What works better: a sports camera 4K / Full HD or maybe 360 degrees? Which model to choose? You can find the answers in our current TOP-10 active sporting bikes.
Smartphones can do more, but a good sports camera can not replace. Hard-wearing phones usually do not impress with photographic and film possibilities, and top smartphones are rarely resistant enough to be used in the field without fear. Therefore, an active camera will be an active one without any doubt, and we advise which model to buy. Among the top 10 sports bikes we chose, of course, we could not miss GoPro, but there are also the most interesting models from other manufacturers, and the cheapest option in the ranking costs only PLN 200. Everyone will find something for himself! If, however, you do not know which parameters are important and what to look for, be sure to check our guide on how to buy a sports webcam.
GoPro Hero 6 Black
The latest GoPro Hero model is the highest shelf among sports cameras. The equipment is equipped with a screen that not only provides a preview, but also has other uses thanks to the touch function – the new model has, among other things, a digital zoom that we can use just by touch. The producer has significantly improved the image stabilization system , which is particularly important in the case of films. Wireless communication has been improved, now operating in the 5 GHz band. We can also operate the camera with voice, because it is equipped with a speech recognition system. In addition, there is a water resistance of up to 10 meters, and among the functions you will find a GPS, an accelerometer and a gyroscope.As you read in our GoPro Hero 6 review, we can take photos with 12 megapixel resolution and have better tonal dynamics than previous models. You can save photos in RAWs, which will facilitate their subsequent processing. In serial mode, we can take up to 30 photos in a second. In the case of film mode, we are dealing with the highest values, so in 4K we record material at 60 fps, and in Full HD we get the slow-motion mode 240p (200 fps for the European market). These are really top-notch values. GoPro Hero 6 Black – example video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoQP_BjP374
GoPro Hero 5 Black
Hero 5 Black is last year's GoPro model, so along with the premiere of the "six" he began to cheat – and good, because it is still an interesting sports camera. The new model does not run out of 2-inch touch screen, speech or GPS module. The water resistance allows immersion to a depth of 10 meters, and digital stabilization is to ensure stable shots even in difficult conditions.In terms of photographic and film capabilities, the camera falls just like her younger sister. We will take photos in a resolution of 12 megapixels and also here you will not be able to save RAW files. Hero 6 offers a wider tonal range, but only the most demanding users will notice it. However, the issue of film recording is worse, because we get "half" of what is in the newer model: 4K at 30fps and 120fps at Full HD . Stabilization, however, does not work above 2.7k. Sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIqBpz1Aubc
GoPro Hero 5 Session
Hero 5 Session is a slightly more affordable alternative to both of the above products. The camera offers smaller possibilities than the more expensive models, but still gives a lot. Session 5 is more square and, unfortunately, we will not find a screen with image preview here. However, we still have a water resistance of up to 10 meters , which can be increased up to 70 meters by providing a special casing. There were also known from more expensive models of voice support.The webcam is also good for photos and videos. The 10-megapixel sensor will provide good photo quality, and in serial mode we will take 30 photos in a second. Unfortunately, we do not get the opportunity to shoot in RAWs, but in movie mode we still have 4K at 30 frames / sec (in Full HD we get 90 fps). An important piece of information is also the fact that there was digital image stabilization on board. Sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuFF71vIruc
An interesting alternative to the GoPro models may be a model from Sony – in the sports camera we find components known from mirrorless cameras . Including Exmor CMOS sensor, BIONZ X image processor and Zeiss lens. The Sony FDR-X3000 does not resemble other sports cameras, it's more like a miniature version of digital cameras. In terms of appearance, the white color of the casing also stands out. Unfortunately, we did not have a monitor for viewing, which will be provided by a smartphone connected via WiFi, or a special remote control with a display (we can buy it).We will take photos with a resolution of 12 megapixels, while for movies the possibilities of the camera are 4K at 30fps. – the image is saved in the format of XAVC S. In turn, in Full HD, movies will be recorded at a maximum speed of 120 fps. in MP4. Wireless connectivity will provide us WiFi and Bluetooth in 4.1 standard. There is also an optical image stabilization on board that works quite well. Included in the model kit are accessories, including an underwater housing that allows diving to a depth of 60 meters. Unfortunately, many users can scare away the price, which in my opinion is a bit excessive. Sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J82YaX38OTo
DJI Osmo X3
The DJI brand is mainly associated with the production of drones, but the company is also the creator of the popular Ronin gimbal. Someone came up with the idea to use the experience in the production of cameras for drones and gimbals, and as a result, a very non-standard sports camera equipped with a manual gimbal was created . For less than two thousand we get a set for which we would otherwise have to pay extra.The Osmo X3 has a 1 / 2.3-inch matrix from Sony, which has a resolution of 12 megapixels. The camera does not have a screen for viewing the image, but we can connect via WiFi and use the smartphone as a screen, which we attach to the gimbal with the help of a special holder. In film mode, we get standard, quite good parameters – 120 fps. in Full HD and 25/30 fps. in 4K . Most users should be enough. Osmo X3 due to the presence of gimbal can turn out to be a really interesting alternative to GoPro or Sony. Sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEgNLJq58VY
