As the popularity of action cameras keeps growing, so does your competitors between manufacturers, all saving the most important bit of the action sports market. But with so many cameras out there, deciding where to speculate your hard-earned cash may be a difficult decision.
A unique camera making headlines on the jiffy that is the Sony Action Cam – Sony’s first true foray into the joy of action sports cameras. The Action Cam, as well as packing all of the features you’d expect – HD recording, durability, wide angle lens etc. – boasts some truly ground-breaking features.
So so how exactly does the Sony rise up against one of the veterans of the digital camera world, GoPro. Below will outline some key comparisons no matter what the Sony Action Cam and GoPro’s newest camera – the GoPro HD2.
Full 1080p HD video footage has grown to be a standard feature for the majority of contemporary action cameras, and both the Sony and GoPro offer full HD recording at 30FPS (frames per second).
However, what really sets these cameras apart is how they perform at 720p. While the GoPro offers 720p at a most of 60FPS, the Sony means that you can shoot in 720p add an astonishing 120FPS. This ‘4x slow-mode’ is as good as it gets for super slow-motion editing and playback.
Along with video, both the Sony and GoPro are capable of capturing high-quality still images, at a the greatest amount of 16MP and 11MP respectively. For your adventurous video-makers on the market, both cameras even have a moment-lapse feature.
The latest feature to grace many modern cameras is Wi-Fi connectivity, which typically allows users to utilise smartphone syncing, live streaming and social sharing, amongst other things. The Sony Action Cam is available in two models, using the HDR-AS15 packing Wi-Fi as standard. For GoPro users to access Wi-Fi functionality, they may first have to purchase the GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac accessory, which once snapped into the back of the camera, offers wireless control using the GoPro mobile application or Wi-Fi remote.
While technical specifications are undoubtedly the very first thing prospective buyers will take a glance at, the physical aspects – size, shape, mounting options etc. – regarding a camera are often you should consider. For instance, the Sony is physically long and slim, which renders it are perfect for mounting to goggle straps, or nearly any place else for that matter. The GoPro is a bit more square fan, which implies it’s going to’t be joined to goggles, however due to its centralised lens and wide base, is great for mounting to kit, whether it is handlebars, a surfboard, and the bonnet of a car.
A serious selling point of the Sony in the GoPro is it posseses image stabilisation, which ultimately leads to smoother playback. However, this results in the Sony having a slightly lower battery life than the GoPro, which might run continuously for around 120 minutes, reckoning on what it’s being used for.
Considered one of GoPro’s biggest selling points is undoubtedly the vast array of accessories and mounts it posseses on offer, from its collection of ‘BacPacs’, that includes the Wi-Fi BacPac as mentioned above, beyond just the Dive Housing, which makes it possible for users taking the camera as deep as 60 meters underwater.
The Sony, while filled with features, is totally new to in the marketplace, so is at the moment a bit light on the accessories front. Thus, it will include Waterproof Housing, which matches its GoPro counterpart for depth.
Each of models are greater than worthy considerations for you looking for a new action camera. While Sony has a few more ‘headline’ features and comes Wi-Fi-ready, the GoPro Hero is almost certainly part of action sports culture, and is actually therefore built on experience and demand. Each of these cameras has advantages over the opposite, now if choosing between them, be sure to consider exactly how and where you propose on using it, and select the one which you might feel is most appropriate to both you and your sport.