There are two budget action cameras that have come to market recently and we have had a couple of our readers asking what the difference is and which one is the best? Whilst we are not openly going to recommend one particular camera we thought we would take a look at the GoPro Hero vs the Polaroid Cube and offer our followers the opportunity to compare specs themselves, to hopefully make an educated decision.
Firstly, the two cameras are pretty evenly matched in terms of price with the Hero available for $129.99/£99 and the Cube retailing at $99/£99. The cameras have a few other close similarities, they both use microSD as the means of media storage and can cope with any card up to 32GB. The Hero captures photographs at 5mp resolution whilst the Cube just edges it, capturing stills at 6 megapixels.
The video resolution of the Polaroid is 1080p HD video (1920 x 1080), whereas the GoPro offers a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 1080p and 1280 x 720 at 720p. The two cameras are equipped with an internal microphone and will allow file playback/transfer via a USB connection.
A striking difference between the Cube and the Hero is that whilst the GoPro is waterproof to a depth of 40 metres the Polaroid is water resistant to only 6 feet, although there is a separate waterproof case available that will further protect the Cube to a depth of 10 metres.
Battery life differs between the two with the Cube offering 90 minutes recording time and the Hero between 210 – 225 minutes depending on what resolution you are filming in. Weight-wise, the Cube smashes it at only 45 grams and is over half the weight of the GoPro Hero at 111 grams (including housing).
The Cube sports a 124º Wide Angle lens, and the Hero is simply described as having an Ultra Wide Lens. A range of accessories and mounts are available for both cameras and we expect to see the market to continue to grow to encompass all sports and sporting equipment.
Further information on the two cameras can be gleamed from either the GoPro Hero or the Polaroid Cube official sites, and videos for both action cams can be seen below this article. Although not a comprehensive and definitive list of differences between the two, hopefully the article will be of some use to anyone researching the cameras.
Please let us know which of the two cameras you will be opting for and do you welcome the competition in the Sports Action Camera market? Are you a die hard GoPro stalwart or will you be keen to give Polaroid a chance? Either way, both cameras have a lot to offer at a very reasonable price and are perfect for a first time lifestyle camera.