I am in the market for a new action cam - perhaps a 360 degree, perhaps a normal one. I would greatly appreciate to hear about the one you have used or researched. Here is my experience:
Sony HDR-AS100V and the Sony series in general:
Nice picture. Does not create any blur when mounted on a bike on a rough surface, when there is normal daylight. GPS takes up to 1 1/2 minute to lock on and is fairly accurate. Even though the camera takes nice still images at 13 mega pixels, time lapse is only 1920x1080 i.e. “full hd”. This is true for all Sony and most other action cams I have seen. Time lapse can be down to 1 second. Handles sun straight into the lens pretty good. Can be charged via micro USB when in use. Splash proof and water proof in the case that comes with it. Mounts on a normal tripod mount.
Some Sony models cannot do time lapse faster than 5 or 20 seconds. That is not good for Mapillary.
I have not tried these. They get good recommendations with nice image and are better to correct the lens distortion. Somewhere it looks like the correction is just a zoom, and that would be very handy in cars. The cheapest models does not have GPS. Like Sony, they only do time lapse in 1920x1080.
I have not tried these. Should have the best image and best time lapse features. As the only one I have seen they will do time lapse in their full still resolution. Are fairly expensive compared to the other ones. Do not have GPS!
Xiaomi Yo action cam
This is mentioned in issue 1319 and seems to have a nice picture and can do time lapse down to 0.5 second. Does not have GPS. Pretty cheap too! Any further comments? I am thinking using a couple of these for other angles than straight ahead.
Good image and cheap. No GPS. Time lapse is no faster than 1 image every 30 seconds.