Since the drastic development of social media, photos and videos have made their way to the top of the list when it comes to sharing. People are more concerned about how they look on their social media pictures than they do in day to day life. This has resulted in some of the best camera technologies we have seen in a long time. From portable small pieces of camera tech to heavy-duty professional cameras, each area of tech has seen major improvements. The camera has started to become a key part of everyone’s lives weather one admits it or not. From birthday parties to graduation, vacations or any other adventures you might be on, everyone takes pictures to relive those moments years later or just to show off to their friends and family.
Now that we have established the importance of cameras in our daily livelihood, the next big question would be which camera would suite you the best. Honestly there is no right answer to that question. It mostly depends on what purpose you are using the camera for. And since we are discussing best action cameras, I have gathered up some information regarding some of the best action cameras.
We all are familiar with the go pro line up. They are and have been some of the best action cameras in the industry for a while now. The go pro hero 7 black and the go pro hero 8 black are two of the best action cameras you can find in the market right now.Let’s take a look at the top two contenders shall we?
GO PRO HERO 7 BLACK
The go pro hero 7 black is the successor to the go pro hero 6 black and unlike its predecessors, the hero 7 is actually black. The major improvement seen in the go pro hero 7 black is definitely the inclusion of hypersmooth option. It basically stabilizes the video and makes it smoother without any sudden jitters. That is one of the major requirements of an action camera apart from the video and picture quality itself. When you have the go pro mounted on your helmet, bike, vest or any other places, the hypersmooth mode automatically reduces the sudden movements and makes it seem easy to the eye. It is also capable of capturing videos at 4k 60 fps and yes the stabilization is pretty good at 4k as well. The go pro 7 actually has 3 stabilization modes but the camera automatically selects the mode best suited in the given scenario. The in-built accelerometer also helps massively while taking videos as it helps to better fit the orientation of the footage taken with respect to the camera itself. It also has a new time warp feature which makes time-lapse videos much more pleasing and less like a series of pictures strung together. The go pro 7 as any other go pro has a rugged design and waterproof which means you can take it with you in underwater adventures as well. The go pro hero 7 black captures photos at 12 megapixels which may seem less but in reality, the pictures turn out crisp. The hero 7 uses a ½.3 inch sensor which helps in low light shots and better dynamic range.
GO PRO HERO 8 BLACK
The go pro hero 8 black,as the name suggests, is the successor to the go pro hero 7 black. It improves on the already great hero 7 and brings in some additional features as well. The go pro 8 is slightly bulkier than the go pro 7 as it no longer requires a case to be mounted. It has a built-in mounting figure at the bottom of the camera itself. The go pro 8 features the all new hypersmooth 2.0, which is better than the hypersmooth functionality you get with the go pro 7. You also have the option to toggle the hypersmooth 2.0 on or off in all resolutions and frame rates. The new go pro also has a live burst mode which might be familiar to I phone users. One of the most useful features in the go pro 8 is that it contains a preset of settings for different activities which basically means you don’t have to manually set the camera in different occasions. For example, the go pro has a preset called mounted. When selected, the go pro automatically sets the camera to the best settings for mounted videos or photos. It also now features programmable buttons on the screens that you can assign to any function desirable. They also changed the position of the microphone on the go pro 8. Now it is placed directly below the lens which means it will catch less wind noise when mounted in your bike or helmet. The go pro 8 also features a 12 mp sensor. The sensor size is same as the previous model but takes better shots.
Apart from the go pro family, there are a couple of option you might or might not want. If you are looking for a slightly cheaper option, you could have a look at the YI action camera. It’s not cheap by any means but you can save a couple of dollars compared to the do pros. The overall build of the YI action camera might come off as a little flimsy but the footage you get from it is pretty decent. Is uses a Sony imx sensor and has a decent battery life of about 2 hrs. The YI action camera is capable of shooting 4k videos but only at 30 fps. Another viable option would be the DJI osmo action camera. The DJI osmo action a little more compact but slightly bulkier than the other two contenders. The DJI osmo action however has a steep pricing and might even end up being similarly priced as the go pro depending upon the offers you might or might not get. The osmo action is capable of shooting 4k at 60 fps. The lens on the osmo action has an aperture of 2.8. The DJI osmo also has a stabilization called rocksteady. It is similar to the hypersmooth found in the go pros. Although the shots from this camera is pretty good, I think it is mainly for vlogger as the camera tends to focus on faces and tend to blur the background slightly.
FOR WHOM IT IS BEST, AND WHY?
Any of the above mentioned action camera would be a choice in my opinion. If you are just starting to vlog, I would lean a little more towards the go pro hero 7 or 8 because of the stabilization it offers when held in hand. The DJI osmos would be a good choice too since it tends to automatically focus on the faces shown in the frame. If you want a camera to record while you ride you could honestly pick any one of them. I would however avoid the DJI osmos for this. The DJI mainly has its advantages for vlogging because of its persistence to focus on people’s faces. If you are looking a camera for streaming, none of them would be the best choice but all of them are capable and decent enough to be used for streaming as well.
All in all, I would probably still go for the go pro hero 8 black myself because of its versatility. You can use this action camera in literally any occasion and still be happy with the footage you get. Also the customization options the go pro has is unmatched. So, if you have money to spend, it would be best to go for the go pro heo 8 black, since it is the safest choice out there.