We wrote an article a few months ago called, “The Best Camera For Youth Ministry“. What I think is the undisputed best youth ministry camera is the GoPro HERO4 SILVER. If you have the budget, you should definitely pull the trigger and get this camera. I am constantly amazed at what this little camera can do.
But, I know (from experience) that a lot of youth pastors out there are running youth ministries on either no budget or a limited one. I remember using all my own gear for my youth ministry and having to explain to my wife why it was busted when a teen abused our own personal video camera.
If you have limited budget, the Xiaomi Yi Sport Cam Action Camera Ambarella A7LS WiFi Bluetooth 4.0 16.0MP 1080P Action Sport DV (White). It is honestly the cheapest and best GoPro alternative. For under $90 how can you go wrong? You could get 4 of these cameras for the same price as one GoPro HERO4 SILVER. I do get worried when students are using the GoPro, but if you give a few students a Xiaomi Yi Sport Cam, you won’t lose a ton of money if the camera get wet.
Here are some great features of the Xiaomi Yi Sport Cam:
– Films at 1080p 60 frames per second
– Multiple timelapse modes
– Slow Mo at 720
– Has it’s own app. You can see the details here. They are slowly making it better in english.
Here are some of the features we don’t like about the Xiaomi Yi Sport Cam:
– No screen on the back. There isn’t even room for an attachment. If they had a screen on the back, I might never buy a GoPro again. The touch screen for GoPro’s are so awesome. Worth the investment.
– The app is super glitchy. They will continue to invest into this product because it could easily become the GoPro killer.
If you are looking for a cheap alternative to a GoPro, the Xiaomi Yi Sport Cam is worth checking out. Getting a great camera that films in 1080p 60 frames per second for under a $100 with a case is a win. What are you waiting for? Go and check out the Xiaomi Yi Sport Cam on amazon here.