With our heads filled with plans and to-do lists and hearts filled with places to be, we have reached a phase where every time of the year is considered as a good time for travellers to put on their travel suits and explore the world. Being avid travellers ourselves, we wanted to start our #whichisbest blog series with one of the most commonly asked product recommendations by our fellow travellers, adventure enthusiasts and vloggers; who constantly help us see the world through their eyes. “There is always more to offer than what you see!”
Yes, you guessed it right – Action Cameras. From the time they entered the markets, Action Cameras have ruled the world of travel vlogging and travel documentary. Action Cameras turned out to be a blessing in disguise for all those people who needed a portable and light-weight replacement to their heavy gears and a mountable alternative to their mobile phones – a device that could be durable, solid, mountable, efficient and easy to use. Enter “Action Cameras” – Digital cameras designed to shoot actions on the go. A stereotypical Action Camera is rugged and compact, mostly water-proof at surface level and typically records videos in various modes like burst and time-lapse from the shooter’s point of view.
From GoPro that made the first entry in 2004 to all these different brands available in the market right now, the action camera industry has evolved multiple folds. As per Business Insider, in 2014, worldwide Action Camera sales increased by 44% from the previous year and a half of it had the capability to shoot Ultra Definition or 4K resolution. The action camera sales have surpassed traditional camcorder and compact system camera sales ever since. It is predicted that, by 2019, the action camera sales will surpass all types of cameras .
By the year 2021, Ultra HD category of the action camera market is expected to reach $3.3 billion. The Full HD category meanwhile is predicted to reach $2.2 billion, by slowly migrating into other industries in terms of its application and usage.
Before we jump into the recommendations, let’s take a look at how to identify the best action camera, or in other words, what are the parameters to consider before buying an action camera.