Why is no one able to produce an action cam that takes decent still photos?

Recent action cams claim 12, 14 even 20 megapixel yet they struggle with any scene, smudge the details and wash out colours. Surely we are getting conned. I mean $600 for the latest action cam yet 3-4 year old phones blow them away for photo quality.

Even Nikon the famous photography name are now selling wearable Keymission 80 camera that produces lousy stills. I don’t get it, big company willing to tarnish it’s name on a $2 junk lens. Why not simply acquire the older phone sensor and lens and produce what would be class leading image quality. Shareholders in charge of product design?

Maybe in this YouTube age I am loco en la cabeza for wanting to capture riding moments in still images, like the tv character referenced in the title.

Taken by iPhone 6 with glove removed by my teeth to operate.


  1. From the cell phone photos that I have seen people take on rides, they really do seem to do a better job than anything but the larger expensive cameras. Of course I am still using an iPhone 4s so I rarely use it for pictures.

  2. I am using a samsung Galaxy S6 smart phone and have been using that for photos on my blog for over 12 months. Saves me carrying a camera and a phone and it's photos turn out great. Only downside I can tell is they can't zoom anymore than 2 times with out huge quality issues.

    • I also use my phone a lot Steve. When travelling overseas I mostly leave my heavy camera behind and shall do the same for upcoming trips early next year. I wish someone made a small device that had a phone sensor and lens in a glove friendly while riding device.

  3. I may have found the solution to this… will report back after my next ride.

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