Airsoft Discoveries: Camera Edition

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After searching around the action camera market for some gun cameras that won’t break the bank, I am now prepared to compile some of my findings into an edition of Airsoft Discoveries.  Here are three of the best options I found for filming all those sweet kills on the field!

 

 

ATN Trak HD Action Gun Camera:

This little action camera could be a great option for airsofters who want to film their airsoft kills, but don’t like the wide, zoomed out footage that standard action cameras provide.  It delivers 1080p full HD video with 5X magnification for getting every detail of those long-range sniping missions.  Unlike a lot of action cameras out there, it already has the mounting hardware for standard gun rails so you can start rocking it right out of the box.  The Trak is powered by a single CR123A battery and accepts up to a 32GB micro SD card (HERE are the ones I use in my action camera), which will get you a maximum of 420 minutes of recording.  Retail is just over $100.

Here are links to the official ATN product page and the Trak HD Users Guide (PDF) if you want a bit more information on the specifications.  You can also purchase it with a built-in laser if you’re in need of one, although I don’t recommend them for airsoft due to safety factors.

 

 

 

I.C.U. 2.0:

Another camera option for airsofters is the I.C.U. 2.0 from Plan Beta.  Although it can also be mounted to a gun rail right out of the box, it differs from the ATN Trak by offering a smaller package for easy mounting to sidearms, and an integrated pressure switch to make getting the camera running a lot easier in the field.  The 2.0 version has several advantages over the 1.0, including an upgrade to 720p HD video and a 5.0 Megapixel picture mode with burst function for capturing selfies on the field.  Retail for the 2.0 is $80 with the 1.0 version selling for about $40.

Here is a great video from RedWolf Airsoft showing the I.C.U. 2.0 in action-

 

Mobius Action Camera:

The Mobius is another option for airsofters who are looking for an under $100 action camera (in this case $90) to film games.  It is advertised to film for 4.5 hours on a 32 GB micro SD card although some 128 GB cards may work!  One of the great things about the Mobius platform is the ability to customize the lens to fit what you’re filming on the field, although this may require a bit of modification and refocusing.  BrainExploder offers 3D printed mounts for making the Mobius easy to mount to rails or for dual mounting the cameras inside of a custom PEQ box.

As with a lot of cameras less than $100, there are a ton of knockoffs that don’t perform nearly as well as the real deal.  With that in mind, it may be best to purchase the Mobius from the official website HERE.  You can also check out the Mobius camera FAQ HERE.

 

Below is a video from BrainExploder about his Mobius PEQ box-

 

This is just a small idea of all of the action camera options out there.  For example, the SJ4000 is a great action camera for under $100, with tons of mounting options, and great video quality.  You can see my full SJ4000 review in this post.

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2 Comments

  1. Do you think the new Sony action cameras are an overkill? They kind of have the same shape as the Mobius so technically they should work as well?

    • Hey Adam,
      Great question. I assume you are talking about the Sony FDR-X3000 with 4K capability. Please let me know if you are indicating a different model.

      I would say that the Sony camera isn’t overkill for today’s market. 4K action cameras are becoming the norm, and everyone wants higher FPS for a smoother picture and better editing ability. That being said, I think 4K is overkill for most users today. Not many people take advantage of 4K footage yet, you get way less FPS (30 is the max I have seen from an action camera filming 4K), and it eats through SD card space. I do think 4K is the future of action camera filming, it just hasn’t reached the point that it is necessary. I would focus more on how good the 1080p filming is, and the FPS I can get.

      One thing I find overkill on the Sony (and the Mobius) is the size. It just seems like you should be able to pack in more specs than they do. If they want to beat out GoPro, they need to have more features that GoPro can’t offer in its compact cameras. I just don’t see that, and it isn’t worth it to have a larger camera that is more difficult to mount and carry around.

      I hope I was able to answer your question. Hope to see you around the blog in the future!
      – TAW

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