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Action Cameras


by Terry Sovil

The sale of simple point and shoot cameras has almost "dried up". You won't find much under $150.00 US$ on the market anymore. The reason? More sophisticated cell phones with cameras built-in. There are some fine photos and videos made with phone cameras. But what if you want something more robust? What if you want an action camera that can get wet or take a fall? The market has these options too, many priced at very reasonable rates.

While there are many camera manufactures out there, I want to focus on just two brands with comparisons to a third. These are GoPro, Intova and SeaLife. My company sells dive equipment and these manufacturers make equipment that can be used for SCUBA and snorkel but also make great Action Cameras. They will take some abuse, can get soaked down but are small and have great features to capture that fishing trip, boat excursion, standup paddle boarding, kayaking or simply pool side photos of the family.

GoPro, Inc. has become a common name. Every big retailer seems to be selling them. Formerly Woodman Labs, Inc, they are an American corporation that develops, manufactures and markets high-definition personal cameras, often used in extreme action video photography. Formed in 2002, the company is based in San Mateo, California.

Intova, founded in 1995 in Hawaii, was a new division in a company with roots in the photo industry back to 1982. Their mission was to deliver products with great value, high quality, low cost and unique feature sets. With Hawaii's tall mountains and 11 of the worlds 13 climatic zones, it is a sportsman's paradise. Their gear is created by sportspeople for sportspeople. International in scope, Intova has created a new standard in affordable Sports Photography. High quality, full featured cameras with rugged waterproof housings at unmatched price points.

SeaLife has been making cameras for over 25 years. They developed their first camera in 1993. These were a new breed of camera making it easier to get good digital underwater photos. In 2000 they created a camera system that revolutionized the world of underwater photography. Their lower end systems compare well to Intova and GoPro.

SeaLife Micro HD Camera SeaLife Micro HD Camera Keys

SeaLife is introducing the new Micro HD and Micro HD+ (shown above). This is the first permanently sealed underwater camera! It is flood proof with no doors or openings. 16GB of memory, high capacity internal battery and no memory card, battery or maintenance to worry you. Has three wide "piano key" controls. 1080p HD video, built-in 140 degree fisheye lens, good to 200'/60 meters underwater. Shoot video at 1080p at 30 frames per second or 720p at 60 frames per second. The fisheye lens lets you get close. Take still photos while recording full HD video.

Intova Edge-X Front and Back

Intova is introducing the new Edge X (shown above)! This is setting a new standard in high quality point of view cameras. It offers 1080p High Def video up to 60 frames per second with a 160 degree wide angle lens. Built in WiFi allows the user to operate and see what is on the viewfinder remotely on a laptop, tablet, or smart phone and also to enable wireless file transfer. EDGE X supports Micro SD card up to 64 GB (Class 10 required for 1080P HD video). Waterproof to 200 feet, the housing includes buttons for full camera control in any environment. EDGE X's high quality LCD screen acts as both a viewfinder and playback monitor. To save battery life, the LCD can be turned off when not in active use. Shoot still pictures at 5, 8, 10 and 12 MP. It also offers digital Zoom at 60x, 16x, 10x or 4x, something GoPro cannot do.

Introva Sport 10K camera

Intova also has the versatile Sport 10K camera (shown above). This is an affordable solution to Sports photography. The compact housing is waterproof to 140 feet / 40 meters and features a shock absorbent liner, double O-ring design and full function control buttons. The camera alone is waterproof to 10 feet / 3 meters and features great video and photo performance. Two AAA batteries provide easy power solutions anywhere in the world. Memory is via Micro SD card up to 32GB for hundreds of photos and/or hours of video content. The standard tripod mount is compatible with all Intova mount systems for an easy solution to Sports Photography / Videography. The camera can be removed from the protective housing and used stand-alone. Or it can be placed in the housing and used in the water. Looking for a simple, versatile Action Camera? Look no farther than the Intova Sport 10K.

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