Best Action Cameras

Action cameras are ruggedly built multi-purpose all-weather cameras that have a wide field of view so you can easily and simply capture everything you are experiencing. Whether you want to capture your skiing, snorkeling, biking or just want to mount it on your car or dog you can do almost anything with them. POV (Point-of-view) footage has become very popular and people really love to capture their sports and adventures. Most Action cameras come in box shape but some come in bullet shape and those are better for helmet mounting.

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Best of the Best

Best Value

Best on a Budget

You can mount action cameras on cars, helmets, body, surfboards, etc. Some come with mounts and with others you need to purchase the mounts separately. Some of the cameras have built in waterproofing and other require a housing for underwater shooting. You can also use action cameras to record handheld as a normal video camera and they can take photos as well. Grab your camera from this list and enjoy filming your adventure!

BEST OF THE BEST



BEST OF THE BEST

Sensor

Video

Waterproof

#1 WINNER

GoPro Hero 6 Black


12 Megapixel


4K up to 60 fps, 1080p HD up to 120 fps

Yes, built-in/standalone, up to 10 Metres/30 Feet

#2 WINNER

GoPro Hero 5 Black

12 Megapixel

4K up to 30 fps, 2.7 K up to 60 fps, 1080p HD up to 120 fps


Yes, built-in/standalone, up to 10 Metres/30 Feet 

#3 WINNER

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

12 Megapixel

4K up to 30 fps, 2.7 K up to 60 fps, 1080p HD up to 120 fps

No. Compatible with waterproof housing: 40 Metres/130 Feet


#1 WINNER
GoPro Hero 6 Black

Sensor: 12 Megapixel

Video: 4K up to 60 fps, 1080p HD up to 120 fps

Waterproof: Yes, built-in/standalone, up to 10 Metres/30 Feet

Pros: High frame rate 4K video. Compact design. RAW photo capture.

Cons: Wi-Fi video transfers can be slow. Not cheap.

The Hero6 Black looks almost identical to the Hero5. It’s really the best action camera available on the market right now. It adds great high frame rates for 4K video and excellent electronic video stabilization. Its waterproof to 10 metres without a case.  The 2-inch touchscreen at the back is greatly improved compared to the Hero5. The Hero6 can capture photos in RAW and HDR which makes a big difference when it comes to editing and getting a professional-like photograph. Voice commands can be used to turn the camera on and off and to begin recording. This camera can also be used with the GoPro Karma Drone system and Karma Grip stabilizer. I love this camera overall!

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#2 WINNER
GoPro Hero 5 Black

Sensor: 12 Megapixel

Video: 4K up to 30 fps, 2.7 K up to 60 fps, 1080p HD up to 120 fps

Waterproof: Yes, built-in/standalone, up to 10 Metres/30 Feet

Pros: Touchscreen. Good video quality.

Cons: Battery life not the best when touchscreen is on.

The Hero5 is a solid overall performer. If you don’t mind not having 60 fps in 4K then this could be the camera for you. The touchscreen display isn’t as vibrant and clear as the Hero6 but its good enough for the purpose. For action photography, you won’t need to use the screen that much. The Hero5 can capture RAW still photos. The Hero5 doesn’t have voice activation so if you really want that you should go for the Hero6 or the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30. This camera can also be used with the GoPro Karma Drone system and Karma Grip stabilizer. This is a great camera and is more affordable than the Hero6.

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#3 WINNER
Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

Sensor: 12 Megapixel

Video: 4K up to 30 fps, 2.7 K up to 60 fps, 1080p HD up to 120 fps

Waterproof: No. Compatible with waterproof housing: 40 Metres/130 Feet

Pros: 3-axis image stabilization. Wi-Fi for live streaming and smartphone control. Voice activation.

Cons: No video stabilization in 4K. Not waterproof unless used with case. No RAW stills.

I really like the Garmin VIRB 30. It comes with a waterproof housing which is compatible with GoPro accessories and mounts. Garmin also has a large selection of its own mounts. The touchscreen display is very good on this camera. Unfortunately, Video stabilization isn’t available in 4K mode. If you don’t mind that it doesn’t shoot RAW still images and you’re primarily going to use it for Video it’s a good solid performer. The huge benefit of this camera is that it can record a lot of other data along with the video information. It has sensors for GPS, compass, altitude, gyroscope. You can also live stream from this camera through your smartphone.

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BEST VALUE



BEST VALUE

Sensor

Video

Waterproof

#1 WINNER

GoPro Hero 5 Session

10 Megapixel

4K up to 30 fps, 2.7 K up to 48 fps, 1080p HD up to 90 fps

Yes, built-in/standalone, up to 10 Metres/30 Feet

#2 WINNER

GoPro Hero 4 Black

12 Megapixel

4K up to 30 fps, 2.7 K up to 60 fps, 1080p HD up to 120 fps

No. Compatible with bundled waterproof housing up to 40 Metres/ 130 Feet.

#3 WINNER

Olympus TG-Tracker 

8.3 Megapixel

4K up to 30 fps, 1080p HD up to 60 fps

Yes, built-in/standalone, up to 10 Metres/30 Feet

 

#1 WINNER
GoPro Hero 5 Session

Sensor: 10 Megapixel

Video: 4K up to 30 fps, 2.7 K up to 48 fps, 1080p HD up to 90 fps

Waterproof:  Yes, built-in/standalone, up to 10 Metres/30 Feet

Pros: Good image quality and dual microphones. Easy to operate. Small size. One-button power-up record.

