Let me start by saying I already own a GoPro Hero 3. I wanted to do more filming at my kids' soccer games and I thought about getting a second GoPro. So when the opportunity came up for me to review this camera, I went for it. I have to say I was truly impressed by this little camera such that if I had to buy another one and have to choose between the Go Pro and this, I would probably choose this one. Let me explain further in the review. When I first received the camera, I immediately noticed the resemblance to GoPro. This starts with the packaging. The camera comes in a cylindrical box with plastic see through portion on top where the camera is displayed and a cardboard section on the bottom where the accessories and manuals are. The GoPro comes in a similar setup except their packaging is a square box. The next thing one would notice is the compactness of the camera is like the GoPro. The external plastic waterproof housing is like GoPro. The tab to open the Activeon is on the side, where was the GoPro is on the top. The Activeon has two button selectors that sit on top. GoPro has one on top and one in front. There are two key external features the Activeon has that the GoPro does not have. And in my opinion, this makes a world of difference in real life shooting environment. First, it has a 2 inch LCD screen in the back. This is huge! How many times have we setup a GoPro and then wonder if the angle or shot is correct. Sure, you do have the wifi feature on the GoPRo (as does Activeon), but you'd have to turn on your phone and hold it with one hand, and then look to see if the camera is setup correctly. The Activeon has a built in LCD screen in the back so no more guess work. You can see the shot right there. The second feature is the small universal mount at the base that allows you to mount a tripod directly on without using additional accessories. This is such a simple concept but the GoPRo does not have it. So to mount a tripod with my GoPro, I'd have to use the outer housing, and then use attachments with a tripod mount. It looks like Activeon really did research and listened to the customer base and made these small adjustments that makes a big difference in how you use the camera. It makes it so much more convenient. Now for some of the features of the camera: 1. Full HD 1080p 30fps video recording 2. Built in LCD screen 3. Built in wifi 4. 4.0 mega pixel CMOS sensor 5. F/2.4 bright glass lens 6. Waterproof housing 7. Live view on smartphone via app in android or ios store and using the wifi connection 8. Battery life 120 min 9. Superwide view. The key difference is the CMOS sensor which translate into picture quality. The Gopro Hero 3 CMOS sensor boasts 12 megapixel still photo image, whereas Activeon is 5 megapixel (per their website video). Due to the lower CMOS sensor, I would probably not use it for still footages unless it's the only option you have. In addition, the Hero 4 Black will shoot in 4K ultraHD, which Activeon will not. I would say the Activeon boasts middle of the road video quality. If you use it for capturing action for youtube, social medial, or to be used on the computer screen, this should suffice. However, if you're wanting to make professional videos, or use it on large screen, and specifically 4K ultra HD, then GoPro is the better camera. In addition, we must keep in mind the Activeon goes for $115 at the time of this review on Walmart.com. The GoPro Hero3+ goes for $299 and the GoPro Hero 4 Black goes for $509 (with accessories) on Walmart.com. Conclusion: This is a great little action camera for the budget conscience buyer who wants reasonable action footage at an affordable price. You just can't beat the price for the features it gives you. I would recommend this to my friends and family.
About This Item
- 5MP CMOS image sensor delivers high resolution video with excellent color and precision detail
- 2.0" LCD screen allows you to shoot and review your footage on a bright screen that can even be seen in direct sunlight
- Interfaces: microHDMI, USB
- Movie resolution: 1080p
- Photo resolution: 5 MP
- Speed: 30 fps
- F/2.4 bright glass lens
- Waterproof action camera
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Live View thru smartphone with Activeon app which allows you to upload pictures to social media in a flash
- 160-degree lens with adjustable field of view
- Built-in special effects
- Compatible with microSDHC/SDXC memory cards
- 1 microSDHC/SDXC slot (up to 32GB)
- Full HD action camera has a two-hour battery
- 2-button control allows you to easily switch settings
- Durable, light and compact design makes shooting pictures on the go simple and efficient
Waterproof, WiFi Ready, No, N, Yes
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This Little Camera Makes BIG Beautiful Movies!
