This post was Last updated on : 17/09/2019
Action cameras are now widely used for vlogging, but it was actually not the primary purpose of an action camera. But for vlogging, audio quality is very important. For better audio, we need to avoid using build in microphone & should add an external mic or use a pcm recorder.
But if you are planning to do Motovlogging, Using an Action camera with an external Microphone attached to it is the best option. So buy an action camera with an external microphone support. Then mount these two on your helmet & you are ready to go.
This way, there is No need to record audio separately and synch it. No extra wires, extra time for setting up microphone & camera separately.
I am writing this at 8.30 pm. Almost all day today, I was searching for the best action cameras(cheap options) for motovlogging. At least 6 hours today for this sole purpose. I was watching different YouTube videos, searching in different shopping sites, reading reviews etc.
When i started my research, my plan was to go for a cheap one under 5000 rupees.
But since i had very specific needs, now i am forced to increase my budget to minimum of 8000 rupees (but still, we will discuss about best action cameras under 5000 also).
When i say specific needs, what i mean is functionality to connect an external microphone directly to action camera. I need external microphone support because i don’t want to record audio separately and sync it later.
So which are the best budget friendly action cameras with external mic support ? Finally, i found few good options, and in this post, we will discuss all about it. following list is going to save you a lot… of time.
3 Brands we choose: Xiaomi Yi, SJCam, EKEN
We all know the limitations of Chinese brands when it comes to warranty, product quality etc. So i will be choosing models from most reliable Chinese action camera brands, out of available options. Those brands that are in the market since few years. These include Xiaomi Yi, SJCam & EKEN. I chose these brands because they offer good products under a price range of 10000 rupees.
5 Best Action cameras with external microphone option under 5000($70),6000, 8000($90) rupees.
1) SJCAM SJ6 LEGEND with SJCAM Mini External Microphone.
My final choice of camera for motovlogging is SJCAM SJ6 LEGEND with SJCAM Mini External Microphone. YOu may ask why, this camera – mic combo have features that can help you make pro quality videos, at the most affordable price.
SJCAM models usually comes with all accessories such as Waterproof Housing, Adhesives , Bicycle Mount, Base x 1, Clip, Switch Support, Helmet Base, Bandage, Mount 1, Mount 2, USB Cable, Wipe etc.
Price of above mentioned combo will be around 10000 rupees in Indian eCommerce stores. But this combo can be purchased for around 8000 rupees if you import from Chinese stores like www.banggood.in(If you create a new account using this link you will get 10 dollars discount Below is a screenshot of price.
Action camera with external mic under 6000 rupees.
2) Noise Play Vlog Edition.
Buy / Check price details at – Amazon or official website gonoise.com
If your budget is around 6000 rupees, you can consider this Noise Play Vlog Edition. This is a special vlog edition camera from this company. This product comes with a free external mic.
It comes with 1 Sports Action Camera, Waterproof Housing, Adhesives x 2, Bicycle Mount, External Mic, Base x 1, Clip, Switch Support, Helmet Base, Bandage, Mount 1, Mount 2, USB Cable, Wipe.
Action cameras with external mic under 5000 rupees($70).
As i promised, now we will discuss about action cameras within a budget of 5000 rupees. But in this budget, in most cases, external mic option are lacking. But this problem can be solved in 2 ways.
Most simple way is to record audio separately and then sync with video later. Other option is opening camera and then adding a 3.5 mm audio jack. Doing this is little tricky and you might end up ruining the product. But if external mic is not that much important, these are good options .
So following are some good options under 5000 rupees, without external microphone support.
3) SJCam 4000 air / SJcam 4000 wifi.
Buy / see more details – Flipkart
Features include 14 MP sensor, 170 ° angles, lcd screen, wifi, 90min battery life, 1080 FHD 1920*1080 support,
Modes includes : VideoLapse, PhotoLapse, Burst mode, Car mode, Underwater mode and TV mode.
This comes with accessories such as Waterproof Case, Bicycle Stand, Waterproof Case Base, J-Hook Buckle, Universal 1/4″ Camera Tripod Mount, Frame Mount, 3X Switch Support, 1, Curved Adhesive Mount, 3M Adhesive Tape, Usb Cable, Multi-Language Manual, Cleaning Cloth, 1X Flat Adhesive Mount, Voice Recording Cover etc.
4) EKEN H9R 4K Action Camera.
Buy / see more details at – Amazon
This is also another camera offering good quality, videos in this price range. Offers performance similar to yi and sj cam.
5) Yi 2K Sports and Action Camera.
Buy with special discounts – Flipkart
Yi along with SJcam are most reliable ones out of action cameras from china. Yi 2k is a good beginner action camera within this low budget.