What To Look For When Buying A 4K Budget Action Cam

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June 19, 2019
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So, you're thinking about buying yourself a 4K budget action camera.

With so many makes and models available, where do you start even?

Well, hopefully, the tips I share below will help put you in a better position to make the right choice of camera to purchase.

There seem to be more tech companies coming out with their own low-cost sports action camera. The choice is plentiful, but not all action cameras offer the same level of quality, features, options, and accessories.

Here are 9 key things to look for when purchasing a new budget action camera.

1. Design and build quality

The first thing to look for is the design and build quality of the action cam. Now, with a budget camera, if you go for the super, super cheap makes and models, you're going to get what you pay for.

Poor design and build quality issues can include things like - flimsy flexible plastic, hard to press down buttons, waterproof casing that doesn't close properly, misaligned lens or fuzzy view, etc.

If you're buying a 4K budget action cam online, be sure to check for the customer reviews. Pay attention to the 1, 2, or 3-star reviews as well as the 5-star reviews. Check to see what issues some buyers might be experiencing with the action camera they purchased.

2. Built-in image and video stabilization

This is a feature you really want to have in your budget action camera, especially if you don't want your videos to have that horrible shaky hand-held look.

EIS, which stands for Electronic Image Stabilization is available in higher-end budget camera makes and models, like the Apexcam M80 Pro, we reviewed recently.

3. Touch-display and simple user interface

A touch display, again, will make for simple usability. But you also want a camera that has a simple-user interface too.

Compact action cams come with fewer buttons and figuring out which button controls which option can take some time as the same buttons may control various options. Which is why a touch-display is easier for navigating around.

4. High capacity SD card slot

Almost all good action cams come with a MicroSD card slot. However, make sure that the camera you purchase can take a good size memory card, i.e. a 32GB or 64GB card.

Some action cams have a maximum of 16GB recommended. This is fine, however, you will want to have more memory at your disposal, right?

5. Secure battery cover/flap

This is something that you wouldn't really pay attention to, however, it's important to make sure that the action cam you want to buy has a decent and secure battery cover.

I've purchased some low-cost sports cameras in the past only to find the battery would not always stay in its compartment because of a badly designed and insecure battery flap.

7. Dedicated mic input

This isn't always essential, but I know that a lot of folks want to have some decent audio with their action cam footage, including me.

So, if you want this too, consider purchasing a cam with a dedicated ext. mic input for an external microphone.

Check out the Apexcam M80 Pro we recently reviewed with mic input.

8. Compactness

Almost all sports action cameras are compact, so you shouldn't really be concerned with this, however, some action cams are weightier than others. If weight is an issue and you need to pack something light to take with you on your trip, consider this when purchasing a budget cam.

9. Good selection of accessories

Finally, we get to the accessories.

Now, yes all action cams do come with some accessories, but some come with a lot more than others. The Campark ACT74, for example, comes with tons of accessories.

Purchasing a camera with accessories will save you some money, however, you always have the option of buying extra accessories if the camera you really like the look of doesn't come with much.

It's a wrap!

So, that's it. Just a few things to consider when buying a budget 4K action cam. Hope this post was useful to you, if you have any questions, just send me an email here.

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