VIDEO Dear old Laser, you are still amazing!


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Equip yourself with an action-cam, arm your drift, and have fun! Do like these Italian guys, who teach us that adrenaline sailing is not just about skiffs, moths, hyper-tech multihulls. They took their Laser, mounted the micro-camera on the transom and the base of the mast, discovered themselves as comedians, then a bit of editing and the right music et voila, here’s a video with flakes!


If, after watching the video, you felt like documenting your exploits at sea, you should know that there are plenty of action-camera models on the market, and the products are almost all of quality (chinoiserie aside). But this does not mean that you will have to buy blindly. Indeed, you will have to take into account your special needs.


Go check the maximum resolution: 1080p is not always synonymous with quality, as the parameter only defines the definition per pixel. It may be the case that an action-cam that takes 720p footage but with a quality lens can pack better video. Before jumping into buying, check the net, there are plenty of model-by-model video tests. Then consider how much you need the wide-angle lens: there are action-cams that go up to 175°, but if you are not interested in the “fisheye” effect it may be an all-too-insignificant option.


Indicatively, the prices of models on the market range from 200 to 300 euros, with price caps around 500 euros for the most accessorized and powerful models.

Watch out for underwater footage: action-cams are often made with lenses that are very faithful to the human eye. Using them for underwater footage may result in seeing everything blurry (which is annoying for models without a display). Therefore, it may be necessary to purchase a flat lens for underwater use.


Among the many action cams on the market is one made in Italy, the Foolish from Nilox. Capable of shooting in full HD (1920×1080 pixels), it is equipped with a wide-angle lens with an extension of as much as 175°. With numerous accessories available, it can be worn or attached to different surfaces. You can purchase it together with an optional case (cost: €50.40) that will ensure it is waterproof to a depth of 60 meters, making it effective for underwater filming. Price: 252.05 euros.



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