Thursday, March 8, 2012

Action Cameras on a Budget - The Best Buys For Under 200 GBP

Some people use action cameras on a regular basis, even as part of their profession if capturing HD footage for professional sports movies, for example. In this instance investing in a top of the range, full HD action camera is fully justified.

In contrast, for the casual part-time user, action cameras are arguably more of a luxury than a necessity as they may only be used a handful of times a year. For some, this can make it difficult to justify spending hard earned cash on a top of the range action camera, such as a GoPro HD2 or the new Drift HD.

Thankfully, for those on a slightly tighter budget there are some great alternatives on the market. Here are some of the best action cameras available for under £200.

Bullet HD lite 720p (£119.99)

The Bullet HD Lite is the little brother of the revolutionary Bullet HD Pro helmet camera. Being small and light, the Bullet HD will go virtually unnoticed when mounted on a users' helmet or goggles, making it ideal for those who like to keep their kit light. What the Bullet HD Lite lacks in size, it makes up in functionality, with a resolution of 720p @ 25fps (frames per second), 5 megapixel images with 3 second burst mode and a 135 degrees optical wide angle lens to capture an excellent field of view. The Bullet HD Light only has one button, making it extremely easy to use and a variety of included accessories allow a wide variety mounting options. For those looking for a feature-rich, entry level action camera without breaking the bank, look no further than the Bullet HD Lite.

Bullet HD Onyx (£164.99)

The Onyx sits in between the Bullet HD Lite and the daddy of the Bullet family, the Bullet HD Pro 1080p and offers the best of both worlds when it comes to functionality and affordability. In keeping with the HD Lite, the Onyx is ultra-lightweight and small enough to mount anywhere virtually unnoticed. The Onyx boasts 720p resolution at a rate of 30fps (slightly more than its counterpart) but what really sets the Onyx apart from the Lite is the ability to capture 12 megapixel photos - a revolutionary feature. The Onyx is a great mid-level action camera.

GoPro HD Naked (£199.99)

The GoPro HD Naked package is, as the name suggests, void of accessories - you just get the camera. However, when that camera is a GoPro Helmet Hero, the lack of any bells or whistles is fully justified, because for what the Naked lacks on the outside, it more than makes up for inside; with full 1080p HD recording, 170 degree wide angle lens and 5 megapixel still image capture. The camera also has a 60fps filming option available at 720p for slow motion editing and is waterproof to 60m. While the Naked doesn't come with any specialist accessories or mounts, it does include a basic Curved Adhesive Mount and a GoPro Waterproof Quick-Release Housing, so you will be able to use the camera out of the box, albeit to a limited extent. The Naked is a favourable package for those who wish to grow their action camera toolkit over time, adding accessories and mounts as and when they can afford to, or feel the need to.

Looxcie 2 (£149.99)

The Looxcie 2 is a wearable, mobile-connected camcorder that automatically sends footage to your chosen social networks or email as and when it's captured. The Looxcie 2 is super-simple to operate and very lightweight (22g) so can comfortably be attached to the user's ear, hat or clothing, allowing a great point of view recording perspective. Better still the Looxcie is totally hands-free and there's even an a downloadable mobile application that can be used to control the device. Users can choose to capture video in 320p or 480p and store up to 5 hours of video footage on the device itself. While the Looxcie will struggle to withstand the physical strain of high-impact action sports, it makes a great gadget for capturing and sharing the unmissable moments in everyday life.

All of the action cameras described above are excellent value for money and ideal considerations for those on a budget. While price is an obvious factor when purchasing an action camera, ultimately, your choice of camera should come down to its suitability to the job at hand.

Submitted by Matt Taylor, Marketing Manager at Action Cameras. For more information about the Bullet HD, GoPro HD and Looxcie action cameras and the accessories and mounts available for them, visit

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