It’s fair to say that GoPro are the company of the moment when it comes to small action cameras. Look around any outdoor sporting event, tourist spot, or family gathering and I bet at least one person will be shooting video or photo with a GoPro.
There’s no denying their cameras have infiltrated everyday use, often going beyond the point-of-view action footage they were originally designed for. At such a high price though (and so easy to lose), is it really worth spending your hard earned cash on a GoPro?
The marketplace has many cut-price competitors that rival the GoPro. Here at Living Exposed – where we’re interested in what you can do with any given camera no matter its price or positioning – we’re going to consider one such alternative and give you the snappy, honest low down…
Who Goes There?
If you look around on Amazon, you can find a GoPro “copycat” camera that is astonishingly inexpensive – the Wimius 4k Waterproof Sports Action Camera. Admittedly the name isn’t too catchy but we’re not so bothered about that!
If you compare the specs on this model to the current top level GoPro rival (GoPro Hero4 Black), you’re already saving hundreds on the price! As well as the camera and case out of the box you get two batteries, a charger, a micro SD card and a load of mounts to help with placement of the camera for filming. And it is still at least half the cost of the cheapest GoPro…
Head to Head (GoPro Hero4 Black vs. Wimius 4k)
There really isn’t a huge amount of difference physically in a side-by-side comparison of the two cameras. The GoPro is slightly smaller but only marginally.
In terms of layout the buttons are in the same places and all function in the same way, with cycling menu systems. Both cameras are also pretty intuitive to operate without instructions.
One definite bonus of the Wimius is that it has an LCD on the back as standard which allows for better setting up of a shot (but it isn’t a touch screen). The GoPro Hero4 Black does not have LCD as standard, although a lesser model (the Hero4 Silver, does).
In terms of specs both cameras are also fairly similar; 4k, 1080, slow mo and timelapse are key offerings and the GoPro has slightly higher FPS in all resolutions.
See for Yourself
This is an out of the box comparison of the two cameras. If you want extreme sports videos…you know where to find them! If you want a male model… don’t look here.
The GoPro is better. Almost everything that comes out of it is of relatively good quality and just “looks nicer.” This appears to be due to a combination of factors, most noticeably the tonal range and white balance sensing, and inbuilt focal length of the camera.
The differences between footage from the GoPro and the Wimius become more observable the bigger the viewing screen. In specific, the GoPro appears to produce a wider, warmer, less contrasty image (with better shadow and highlight detail). The Wimius, while also producing an acceptable image, is narrow, cold, and contrasty in comparison.
Some of these qualities (like the white balance and to a lesser degree the tonal range) can be addressed in post, such as in video or photo editing programs, but that will require you to take an extra step. Others, like the focal length, just have to be accepted.
So, what are these differences worth to you? Here’s a compilation of Wimius footage (no sound) for you to chew on while you think about it:
The Final Word
If you have money to spend and a need for the best looking imagery, GoPro is the way forward. Unless you want the camera for professional quality imagery and commercial use, however, I don’t think it’s worth breaking the bank for a GoPro. For everything else, there’s Wimius!
At the end of the day, I think the cheaper Wimius option will satisfy 95% of people. It allows you to capture good quality action footage and pictures which are more than suitable for most forms of viewing and publication. The onboard LCD is fantastic and the extra attachments are handy too.
Ultimately, it’s what you do with the camera that will most heavily determine the quality of the end product. With the cash you save buying the Wimius, you might be able to afford an awesome adventure to try it out and have some fun! Happy snapping!