Cheap action cam a no-no
THESE days, if you hope to get a sponsor to fund your car racing habit, you need to post beautifully edited clips to display your car control skills in slo-mo to your social media fans. But you can’t post just any old clip.
Top Gear has set the standard, changing the angle or shot every second. To match this, you will need at least two action cams in a car.
But the go-to action cam, the GoPro, is not exactly cheap, so imagine my joy walking through Game and spotting an action cam for only R599 including all the cables, coverings and mounts you could possibly hope for as an adventure seeker and car enthusiast.
This was the Volkano Excite HD Action Cam. On paper, its specs looked like Arnold’s pecs — HD 720P video recorder, wide angle lens, digital zoom, touch screen display, underwater function, a 1,2 megapixel still camera and a 12-month guarantee. In practice, it turns out the Volkano Excite is more of the former and less of the latter. It glitches and an old Blackberry takes better pics than the 1,2 MP still camera.
The waterproof casing at least functioned as advertised, not letting in a drop, be it from a muddy puddle for that low angle shot or at 30 metres underwater. The touch screen is also better than expected at this price and the button system is well thought out. Even the battery life is fair, I’ll give it that.
But it all falls flat with the lens, which does not collect enough light, rendering all your shots gloomy and unusable. To add insult to injury, my model also added a line distortion in all my video clips, so even though this camera package is on sale for only R399, it is not worth buying.
Seeing that GoPros still go for sacks of dough, rather save your cash, I’ll next tell you about affordable cameras from MiView Digital and Geco that will serve you better on the road to social media fame.
The less-than-impressive Volkano Excite HD Action Cam.