The ice fox action camera is one of many budget action cameras available out there, some are excellent and great value for money, and some are duds, I’ve tested a fair few now so I’d like to think I can spot a decent one.
The icefox action camera is waterproof up to 30meters in its protective housing and can be used for diving, cycling, swimming and many more activities.
It features a 12mp CMOS sensor and records in 1080p full HD video and has a 170 degree wide angle lens. It also takes stills up to 12mp in resolution. With both video and stills you can choose which resolution you would like to shoot at.
Inside the box you also get a nice selection of accessories including a handle bar mount, tripod mounts and various clips and attachments, a spare back plate for the waterproof casing, as well as your usb to micro usb charging cable. And your warranty info and a user manual.
Taking a look at the camera, the waterproof housing has access to all the buttons using spring loaded buttons with waterproof seals so y I u have access while its sitting inside.
On taking it out of the housing, on the front is the 12mp lens, to the left of it is the power and menu button.
On the left hand side you have a slot for a micro sd card that supports up to 32gb, a micro usb port for charging and a micro hdmi port for connecting it up to your TV.
On the top is your shutter button which also doubles as your select button when in the settings menu and a small led indicator to let you know of your shooting.
To the right hand side are two buttons for navigating the menu and for zoom in or out and there is a small grill for when I believe a speaker or microphone may be.
On the bottom is a slot for your battery, the one that comes with the camera is a 900mah battery and gives you 70 mins of recording in 1080p.
Finally on the rear you’ll find a 1.5″ display, you can use the screen as a viewer and to watch back the footage you’ve just captured.
On the left bottom corner of the screen are two led indicators to show when its charging and if it’s on or off.
On powering up the camera the first screen you’ll land on is the video recording screen, the second screen is the still photos screen and pressing the power/menu button three times takes you through to the gallery. One more click and you get to the settings.
Within the settings you have a load of options to select from to tweak your footage and stills. There’s also some other handy settings for camera functions.
You’ll find options for resolution, recording cycle, motion detection, audio, date stamps and capture mode.
There are options for changing the image size of the still photos, a sequence mode for taking burst photos.
You can control the sharpness and white balance and turn on the stabilisation from the settings menu.
And then you have some basic settings for time and date, language screen savers etc.
The icefox also features a car mode to use it as a dash cam.
I’ve put up some footage I recorded on this camera at the end of my video unboxing and review so you can judge for yourself, but in my opinion it does pretty well. Footage is really clear and nice to watch, the stabilisation is ok, it only helps a little bit what can you expect from electronic image stabilisation. Stills are average but still perfectly acceptable, and to be honest this is predominantly a video camera to record action videos.
For the price it’s great and excellent value for money, one of the action cams that I’m happy to recommend.
I would like to try out the version with wifi as I prefer action cameras with that feature.
But overall this is a very decent budget alternative to the more expensive action cameras on the market.