11.11 is a great festivity day in China. I don’t know exactly what they are celebrating, I think it’s the singles day. Anyway, what’s important, is that online shops like Gearbest are making GREAT DISCOUNTS and we can’t miss it. I’ve seen some anticipation, and there will be some really crazy deal, it’s better than Black Friday in USA. They starts from November 9th, and ends on November 15th.
Here you will find the official page of the promotions for 11.11 at Gearbest, but prices are not updated yet, you will see them on November 11th. But as I told you I got some anticipation and so I can tell you some of the deals they are going to make in the action cam category:
Now let’s see some of these cams in details:
This professional action camera has excellent features, that will compete with Gopro 5 black. It features Ambarella A9SE chip and Sony IMX377 sensor, top quality hardware to record stunning [email protected] and [email protected] video, and 12MP pictures. This is probably the best action cam under 250$ and can compete with Gopro 5 and Sony X1000V for video and photo quality.
It also features a 2.19″ touchscreen display – it’s really big, much bigger than gopro’s – where you can see what you are recording or shooting, change options and features just touching it, and playback videos. Besides, it has a wifi 2 times faster than the gopro one, that reaches 3MB/s download speed, a 1400mAh battery that allows to record up to 120 minutes at the maximum [email protected] resolution – we tested it befor saying – , and a 6-axys Gyro stabilizer that removes vibrations and unwanted movements. Talking about the audio, Xiaomi Yi2 mounts 2 microphones for a superior stereo audio quality. It has bluetooth and you can control it using the YI RC remote control (I personally tested it and it works perfect). And all of this for 249$! (206$ for 11.11 promotion).
We tested the cam and 4k videos are astonishing, sharp, bright, clear and crisp. It seems like to watch high quality pictures moving. I took my cam to the mountais near my city, and took some picture and 4k video. Talking about photos, I’m not used to see such good quality in pictures shot with a action cam. Git2, Sj5000X makes good photos, but these are excellent! Maybe even better than gopro 4 black, or at least of the same quality. Read our Yi technlogy Yi 4k review.
Xiaomi Yi 2k
This has probably been the best budget action cam of 2015-16, we are indeed talking about a real gem sold at a very low price. Xiaomi entered the world of budget action cams, after taking a good share in the smartphone world offering quality devices at low price. This action cam records 2k @ 30fps or 1080p @ 60fps videos, with a very good quality, reaching GoPro 3+ quality, doing better than GoPro Hero, SJ4000 and 4000+ and SJ5000 +, its most direct competitors.
At about 70$ you can buy a very good action cam with high quality video and photo results, a videocamera that records in 1080p and 2K, takes pictures at 16mpx with a sony sensor, with wifi and bluetooth, although she misses some feature, as we will see. With a firmware update in august 2015 it’s been introduced the possibility to record 2k videos, and now you can find new accessories (original or not) as the optional rear screen that can be connected to the cam and a more powerful 2400mAh battery. Read our Yi 2k review.
Hawkeye Firefly 7S
After the big success of the Firefly 6S, Hawkey created this new action cam Firefly 7S, very similar to its predecessor, the main update being the presence of a big 2″ rear screen, that will improve user-friendliness which ultimately translates to it being a better device when used as a proper action camera. It still has an effective Gyro stabylizer, a small front screen for options, Sony IMX078 image sensor and Novatek 96660 chipset.
7s features the Sony IMX078 sensor, the same used in the Firefly 6S and in the SJ5000X. It is a very good sensor, as we said in the sj5000x review. It can reach [email protected] resolution, [email protected] and an interpolated [email protected] It uses the same Novatek 96660 chipset, used also for 6s, sj5000X, Git2, Explorer pro.
This is a very good action cam, similar to Git2 and SJ5000X with almost the same hardware, a good stabilizer and a 2″ screen, but for a much lower price. Read our Firefly 7S review.
This action cam has the new 12.4MP Sony Exmor IMX078 image sensor and a Novatek 96660 chip that allow this cam to record interpolated 4k videos ( 2880×2160) with a frame rate of 24fps, 2k @ 30fps or 1080p FullHD @ 60fps. It mounts a gyro stablizer for more stable and ssteady videos without annoying vibrations, even in sport situations. It has a 2″ rear screen where you can see live what you’re recording, cheange settings and playback your files, and wifi. This is a very good action cam, with a very good video and photo quality, but with a bad audio quality, probably it’s only cons.
Sony Exmor IMX078 image sensor used in this action cam has a sensibility of 1437 digits and could theorically record 4k videos with a resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixel at 42fps, but Novatek 96660 chip can’t reach this numbers, restricting the cam to record interpolated 4K @ 24fps videos. This is the same sensor used on Firefly 6S and 7S and in the Pentax Q photo camera.
Gyro Anti-Shake stabilizer makes this action cam recommended for sports videos, like mountain bike, ski, motorbike, or with drones. From firmware version v1.25 the gyro works quite well and absorbes a lot of vibrations. You can see the difference from a non-stabilized video even shooting a video walking with the cam. When you try a cam with stabilizer you won’t buy one without it anymore. It works quite well, almost as the best of the category: Gitup Git2.
SJcam M20 is a cam that features Novatek 96660 chip and 16 MP Sony IMX206 Exmor sensor, the same used in the Git2 and Xiaomi Yi.. It has a vertical form factor and is really lightweight to be used with drones, just 59g with battery. It has the same chipset used in Elephone Explorer Pro, Git2 , Firefly 7S and SJ5000X Elite and the same image sensor of Git2 and Xiaomi Yi.
M20 can record 2160p videos, interpolated 4K (from 2880*2160 to 3840*2160) @ 24fps, [email protected] and [email protected] It can shoot 16MP photos. It also features a gyro stabilizer that proved to work really well, distortion correction and adjustable field of view, from 166° to Narrow view. It comes with a lot of accessories and a waterproof case up to 30m. There’s also a wrist remote control for M20 available for 19$.
This is a very good cam, with an unusual form factor, and a very good stabilizer. Read our SJcam M20 review.
V3 4k sportcamera
V3 is a new action cam that can record 4K videos @ 30fps and shoot 16MP photos. It features the Allwinner V3 chipset and the Sony IMX179 CMOS sensor. It is a top seller in gearbest and you can get it for just 35.99$!
V3 has a lens with a field of view of 170°, so a wide angle lens that can capture almost everything is in front of you. It has a 2″ inch LCD display to see what you are recording, playback videos and photos and change menu options.
It uses a removable battery with a capacity of 900mAh, that can guarantee 70-90 minutes of recording at a resolution of 1080p. V3 supports max 64GB Micro SD card.
This is a very light camera, just 58g, perfect for drones. It comes with a bunch of accessories, so it’s ready to use un many situations