ODRVM 4K Snap Verdict
The ODRVM might be an entry-level action camera, but despite its budget price tag, it offers everything you need to get started and some nice, if quirky features.
Firstly, it arrives in a semi-hard case, not a box, and this case is as good as any aftermarket product. Inside, the case is a decent assortment of accessories and even a spare battery.
It’s also available in Blue, which I like a lot.
Feature-wise the DRVM can shoot 4K video at 24fps and 1080p at 60fps, which is pretty decent for capturing action.
It also has a simple control system and voice alerts that let you know when it’s powered up – or at least I think that’s what it’s doing. In addition, there’s a pretty decent smartphone app.
At £79 the ODRVM is slightly more expensive than some other budget action cameras, but then with the mounts, case and the (slightly quirky) voice alert system, it offers a good overall package.
For ODRVM 4K
- Comes with semi-hard case
- 1080p at 60fps
- Voice alert
Against ODRVM 4K
- Old style waterproof housing
- Limited dynamic range
- Over-sharpens out of the box
At the top end of the action camera market, there’s a bid to pack in as many advanced features as possible. And although many of the top-end cameras are expensive, their prices have dropped over recent weeks, with the likes of the TomTom Bandit currently available for less than £150.
The knock-on effect of this is that cameras in the £30-£100 price bracket now need to excel.
Every manufacturer tries to make their cameras stand out, and this can be hard when almost all cameras at the budget end of the market appear to share the same electronics.
The cameras themselves might look different, but delve into them and you realise that the interface and image quality of each camera is often very similar.
To separate them, you need to look at the added extras – additional features, accessories and the overall package. And let’s not forget whether they come in a nice colour!
The ODRVM has several things going for it from the start, firstly I was able to order a blue version (it makes it more visible in sand and snow) and secondly when I switched it on, it announced that it had powered up, or at least I think that’s what it said.
Taking the original GoPro approach, the ODRVM 4K utilises a 30m waterproof housing to protect the camera from water, dust and anything else you could wish to throw at it.
Resolution and framerate-wise there’s a good selection, with the headline 4K at 24fps, 2.7K at 30fps, 1080p at 60, 30fps, 720p at 120, 60 and 30fps, WVGA at 30fps, VGA at 240, 30 fps and finally QVGA at 30fps.
It also packs in Loop recording, Gyro stabilisation, WDR (wide dynamic range), Time-lapse, Motion Detection, Self-timer, burst and some manual control over the settings. There are also quite a few other options and settings.
As well as video, the camera can shoot stills, and there are plenty of quality options from 20mp down to VGA.
As ever, footage is given the distinctive fish-eye action camera look through its lens that offers a 170º field of view.
Inside the camera is a Sony sensor and this is coupled with a Novatech processor, all standard stuff at this end of the market.
On the back of the camera is a decent 2-inch screen which is helpful for composing the scene, previewing footage and scrolling through setting options.
Dimensions are close to that of the GoPro Hero6 Black fully loaded and it weighs in at 63.4g.