WASPCAM 9907 4K VIDEO CAMERA
How does it compare to a Go Pro?
— PRODUCT TEST: By the staff of Dirt Wheels —
We remember riding without a POV camera in sight. There were many times that we wished we had just filmed our epic wipeout, or the big jump we just hit from the rider’s point of view, and have it uploaded to social media for all the world to see. One of us remembers a time when another rider got creative and duct-taped his personal camcorder to the top of his helmet. Yeah, we have it easy now.
We don’t have those issues anymore. Companies like GoPro paved the way for an entirely new market to emerge—POV (point-of-view) cameras. Most of these cameras are compact and lightweight, unlike the old JVC camcorder our friend taped to his head. Most of these POV cameras are on the cutting edge of technology. With features like the ability to shoot 4K-resolution videos and 20-megapixel still pictures, many are waterproof to boot. But alas, cameras like GoPro’s new Hero5 start out at $399.99! Luckily, a “newish” competitor released their 4K-capable camera this season— the WASPcam 9907 4K. It’s been a hit with us, and it’s a lot easier on the checkbook.
THE CENTER OF THE HIVE
The WASPcam 9907 4K camera is a bargain at $329.99. The 9907 4K model records up to 4K/24 fps and has 20-megapixel photo quality for still shooting. A time-lapse option has been added to the 9907 to create cool effects, and the anti-shake technology keeps the footage rolling clearly even under stress.
It comes with a standard 1.5-inch LCD screen that makes it simple to navigate through the menu. One of the rarer options of this camera is that it is waterproof without a case down to 98 feet (other popular brands are only rated to 33 feet without a case). High-tech features include a built-in WiFi, which allows the camera to connect to the WASPcam mobile phone app and GPS tracking while shooting in cool locations.
The WASPcam comes standard with a flat mount, a curved mount, a USB cable for charging or uploading, 3M adhesive pads, a 1050 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery and, of course, the user’s manual.
BEING STUNG NEVER FELT SO GOOD
We’ve used the WASPcam while racing our project YXZ at a few rounds of the Dirt Series. We put it head to head with our GoPro Hero5 to see how it would stack up against the industry’s best POV. After performing a few motos and some practice sessions, the quality of the video from the WASPcam was not far off from that of the Hero5, and that’s a huge plus in our book. The sound quality seemed to be about equal as well.
Build quality is great on the Hero5, but the WASPcam casing is built more ruggedly and the lens is better protected on the WASPcam as well. Ease of use on the WASPcam is great, and cycling through the menu options is easy. We enjoy that the WASPcam has a digital zoom of 4x from standard viewing for pictures and video. Another unique option on the WASPcam is the small side mounting area that provides even more ways to mount it to an object. One very notable part is that the GoPro and WASPcam mounts/accessories work with both POVs. So, there’s no more worrying about where to pick up WASP mounts, as the GoPro one works perfectly with it. Battery life on the Hero5 did last about 20 minutes longer give or take, but it wasn’t worrisome with shorter motos.
We’d happily spend the $70 less for the WASPcam. Minus the larger 2-inch touchscreen capability, the WASPcam has performed right there with our Hero5, and that’s saying a lot. To see the captured footage of the WASPcam from our UTV motocross race and other footage, be sure to go to YouTube and type in “Dirt Wheels WASPcam.” If you’re considering getting a POV, we suggest you check out www.waspcam.com or call WASPcam at (888) 369-5489 to get your adventures started!