Xiaoyi Yi 4K Action
Chinese products slowly cease to be associated with "trash". An example of this are Xiaomi smartphones, but also Xiaoyi sports cameras. The Yi 4K Action is the best example of this. The camera offers possibilities similar to the top models , and at the same time it costs much less, because we will buy it for less than a thousand zlotys. Her heart is a matrix from Sony and a powerful processor. There was also a 2.19 inch display. The WiFi connection is carried out on the 5 GHz frequency, and the model will also be used for live streaming.Pictures will be taken with a resolution of 12 Mpix, while the films will be recorded in 4K at 25/30 frames / sec, and in Full HD 100/120 frames / sec , which will provide slow-motion mode. The parameters do not deviate from what most of the new models show, not counting the latest GoPro. There was also an advanced electronic stabilization, and the touch screen was covered with Gorilla Glass. Yi 4K Action Camera is a camera with the capabilities of top models, and its price is really reasonable. This is one of the most interesting options in our list. Sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSJhfTuIIqw
Samsung Gear 360 SM-C200
In order to ensure a wide variety of presented models, I could not omit the spherical camera, ie the image recording 360 degrees . The choice fell on the Samsung Gear 360. This small camera is equipped with a fisheye lens that captures the spherical image, and the brightness of the glass is f / 2.0. The matrix resolution is up to 30 megapixels, and wireless connectivity provides WiFi in the ac and Bluetooth 4.1 standards. In turn, the battery that supplies the equipment can be removed and replaced.You can add photo spheres directly to Google Street View. The films will be shot in 4K quality at 30fps . The camera was equipped with a small, half-inch AMOLED screen. In turn, the image preview can be made using a smartphone. Unfortunately, the device is compatible only with Samsung equipment, but also with smartwatches. At a price of less than PLN 600 it is a product worth attention. Sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTU9W3eUTEA
Xiaoyi Yi Action
Yi Action is another product of the Chinese manufacturer in the ranking, but this time it is a real budget, because we will get it for less than PLN 400. 4K, but in Full HD we will record the image at 50/60 fps . The slow motion 120p mode is obtained in HD quality. Still, we get a Sony matrix, which will give us a nice picture, in turn, we can take photos in 16 megapixel resolution.We will not find an LCD screen on board, we have WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity , and the author's application allows you to handle not only the recording, but also to add different filters to the movies. The camera is not waterproof, only a special housing will allow you to dive with it. Electronic image stabilization was not lacking. You can not write too much about the Yi Action model because it is a cheap camera. However, it has basic capabilities that should be enough for less advanced users. Sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1DFkRnBtug
SJCAM SJ5000x Elite
SJCAM is a brand that has gained a lot of popularity among Aliexpress customers, and now the model can be bought without a problem in Poland and even in the official store. This is a slightly more expensive offer than Xiaoi, but still very reasonably priced, because we will pay less than 550 zlotys for the SJ5000x Elite. What do we get in return? The matrix from Sony, a 2-inch screen, a water resistance of 30 meters and a substantial set of additional accessories.Video can be recorded in 4K quality, speed is 24 fps. In Full HD, we will record a picture at 60 fps, while slowmo mode can only be counted on HD quality. As if not much, but the basic parameters are met – Full HD is fully usable, and there is no shortage of 4K if necessary. We will take photos in 16 megapixel resolution. The camera has been equipped with the Gyro Anti-Shake function, which is to eliminate vibrations during filming, which is not so obvious in the budget model. Wi-Fi is responsible for wireless connection, but there is no Bluetooth module. However, at this price it is still an interesting proposition for less affluent people. Sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP97QbO8CBE
The cheapest model in our list costs only PLN 200. And yes, it deviates with quality and possibilities from the rest of the presented models, but if you are looking for the cheapest, sensibly equipped webcam, Forever SC-400 falls quite positively. At an affordable price we get a set of accessories, among which there is also a diving casing.There was a 2-inch display on the camera, the presence of which is very useful. The photos can be taken in 12 megapixel resolution, while the movies will be recorded, and here the surprise, in 4K. Then the recording speed is 25 fps, in Full HD it is 50p. The possibilities are therefore similar to those of more expensive models. I had the opportunity to test SC-400 and I have to say that if it is not too dark, the quality of the recorded image in both Full HD and 4K is really very decent. Of course, the downside here is the lack of stabilization , which in the case of recording various sports can be very hard. The fact is, however, that for PLN 200 we can now buy a camera that does not make movies like a toaster … Sample film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfP8mn8r3Lc The film materials come from YouTube. The illustrative pictures come from the promotional materials of the producers and resources of the fotoManiak.pl portal
I hope that I helped you choose a day and a useful sports webcam. I also encourage you to look at our other TOP-10 lists .