A must-have for every serious traveler is a good action camera to make video travelers. Since you will be on the road, the most important things you should consider when choosing the ultimate video camera for travelers, are the following: portability, image quality, and ease of use.
You want a video camera that’s not going to weigh you down, and one where it would be inconvenient to use because it’s too big and bulky to take out of your bag. You want it compact and light, but you also want image quality to be compromised as well.
Lastly, you want it easy to use, because it’s no good having a nice camera if it’s just too difficult for you to use, right? Here are a few reviews on video action cameras out there to get you started on determining what suits your preferences. xShot Camera Extender Review Video
Let Me Introduce: Veho Muvi Micro DV Ultimate Video Camera For Travelers
This video camera came out years ago, so maybe this is OLD news, but for us we just found this camera today and have just bought it so we can really test it out. Let me introduce you to the Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder. This little thing truly proves the fact that there are no limits to what you can achieve in technology these days.
Features ~ This tiny gadget claims to be the smallest high-resolution video camera in the world, at less than 2 inches high. It’s a 2 megapixel camera and has date/time stamp features. It comes with a memory card with the size of 4GB (around 80 minutes of footage). This camera is equipped with a FRE technology, which allows you to have a better video quality of up to 30 frames per second. It also records in AVI format. Its clip attachment allows you to attach this camera in various places, and also comes with a universal clip mount. Its rechargeable battery lasts for 90 minutes continuous operation.
Pros ~ Because of its small size and ability to be easily attached, this is suitable for people who are into active and extreme sports such as biking, skateboarding, wakeboarding, and so on.
Its lightweight, compact size is also great for handheld recording, and makes it incredibly portable. It’s not expensive and the picture quality is acceptable. It’s a great, fuss-free, straightforward starter camera for the sporty, adventurous type of travelers.
Cons ~ This camera’s maximum frame resolution size is only 640×480, which is a bit small in today’s video standards, but it does the job. It’s a very basic video camera, so there are a lot of limitations with its functionality. It doesn’t do well in low light.
Why Is It Good For Travelers?
How many times haven’t you wanted to film something but didn’t dare or simply couldn’t ask if you were allowed? I remember walking past a temple in Malaysia where ‘Don’t you Wish your girlfriend was hot like me’ by the Pussy Cat Dolls was blasting out of the speakers during a dance class.
It was such a funny contradiction, seeing all these middle aged men and women dancing sexy (slapping their bums) to this kind of music – in a temple! I really wanted to record it so badly but I wasn’t sure if it was ok, so in a situation like this, this camera would have been great.
It’s small and comes in black or white, you can stick it on your chest pocket or jacket, and there is no red light revealing to others that you’re filming. It will be an easy way to interview people from different cultures while on your travels, as many feel insecure when having a big video camera up in their faces, so this would be a more relaxed way of doing it and perhaps making the interviewed person feel more comfortable.
Another good reason to buy it is that you can just stick it on your jacket, and when you see something you want to record you can either push the record button straight away, or just say the magic word ‘action’, for the camera to start recording. This way you will be able to catch so much more of the action during your trip, since often it takes such a long time to take the video camera out of the case, turn it on etc… when you have finally have it ready… it’s too late!
As if these reasons weren’t enough, it seems like the camera is great for sporty people. It’s the ultimate camera for mountain bikers, climbers, skiers and going sledging for example. There is already a bunch of products to which you can use the camera for.
- The world’s smallest high resolution camcorder
- Measures only 55mm high x 20mm wide x 20mm deep
- Includes 2GB (up to 8GB MSD compatible) Micro SD card to record up to 90 minutes footage
- Includes rechargeable battery for 3 hours continuous operation
- Standby mode with noise activation
Features ~ The GoPro HERO is a camera that has a lot to offer with its compact size and weighs only 111 grams with a memory that can be increased to up to 32gb. It’s a 5-megapixel camera that allows you to take not only videos, but as well as still photos of up to 1080p30 and 720p60 video resolution.
It comes with an ultra wide glass lens case, flat and curved mounts (for easy mounting on helmets, surfboards, etc.). The camera is waterproof up to a depth of 40 meters.
Pros ~ This camera allows you to get a lot of bang for your buck, and boasts great functionality. The ultra wide lens is great for capturing the great outdoors, and it’s waterproof (up to a 40m certain depth). You can also make time-lapse videos with it.
For travelers who are into extreme sports but are particular with video quality and sound, this is a great choice. Of course, it’s also very lightweight and compact, which is perfect for travelers and backpackers. Its curved and flat mounts allow you to film your travels in unique perspectives. Sound quality is also topnotch.
Cons ~ The battery is built-in, and only lasts 2.5 hours, and you cannot remove the camera from its permanent polycarbonate housing. The shooting options are stripped to the basics, and you cannot use an external mic cable with it.
ASX Action Pro Sports Camera
Features ~ This is an HD camera that boasts of a 140-degree, super wide-angle lens (720p), and comes with an 8-in-1 accessory kit that allows you to mount your camera to various places. It comes with a waterproof casing that allows you to use the camera underwater.
Compared to other entry-level, action video cameras out there, this one has a 1.5 inch LCD screen that allows you to view your footage. It is also shockproof.
Pros ~ This camera is one that will seem like it is really built to last, with its solid, uni-body construction. It’s a very durable camera perfect for heavy outdoor usage. Battery life for continuous use is great, and lasts until 4 hours.
It’s inexpensive, and is a good, economical starter option for travelers who prefer the camera to have an LCD screen. The video quality is good enough, and the camera is relatively easy to use. The attachments will help you do more with this camera.
Cons ~ It’s not waterproof without the case, so you can’t easily get in and out of the water seamlessly without the hassle of having to attach/reattach the waterproof casing. The sound quality isn’t too great.
Features ~ This is a 5-megapixel, wide-angle action camera with a 120-degree fixed focus lens. It films in several video resolutions. It’s compact, with a height of only 3.8 inches, and comes with a built-in microphone.
The camera is waterproof up to 10 meters deep. It records in MOV format, in 720p and 1080p HD, and allows you to take still photos as well.
Pros ~ This is one of the cheapest action video cameras out there that’s quite underrated. It’s perfect for travelers who are under a tight budget. The video does well during low-light situations. What’s really great about this camera is all the mounting accessories that come with it which allow you to mount the camera on a variety of surfaces. It is also waterproof (although, can not go as deep as the other more expensive cameras).
Cons ~ Design-wise, it’s not as sleek or stylish and sound quality isn’t too clear at times. It also has no display screen.
The video cameras mentioned here are among the best choices out there for starter action video cameras. Hopefully these reviews helped you in finding the ultimate video camera for travelers.
Keep in mind that you must find one with features that suit your lifestyle and the activities you do while traveling, so you’ll be able to determine which one is the best option. How To Protect Your Camera From The Weather While Traveling