I love to travel and video is another form of memory keeping. It’s is also easier to share your trips with your friends and family using video footage compared to browsing through hundreds of photos. You see, everyone is busy, who would actually browse through all the photos you posted on Facebook about your trip? Only your mommies would.
The good thing about all action camera is that they are small and easy to carry. I can slip it into my pocket, or the side pocket of my bag and pull it out whenever I want to record. I can also go underwater, or attach it to my body when I climb trees, whatever. Best, they are ultra wide angle, so you can cover many things!
My heart actually side towards GoPro I guess because it is more reputable (due to marketing and ads). But I didn’t get it in the end because it is too pricey. I also think since I just started out, I should start with a cheaper equipment first. Just in case I decided video is not my thing.
So I bought my Curve Xtreme 200 at IT fair Singapore, at the price of $198, inclusive of all the straps, holders, battery, charger, etc. With one Go Pro, I could possibly buy 4-5 of this Curve Xtreme 200. Moreover, all the straps and attachments come separately for GoPro. Each is bloody expensive.
1. Slow start-up time
Omg, I wish it can be faster. When you want to record, you press and hold the on/off button, then you wait for at least 10 seconds before you can record. Nowadays, I also do Point-Of-View video while photo-walking, so I find it a hassle needing to keep switching on and wait for 10 seconds. By the time the device is ready, the scene is gone. This leads me to my next point: battery life.
2. Battery life
One battery can only last less than one hour if left switched on. To save the battery life, I need to keep it switch off while not using and switch on when I want to record. That’s why the vendor gave me a large portable battery, which I find redundant (which is spoil even before I get to use it) because it means I have to carry extra weight while filming (what’s the point), or I stop and charge.
3. Ease of use
Basically, it is quite easy to use after some getting use to. There’s one button for on/off switch, one button for filming/taking photos, two buttons for maneuvering the menu. Nope, the LCD is not a touch screen. I wish it’s easier to view videos/photos after the shot.
Yes, GoPro is madly expensive. I am unable to compare this Curve Xtreme 2oo with anything else because I only have this. From what I know, for GoPro, you need to buy all the straps and adapters, etc separately. For Curve, everything comes together as you buy the action camera. This can save you tonnes of money! One more thing, it provides a bluetooth remote control, so you can use it to control the record function. You don’t need to specially do any connecting or verification, you can use the remote control straight up. I love it! There’s no app as far as I know. Although the sale person said there is, he gave excuses that he couldn’t locate his phone. I tried to search in app store but couldn’t find any…
5. Video & Photo quality
I must say for the price you pay for, the video quality is surprisingly not bad. I have a few video examples shot by me at 1080P 30fps:
Well, you get what you pay for.
So yeah, I am happy I have an action camera as it is really handy. When I am not traveling, I mount it on my camera and do behind-the-scene videos and POV. If the battery life is longer and the starting time is quick, this Curve Xtreme 200 would be perfect!
If you know any nice and cheaper action camera, let me know!