Is it possible to get the features, the quality, the durability, the flexibility, the stunning action that comes from what is known quite simply as “GoPro”? for under $100? The high-end action cameras that have that brand and others of similar quality – offer something amazing – but how does a low-cost model compare?
Well the answer to the first question is quite simply no.
I’ve been playing around with the ExtremeX sports action camera which Officeworks are selling for just $84 – that’s a pretty cool and very attractive price you have to admit. So what’s the catch.
Well – before we look at the downside lets look at the upside. It’s $84 – that’s a great price. It’s super light – lighter even than the GoPro. And it has a screen – yep, on the back, a screen so you can see what you’re aiming at. All of which are good reasons to consider it.
But, the picture quality is not a patch on the GoPro.
I filmed with them side-by-side today, and you can see this for yourself.
The audio is better, the lens is better, the colours are better and the picture clearer. Quality is just not a patch on a GoPro.
Now while $84 is cheap, it’s only $200 less than a GoPro and I’d say you’re getting less than a 3rd the quality.
Look in the video above – now look outside the car, at the trees I drive past, the colour and clarity is excellent on the GoPro.
So who’s this camera for?
Teens. I reckon this would be a great present for early to mid-teens who love their BMX or Skateboarding, clip it on, wear the chest harness – whatever, capture stuff and share with mates. For $84 – it’s just perfect for that.
But if you’re looking for pro video – don’t cut corners, you get what you pay for.
This thing earns points for its size, price, and the touch screen on the back, which while small and a bit clunky to use the touch interface – does what you want from these cameras.
Available at Officeworks stores for $84 – Online details only (no online buying) here