I have always wanted a Action camera like this ! I have this lovely ACTIVEON CX camera and I LOVE it!! Don't let the size fool you the wide angle lens is incredible! It bends the video to get in so much footage it's unreal. The video I shot was so crisp and clear you felt like you were driving a car!! I would love to use this on a roller-coaster! The video was so vivid and true to life we were all amazed by the playback, you will be to. I used it as a dash cam for a short road trip. What a great way to make a lasting memory. You will need to buy your own memory card I had a 8GB and it was only good for a little over a hour so keep that in mind. I like that you can just have a few memory cards on you and just keep taping. There is a rechargeable battery that lasted for well over a hour, so I think you can tape for at least 2 without having to recharge. The waterproof case is nice and strong I feel very confident it will hold up to a few drops to the floor. It is a very tight seal so it will remain waterproof for a long time. Out of the case you can use a tripod . The mount it comes with is nice and strong. I do suggest you by a few extra mounts so you can just click it in place were ever you will need it.The buttons to turn the ACTIVEON on and off are a little hard to push but, that is because it is so well sealed up to stay waterproof. That was the only little problem I had. It hooked up to the computer easy and fast I uploaded them very quickly to my website. It is a wonderful camera I love it and highly recommend it .
Great Cheap Action Camera
The Activeon CX Action Camcorder Is a Great alternative to an expensive GoPro. First a 4gb Will record about 30 minuets and a 8gb will record about an hour and a quarter. knowing that the battery has about half life after an 8gb card runs out of memory. I use this camcorder every day as a dash cam and works flawlessly even though it sits in the sun all the time. These cameras use the same slide mounts as GoPros (have both) which is nice since GoPros have so many aftermarket mounts. Compared to an expensive GoPro which doesn't have a personalize able face plate and older and base models dont include a screen. Is it as nice as a GoPro? No you do get what you pay for but for someone that has had both i couldnt see spending the money on another GoPro after owning one of these little camcorders. The camera has the usual Fish bowl lens which some hate and some love. While in the case the camcorder's mic just records muffled sounds, while in my truck it barley picks up the radio and unlike the GoPro which has a removable back door which can be replaced with a slotted door for recording this camera does not have this option. The camcorder has a normal screw mount on the bottom of it but you can not use it while in the case. One last thing is this camera only includes ONE mount out of the box, would have been nice to have at least two. Yes i am comparing this to a GoPro alot but that is what this camera is trying to be.
Excellent action camera
If you are looking for an action camera/camcorder combo that's budget friendly Activeon CX is for you. The camera is tiny! 2” LCD screen pretty much gives you an idea of its size. There are two buttons that allow you to power on/off and navigate through the menus. That part will need some time to get used to. White button navigates through menu directories while red makes selections. Do not get discouraged, the portability of this camera makes it worth it. The camera comes in a waterproof casing but no instructions on how to get it off. It took me few hours before I figure it out and I have to admit I was getting a bit irritated. The side hinge simply pops from the front. Must say in general instructions could be more comprehensive. With all this trouble the case works. I tried some underwater shots and they came out great! You can use the camera in and around the water, mount it onto a dashboard in your car or your hat while kayaking and hiking. The battery life is not exceptional but it lasted me over a week with just short recordings and pictures. The SD card is not included and should be purchased separately.
