sensors: speed, distance traveled, altitude and other special data. The price is slightly above 400 euros.
Sony FDR-X3000 4K Action Cam
The ideal for those who always live on the edge. Sony has made a camera with a special technology that allows you to take very stable images even on descents with many jumps in the void. The camera of the Japanese company allows you to record videos with a 4K resolution at 30 frames per second and movies with a resolution in FullHD at 120 frames per second: it will be the user to choose the mode that best suits their needs. The lenses of the lens are made by the great Zeiss company in order to offer the best possible quality to the user. Thanks to the Live-View Remote, which can also be worn as a bracelet, you will be able to adjust the settings of the Sony FDR-X3000 directly from the wrist of your arm. The action cam is splash resistant and thanks to the free case can be used up to a maximum of sixty meters underwater. It is also resistant to both shock and dust. The price? It can be purchased for a little less than 600 euros on the main Italian e-commerce sites.
YI 4K Action CAMERA
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Could a Xiaomi product be missing in a buying guide? Logicamente no e infatti l’azienda cinese ha realizzato anche una action camera che come al solito abbina a delle buone caratteristiche tecniche un prezzo abbordabile. La YI 4K permette di registrare video con una risoluzione 4K e 30 frame al secondo, oltre a scattare immagini in alta qualità. Grazie alo schermo touchscreen da 2,19 pollici è possibile scegliere come registrare il filmato e in quale formato. Utilizzando l’apposita custodia è impermeabile fino a quaranta metri ed è resistente agli urti. L’action cam supporta sia la connessione Wi-Fi sia Bluetooth e grazie all’applicazione disponibile per smartphone e tablet sarà possibile rivedere i video registrati ed effettuare delle modifiche alle immagini. L’unica pecca la durata della batteria: assicura solamente due ore di riprese in alta risoluzione. Può essere acquistata sui siti di e-commerce internazionali a un prezzo che supera i duecento euro.
Nikon KeyMission 360
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Nikon KeyMission 360
Nikon fa il suo ingresso nel mondo delle action cam con una videocamera molto interessante e che permette di registrare video in alta definizione e a 360 gradi. Per il settore delle videocamere dedicate all’avventura è una piccola rivoluzione: fino a oggi erano pochi i dispositivi che integravano entrambe le funzioni. La Nikon KeyMission 360 registra video con una risoluzione a 4K e 30 frame al secondo. Grazie ai due obiettivi posti ai lati della action cam, la Nikon KeyMission 360 può realizzare video a 360 gradi unendo le diverse immagini registrate. È resistente fino a 30 metri di profondità e grazie alla qualità dei materiali di costruzione è resistente sia agli urti sia alla polvere. The camera is ideal for various outdoor activities as well as more "normal" uses. The Nikon KeyMission 360 can be purchased at a price that gravitates around 600 euros.
GoPro HERO5 Session
Action cams like the GoPro HERO 5 Session are not easy to find around: size reduced to the bone and technical features comparable with the best cameras available on the market. The device is so small that you can easily hold it in the palm of your hand, but that doesn't mean it doesn't provide top-of-the-line performance: in fact, the GoPro HERO5 Session allows you to record videos in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. Thanks to its small size, it can be mounted on any type of support and expands the possibilities of use compared to the GoPro HERO5 Black. Videos can be uploaded to the cloud service that provides the U.S. company and shared with friends on social networks. It withstands drops up to a maximum of 33 feet. To purchase the GoPro HERO Session you need to shell out an amount over 300 euros.
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