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Top 5 Best Action Cameras for Broke Travellers

08 February 2018 | MJ Mendoza

The Philippines is an amazing country to travel into. From the windy islands of Batanes to the colorful seas of Sulu, every part of the country is definitely travel- and Instagram-worthy. Wide-angle shots taken from a GoPro are very much the “in” thing. But, not everyone can afford one let alone travel the country. GoPro or not, you can still take those amazing photos with these five action cams in the Philippines.

Xiaomi Yi Action Camera

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Perhaps one of the most popular action cameras in the Philippines, the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera is one affordable sports cam with powerhouse specs. It has a 16-MP wide-angle lens camera with three recording modes; Daily Mode: 1080p at 30fps, High-Speed Mode: 720p at 120fps, and Speed Mode: 480p at 240 fps. Placing the price between PHP3,000 and PHP6,000, this is one camera every broke traveller must have.


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Like the Yi action camera, SJCAM is also making rounds among budget gadget lovers. The SJCAM M20 is an all-purpose camera with some people even using it as their CCTV! It has a 16.35-MP wide-angle lens camera that records in full HD in various frame speeds. With a price range below PHP7,000, this action camera is one for those who are on a tight budget.

SJCAM M20 White ₱ 5,326.97 SJCAM M20 1.5in LCD Screen 4K HD Action Camera Outdoor Sports Waterproof WiFi Camcorder Gyro HDMI USBSpecifications:Color: White Yellow Red Gold Blue Black SilverBrand: SJCAMModel: M20Camera Type: HD Action CameraCamera size: 61.2 x 42.7 x 25mm/2.41 x 1.68 x 0.98"Camera weight: 74gAdditional functions: audio recording WiFi and camera functionChip: Novatek 96660Screen: 1.5 inch LCD screenImage sensor: IMX206 16 million pixelsLens: 166 degrees A+ high resolution wide angleWiFi: YesHDMI interface: YesAnti-shaking gyro: YesStorage format: micro Secure Digital card up to 128GB (memory card not included)Light source frequency: 50Hz/60HzData connection: USB2.0/ HDMI/ WiFiOperating system: Window XP2 or above/ Mac OSX 10.4.11 or aboveAvailable language: English/ French/ German/ Spanish/ Italian/ Portuguese/ Simplified Chinese/ Japanese/ Traditional Chinese/ Russian/ Korean/ Romanian/ Polish/ Czech/ Slovakian/ Hungarian/ DenmarkVideo parameters:Video format: MOV/MP4Video resolution: 4K (2880 x 2160) 24fps 2K (2560 x 1440) 30fps 1080P (1920 x 1080) 60/30fps 720P (1280 x 720) 120/60/30fps VGA (848 x 480) 240fpsField of view: normal angle / medium angle / narrow angleVideo compression format: H.264Picture parameters:Picture format: JPGImage resolution: 16MP/ 12MP/ 10MP/ 8MP/ 5MP/ 3MP/ 2MHD/ 1.3MP VGABattery:Power: 5V 1ABattery type: 900mAh replaceable batteryBattery duration: about 60 minutes (WiFi On); about 110 minutes (WiFi Off);Charging time: about 3 hoursNotes:1. There may be slight size deviations due to manual measurement different measuring methods and tools.2. The picture may not reflect the actual color of the item because of different photographing light angle and display monitor.

LG 360 Cam

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While LG is mostly known for their smartphones and home appliances, this action cam is one underrated contender. The camera boasts dual wide-angle lens so you can capture 360-degree pictures and record 2K videos. Another distinct feature of the LG 360 Cam is its flat body which deviates from the standard rectangular counterparts. If you want to spice up your vacation snapshots without spending a lot, then the LG 360 Cam is for you.


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It’s not a list of most affordable action cameras if there is not one, but two SJCAM cameras! As the famous SJCAM SJ4000’s predecessors, the SJ5000 is a heavy-hitter in specs without burning a hole in your pockets. The SJCAM SJ5000 has a 14-MP wide-angle lens camera that allows you to shoot videos in Full HD at 1080@30fps. Never go on an adventure without the SJCAM SJ5000 within reach. Like the rest of SJCAM’s repertoire of cameras, the SJ5000 is priced around PHP3,000 to PHP5,000.

