Though there is one very big, very important name in the action camera space, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there to woo buyers. One of these is the AU$149.95 X80 from Kaiser Baas, which has the ability to record all your thrills and spills in 1080/30p glory.
Design and features
It's clear that the GoPro has had more than a passing influence on the design of many of these cheaper alternatives. The X80 is no exception. See the box of the X80 on a store shelf and you would be excused for confusing it with an actual GoPro, down to the shape and size of the packaging.
Then there is the mounting system itself, which uses the same screw and thread system as GoPro cameras. This makes it compatible with many existing accessories on the market.
The camera itself also shares the same two-button operation and waterproof casing as the more expensive action camera. Pressing and holding the power button will turn the camera on and off, while a single, short press enters into the menu system to change settings. The Shoot button does exactly what it says on the tin: commences and stops recording.
Shaped like a small square, the X80 is relatively compact but is actually heavier than many of the other competing models on the market. This may be something to consider if you want to ensure your action camera stays as unobtrusive as possible. The lens offers a fixed field of view of 120 degrees.
What does set the X80 apart from the GoPro is that it has a 2-inch colour LCD screen at the back so you can see what is being filmed. Unless you buy the optional BacPac LCD screen or hook up the more expensive camera to a smartphone to act as a remote viewfinder, you are unable to see exactly what the GoPro is shooting.
Included in the box of the X80 is the waterproof casing, which allows you to go down to depths of 30 metres underwater, plus bike, flat and curved mounts.
Connectivity is via mini HDMI and mini USB. The X80 accepts microSD cards up to 32GB. The battery is rated for 2.5 hours of recording time.
The X80 records video clips in 1080/30p, 720/60p or 480/120p. The output format is MP4 (H.264). Images are captured at 12, 8, 5 or 3 megapixels, though the 12-megapixel resolution is interpolated rather than natively captured.