We reached a point where POV cameras are omnipresent. For example: Go to a ski resort, take a look around in the lift line and you’ll instantly spot at least four people with a GoPro plugged to their helmets. Admittedly, most of the guys in the lift line are fools, but still it is cool to film yourself without any effort and get crispy footage of your stunts on the mountain, right?
But here’s the deal – the GoPro is quite expensive and our moneybags are just as tiny as yours, so we tried to find a cheaper alternative that delivers at least the same quality. What we did find is the ACTIONPRO X7.
From the outside, the X7 looks quite similar to the GoPro, but on the inside it truly has to offer a sweet load of features. True 12 megapixels, slow motion capturing with up to 240 (!) frames per second, timelapse capturing, WiFi function, a built-in-monitor and different angle settings. Pretty solid, right? We got our hands on one of those cams (it’s 297 bucks) and the first thing that surprised us was the amount of gadgets that come with the X7: different housings, mounting plates, connectors, adapters and so on.
But let’s talk facts. What’s in the box?
After unpacking the thing, we went to Kitzbühel to check it out. Here’s a small unedited test shot, that gives you an image of the footage quality of the X7 (and yeah, we know, it’s not much snow…).
When I was testing the cam, I really liked the built-in-monitor. It’s just super comfortable to check whether you got the shot or not, right after the recording itself. The battery does a good job, even on a cold day. With the X7, you can capture various resolutions (1080p, 960p, 720p, 480p) with various framerates, so that you can easily find your perfect setting. Off course, you can also take photos in 12 megapixel, or less if you like, or use the high-speed mode to shoot 11 photos in one second. Another cool thing is the timelapse mode: you can either get the single timelapse photos, or you let the X7 do all the work for you and simply get a finished timelapse video in the end. Of course, the camera also comes with a waterproof housing and is equipped with multiple interfaces.
Here’s the full tech talk:
Besides all the included gadgets, ACTIONPRO offers quite a number of other usefull accessories for the X7, for example a WiFi remote with a built-in-display.
You can check out all the accessories here: www.actionpro.de/en/accessories