Reply To: Action Camera for a Weta
The excellent budget option, the TCL SVC200 has been discontinued. However, after OEMing the SVC200 as the XTC300, Midland in the USA seem to have continued with a similar camera with an upgraded spec and battery life (4 hours) as well as adding other features with the XTC400VP.
The 140º lens is better than the 127º of the TCL they have added WiFi ability (and a rather flakey phone App) but dispensed with the side LCD display which the SVC had. It now has a rotating lens which means you can mount it at any angle. It still has the simple magnetic on-off switch of the the TCL but requires a rather heavy waterproof case to be fully waterproof. The camera and case together weigh over 240g which may be a bit much on the end of a pole but will be fine mounted on the bowsprit.
Price US$95 on Amazon USA
RESOLUTION Record Time: Viewing Angle:
1080p: 1920x1080p video at 30/25 fps (NTSC/PAL) at 105° field of view (FOV).
720p: 1280x720p at 60/50 fps with 142° FOV.
WVGA: 848×480 at 120/100 fps with 142° FOV
STILL IMAGES 12MP
LENS 7 elements (6 tempered glass, 1 IRF)
LENS ROTATION 270° variable (90˚ counter clockwise, 180˚ clockwise)
FOCUS 5 inches to infinity
ASPECT RATIO 16:9
FORMAT MPEG-4 (mp4) Compression: H.264*
LIGHT SENSITIVITY 1.5 V / Lux. second
STORAGE Micro SD card up to 32GB (class 6 or higher, not included)
TRANSFER USB 2.0
POWER Li-Ion 1700mAh rechargeable battery
OPERATING SYSTEM Win XP SP2+, Vista, 7 and 8. Mac OS X 10.4+
WEIGHT: Camera 140 grams (5 oz.) with waterproof housing 242 grams (8.5 oz) .