I am in love
I love love love this camera. when I first opened it upon arrival, I thought, oh goodness, it is so small. Do not let that fool you. It is small and mighty. I opened it up and was glad to see it already in it's waterproof casing. It also come with the mount for storing. Nice. Undoing it from the mount consist of unscrewing a big easy to use bolt. Next, I opened the water proof casing, took out the camera and found it had substantial weight to it. Sweet. I did find not having the micro SD card with it, bothersome, but that is a minor drawback... Once I inserted the sd card and battery, it started right up and ready to go. I was taking pictures, recording my humming bird and playing back what it did. That was a snap. You MUST read the instructions. I am not very versed in the newer camcorders and really needed to read them. I was able to download on my neighbors computer, but found I need to activate a compatible driver on mine ( I have an older computer that needs a special order). The pictures and recording I downloaded on her computer were crystal clear. I can't wait until I get them on mine. That will be sweet. This camcorder also offers some extra accessories you can purchase separately, which is always nice. The size is ideal for packing away without having to take tons of room. The playback LDC is a good size, it covers the entire back of the camera. The battery lasted about 2 hours and recharged nicely.The ease of switching from pictures to record is very easy. Playing back is easy. It is just a matter of pushing two good sized buttons on top to change modes and turn on and off. It comes with the USB connects for the computer. There is also an spot on the bottom for connecting to a tripod. I do not have blue tooth on my cell phone, so again I enlisted my neighbor's and it connected smoothly. I left the camera in it's water proof case in the tub for over an hour. Not a drop seeped through. Went to the ocean and tried it out at about 8 ft depth and still no leaking. The included battery has a little flap on top for ease of removal. The size of the print for the instructions leaves a lot to be desired. I needed a magnifying glass to read them. The only drawbacks were the no SD card and teeny tiny print for instructions.
The Activeon CX Action Camera Camcorder with 2" LCD screen records full HD resolution at 30 fps. It features a CMOS sensor, f/2.4 bright glass lens and 2" color LCD screen, built-in wifi and is water proof to 196 ft. The Activeon CX Action Camera camcorder is small but mighty and has several features and functions. It can be used as a dash cam, with the optional Bag of Mounts, or a helmet/head cam with the optional helmet/head strap, making it perfect for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking or motorcycle riding. Rain or shine, or wet or dry sports don't make a difference with included water proof (to 196 ft.) transparent case Some of the other great features include being able to use the Activeon CX Action Camera Camcorder as a single shot, multi-shot action camera or camcorder, with 0-4x zoom, shooting modes, effect modes and smartphone control. The camera itself measures 2 1/4"w X 1"d X 1 3/4"h. Included with the Activeon CX Action Camera Camcorder is the water proof (to 196') transparent case, the USB charger cord, the battery, one curved adhesive mount and an informative (recommend reading before use) instruction manual and a quick start user guide. The smartphone app is available through the Apple app store or Google play. Stylish colorful interchangeable face plates are also available in Lime, white, red, orange, purple and blue to help personalize your camera. The Class 10 memory card is also sold separately.
Activeon vs. GoPro - battle of the 'tinies'
The Activeon CX camera is a feature-rich 'niche' camera with a retail price of about $120. It is an Action Camera that weighs 60 grams; includes a 120 minute rechargeable Li-on battery; will record in HD 1080p 30fps video; will take still photos in 5mp, 4mp and 3mp resolution; has a built-in 2” LCD screen; has Wi-Fi capability; includes a water proof case able to withstand depths up to 60 meters; and there are even more features! This is a better and cheaper camera than the first digital camera I bought almost 20 years ago and it will take HD quality video! It is warrantied for 12 months. The camera included an older firmware version that was quickly and easily upgraded to the current V2.06 firmware version. Please note I did not test the Wi-Fi capability of this camera since a compatible smart phone is required. The Activeon cameras enter the niche dominated by the GoPro cameras, but do not seem to share the same size or type of camera mounts, bar the standard 1/4” mount. So do not expect to see value-priced 3rd party accessory kits under $20 as with the GoPro cameras. Without these, the Activeon camera accessories are pricey in comparison. Included with the camera are water proof housing, Li-on battery, manual, USB cable, short connector, connecting screw, and curved adhesive mount. The CX will interface with a HD TV if you purchase a micro HDMI cable. There is a built-in microphone and speaker for sound. There is no flash. A micro SD card is required for operation. I hoped to include a video of the camera mounted in the car on a vacuum mount, but shipping was delayed on the mount, so this was omitted. It seems best to keep the camera in the water proof housing to avoid scratching the camera lens. The outdoor photos taken with the little camera were quite good and show the photo quality. There was a touch of 'washout' present in the photos. But it was bright outside. The video quality is good, but with the small camera, there is a bit of bounce. Video was not included since it was not uploaded to the WWW. I like this little camera and would give it a (5) ***** star rating if the cost of Activeon accessories were more reasonable or 3rd party accessories were available, as noted above, and the micro HD cable was included. You'll pay more for this unit buying Activeon accessories than you will a GoPro with 3rd party accessories. I give this (4) **** stars.
