For quite a while I have had a hankering for a GoPro without really having a reason for spending that sort of money. We are on a road trip soon and I like the idea of being able to take some video from the dashboard as we drive around and so a GoPro would be ideal. Even so I still don’t think I would get my money’s worth with a GoPro so when an offer came up for a EvoDX at only £20 I had to give it a go.
You get a lot of value for twenty quid. It’s not just the camera that you are getting but also a load of accessories too (see below) which includes various mounts and even a waterproof case.
All of this seemed too good to be true and looking at some online comments there was a suggestion that the output from the camera left a little to be desired. However, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say, and so I did a test.
The short video below was taken with the camera mounted on the dashboard of my car. It is on the second setting of 720p at 30fps (frames per second). This is not the highest quality that it can achieve which is 1080p at 15fps but I think this is a good compromise.
I think you’ll agree that this is pretty good and certainly good enough for what I want it for. One thing that is clear though – the camera does have a slight fish eye effect to it, particularly at the edges where you can see the lampposts have a bit of curvature. An issue I’m willing to forgive given the price.
The EvoDX will also do still photographs but frankly why would you bother? The quality is pretty poor when compared to a dedicate camera or even a phone so I’ll stick with video. Of course, I could do all this with my phone but it’s hard to be recording video while also using it as a satnav so I need something dedicated.
As I alluded to at the outset I’m not willing to spend 20x the amount I paid for the EvoDX just to get a GoPro. Particularly as I’m not looking to do any action sports, where I suspect the GoPro would shine. However, if you are looking for a cheap introduction to action cameras then I don’t think you can go far wrong with the EvoDX.