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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.

Xiaomi Yi Action Camera White ₱ 2,650.00 Yi\, the Choice of 3.5 Million+ Happy Users Leading the imaging-technology market High-performance\, affordable price Positive feedback and customer service Simple Set-up 1. Download YI Action Camera App 2. Turn on the camera 3. Connect the camera to the app 4. Start making and sharing videos + photos 155° Ultra-wide Angle Lens and F2.8 Aperture Glass Lens Shoot more of your world with the ultra-wide angle lens. The all-glass 16Mp Cmos lens with a F2.8 aperture gives you a total immersive experience. ST high performance g-sensor. Wi-Fi up to 300 ft and Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity Frame your shots perfectly by previewing live footage on your phone with the built-in Wi-Fi. See exactly what your camera sees and take photos and videos from up to 300ft away on your phone. Control the camera and adjust the settings remotely on the app\, remote\, or camera. Photo & Audio\, Multiple Modes 16 Megapixels\, 4608 x 3456 Maximum Resolution\, 0.5 - 60 sec Time-Lapse Mode\, 3-15 sec Timing Mode\, 7 pic/sec Continuous Mode. 11 video and 4 photo modes Video modes: 1296p - 30fps 1080p - 60fps\, 48fps\, 30fps\, 24fps. 960p - 60fps\, 48fps. 720p - 120fps\, 60fps\, 48fps. 480p - 240fps. Built-in microphone and audio. Dual-channel\, 96KHz sampling\, 92dBA Snr. 3D Noise Reduction Battery Life of 95 minutes\, 990mAH The Official U.s. Edition products have optimized battery-life by 20%. Up to 90 minutes of recording on 1080p 60fps. Rechargeable Panasonic\, high-density\, lithium-ion battery: 990mAh. Smart battery management for maximum use. Portability without Sacrificing Quality\, 2.5 Ounces YI's technical engineers work close with the product team to keep YI compact and portable\, but not also focus on the core of Yi\, performance. The result is an impressive sleek design with quality performance. --Package Include-- 1 x YI Action Camera 1 x Battery 1 x Micro USB Cable 1 x Manual

SJCAM M20

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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.

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.

SJCAM SJ5000

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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 H9R ₱ 2,255.16 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
Xiaomi Yi Action Camera White ₱ 2,650.00 Yi\, the Choice of 3.5 Million+ Happy Users Leading the imaging-technology market High-performance\, affordable price Positive feedback and customer service Simple Set-up 1. Download YI Action Camera App 2. Turn on the camera 3. Connect the camera to the app 4. Start making and sharing videos + photos 155° Ultra-wide Angle Lens and F2.8 Aperture Glass Lens Shoot more of your world with the ultra-wide angle lens. The all-glass 16Mp Cmos lens with a F2.8 aperture gives you a total immersive experience. ST high performance g-sensor. Wi-Fi up to 300 ft and Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity Frame your shots perfectly by previewing live footage on your phone with the built-in Wi-Fi. See exactly what your camera sees and take photos and videos from up to 300ft away on your phone. Control the camera and adjust the settings remotely on the app\, remote\, or camera. Photo & Audio\, Multiple Modes 16 Megapixels\, 4608 x 3456 Maximum Resolution\, 0.5 - 60 sec Time-Lapse Mode\, 3-15 sec Timing Mode\, 7 pic/sec Continuous Mode. 11 video and 4 photo modes Video modes: 1296p - 30fps 1080p - 60fps\, 48fps\, 30fps\, 24fps. 960p - 60fps\, 48fps. 720p - 120fps\, 60fps\, 48fps. 480p - 240fps. Built-in microphone and audio. Dual-channel\, 96KHz sampling\, 92dBA Snr. 3D Noise Reduction Battery Life of 95 minutes\, 990mAH The Official U.s. Edition products have optimized battery-life by 20%. Up to 90 minutes of recording on 1080p 60fps. Rechargeable Panasonic\, high-density\, lithium-ion battery: 990mAh. Smart battery management for maximum use. Portability without Sacrificing Quality\, 2.5 Ounces YI's technical engineers work close with the product team to keep YI compact and portable\, but not also focus on the core of Yi\, performance. The result is an impressive sleek design with quality performance. --Package Include-- 1 x YI Action Camera 1 x Battery 1 x Micro USB Cable 1 x Manual

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