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With a plethora of brands offering different variants with different features in the market, there is hardly anyone who does not own a fancy mobile. By all means, nowadays, the excellent picture quality and various video shooting options in mobiles have made people more and more inclined to using them instead of cameras. It is difficult to carry a DSLR camera while you are engaged in an activity and that is why there are compact sized action cameras for you.
For one thing, the image stabilization might not turn out to be as effective as in action cameras and besides, it is quite problematic to carry phones and shoot simultaneously, something which mounted cameras can solve. So, here are the main reasons for which a sports cam is a better choice when mobile cameras are not so efficient.
Image resolutions play a significant role in getting the high quality images and almost all the top sports video camera brands offer 20MP to 16MP image resolution to bring out the best detailed and sharp images no matter how much your camera was shaken. The action cameras are generally equipped with electronic image stabilization features and they shoot in higher frames rate to make sure no moment is lost. These features will not be found in the mobiles, especially those at moderate prices.
Nowadays, almost all the popular Head Cameras offer video capturing with 1920x1080 resolution, better known as 1080P as standard. However, 4K videos are creating the new trend and this is something the standard or even the top mobiles would fail to offer. High quality video playback is also necessary when you are checking the media post your action sports. You would not want a blurred video footage shot on mobile from an waterproof pouch, but a clear video shot on action camera that is waterproof or comes with waterproof housing.
With an action camera 4K, you can be assured of its seamless performance underwater, in rain, snow, high temperature, dust and abrasions. While the top cameras come with waterproof and weather resistant body, thereby, needing no extra waterproof casing, others come with the sturdy housings that withstand adverse weather and nature. Watersports are enjoyable with a camera that works at minimum 10 meter depth below water, something with no Smartphone housing can definitely offer.
The best action camera offers no less than 64GB storage space for storing videos and images simultaneously while some of the top models like Campark X30 or Hero7 offers as large as 128GB storage. It is not always possible to keep your Smartphone fully empty to store this amount of media and not all Smartphone models come with 128GB storage.
While choosing the best helmet camera is not an impossible task with so many action cameras equipped with mounting gears, there are hardly any Smartphones that come with mounting accessories or are hardly suitable for mounting on helmets, windscreens and handlebars. While for mobiles, you need to buy handlebar mountings separately, in action cams, you will get the helmet, handlebar and windscreen mountings along with remote control and underwater case.
Smartphones can shoot high quality images and videos but they might not cover a wide angle or be suitable enough to use under harsh weather conditions. There are various limitations on using a phone for shooting pictures you want, especially when you are in continuous movement.