Indian wearables and equipment maker Noise has a brand new motion digicam out there, known as the Noise Play 2. We examined the corporate’s debut action camera again in September, and it was alright for a primary try, however what made it fascinating was the value level. At roughly Rs. 5,000, you bought an motion digicam that might additionally shoot 4K video, full with fundamental equipment.
The second-generation mannequin boasts of an even bigger battery, a touchscreen, higher construct high quality, and RAW picture help, to call a number of options. These enhancements additionally lead to a a lot increased price ticket, practically double of what the primary model bought for, however nonetheless quite a bit lower than GoPro’s most affordable offering. We’ve been utilizing it for a number of weeks, and right here’s what we consider it.
Noise Play 2 design and options
The Noise Play 2 ships in a a lot smaller field than its predecessor did, and that’s primarily since you don’t get any of the equipment with it. Within the field, you get solely a charging cable, handbook, guarantee card, and the battery. The equipment are bought individually and you may select between varied combos on the Noise web site. We additionally obtained the ‘Accent Field’ from Noise, which sells for Rs. 2,500 and contains an assortment of add-ons corresponding to a motorcycle mount, adhesive mounts, tripod mount, and a water-resistant housing, in a compact case.
The construct high quality of the Play 2 is improved in comparison with its predecessor. The physique remains to be made from plastic however the end and high quality are a lot better. The plastic can also be stiffer so it doesn’t flex when pressed. Sadly, there nonetheless isn’t any safety for the ports so that you’ll should watch out when utilizing this machine with out the waterproof housing. We’re not anticipating an IP-rated enclosure at this worth however a easy rubber flap on the very least can be good.
The Play 2 helps microSD playing cards (as much as UHS-1 class) of as much as 128GB. There’s additionally a Micro-HDMI port and a proprietary knowledge port which the corporate describes as Mini-USB, however doesn’t work with customary Mini-USB cables. The latter is a little bit of bizarre alternative, contemplating that just about each firm now makes use of customary Micro-USB or the newer USB Kind-C.
The digicam has solely two buttons now, for the reason that rear 2-inch show helps contact enter. The draw back to that is which you can’t work together with the menus when the digicam is inside its housing. The buttons have good tactile response. There’s a provision for a tripod mount on the underside, which we like. You get three crimson LEDs, that are positioned across the digicam, nonetheless the one above the show isn’t very vibrant and is hard to see in daylight.
The Noise Play 2 boasts of a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.eight aperture wide-angle lens. There’s a detachable 1200mAh battery, which is barely bigger than the one supplied earlier than. The Noise Play isn’t waterproof, so that you’ll want to make use of the elective housing which helps you to take it to depths of 30m. It helps 4K video recording at as much as 30fps in NTSC mode. There’s additionally burst taking pictures, WDR (huge dynamic vary) for movies, gradual movement, and the flexibility to manually set varied publicity parameters corresponding to sharpness, white steadiness, metering, color, distinction, and so on.
The Play 2 has in-built Wi-Fi, which helps you to sync it with a companion app that’s solely accessible for Android in the mean time. Nonetheless, when Wi-Fi is on, you may’t file video or work together with any of the menus, like you may with GoPros. The Android app isn’t the prettiest by way of design however is useful and allows you to evaluate your recorded footage, change settings, and function the Noise 2 remotely.
Noise Play 2 efficiency and battery life
The menu system is less complicated to navigate now, due to the touchscreen. Swiping downwards brings up toggles for Wi-Fi, show lock, publicity lock, stabilisation, and energy. You’ll be able to swap between video and photograph modes by swiping from proper to left on the viewfinder. The contact response is respectable more often than not, however we did encounter some intermittent glitches when it merely refused to register enter accurately. The touchscreen attracts fingerprints simply and washes out beneath daylight.
Video high quality has gotten barely higher, when in comparison with the earlier mannequin. Gentle metering remains to be a bit hit-or-miss, and vibrant skies proceed to look overexposed when taking pictures in daylight. Objects which can be accurately uncovered exhibit good colors. At 1080p 60fps, the framerate is stable and the footage seems to be excellent. We discovered the stabilisation to work decently effectively too. Movies photographs at 4K nonetheless seem grainy, and the stabilisation introduces some ‘shimmery’ anomalies within the footage. One of many principal causes for the poor low-light efficiency is the lens, which has a a lot narrower f/2.eight aperture in comparison with the f/2.2 aperture of the earlier model.
The extent of element is sweet, supplied there’s enough pure gentle round. You get varied resolutions to play with, starting from 4K to QHD, full-HD, and even VGA. The Noise Play 2 can shoot 120fps video at 720p. If you need a fair increased 240fps framerate, then you definitely’ll have to drop the decision to 640×480.
Further video modes embrace zooming; looping, which helps you to use the digicam as a dash-cam on your automotive; timelapse with a alternative of various intervals; and bike mode, which merely permits stabilisation. There’s a ‘Movement Detect’ toggle that robotically begins recording when movement is detected, which might come in useful for surveillance.
The digicam isn’t excellent with nonetheless pictures. Within the check photographs we took, we observed a variety of barrel distortion, grainy particulars, and subdued colors even when taking pictures in daylight. You’ll be able to change the decision and side ratio however there’s no solution to alter the sphere of view. Burst mode allows you to seize 10 photographs per second, which isn’t dangerous. You’ll be able to even mess around with the shutter velocity to get higher low-light photographs. Talking of low gentle, the Noise 2 defaults to a slower shutter to attempt to seize higher particulars, on account of which it takes a second or two earlier than every photograph is definitely saved. Regardless of this, the top end result seems to be noisy and there isn’t excellent dynamic vary.
The Play 2 runs barely sizzling, particularly when used with its waterproof housing. The 1200mAh battery managed to final for 1 hour, 51 minutes when taking pictures 4K video which is sweet. The battery takes about two hours to cost totally, when utilizing a high-wattage energy adapter.
The Noise Play 2 improves upon its predecessor in sure areas corresponding to construct high quality and battery life. It additionally will get a touchscreen and a number of the video high quality problems with the earlier model have been addressed. Nonetheless, it additionally takes a number of steps backwards. The slender aperture is not of a lot use in low gentle. The choice to go together with a proprietary USB port as a substitute of Micro-USB and even Kind-C is unusual, and signifies that it’s good to be very cautious with the included cable. We’re additionally not massive followers of the uncovered ports and slot. On prime of all that, the bundle can also be fairly sparse now.
Regardless of this, the Noise Play 2 is priced significantly decrease than probably the most reasonably priced GoPro with a touchscreen, which is the brand new GoPro Hero. If you need an motion digicam for informal use, the Noise Play II presents loads of options.
Worth (MRP): Rs. 9,999
- Improved construct high quality
- Good battery life
- Good particulars in daylight movies
- Low-quality nonetheless pictures
- Mediocre low-light efficiency
- Uncovered ports
- Proprietary USB connector
Scores (Out of 5)
- Design: three
- Efficiency: three.5
- Worth for cash: three.5
- General: three.5