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Comparison of 9 Action Cameras Available in PH

The scorching heat of the sun that we experience today only suggests one thing — summer is officially upon us. This is also the season where we plan our out of town trips to cool off at the beach or up the mountains. Whatever your plans may be, you’d surely want to document it and here are some of the action cameras that are up to the challenge.


The cameras listed in this article can be purchased here in the Philippines through offline and online stores, and are arranged in no particular order. We have the specs list as well as sample footage for some of the devices to help you choose better. Let’s get started!

1. HTC Re


HTC Re specs:
16MP, 1/2.3-inch Sony CMOS sensor
Bluetooth v4.0 LE
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n
WiFi Direct
5-pin micro-USB
microSD card slot
Tripod Hole
1080p, 30fps FHD video
720p, 4x slow motion video
Android 4.3, iOS compatible
IPX7 water resistance
820mAh battery
66.5 grams (weight)
Price: Php9,878 (Lazada)


2. Qube X-Cam


Qube X-Cam Action Camcorder specs:
12MP OV2710 Image Sensor
170-degree Lens
Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @30fps, 1280 X 720 @60fps
Audio: Wave Format @176kbps
LCD Display: 1.5? LCD
IP68 Waterproof rating
Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n, 15m range
Micro-USB 2.0
900mAh battery
Dimension: 41 x 59 x 24.5mm
Price: Php4,229/Php3,990 (for Qube members)

3. Playground Cam100


Playground Cam100 specs:
12MP camera
1080p video @ 60fps
1.5-inch LCD display
170-degree wide angle lens
900mAh battery
Price: Php5,990

We also have a comparison of the Cam100’s video quality against the GoPro Hero3+. Check it out below:

QUICK REVIEW: Playground Cam100

4. CD-R King Action Camcorder


CD-R King Action Camcorder specs:
1080p camera with 170-degree Lens View Angle:
LCD Display: 1.5-inch LCD
Image Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1920, 3264 x 2448, 4000 x 3000
Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 30fps, 1280 X 720 @60fps
IP68 Rating (waterproof/dustproof)
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Mini USB 2.0
up to 32GB microSD support
900mAh battery
Price: Php3,380

5. Garmin Virb Elite


Garmin VIRB Elite specs:
16MP ½.3-inch CMOS sensor
1.4-inch Chroma display @ 205 x 148 resolution
Video recording up to Full HD at 30fps
ANT+ signal
Mini HDMI connectivity
Water-resistant (IPX7) up to 1 meter for 30 minutes
3.2 x 5.3 x 11.1cm
235 grams (with battery)
2,000mAh battery
Price: Php25,590

Hit the play button to check out the VIRB Elite’s video quality.


In addition, the company recently released an update to their action cam lineup — the Garmin VIRB X and XE.

6. Sony 4K Action Cam


Sony Action Cam FDR-X1000V specs:
12.8MP Zeiss Tessar lens with ultra-wide angle 170-degree FOV
Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
BIONZ X image processor
4K video recording with 3840 x 2160 resolution @ 30fps
Full HD video recording with 1920 x 1080 resolution @ 120fps for slo-mo effect
HD video recording with 1280 x 720 resolution @ 240fps for ultra slo-mo effect
SteadyShot stabilization technology using EIS
Wind noise reduction for better audio
Loop recording feature
USTREAM for livestreaming videos
Still image burst mode
Motion Shot LE
HDMI output
Price: Php27,999

7. Veho Muvi K2


Veho Muvi K2 specs:
16MP camera with 140-degree wide-angle lens
Full HD video recording
MicroHDMI port
MiniUSB port
MicroSD slot (up to 64GB)
1500mAh battery
Price: Php 13,995

REVIEW: Veho Muvi K2

8. GoPro Hero3+


GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition specs:
12MP camera with f/2.8 aperture
Ultra wide angle field of view
4K resolution @ 15fps
1440p @ 48 fps
1080p @ 30fps, 60fps
720p @ 60fps, 120fps
12MP Ultra Wide @ 4000 x 3000
7MP Ultra Wide Medium @ 3000 x 2250
5MP Medium @ 2560 x 1920
Time Lapse 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 second intervals
Burst Mode @ 30 photos per second
Price: Php19,850 (Lazada)

We took a Hero3+ to an out of town trip and swam with whale sharks. Watch the footage below:

REVIEW: GoPro Hero3+

9. GoPro Hero 4


GoPro Hero4 Black Edition specs:
12MP camera with f/2.8 aperture
Ultra wide angle field of view
4K resolution @ 30fps
1440p @ 25fps, 24fps
1080p @ 30fps, 25fps, 24fps
720p @ 60fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps
12MP Ultra Wide @ 4000 x 3000
7MP Ultra Wide Medium @ 3000 x 2250
5MP Medium @ 2560 x 1920
Time Lapse 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 second intervals
Burst Mode @ 30 photos per second
Night Lapse
Price: Php25,990 (Widget City)

(Additional) Xiaomi Yi 


Although only available online from overseas, we decided to include the Xiaomi Yi since a big number of people are interested due to its specs and affordable price. We’re also giving one away for free so stay tuned for that!

Xiaomi Yi Sport Camera features:
72 Grams and made from PC + ABS and metal composite materials
Ambarella A7LS Processor
Sony Exmor R BSI CMOS 16MP Sensor
155° (Mobile Phone 89°) Wide Angle Lens
3D Noise Reduction
WiFi Connectivity (up to 100 meters)
BLE Ultra-low power consumption
Bluetooth and Remote App control
4 Operating modes include; Photo, Time-lapse photo, Timed photo and Video
Share to social media within 10 seconds using the smartphone APP.
Video support: 1080p 60 FPS, 1080p 30 FPS, 720p 120 FPS, 720p 240 FPS
H.264 Video encoding with Sport level image processor providing ultra high-fluency
Urban White and Jungle Green colors
Price: CNY399 (approx. Php2,800)


Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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4 Responses

  1. rex says:

    bakit walang sj4000?

  2. sj400USER says:

    Yeah, bakit walang sj400? sj400 is also known as ‘gopro killer’ pero bakit kaya wala sa list. and considering it’s price. only 3,700 for non-wifi

  3. know-how says:

    sj400 = cd-r king nuff said

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