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Most Popular: Ourlife Kids Waterproof Camera at Amazon
"Built for maximum durability and can withstand even the most accident-prone child."
Best Overall: Baize Camcorder with Night Vision at Amazon
"The best features in a video camera, falling into that sweet spot between “high-quality” and “budget-friendly."
Best Battery: Weiliante at Amazon
"With two batteries included for nearly seven hours of total battery life."
Best Night Vision: Hausbell 302S at Amazon
"The built-in infrared night vision offers clear results without any impact to video quality."
Best Action: ThiEYE i60e 4K Action Camera at Amazon
"Capable of recording 4K 30fps video and shooting 12-megapixel still photos."
Best Waterproof: Veho MUVI HD10 at Amazon
"Allows for more than 60 minutes of recorded footage at 180 feet beneath the surface."
Most Compact: YI Action Camera at Amazon
"Just 3.7 x 2.05 x 4.09 inches."
Best Storage: Digital Video Camera Heegomn FHD 1080P Camera at Amazon
"Store more than 5000 images or 8 hours videos."
The Ourlife Kids Waterproof Camera is built for maximum durability and can withstand even the most accident-prone child. The product weighs 9.6 ounces, has 2.3 x 2.3 x 1-inch dimensions and is suitable for children ages 4 to 12. The camera captures high resolution 2592 x 1944 pictures and 1280 x 720 HD videos at 30 frames per second. The Ourlife also offers a multitude of fun filters and frames to add some personality to your photos.
The controls are very user-friendly, with large buttons to accommodate your child’s fingers. The LED screen is 1.77 inches across, very bright and easy to read. The Ourlife camera comes with an 8GB memory card, but can support up to 32GB, allowing your kid to unleash their inner photographer. Frankly, the biggest draw of the product lies in its accessories: in addition to the SD card, you’ll also receive two types of mounts, to install the camera on a bike or helmet, and a waterproof case with an IP68 rating, meaning it can withstand submersion in depths up to 33 feet.
The Ourlife camera contains a 3.7V rechargeable battery that delivers 1.5 hours of recording time. Although the battery life is quite low, the camera makes up for it with the power-saving feature, automatically shutting off after 1 to 5 minutes of idling. Once your kids are done playing, they can upload their photos to your PC and view their handiwork on a bigger screen.
The Baize Digital Camcorder offers both high visual quality and a range of features all at a budget-friendly cost. Videos are recorded in full HD with 24-megapixels and can also zoom in up to 18x. Additionally, the camera comes equipped with eight scene modes to accommodate a wide range of indoor and outdoor settings, as well as IR night vision, which captures black-and-white photos in low-lighting. The Baize also includes AVI and USB ports, allowing you to transfer and play files onto your computer or TV.
Measuring 6.8 x 5.5 x 3.1 inches and weighing just 3.2 ounces, the Baize is highly portable which makes it an ideal vacation companion. For its size, the LCD display is quite large (3 inches) and easy to read. The Baize also boasts a strong 3.7V battery and 32GB of memory, so you’ll never have to worry about being low on shooting time or storage space. The Baize camcorder is simply a blend of all the best features in a video camera, falling into that sweet spot between “high-quality” and “budget-friendly.”
With two batteries included for nearly seven hours of total battery life, the Weiliante digital video camera camcorder is an excellent purchase for capturing memories. It’s powered by a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor with a three-inch TFT LCD that supports 270 degrees of rotation and 18x digital zoom. The 32GB of support memory through an SD card allows for hours and hours of captured footage and, with the dual-batteries included for lengthy filming sessions, look to a Class10 SD card for maximizing its potential.
The included remote control ensures that even those stuck behind the camera get a chance to be in the shot. Fortunately, nighttime shooting is just as easy as daytime, thanks to infrared night vision. Extras such as face detection and anti-shake software round out the feature list for this terrific value-priced camcorder.
If nighttime shooting is your biggest focus, the Hausbell 302S camcorder answers the call with on-board night vision and infrared camera technology. With a premium design that feels far more expensive than its asking price, the Full HD (1920 x 1080) 1080p camcorder offers a three-inch touchscreen display with 270 degrees of rotation, a 20-megapixel sensor, 16x zoom and an included remote control.
The built-in infrared night vision offers clear results without any impact to video quality. No additional camcorder experience is required. Just point, shoot and record. The built-in 1300mAh battery life lasts up to 110 minutes in daytime lighting and up to 20 minutes for nighttime infrared shooting. With HDMI, AV and USB cable out/in, the 302S can quickly connect to a computer for exporting footage. It can also connect to a TV or projector for immediate playback.
