Similar to images and video, in order to evaluate the audio quality you’ll need to find either unedited video or separate sound files. First recommendation is to put your headphones or earphones on while playing back the video. That’s the best way to hear if the sound is muffled or too low. Try to find samples which show someone playing a music instrument or simply a person talking into a camera.
You should also be aware that most low-budget cameras do not have a perfect sound. In most cases they are not good for extremely loud music or concerts, as their microphones are just not that high-quality.
If the audio quality is really important (for instance you are a guitarist, pianist, vlogger, or just an audio-freak), I recommend that you look for a camera which supports an external microphone. Those kind of cameras are in mid and high-end range, but you get what you pay for. External mic is a must if you need good sound and want to use an action camera while doing any sort of physical activity.
One additional possibility (especially if the camera you are interested in, does not support external mic) is that you use an external voice recorder and merge the video with the recorded audio in video-editing software. Since iPhone has decent enough mic, you can also record the sound with a smartphone. However these ways of recording a sound are too robust for being used in action or in an extreme situation, they are on the other hand quite OK for concert and celebration recording.
Hi, I am interested in an Action Cam that would produce the very best quality of still shots for zooming and seeing details in the picture. I see some cameras on the market advertising 20MP photos but the image sensor is a Sony IMX117 (12MP sensor). Could you offer any advice about which Action Camera might best fit my needs?
If a sensor is 12mp, and output is 20mp, that means resolution is interpolated and will be 12mp stretched up, basically useless for your need.
You can check YI 4K (12MP), or YI (16MP) (YI vs YI4K comparison), Sony FDR X1000V (8mp), those are some quite decent.
Hi, what is the best camera below 100 usd for photos?
There are multiple factors, but from a price-value aspect, I would say this one.
Long shot but any idea which is the better action camera (going to be using it with a weather balloon and general biking and such) the Soocoo C30R or the Git2 Pro?
Basically is the Git2 worth the extra cost? Some say a 16MP sensor might be worse in lower light than a 12MP but I have no idea :’)
I’ve personally reviewed two Soocoo cameras, and I just do not trust their quality control and support. In my humble opinion, Git 2 is worth the extra cost. As for the low-light, that is true, however difference would be far more visible in 16 vs 2MP sensor, than in 16 vs 12.
I want to buy an action camera: good 4k picture quality, native if possible, stabilization, under 100USD. this is my first camera…
thanks for help.
Hi Gabriel, check out our recomendations here https://pevly.com/best-action-cameras/
Thanks for the guidance.However, these models are older models, can you suggest me something from 2017: Andoer, Akasoo, Firefly, Xiaomi Mijia(can go up little 100usd).
Thanks once again Pavle.
If something was released after does not mean it works well, I can’t recommend any specific camera besides the one we thoroughly tested and recommended here.
Can you please suggest a budget action camera that would support external Mic. Should have a good Camera as well.
Hi Tarun, please check our recommended camera list, there are some supporting external mics out there https://pevly.com/best-action-cameras/
harout markarian says
hello which is better between, SJCAM SJ6 – Xiaomi Mijia – SGCOOL explorer 2c – SGCOOL explorer 3 – Eken H6s 4k – Eken H9s.
The best camera is the one which suits your needs the best and budget. Our top picks can be found here https://pevly.com/best-action-cameras/
Your list is way to long. I recommend that you start with our recommended cameras and see which one fits your needs the best https://pevly.com/best-action-cameras/
From your experience, which is better between h8r n h9r ?
Between these two models the H9R has better results. The main reasons are the video quality and the price. In essence, the H9R can shot sharper videos. A part this difference these two cameras are very similar. If i can suggest you another camera, you could consider the Xiaomi Yi !