Looking for a fun action cam but have a small budget?
For budget minded consumers, people wanting to test the waters of action cams, kids and maybe even those who want to keep things simple and cost effective, the Polaroid Cube is a fun little action camera that actually takes some decent HD video.
Here is a good review of the original Polaroid Cube to get an idea of its capabilities. The original can be had for around $60. The new version which adds image quality/resolution and WiFi capabilities is around $100 – $130.
The newest version of the Polaroid Cube adds 8mp stills (up from 6mp) and in creases the video resolution to 1440p well as adding Wi-Fi and Video stabilization, all for $100 less than GoPro’s similarly configured Session camera.
The camera is weatherproof out of the box and for $25 you can get a waterproof housing for underwater shots. For $25 you can get a bundle of mounts, many of which work with GoPro style mounts.
If someone just getting into action camera or for kids or people looking for a bargain camera, this Polaroid Cube+ fits the bill.
From the manufacturer:
Polaroid CUBE+ HD Lifestyle Action Video Camera
Introducing the Polaroid Cube+ lifestyle action camera weatherproof, shockproof, mountable and built to handle everything you can imagine. Packed with fun including 1440p HD video, 8MP CMOS sensor, 124° wide angle lens, and built in battery that records up to 90 minutes
NEW! Wi-Fi + FREE App; Shoot, View, Save, Print & Share with Your Mobile Device
The Polaroid CUBE+ HD Lifestyle Action Video Camera makes capturing and sharing life’s adventures easier and twice the fun, with everything you need like built-in Wi-Fi, apps for editing, printing and live streaming, full HD recording, image stabilization, and photography.
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and app turn your mobile device into a viewfinder and shutter remote from up to 30 feet away. Features include time delay, photo burst, time lapse and slow motion camera settings; resolution and framerate selection; viewing, editing, saving, printing and sharing photos on social networks; and more.
One cubic inch (35 millimeter x 35 millimeter)
Standing at just 35 millimeter, the Polaroid CUBE is here to prove that the best things do indeed come in small packages. This tiny action camera supports Micro SD cards up to 128 GB, and is ready to capture your most exciting moments in full 1440P HD video and photos. It is weatherproof and shockproof, and more than capable of handling anything you throw at it.
124° of Awesome & Action
It is weatherproof, splash proof and shockproof, and more than capable of handling anything you throw at it. But not only does it look after itself, it looks after you: With a 124° wide-angle lens, it sees the big picture and bears witness to your most outrageous shtick. And with a battery life of up to 107 minutes recording time (1080p at 30 FPS with Wi-Fi turned off), anytime is go time.
Variety of mounting options avail.
From protective to proactive, the Polaroid CUBE+ accessories lineup punches up the fun to even greater heights. The Bumper Case makes for fashionable wearing, Helmet Mount, Bike Mount, Suction Mount gives you more options, the Waterproof Case is also shockproof and connects to all CUBE+ mount; the Tripod Mount features a universal metal insert to fit all standard tripods; and the 1 inch Strap Mount fastens the camera onto virtually anything.
- World’s Funnest, Cutest Lifestyle Action Camera in Light & Tiny Cubic Package
- NEW! Wi-Fi + FREE App; Shoot, View, Save, Print & Share with Your Mobile Device
- 8MP still images; Selectable 1440p / 1080p / 720p Video Rate; Full Image & Video Stabilization
- Built-In Rechargeable Battery for up to 107 Minutes of Continuous Recording Per Charge
- 124° Wide-Angle Lens; Magnetic/Clip Mounting Options; Includes MicroSD Card & Polaroid Bumper Case