Action cameras have become a staple of the mountain bike community in the past decade. There’s barely a rider who doesn’t have one strapped to their helmet or handlebars at this point and contrary to what some may think, there are actually plenty of companies producing cameras at varying prices and with various levels of tech.
Of course, GoPro is still by far the best-known brand in the action camera world, responsible for the boom and still at the forefront of the industry, but there are also many other options. So, let’s have a look at these before Buying best 360-degree camera in budget and tech.
CANON IXUS 285 HS
Some users don’t want to carry a heavy camera but still require a good zoom range. For them, the only option worth considering in this price range is the Canon. It has a 20MP CMOS sensor with 12X optical zoom, image stabilization as well as WiFi and NFC connectivity in the compact body. You get a 3-inch display and a battery life of 180 shots.
The bigger brother to the Nikon B500 improves the zoom range to 60x while keeping most of the features unchanged. There is a 20MP CMOS sensor, ISO up to 3200 and an aperture range of f3.3 to f6.5. You get a 3-inch variangle display, electronic viewfinder, built-in flash, WiFi, Bluetooth and a battery life of up to 420 shots.
Anker Roav Duo
I can sum up my philosophy about dash cams in one sentence: the best dash cams disappear in your car, monitoring your surroundings and only making themselves known when you need them most. Anker’s Roav Duo does that very well, filming you and your passenger in addition to the road. Some people won’t want to be recorded while driving for various reasons, but that extra video feed could be vital to showing your side of the story in the case of an accident.
Both of the Roav Duo’s cameras record 1080p video, and both have fairly wide fields of view: 155 degrees on the front-facing camera and 110 degrees on the rear camera. Just be mindful of where you place the Roav Duo—you can angle the rear camera up and down, but not side to side. While you can swivel the entire dash cam up to 180 degrees, I recommend placing the device on the left side of your rear-view mirror so it can capture the driver completely rather than the passenger.
Vava Dash Cam
Dash cams are all about safety, but some—like the Vava Dash Cam—want to capture the fun inside the car, too. The disk-like camera sits on a magnetic mount that lets you swivel it 360 degrees, so it can record the road ahead of you and your shenanigans inside the car when necessary.
While the Anker Roav Duo can record front- and rear-facing video at once, the Vava Dash Cam only has one camera to record whatever is in front of it. Swiveling the device lets you choose when you want to capture the vastness of an eight-lane highway in front of you or a sing-along with all your friends in the back seat.
The camera shoots 1080p video at up to 60fps and can take photos as well. The Vava Dash Cam comes with a snapshot button that you can stick on your steering wheel and press to take a photo.