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What To Look For In A Sports Action Camera
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What to Look For in a Sports Action Camera

As is true with mechanics tools and using them for which they are not intended, using the wrong camera equipment for which it isn't designed will usually cause inferior results. What is in a sports action camera that makes it qualify as one?

Today, more than ever, technology has made virtually every area of our lives much easier and of such variety that has never been witnessed. This is true with technology that is available today for the average person to capture life as never before! This is about the new and exciting arena of sports action cameras

A day, not so long ago, the only means of capturing extreme action was by highly specialized and bulky systems. A new species of mini action camera have come on the scene. Despite their small size, they are designed for rugged weatherproof conditions and are generally of high quality and precision. Today there are several manufacturers that make videocams designed to be mounted on helmets, bikes, automobiles and watercraft.

If you love boating, fishing, surfing, hiking, mountain climbing, motorsports, mountain and trail biking, even demolition derby and monster truck and any other water, snow and terrain activities, why not capture some of these events for posterity and to experience right at home in the den! Take family and friends on adventures in the safety of the home. Capture those once-in-a-lifetime photographic shots or video! These days, it's easily done with the several brands of sports cameras available.

Shop for Quality & Durability

Sports camera companies either provide a base camera with many options and sophisticated mounting systems making the units far more versatile and for practically all sports action video needs. These type of packages are available at such companies as GoPro. Others, such as Sports-Vue, offer individual cameras for special usage for extreme sports action, another for mountaineering but not waterproof and so forth. Most cameras are indeed weatherproof and water resistant, meaning they will be damaged if submerged. It is important to know what you are getting!

Simple video cameras and point and shoot digital cameras are great for home parties, weddings and the like. They come with view finders and wide angle lenses, but they are not rated for rugged use and will not hold up. Often, regular point and shooters cannot be mounted to anything other than a tripod.

Mini Camera: Versatile and Affordable

Quite often today's video cams for the serious adventurer, sportsman and mountaineer come with state-of-the-art functionality once found only in outfits costing well in the thousands of dollars. They are often mounted to helmets, bikes and even worn on the chest using a chest harness.

A good system runs in the price range of $250-$300. These often come in a bundle or kit which allows quick start-up operation. There are less expensive ones but quality suffers and some are harder to use than others. Various accessories and mounting hardware make these cameras highly versatile and applicable in virtually any situation. However, price isn't the only thing. These are usually quite rugged and being lightweight greatly reduces the likelihood the camera would be damaged on impact.

In Summary, the Sports Action Camera:

Is rugged, weatherproof, may or may not be waterproof, depending on its intended purpose. It is rated especially for extreme sports action and equipped with optics that capture the live action with great quality playback. Some are made to be handheld and are equipped with a LCD view finder, whilst others do not have the built-in monitor and are designed for hands-off use and meant to be mounted.

Most of these cameras are manufactured to last and hold up in rugged conditions, allow for professional-quality output and come with professional settings. They may or may not come with remote controls. Some do but they are not designed for underwater use. When shopping for the right camera for rigorous sports, look for the characteristics shown above for best results. There are several good manufacturers out there and they all have their pros & cons. Of the two mentioned above, I find GoPro's HD Hero 2 Camera outperforms the others in many aspects and is highly preferred.


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