GoPro gets some com­pe­ti­tion

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ex­pected to turn it on and off. speed to freeze the action but that means digging into the menu.

It does, how­ever, have a man­ual mode to con­trol all your set­tings but this will only ap­peal to more ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­phers.

The GoPro has both image and video sta­bil­i­sa­tion which work well. It can also take 4K video, along with a much wider range of frame rates.

Be­ing able to con­trol your frame rate is im­por­tant with action cam­eras as you of­ten want to cap­ture fast-mov­ing sub­jects and us­ing a high-frame rate paired with a higher res­o­lu­tion lets you slow down your video when play­ing it back while still keep­ing it sharp.

Another big dif­fer­ence is the lens field of view. Most action cam­eras have a fish-eye style lens where as the RX0 is set at 28mm. The GoPro can be ad­justed from wide (14mm) to nar­row (28mm). The RX0 is slightly smaller and a more squar­ish shape, while the GoPro is more rounded and its lens sticks out a bit.

Both cam­eras are wa­ter­proof up to 10m with­out re­quir­ing a case. The GoPro’s bat­tery is a lot big­ger 1220mAh com­pared to Sony’s 700mAh.

The GoPro also has voice con­trol, which is quite a handy fea­ture when you’re op­er­at­ing a cam­era on the go.

Another dif­fer­ence is that the cov­ers that pro­tect the bat­tery and ports are eas­ier to open on the RX0. Open­ing them on the GoPro some­times re­quire a bit of force. The Sony is a new cam­era and this is shown in the range of ac­ces­sories avail­able.

At the mo­ment you can’t re­ally at­tach it to any­thing but I ex­pect this will soon change.

There are dozens of GoPro ac­ces­sories al­low­ing you to at­tach it to bikes, boards and hel­mets.

How­ever, the best ‘‘ac­ces­sory’’ GoPro has is its ded­i­cated fans who con­stantly post videos and talk about the cam­eras in fo­rums.

Sony has this type of community with its pop­u­lar mir­ror­less cam­eras but not with the RX0. The RX0 is Sony’s first action cam­era and it shows. It’s hard to use on the go and there aren’t enough at­tach­ments.

At the mo­ment it’s just a re­ally small cam­era that takes great im­ages rather than one to take on the moun­tain or in the sea. How­ever, Sony has a rep­u­ta­tion for quickly im­prov­ing and re­leas­ing new prod­ucts so hope­fully the next ver­sion will be bet­ter.

It best suits a pho­tog­ra­pher (es­pe­cially a Sony fan) who wants a small cam­era for travel or some­thing they can chuck in a bag if head­ing off for a day trip.

For now, if you want a true action cam­era, then the GoPro Hero 6 is the best op­tion. If you’re on a bud­get, con­sider the re­cently re­leased, bud­get GoPro Hero ($350).

GoPro hasn’t had a lot of com­pe­ti­tion as it be­came the cam­era of choice for action sports.

The best part of the Sony in­ter­face is the but­tons.

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