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Jun 14

5 of the Best Sport or Action Cameras Under $200 in 2018

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There are amazing budget action cameras out there that you can buy. However, if you are in need of a cool action cam that boasts of solid performance and affordability, be sure to budget for about $200. For this price, you’ll definitely find a video recording gadget with specifications such as multiple resolutions and long battery life. Here are five of the best action cameras under $200 you can buy in 2018.

1. GoPro Hero Session Action Camera

The GoPro HERO Session packs the power of GoPro into a convenient, grab-and-go, everyday camera. This camera is perfect for the first time action camera user, or as a second camera, HERO Session is GoPro’s simplest camera to use. A single button powers on the camera and starts recording automatically, then when you stop recording, the camera automatically powers itself off. The GoPro Hero Session has multiple resolutions that include Ultra HD 1080p video as well as 8MP photo capture. You can record motion images by simply pressing a button. Its 3mm angle allows you to record field views of horizontal landscapes. The camera has its dedicated smartphone app, durable battery and supports external SD cards. The GoPro Hero Session is famous for being rugged and a waterproof design and is their first to eliminate the need for a separate housing.


2. Y1 4K Action Camera

The YI 4K Action Camera is one of Amazon Choices for action cameras. This action camera can includes 4K video recording and has an integrated touchscreen with up to two hours of battery life. The Y1 4K action camera is built with the new generation Ambarella A9SE75 chip, Sony IMX377 image sensor, and 7 layers of all glass lenses, it records 4K/30fps at 60mbps, 4x the quality of 1080p.

This is truly one of the best action cameras for the money. With many of the features that you can normally find with the more expensive cameras this action camera truly offers great value. Here are some of the key features for this camera:

  • Records high resolution videos at 4k30/1080p120/720p240 and capture 12M photosIntegrated
  • LCD Gorilla Glass Retina Touchscreen
  • 120 Minutes 4K 30/fps Video with a Single Charge

  • Edit and Share photos and videos with the YI Camera App

  • High Speed Wi-Fi that supports 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4G/5GHz

  • Built-in Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)

3. Sony HDRAS50/B Action Camera

Sony didn’t disappoint when it released its Full high-definition action camera. The camera features a new intuituve interaface for easy operation. There are 6 video recording  modes including 1080/60p and 120p HD slow motion and 4K time lapse. A nice feature is being able to control the camera via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with the Live View Remote and Smartphone1. With the app you can power on and off the camera, change settings, and start and stop recording easily. For the price this is a really good camera and offers some great features.

The  dynamic image shooting capabilities, waterproof capabilities and steady image stabilization make this a great little camera for the price. This low-budget action camera will help you get the most out of your video recording activities.


Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Action Camera

The Kodak PIXPRO SP1 features a 1.5-inch yellow liquid crystal dispaly screen. It has full high-definition 1080p recording capabilities or full-res images in 10fps at a push of a button. The advanced CMOS sensor provides 14 million image pixels which gives you more speed, quality and clarity than a traditional CCD sensor. This Kodak camaera is waterproof up to 32ft/10m and shockproof up to 6.5ft/2m. The PIXPRO action camera is equipped with a built-in 1.5″ LCD to capture and playback videos and pictures. The PIXPRO Remote Viewer app for you IOS or Android phone provides more flexibility via wireless connection to operate the camera. Both apps are avaialble on the App Store/Google Play. It also boasts long battery life, good motion image quality even when you’re recording under water and external SD card support.

5. ThiEYE Ultra 4K Action Camera

ThiEYE T5e is a native 4K brilliant action camera that does an outstanding job recording quality footage.  There are loads of settings to take exactly the type of footage or photos you want from your adventures. It also has image stabilization, to minimize the effect of vibrations. It’s a practice, portable action camera and fairly easy to use and is quite adaptable to different action situations such as surfing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, motorcycle racing, biking, skiing, climbing, or driving.

Its notable features include 170 wide-angle recording capabilities, mobile app, 197FT waterproof casing and compatibility with external microphones. This excellent camera also comes with a IMX 117 image sensor made by Sony and an Ambarella A12s processor. You can use it to record 1280×720 videos at 240p and 3840×2160 videos at 25p. It features a durable 1100mAh battery that allows you to continuously shoot your videos for one hour. You can even stretch its battery life depending on how you use the camera.

These are just some of the action cameras that area available. Depending on your budget or your desired intention for an action camera you may want to think about the APEMAN A80 which is a great little camera that has most of the same features as most of these cameras for under $100.  It all depends on your budget, requirements and use but I am sure there is a camera that will suit your needs.




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