HTC Re Camera

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Another sports camera that defies the standards in terms of ergonomics, the HTC Re Camera is an innovative and unique action cam. First look at this bad boy is how the camera is designed. Instead of a rectangular frame, the camera has a cylindrical shape with a slight curve at the top for the lens, like a periscope. Spec-wise, the camera features a 16-MP camera and can shoot in full HD capturing 1920 x 1080 pixels of video and photo. The HTC Re Camera is priced in between PHP4,000 and PHP6,000, making it a must-have for broke travellers!

Best Action Cameras in the Philippines

EKEN H9 ₱ 2,140.81 Loop-cycle recording will automatically delete old footage from your action camera when the memory in order to create more space for new videos. With the 2inch LCD screen you can preview what footage you shoot. The 170 degree angle allows you to capture more scenes into the frame for a improved visual effect. 170-Degree Wide Angle To capture more scenes into the frame for better visual effect. 4k @25fps Resolution Capture immersive footage of you and your world with resolution up to 4k @25fps 2-inch LCD With this 2-inch LCD to preview what you shoot. Loop-Cycle Recording Auto-delete the old video when the memory is full to make room for the new ones. Multi-Mode Camera Such as single shot/continuous shooting/self-timer, you can switch freely as you like. Wi-Fi Function With built-in Wi-Fi for full camera control, photo playback, live preview and share them with others. Specifications Brand Eken Model H9 Chipset Sunplus 6350 Sensor Ov4689 Display 2-inch Ltps Lcd, 320-by-240-pixel resolution Waterproof Case Up to 30m Photo Mode Single shot/continuous shooting/self-timer (5s/ 10s/ 30s/ 60s) Photo 12M / 10M/ 8M/5M Audio WAV format (Bitrate:176kbps) Video 4K @ 25fps (3840*2160 pixels), 2.7K @ 30fps (2704*1524 pixels), 1080p @ 60fps (1920*1080 pixels), 1080p @ 30fps (1920*1080 pixels), 720p @ 120fps (1280*720 pixels) Input/Output Micro USB port, Hdmi Focus 12cm~Infinite View Angle 170 degree Time Lapse Support Battery Rechargeable 1050mAh lithium battery Battery Life Max 50mins @ 4k/1080P 60fps, Max 90mins @ 1080P 30fps Storage Micro SD Card Class10 (not included) Wi-Fi Built-in 802.11 b/g/n Multi-Language Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Korean, Portuguese, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Japanese Product Weight 65g Product Size 5.9 x 2.5 x 4.1 cm Package Contents 1 x H9 Action Camera 1 x Helmet Mounts 1 x Handle Bar 1 x Waterproof Housing 1 x Bandages 1 x Tethers 1 x Protective Backdoor 1 x Metal Tether 1 x Protective Backdoor 1 x USB Cable 2 X Clip 7 x Mount 1 x Manual
EKEN H9R ₱ 2,267.03 Feature: 170 degree wide angle. Built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. 4K ultra HD video shooting. 2-inch TFT LCD.Live preview what you shoot. Provide stunning video quality with 1080p at 60 fps. Use Sunplus 6350 chipset and Ov4689 image sensor. With 2.4G 3m water resistance remote controller (built-in 3V Cr2032 button cell battery) Remote Control Distance: 20m Specification: 2.4G Remote 3m Waterproof/ Distance 15m Chipset Sunplus 6350 Sensor Ov4689 Display 2 Inch Screen 320-by-240-pixel resolution Waterproof Case Up to 30m Video 4K @ 25fps (3840*2160 pixels) 2.7K @ 30fps (2704*1524 pixels) 1080p @ 60fps (1920*1080 pixels) 1080p @ 30fps (1920*1080 pixels) 720p @ 120fps Photo 12Mp/8Mp/5Mp/4Mp Input/Output Micro USB port HD port View Angle 170 degree Battery life 1050mAh(1080p 30 1.5 hours, 4K 25/ 2.7K 30/ 1080p 60 1 hour) Storage Micro SD card (not included),Maximum support 32G Battery Rechargeable 1050mAh lithium battery Audio Wave Format (Bitrate:176kbps) Dimensions (L*w*h) 59.3*24.6*41.1 (mm) Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Multi-Language Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, German, Simplified Chinese English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese Weight 64g (Battery Included) Package Included: 1 X Eken H9R Sport Action Camera 1 X Remote Controler 1 X Waterproof Housing 1 X Handle Bar 1 X Helmet Mounts 1 X Bandages 1 X Battery 1 X Lens Cloth 1 X Tethers 1 X Metal Tether 1 X Protective Backdoor 1 X USB Cable 2 X Clip 7 X Mount

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