Excerpt: GoPro and Contour have an established history in ‘action’ video cameras — small, durable video recorders with basic controls and wide-angle lenses. Swann is not a name you’d associate with these products — they’re a security camera company — but the Freestyle HD is nevertheless a genuine competitor when it comes to recording decent quality video in a miniature package. See Group test: what's the best digital camcorder?
This low-budget sports video camera comes with a swathe of accessories
Good Gear Guide.au
25 May 2012
Summary: The Swann Freestyle HD is an action video camera that's very similar to the GoPro and Contour ranges -- it's small, has a wide-angle lens, and can take photos and record high-quality 1080p and 720p video. It's got a clever removable LCD screen, comes with a high quality waterproof case and remote control, and can be mounted on several different surfaces. It can be found for a bargain price on the 'net, too.
Pros: Low street price, Smart modular design, Good quality video & options
Cons: Dark auto-exposure at night, Poor low-light capability, Confusing button-and-switch layout
Excerpt: Portable action sports cameras have been wildly popular in the last few years, creating a niche of sports videographers given to documenting their snowboarding, skydiving, surfing and BMX bike riding exploits.
Pros: Loads of extra value with included accessories, Laser beam focusing, Great quality 1080p video capture, Detachable LCD screen, Sound activation feature
Cons: 8 megapixel still image maximum resolution against the GoPro’s 11, No slow motion