Good video and features for a mid-priced cam
This camera is what I consider a mid-priced action cam and will review it as such. I asked for this camera as I'm an avid, but amateur photographer, on a limited budget. I frequently ride a bicycle around town as there are plentiful scenic trails to enjoy in the area and wanted to capture the views. This camera does the job just fine. I mounted the cam to my bicycle helmet, went for a ride and downloaded the video. My first impressions; It's super easy to use! Two buttons on top of the camera control everything. Your able to easily toggle thru the menu using these two buttons and decide what, if any, features you wish to use. There are plenty of useful features such as changing the field of view (FOV), adjusting zoom, effects, filters, and quality. Most of these features aren't found in action cams in this price range and I find this a great selling point. My first video was taken early in the morning with the sun low on the horizon and the lens, f/2.4, lets a lot of light in. Although the sun was oft to the side or rear of me, It really showed at times with the glare appearing as a bright haze. It also showed a lot of contrast, probably too much as the shadows appeared very deep, almost black. Not a great video, but good for a mid-priced action cam on a leisurely ride. It also comes with a waterproof container that I tried out in our pool. The video was much clearer than I thought it would be, and although I don't plan on using it too much underwater, it's great to have it knowing I do have that option. A note about this container, be very aware that the o-ring must be intact and in absolutely in place, or your camera will get doused. Always check this o-ring before use. Pros; Good quality video. Very easy to use. Nice features. Waterproof container. Support on Activeon website including manuals. Cons; Doesn't do well with sun low. Too much contrast. Should come with a lens brush. Bottom line; For a mid-priced action cam, I would recommend this camera to others. It's just so easy to use and feature packed.
Nice little camera and fun to use.
I received my ACTIVEON CX Action Camera and was surprised at how small it is. It is actually smaller than a lipstick tube. It has a good sized 2" LCD screen. The camera comes with everything you need to get started taking action videos or still pictures. You get a waterproof housing, one curved adhesive mount, one connecting screw, one short connector to connect the camera to the adhesive mount, one Li-on battery and a USB cable. I really liked the waterproof housing and it proved to be waterproof as I tested it in the river. One of the reasons I didn't give this camera a excellent rating is because the first time I went to take the camera out of the waterproof housing the clip that seals the camera in the case came off. I was able to fix it but I didn't think that should happen. This camera is very easy to use as there are only two buttons. You hold the power button down for a few seconds to turn it on and you then push that same button down to begin recording. The other button is the mode button which you use to switch between video mode, photo mode, photo burst or photo timelapse. The rechargeable battery that comes with the camera is good for 120 minutes, which I wish it was a little longer. You can also hook this camera up to your smartphone to operate it. Overall, this is a very fun camera to use and I would recommend it.
Nice Cam/Video but...
Two Issues: #1 The camera comes with an air-tight housing, but there's no room for the mic! It sounds abysmal, thus upsetting me. It should come with the open housing (which costs an additional $24.99) Well played in jacking my wallet, Activeon. #2 issue- NO CUSTOMER SERVICE! They're not even setup! No FAQ's, email anything! VIDEO= Great. SOUND= trash. The main reason behind my purchasing this vid/cam was for the sharing capability. I loved taking my Bucket List trip and being able to share what I'm doing in real time, but none of the apps work because the company's site ISN'T UP! I can't ask questions or anything, which is why I made my rating fair. If you brag about a feature, set the feature up, then sell the product- just saying.
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