I have no doubt that 2012 is the year of the action camera. We saw some major product launches from the likes of GoPro, Contour, JVC & Sony. However, these products all are tailored to an audience that can afford to throw around cash. It’s clear that one must spend at least $200 to get a new action camera these days, or buy used. However, if you do enough research, you’ll quickly realize that there are some solid cheap action camera alternatives on the market!
The Budget Action Camera?
In a previous article, I wrote about the Crocolis HD Action Camera, one of the most promising underdog action cameras of 2011. Well, it’s now 2012 and the successor has been announced!
Crocolis Xdreme HD Action Camera
There were many things the Crocolis HD Action Camera got right (especially at $150 USD). This includes:
-1080p 30fps, 720p 60fps
-IP68 (waterproof & dustproof)
-Wide angle lens – 142 degrees 720p, 172 degrees 1080p
-1.5″ LCD screen
-Built in microphone
-Maximum connectivity – mini-HDMI, mini-USB, TV-out & microphone input
-$150 bargain price point
But, there were a few areas where it fell short. Well, it seems they’ve heard our collective cries for change, because they’ve remedied them all! Here are the new features that distinguish it from it’spredecessor:
1.Upgraded Imaging Sensor – The new sensor on the Xdreme records clearer video with more saturated colors, but more importantly, is vastly superior in low light.
2.Automatic Tilt Sensor – If you mount the camera on it’s side or upside down, the camera will now automatically readjust the footage to the proper orientation!
3. Improved Casing – Though fundamentally similar, the new casing looks much sexier than the old brick design. We’re also a big fan of the blue.
4. Improved Sound – The sound processing was mediocre on the old model at best. This has been fully remedied for both the built-in microphone as well as the audio-in.
In addition to all of these new features, the Crocolis Xdreme Action Camera still packs the full accessory set that came with the original!
To recap, this includes:
1 x Helmet Grip
1 x Velcro and 2x 3 M Pad
1 x Handle Bar Grip
1 x Base Bracket
1 x AV Cable
1 x USB Cable
1 x Power Adapter
1 x Short/Long Velcro Strap
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x Microphone
1 x Suction Cup Bracket
1 x Car Charger
Most action cameras come with the bare minimum in accessories and require you to spend hundreds of dollars on proprietary equipment to realistically use it in an extreme situation. However, the Crocolis series includes the full set of accessories making it ready from the moment you open the box.
With that all said and done, this makes the Crocolis Xdreme Action Camera the best cheap action camera on the market. Hands down.
Buy the Crocolis HD Xdreme Action Camera for $149.99 w/ free shipping here!