7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good product, good kit,
This review is from: Swann Freestyle 1080p HD Waterproof Sports Video Camera (Electronics)
Overall the product records 1080, and 720 video just fine. The worst thing I've seen with this camera is the low light grain getting pumped up a bit too far with auto gain... but it's not bad. I plan to use this camera to record high speed time-lapse, (or as Swann calls it "continuous shooting") and decent quality HD video on and around Mountain Biking! The "continuous shooting" mode has quite a few choices in time between shots, plenty in my opinion.
I am now on the search for more mounting "peel and stick" plates as the kit comes with two normal flat, and one large curved helmet plate. The GoPro snap-lock "peel and stick" plates and the Swann plates are different and will not work with each other without some modification. Drag! However... the mounting arms/mechanisms from both GoPro and Swann can be swapped at the joints where they are tightened so if you have some GoPro connectors already you should be able to mix and match parts to come up with what you need. Yeah! The GoProH2 is a fantastic product, but the price point was too high for my tastes when this camera is going to take a beating on the trail. Tried a friend's GoPro this past winter backcountry skiing and was very disappointed with the handling of white,(snow) in direct sunlight was way over the 100% video limit and washed out all detail on multiple settings.
I will post additional reviews after some tough trails with the Swann Freestyle. Time will tell.
To address the repeated audio complaint, the cameras microphone is sealed inside a watertight enclosure, (same for GoPro) sound is not going to make it's way into the enclosure without some high Db sound, or something smacking the plastic housing. This camera design is primarily for video if you are using the waterproof housing, audio suffers by design.