As the popularity of action cameras continues to grow, competition among manufacturers, all fighting for the majority of the action sports market. But with so many cameras out there, deciding where to invest your hard earned money can be a difficult decision. One specific camera that is in the headlines now is Sony Action Cam, Sony’s first foray into the world of action sports cameras. Action Cam, in addition to all the features you expect, high definition recording, durability, wide angle lens, etc., has some really innovative features.
So how does Sony tackle one of the veterans of the camera world, GoPro? Below are some of the key Camera test Comparison of Sony Action Cam and the newest GoPro camera: the GoPro HD2.
1080p HD video recording has become a standard feature for most modern action cameras, and both Sony and GoPro offer Full HD recording at 30 FPS (frames per second). However, what really sets these cameras apart is their performance at 720p. While the GoPro offers 720p at maximum 60 FPS, Sony lets you shoot 720p at an incredible speed of 120 FPS. This “4x slow mode” is as good as it is for super slow camera editing and playback.
In addition to the video, both Sony and GoPro are capable of capturing high-quality stable images, at most 16MP and 11MP, respectively. For the adventurous video creators out there, both cameras also have a time-lapse resource. The last resort to please many modern cameras is Wi-Fi connectivity, which usually allows users to use smart phone synchronization, real-time streaming and social sharing, among other things. The Sony Action Cam is available in two models, with the HDR-AS15 with Wi-Fi as standard. In order for GoPro users to enjoy the Wi-Fi functionality, they first need to purchase the GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac accessory, which once fitted to the back of the camera, offers wireless control through the GoPro mobile application or control Wi-Fi remote.
Although the technical specifications are undoubtedly the first thing that potential buyers consider, the physical aspects (size, shape, mounting options, etc.) of a camera are also important to consider. For example, Sony is physically long and thin, making it ideal for mounting glasses straps or almost anywhere else for that matter. The GoPro has a more square shape, which means it can not be attached to the glasses, however, due to its centralized lens and wide base, it is ideal to mount in the kit, either on the handlebars, a surfing table or the hood of a car. A major advantage of Sony over GoPro is that it has image stabilization, which ultimately results in a more fluid reproduction. However, this results in Sony having a slightly shorter battery life than GoPro, which can run continuously for about two hours depending on what is used.
One of GoPro’s biggest selling points is undoubtedly the wide range of accessories and media it offers, from the selection of ‘BacPacs’ including the Wi-Fi BacPac, as mentioned above, to the Dive Box, which allows users to carry the camera up to 60 meters underwater. Sony, although it has many functions, is new to the market, so it currently has a bit of light in front of the accessories. That said, it comes with a waterproof housing that combines its GoPro counterpart in depth.
Both models are more than worthy of consideration for anyone looking for a new action camera. While Sony has more headline capabilities and comes ready for Wi-Fi, GoPro is part of the sports culture of action and is therefore based on experience and demand. Each of these cameras has advantages over another, so if you choose between the two, be sure to consider exactly how and where you plan to use it, and choose what you consider most appropriate for you and your sport.
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