Last week, I was in sunny Spain at Benicassim Music Festival having the time of my life. I’m currently avoiding the rain and sat with the heating on. What is going on?! Isn’t this supposed to be Summer in the UK? Benicassim Festival is primarily in the evening with the headliners not even coming on stage until after midnight. This gave us the chance to chill at the beach and I decided to bring my new Kaiser Baas X90 1080p Action Camera* along to play with. I’m sure you’ll all know by now that I’m not the most technical person. I usually just play around and hope for the best, which is what I did on this occasion…
I already own a GoPro Hero 4 so do expect quite a lot of comparisons in this post. Up until last Summer, I had no interest in buying an action camera. I honestly didn’t think I would get the use out of it. Turns out, they are a pretty handy camera for taking on holiday. The Kaiser Baas X90 1080p Action Camera was from Maplin and is currently on sale for £59.99. So, it’s considerably a lot cheaper than a GoPro but how does it compare?
I’m not going to lie, it did take me a very long time to work out how to get the plastic casing off the camera. These action cameras always seem to come so securely and well packaged that I spend a good three or four hours working out how to break into them! We got there eventually and I inserted the Memory Card and started charging it which is via a USB.
The Kaiser Baas camera has a two option menu; video and photo mode. It really is pretty simple to use. My first trial was using it in the sea with its protective case. The case can supposedly protect the camera up to 30 metres, I’d say I went a metre under water. I’m really impressed with the quality of footage from the sea which recorded in HD. I’ve inserted a few clips but they aren’t the best as I couldn’t see the screen very well in the sunshine. Rookie error.
The other time I used the camera was at the festival. As it was quite dark, I wasn’t expecting the footage to be anything spectacular. The footage I filmed without the protective case was a lot clearer than with it. You can’t see a lot as we were quite far back but I was impressed that the footage was all so clear. However, The battery life wasn’t the best, I had only used the camera once or twice before it died at the festival. The camera is to be charged via a USB which is good for a festival as you can use your portable USB charger. I’m sure if you’ve been to a festival you’ll know how precious the USB portable chargers are so I was using it very sparsely. Another thing to note is that when you come to edit your footage and photos, there is a watermark on everything, I’ve cropped it out of some of mine though.
So how does the camera compare to my GoPro Hero 4? The quality of the footage is certainly just as good. My GoPro Hero 4 does offer more options such as Burst mode, time lapse and changeable field of views. However, if you’re looking for a no-frills action camera for images and videos, the Kaiser Baas X90 1080p Action Camera is for you. This action camera is pretty affordable for what it does. I’d say it’s a great addition if you’re looking for something to play about with on holiday. The quality of the photo’s and footage was pretty impressive but I do wish the battery life was a little bit longer.
Do you have an action camera? Do you want one?
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