You have already thought about capturing your adventures with a surf cam if you like photography as much as surfing.
Are you thinking of buying one and can’t decide?
Do not worry, with this guide to buying sports cameras you will surely find a good quality camera that fits your needs and budget.
Before deciding on a camera, it is important to keep in mind which factors affect the price and which ones contribute to the quality of your photos and videos:
Image and Video Quality
The quality offered by the camera is one of the crucial factors for you to decide which one to buy.
About this, the basic thing is to look at the megapixels that have an action camera, although a greater number of megapixels does not necessarily imply higher quality:
- Look at the quality of the sensor, the brand that makes it and the size.
- Then, check the maximum aperture of the objective.
- The lower this figure (the number f), the brighter your images and videos will be (f / 2.8 is an acceptable average for action cameras)
- Next, is the frames per second (fps), which tells you the frame rate that your camera can capture in one second.
- Typically, your surf cam will record at 60fps, 120fps or 240fps.
Note: This is the feature that allows you to record very fast actions and then slow down adding a “slow-motion” effect.
The video resolution
The current higher-end cameras already offer you to record at 4K resolutions, although 1080p or 720p is quite acceptable and allows you to get more recording time in the camera.
Physical details of your surf cam
You have to take into account the size and weight of the action camera you need.
- The more compact it is and the less it weighs, the less risk you have of destabilizing your surfboard.
- But the most important thing is that the camera has to be waterproof.
- The level of resistance to water is usually measured in meters of depth -which tell you the water pressure that it can withstand.
Surf Cam Field Of Vision And Image Stabilization
Most cameras have a fisheye lens that allows you to record videos and capture images in angular mode.
When acquiring your surf cam, keep in mind if it gives you the option to change that field of vision mode and check if the proportions are maintained or the available field of view is altered.
On the other hand, your camera can have two types of image stabilizer which are digital or optical. Usually, the optical stabilizer guarantees better results, but the digital one is much cheaper.
Sound perception of your surf cam
The other aspect to keep in mind is the quality of the sound recorded by the surf cam.
This aspect may not be very important –especially if you make strange noises when surfing and prefer to avoid them.
But if it is important for you to keep a decent quality sound, check that it has around 44.1 kHz sample rate and/or a linear bit depth higher than 16-bit.
Battery Autonomy Of Your Surf Cam
Another important factor is the consumption of energy. Keep in mind that most of the cameras establish their consumption based on a “standard use” so if you record in 4K or keep active additional features such as the flashlight or the Bluetooth, your surf cam will die a lot faster.
To know if your battery is really autonomous, look how many mAh you have. The higher this figure is, the more time you will have to take pictures and record action videos in the waves.
Finally, we have connectivity, literally, all modern cameras have micro USB or mini USB connection but some high-end models offer you Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or even NFC to pass your videos directly to your smartTV, laptop, tablet or Smartphone.