GoPro continues to lead the action camera market as it has evolved into a complete solution – from cameras and accessories to its service that includes device swap, streaming platform, cloud storage and more. On the flip side, there are other great options if you’re just looking for a good waterproof, rugged, high-resolution, mountable camera to take on your adventures.
And sure, these options could include yoursand Note, however, that the best action camera is designed for this type of shooting. Just because your phone is tougher doesn̵
With that in mind, here are the best action cameras we’ve tested. All of these devices are versatile and can record videos, take photos, and record audio. Find out which is the best action camera for your battery life, video quality, and durability needs. When you have had good results with a camera not mentioned here, Please share it in the comments.
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This is currently the best single lens action camera you can get from GoPro in terms of features and performance. Compared to the Hero 8 Black, there are new tools for photos and videos with which you can, for example, plan recordings or set them for a certain duration – from 15 seconds to 3 hours – and which are now recorded at 5K at 30 frames per second. This might sound like overkill, but you can pull high quality stills from the video, so 5K video is fine when you can’t choose between a movie or stills.
The biggest changes, however, affect the design of the camera. The Hero 9 Black is larger to accommodate a larger, more powerful battery. The lens cover is now also removable so that it can be easily replaced if it is scratched. Plus, you can add lenses, including the new Max Mod lens, which gives you ultra-wide vision with amazing stabilization. The camera costs $ 449. However, when you sign up for the GoPro service, the camera price drops to $ 349, including the service cost. Read more about the GoPro Hero 9 Black.
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While GoPro has long referred to itself as the most versatile camera, the Insta360 One R takes versatility to a new level. Thanks to the modular structure of the One R, you can exchange camera modules for various functions and recording options. Module options currently include a 4K wide angle camera for the traditional action cam experience. a 360 degree camera with two lenses; and a camera developed by Leica with a 1-inch sensor for the best possible image quality even in poor lighting conditions.
Each camera has its own set of features to help you get the most out of your creativity. However, should you get stuck, the company’s mobile app and Insta360 community are constant sources of inspiration. Speaking of the mobile app, it has super-intelligent editing capabilities that can be used to create shareable clips. And all of your footage will look incredibly fluid when you use FlowState image stabilization.
But one of the best parts about the Insta360 One R is that the company never stops improving it and adding features. For example, the device has just been updated to be used as a webcam and you can now stream live with the 360 camera. There’s no shortage of accessories either, including a dive case and a selfie stick that is no longer visible when used with the 360 camera.
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Although the Hero 9 Black and 8 Black cameras have more features and better stabilization, the Hero 7 Black still offers a lot for $ 250. It’s a 2018 model and has almost all of the features of the Hero 8, including the high-quality HyperSmooth image stabilization, the killer feature for this model.
The Hero 7 also has a better user interface than previous models, more capture options for more control like 1080p at 240 frames per second, TimeWarp motion time-lapse, vertical video and 720p live streaming straight from the camera. Read our GoPro Hero7 Black preview.
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For a company known for its camera drones, DJI did a lot right with its first action camera. One of the standout features is the front color screen. It may be small, but it’s enough to make sure you’re centered in the shot with the camera lens facing you on a selfie stick. Another great feature of the camera is that it responds to voice commands – the view can be switched with a voice control. It’s also waterproof and sturdy with removable lens covers. It has excellent electronic image stabilization, records HDR video, and has customizable presets so that you can control the shooting modes you want without having to dig into menus. This is an excellent device for those who want more control over taking photos and videos. Read our DJI Osmo Action preview.
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Good 4K video for less than $ 150 and It has a front display. The Brave LE is just the thing. The body is waterproof, but in addition to a variety of brackets, two batteries, a charger, and a wrist remote control, Akaso has a diving case up to 40 meters long. A touchscreen on the back lets you tap through the simple user interface to change modes and camera settings. Long press the mode button at the top to switch to the front display so you can see yourself while recording.
You are given various recording options including video and photo time-lapse modes, slow motion and loop recording. It has diving and driving modes: the former to make up for the lack of red light in underwater scenes, the latter to turn on and off with your car when you’ve connected the camera to your car to generate electricity.
However, the image quality should remain set to 4K30 with the image stabilization and quality set to high for best results. While it offers a solid mix of resolutions and frame rates, not all of them have image stabilization, including 1080p120 for slow motion.
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As with the Brave LE, this Akaso is all about value. The V50 Elite records great looking 4K video at 30 frames per second with better electronic image stabilization during video recording than you would expect at this price. You get many of the same recording modes as you would on a GoPro device, e.g. B. Time-lapse photos and videos as well as slow-motion recordings at 1080p and 240 fps. While the EIS is good, it isn’t available at faster frame rates, including the highest setting of 4K60.
There are many extras like voice control and a driving mode so you can use it as a dash cam when connected to your car. It is not waterproof on its own, but it comes with a diving case, multiple brackets, two batteries (with a battery life of 90 minutes) and a charger that powers both packs at the same time. It also has built-in Wi-Fi so you can connect to a smartphone and use an app to control the camera and transfer your recordings for sharing.
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