Rollei got its start as a company in Germany in 1920 making cameras and other accessories. Throughout the decades, the company changed hands several times and in the process, its product catalog became limited to camera accessories.
Rollei has returned to its camera roots, recently, starting with action cameras. Not so surprising is their latest action camera looks very similar in form and function to the GoPro Hero. But certainly not the price, and with a lower price usually comes a limited feature set.
The Rollei Action One has all the usual features one would expect from a potential GoPro killer. 4K/60p video, super slow HD video at 120fps, microSD card, and the option of capturing in either H.264 or H.265 HEVC.
Rollei also says that the Action One has six-axis gyroscopic image stabilization, though that feature is limited to only 4K/30 recording. There is also a very familiar-looking 1.3” IPS touch screen display on the front, and 2.33” IPS display on the back. Wireless support for controlling the camera is through the Rollei smartphone app or a wrist-mounted remote control.
Battery life looks average, with a 1300 mAh battery capable of recording up to 70 minutes of 4K Video. Extended recording time can be had through an external, USB-C mounted battery pack or power bank.
There are several selfie sticks on the market, including the GoPro Volta, which incorporates power into the handle that would work out quite nicely for extending that recording time or simply charging the camera when not in use.
Moreover, being an action camera, the Action One is rated to be waterproof to a depth of 5 meters by itself, or up to 30 meters with the included waterproof acrylic housing.
The price of the Rollei Action One is typical for a mid-range GoPro alternative at around $270 and includes the camera, 1300 mAh battery, waterproof housing, cage, lens cover, base mount, two 3M adhesive labels, curved mount, straight mount, USB-C cable, and a mounting screw.
For those looking for a budget version of an action camera to cut their teeth, this could be an option, though, for just about $70 more, you’d be better off with the DJI Action Camera and its superior image quality, should GoPro’s $400 price tag be a bit too steep.
[source: Rollei Action]
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