If you’re looking to get a professional action camera to video your extreme outdoor sports, there are a few different cameras to consider that are all around the same price range and all do the same basic thing.
In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the new HDMax Extreme action camera and see how it stacks up to the other cameras in the same market.
HDMax Extreme Features
The first thing you’ll notice about the HDMax extreme is that it has a built-in color LCD screen right on the side of the camera. It’s quite big at 2 inches which is bigger than the screen found on Drift Innovation’s cameras. This makes framing the shot very easy and also useful for replaying your video right after you record.
The lens is a wide-angle lens which can record 140 degrees across in 720p and 110 degrees in 1080p. While it’s not as wide as most other competing camera which are 170 degrees, it’s still a decent amount of angle.
HD video recording is a given because of the name “HDMax” suggests. It has a variety of HD video settings to choose from, from 720p to 1080p and also a number of variable frame rates from 30fps to 60 fps. If you want to do slow-motion, the 60fps setting is the best for smooth slow-mo playback and video editing.
You’ll find that the lens also rotates at the nose of the camera. This is useful for lining up the shot without fussing about with mounts so much. This is not a unique feature as nearly all action cameras these days have the rotating lens. It’s great for when you mount the camera upside down or on an unusual angle.
The Specs Of The HDMax Extreme
Video recording options are as follows:
- 1080p at 30 fps
- 720p at 30 / 60 fps
- 480p at 30 / 60 fps
The aspect ratio of the footage comes in 16:9 widescreen for that cinematic feel.
There is a built-in microphone but also the option to plug in an external mic so picking up quality sound is no problem.
Average recording time in full HD 1080p and 720p at 6fps is 15 minutes per GB which is pretty efficient compared to other cameras. In 720p at 30fops it will give you 30 minutes per GB.
Battery life is also quite god as a full charge of the 3.7V 1000mAh Lithium-Ion battery will give you up to 2 hours of record time. Recharging is done by USB or via AC wall adapter, both of which cables are provided.
The camera is weather proof as in it will hold out some water, but there is an optional waterproof case for when you want to take it underwater (sold separately).
What’s In The Box
When you buy the HDMax Extreme camera, this is what you’ll find in the box when you open it up.
- 1 HDMax Extreme HD camera
- 1 Goggle Mount
- 1 Flat Mount with adhesive stickers
- 1 Handlebar Mount
- 1 Vented Helmet Mount with elastic strap
- 1 Lanyard Rope
- 1 Carry pouch
- 1 USB Cable
- 1 AV-OUT Cable
- 1 AC charger
- 1 Li-Ion 1000mA battery
- 1 User manual (CD-ROM)
- 1 Wired Remote Controller
- 1 HDMI Cable
- 2gb Micro SD Card
- 1 Micro SD card to SD card adapter for use in card readers (not mentioned on website)
- 12 month warranty
You get all you need to start using this action camera right out of the box. There aren’t many options to upgrade it except for a waterproof case and a 12V/5V DC battery charger you can use in your car.
Something else you might want to upgrade is to get a bigger MicroSD card. This camera can take up to a 32GB MicroSD card for when you need a lot of memory.
Overall this is a great camera that seems to have all the features and specs of the other major cameras. The only downside is the price which is a little on the high side but not extremely high.