It may be surprising to some just how many non-GoPro action cameras are out there on the market. Even more interesting is how many different price ranges they span. But seeing a high-speed 4K HD action camera from an audio company, and for just $79.99? That’s one of the most surprising combinations I’ve seen all summer.
Today Pyle Audio launched its own action camera to capture its own piece of the action-cam pie. I took it as my mission this summer to test some non-GoPro cameras and am about to publish an Intova HD2 review. (Here’s my quick unboxing video for the Intova HD2.) While a capable camera with amazing underwater specs, the HD2 costs $250 and doesn’t do 4K video. The Pyle 4K HD action camera, by comparison, supports 4K footage and costs $170 less.
The Pyle camera just launched, so I haven’t tested it in the wild, but its specs sound great on paper. In addition to supporting 4K video capture, the camera can also be used to shoot in 2.7K, 1080p and 720p, and it has a slow-motion capture mode. For stills, it uses a Sony CMOS sensor to take 16MP, 12MP, 8MP, 5MP or 2MP jpegs.
Recording at 120 frames-per-second, this camera/camcorder produces high speed videos and rocks a 4X zoom. Its field of view is 160 degrees and wide-angle, though since I haven’t tested it out, I don’t know if it has a fish-eye effect or still delivers distortion-free footage.
Pyle Audio’s camera has a full-color, 2-inch display panel on back, and recording is accomplished via an included Wi-Fi remote or a smartphone app to wirelessly snap pictures and record video. In terms of storage, the camera supports MicroSD up to 32GB.
As for accessories, Pyle includes in the box a waterproof case and multiple mounts and clips for things like bike handlebars, armbands, helmets and snorkel masks. It also includes a two-hour Lithium rechargeable battery.
Price and specs aside, what most intrigues about this high-speed 4K HD action camera is that it comes from Pyle. As you’ll read in my Intova HD2 review, the audio quality of all footage from that camera leaves much to be desired. This camera, by comparison, comes from a company that specializes in audio, and Pyle specifically calls out its “integrated microphone for audio recording.” Could outdoor enthusiasts finally have an affordable action camera that treats audio with as much care as video? Here’s hoping.