Best Action Cameras
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GoPro HERO8 Black
Dragon Touch Vision 3
1. GoPro HERO8 Black.
The dimensions of the unit are 1.14 x 1.89 x 2.6 inches and it weighs around 4.4 ounces.
The GoPro Hero8 is a waterproof action camera with touch screen functionality.
This 4K Ultra HD video camera captures 12 megapixel photos and 1080p live streaming.
It features HyperSmooth 2.0, which gives the camera 3 levels of stabilization, allowing you to capture the widest views and the smoothest videos. This is also an upgrade from the GoPro Hero 7 Black.
The camera is equipped with four digital lenses, so you can view your surroundings in four different modes: Narrow, Distortion-free linear, Wide, and Superview.
The TimeWarp 2.0 functionality lets you capture super-stabilized time lapse videos while you are moving, and it has an automatic speed selection so you can simply tap to speed it up or slow it down. Unfortunately it doesn’t have Timewarp 3.0 like the Hero 9.
The GoPro Hero 8 features LiveBurst, which allows you to record the moments 1.5 seconds before and after your shot, and then choose the best single frame for the perfect photo.
The camera has an algorithm that delivers action shots with incredible detail, fantastic contrast, and it eliminates blur.
The GoPro Hero 8 Black has a new, streamlined design and shape that makes it easy to carry in your pocket and lets you swap mounts quickly.
You can also use the GoAction smartphone app to connect and control your Hero camera, alongside use of cloud storage on your GoPro subscription settings.
2. APEMAN A80.
The dimensions of the unit are 2.36 x 1.57 x 0.98 inches and it weighs around 2.75 ounces.
The APEMAN A80 is a cost-effective, stable 4K action camera that is great for YouTube, vlog videos or even as a PC webcam.
It has a built-in smart gyroscope and EIS, or Electronic Image Stabilization, which captures images and videos that are stable and smooth. This makes it great for extreme sports.
The camera is waterproof up to 40 meters, or 131 feet, with an IP68 waterproof case that can withstand the high pressure associated with underwater activities.
When the camera is in Dash Cam Mode, you can connect it to your car charger and it will automatically start recording once the engine is turned on, save the recording files, and automatically shut down once the engine is turned off.
The APEMAN A80 delivers 4K 20 megapixel image resolution.
It comes with a portable carrying case and plenty of accessories, including 2 long-lasting batteries.
Comparing with some other choices like the DJI Osmo Action, we think the A80 performs better for the price and qualifies as one of our best action cameras.
3. Campark ACT74.
The dimensions of the unit are 11.18 x 9.64 x 2.87 inches and it weighs around 1.1 pounds.
The ACT74 is a 4K Ultra HD underwater camera that is waterproof up to 30 meters, or 100 feet, making it perfect for diving and watersports.
The camera has an adjustable, 170-degree lens, and captures images at up to 16 megapixels, and videos with up to 4K 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second.
It has built-in Wi-Fi so you can connect to your phone and share your memories on social media.
The ACT74 supports SD cards up to 32 gigabytes. It does not have an internal memory.
The battery has a charge time of around 2-3 hours and a working time of up to 90 minutes on a single charge.
The Campark ACT74 has functions for time lapse, loop recording and slow motion mode.
It comes with a kit that contains 2 rechargeable batteries and accessories that allow you to mount the camera to helmets, bicycles and more. We do wish it had a lens cover though.
Overall its a great choice with lens options, shoots 4k action footage and more. A great pick on the action camera market.
4. AKASO EK7000.
The dimensions of the unit are 0.9 x 2 x 1.5 inches and it weighs around 12 ounces.
The EK7000 is sports camera with professional video quality that features ultra HD 4K video recording and fast, powerful photo capture.
The camera captures video with a high frame rate of 30 frames per second and delivers smooth, life-like videos with a high 1080P resolution.
The 12 megapixel camera can capture photos in single capture mode, burst mode, or time lapse mode – and allows you to set time intervals ranging from 0.5 to 60 seconds.
The camera is waterproof up to 30 meters, or 98 feet, making it ideal for outdoor activities.
You can control the action camera from a distance with the remote, which is included. The remote is not waterproof; however it is splash-proof.
The AKASO EK7000 is Wi-Fi enabled, so you can connect it to your smart phone or tablet, and conveniently share your memories.
The EK3700 has no editing features, so you’ll have to transfer the footage to edit it.
5. Dragon Touch Vision 3.
The dimensions of the unit are 2.36 x 1.18 x 1.97 inches and it weighs around 5.3 ounces.
The Vision 3 is a 4K professional action camera with 4 x optimal zoom.
It captures high resolution 1080P videos at up to 60 frames per second and 16 megapixel photos.
The camera is waterproof up to 30 meters, or 98 feet. The waterproof case is installed, so you can dive underwater with no worries. The case also provides protection against bumps and scratches.
The Vision 3 comes with a wireless remote control wristband that allows you to frame shots and record videos from a distance.
The multi-functional camera has options for loop recording, dash cam, time lapse, and slow motion.
The built-in Wi-Fi capability allows you to use your phone or tablet to operate the camera once you have downloaded the application. You can also connect the camera to your computer or TV using the Wi-Fi connection.
The camera comes with a kit that includes 2 rechargeable batteries and mounting accessories.
Is there a camera better than GoPro?
When comparing against most factors, no. The GoPro action camera range is the best. However in low light settings, you might find that cameras such as the Insta360 One R perform better.
Are cheap action cameras any good?
When it comes to budget action cameras, we recommend sticking with the cheaper ones in our guide. Such as the Akaso EK7000. They still work great for putting on a selfie stick and recording, but may lack durability compared to premium models.
What should I look for when buying an action camera?
When looking to buy an action cam, this is the list of things we look for:
- Video quality
- Size of the camera
- Voice control with voice commands
- Shooting modes and video resolution
- If it has a companion app
- If it’s a 360 degree camera too
- Camera settings
- Wide angle modes
Is GoPro better than iPhone?
For recording action footage, the GoPro cameras are far superior to even the latest iPhone. You can easily attach a Go Pro to helmets, jackets, bikes and more, whereas an iPhone you’d have to manually hold or find a custom case to mount it with.
Is Insta360 better than GoPro?
Both of the latest camera ranges have good video stabilisation and great 4K quality video. We feel that the Go Pro Hero range specifically has better features and are more durable.
Are action cameras worth it?
Yes they are worth it. Action cameras can withstand strenuous weather conditions and tough falls or knocks. It’s perfect for outdoor, water and other sports, allowing you to relive some of your top memories.
What are some other cameras not mentioned in the guide?
If none of the ones in our guide suited you, look into the following ones:
- Insta360 One R with the 1 inch sensor
- DJI Osmo Action
- GoPro Hero7 Black
- GoPro Hero9 Black with Hypersmooth 3.0 and 5K video
- FDR x3000 Action Camera
- GoPro Max
- SJCam SJ8