No matter what type of action you're looking for, the ThiEYE i60e 4K will be there to help capture everything. Capable of recording 4K 30fps video and shooting 12-megapixel still photos, the ThiEYE offers more than 170 degrees of view, which is twice as much as a standard smartphone. The i60e supports up to 4x magnification for capturing an exact area or focal point while on the move.
Built-in Wi-FI connectivity allows a direct connection to an Android or iOS smartphone through the ThiEYE app for remote control recording, shooting, reviewing footage or instantly sharing to social media. The specialized waterproof housing can withstand depths up to 197 feet beneath the surface, so it's more than ready to capture your latest scuba adventure. With support for up to 128GB of external storage and a 1050mAh battery offering about 90 minutes of battery life at full charge, this budget-friendly camera is ready for action.
Powered by Full HD 1080p video capture at 30fps, the Veho MUVI HD10 mini hands-free action cam is a terrific option for grabbing footage while getting wet. With four hours of battery life on a single charge and 4GB of included storage, the Veho also captures eight-megapixel stills with continuous photo mode to create time-lapse videos.
The waterproof casing allows for more than 60 minutes of recorded footage at 180 feet beneath the surface, which is ample time to capture a dive for buried treasure. The 1.5-inch display isn’t as large as more expensive competitor options, but at 3.2 x 1.9 x 1 inches in total size, the Veho easily fits in a pocket or enters a helmet mounting bracket for footage captured on the trails. At .5 pounds, the Veho is barely noticeable when it’s active and, with the included remote control, it’s easy to capture video and stills without removing it from its bracket or mount.
At just 3.7 x 2.05 x 4.09 inches, the YI action camera is a standout compact video camera that’s easy to operate and equally durable for any type of environment. Capable of withstanding up to 131 feet under water with the included waterproof casing, the 1080p footage at 60fps is complemented by 720p capturing at 120fps on the 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor with Exmor R ability.
Best described as a budget-friendly GoPro, the YI offers a 155-degree angle of view, built-in Wi-Fi and expandable storage via the microSD slot. A quarter-inch thread on the bottom connects to any standard-sized tripod or base plate. The only controls on the casing are the shutter button to start and stop recording, a mode button to switch between stills and video and a small button to activate the Wi-Fi. All other controls (such as timer, time-lapses and burst mode) are utilized through the downloadable Android and iOS app.
We can send rovers to Mars and talk to robots, but still that sneaky “Storage full” notification persists. If space is a concern for you, spring for this handheld camcorder that holds up to 64GB and allows you to store more than 5000 images or 8 hours videos. Shooting more than that? Just swap in another card.
The camera has a 5.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, 4X digital zoom and wide angle lens for capturing more of the scene. It supports 12.0-megapixel images and 1920 by 1080 full HD video recording, plus it features a 2.7-inch LCD display so you can watch it all back with ease. No matter what you’re filming, there’s a mode to match: auto mode, sport mode, portrait mode, night vision mode and more. On the downside, the 800Mah li-Ion battery only lasts about 2 to 4 hours, but at such a reasonable price, it’s hard to complain.
We bought a top-rated video camera under $100 and our reviewers tested it for hours on end. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this camera, from its video quality to its durability. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
Video quality: Is 4K support crucial for you? The technology used to be very expensive but it’s gradually coming down in price, meaning there are more 4K camcorders than ever on the market. While its video quality is less than amazing, 1080p resolution is a solid alternative for capturing your favorite moments. Anything less than that will probably look grainy on a larger screen.
Battery life: No matter how great a video camera is, it does you absolutely no good if the battery is dead. Look for a camcorder that has a decent battery life—generally two to three hours. If that’s not enough, be sure to carry an extra battery in your bag.
Durability: Adrenaline junkies need a camcorder that can keep up with their crazy antics, whether it be skiing, skydiving, or whitewater rafting. Some action cams come with waterproof casing and include mounts that can be attached to helmets or bikes.
Lots of accessories
IP68 waterproof rating
Subpar video quality
Poor photo quality
Less than elegant menu system
According to one of our testers, this camera stood out because it was very affordable and included all the accessories you need to maximize its capabilities: “The makers of the Ourlife Kids Waterproof Camera were clearly aiming to provide buyers with everything they need to get started right in the box,” he said. “No shopping for batteries, forgetting to buy a memory card, or realizing you need additional mounting hardware or waterproof casing to realize the full use of the product.”
Unfortunately, one reviewer noted that its photo and video quality came up short: “Photos are of very low detail and suffer from a lot of image noise,” he said. “Additionally, the camera had a tough time finding the right white balance for half of the scenes we tested it in, often giving images a very pronounced green cast.” Overall, though, one of our testers said it was a “decent” starter kit: “While the video and photo quality certainly aren’t winning any awards,” he said, “there’s plenty to learn and discover for a fairly low price.”
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