Cons:  No RAW still images. No GPS. Non-removable battery. No touchscreen.

The great thing about this camera is its size and simplicity. It’s an impressive camera in such a small package. Its waterproof without the need for an external case. The Hero5 comes with a mounting bracket and fixed mounts with adhesive feet. You can mount it to any flat surface or a helmet without extra accessories. There are plenty of other optional mounts available for this camera. You can capture 10 megapixel stills with this camera, unfortunately not in RAW format. The camera’s battery life is excellent mainly because it doesn’t have a touchscreen display. Once you connect it to your phone you see a live view of what the sensor is seeing. If you want a good camera in the smallest package and don’t mind not having a touchscreen LCD, this is the action camera for you.

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#2 WINNER
GoPro Hero 4 Black

Sensor: 12 Megapixel

Video: 4K up to 30 fps, 2.7 K up to 60 fps, 1080p HD up to 120 fps

Waterproof: No. Compatible with bundled waterproof housing up to 40 Metres/ 130 Feet.

Pros: Solid 4K image quality. Lots of compatible attachments/peripherals. WIFI and Bluetooth.

Cons: LCD optional (extra).

The Hero4 comes with some mounting brackets including adhesive bases for curved and flat surfaces, as well as link extenders. It comes with a waterproof housing that is good for up to 40 metres underwater. The Hero4 doesn’t come with a built-in LCD touchscreen. You have to make do with the LCD display on the front to see what your settings are. You can purchase an optional LCD. There are three different bundles available that all come with different mounts/housings: Standard, Music, and Surf. The video quality of this camera is absolutely excellent.

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#3 WINNER
Olympus TG-Tracker

Sensor: 8.3 Megapixel

Video: 4K up to 30 fps, 1080p HD up to 60 fps

Waterproof:  Yes, built-in/standalone, up to 10 Metres/30 Feet

Pros: Shockproof, waterproof, crushproof, dustproof. Motion, GPS sensors.

Cons: Less megapixels: smaller prints and less detail in still images. Bulky.

I really like the stylish and rugged design on this camera. It’s a fresh look versus the usually square action cam look. It includes and LED lamp at the front which can be used in lowlight; a first for action cameras. The TG-Tracker has built in waterproofing. What I really like about this camera is that it gives you the confidence to take it anywhere and in any conditions. Its tough build can withstand very cold temperatures. It’s also crushproof and dustproof- basically an indestructible camera. Its touchscreen and camcorder like design make it simple to use. Unfortunately, RAW image capture isn’t available. The TG-tracker has a built in GPS, thermometer and barometer which allow it to give the Garmin VIRB, and the TomTom Bandit a serious competitor.

 

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BEST ON A BUDGET



BEST ON A

BUDGET

Sensor

Video

Waterproof

#1 WINNER

Xiaomi YI 4K Action Cam

12 Megapixel

4K up to 30 fps, 2.7 K up to 60 fps, 1080p HD up to 120 fps

No. Compatible with waterproof housing up to 40 Metres/ 130 Feet. 

#2 WINNER

TomTom Bandit Action Cam

16 Megapixel

4K up to 15 fps, 2.7 K up to 30 fps, 1080p HD up to 60 fps

 Yes with additional waterproof lens cover; 50 Metres/160 Feet.


#3 WINNER

GoPro HERO Session

8 Megapixel

1080p HD up to 60 fps, 1920 x 1440 p up to 30 fps

Yes, built-in/standalone, up to 10 Metres/30 Feet

 

#1 WINNER
Xiaomi YI 4K Action Camera

Sensor: 12 Megapixel

Video: 4K up to 30 fps, 2.7 K up to 60 fps, 1080p HD up to 120 fps

Waterproof: No. Compatible with waterproof housing up to 40 Metres/ 130 Feet.

Pros: Good quality touchscreen. Very lightweight. Wi-Fi.

Cons: No voice controls. No GPS. No RAW still images.

The YI 4K is a great camera for the price. It captures very good quality video and has a good quality touchscreen display. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with any mounts and the waterproof case is extra. It has good Wi-Fi connectivity. With this camera, you may not get all of the features of a GoPro Hero6 like voice control but you get excellent video at a way lower price. The YI 4K is a great action cam and a very good alternative to GoPro. There are some cool accessories available for the YI 4K including a YI handheld gimbal and YI pet mounts.

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#2 WINNER
TomTom Bandit Action Cam

Sensor: 16 Megapixel

Video: 4K up to 15 fps, 2.7 K up to 30 fps, 1080p HD up to 60 fps

Waterproof:  Yes with additional waterproof lens cover; 50 Metres/160 Feet.

Pros: Nice innovative design. LCD Panel. GPS

Cons: Not a great maximum frame rate for 4K video.

The TomTom Bandit is a solid camera with a unique innovative design. Its compatible with GoPro mounts through an adapter which is a nice bonus. A separate lens cover is needed for waterproofing, but once you have it on its good for up to 50 metres underwater which is very impressive. Like the Garmin VIRB and Olympus TG the TomTom Bandit has sensors which can capture relevant data with your videos like GPS and heartrate. There isn’t a display for what the camera is seeing and its framerate for 4K isn’t as good as many of the competitors. The Bandit offers a no cables option with a removable Batt-Stick. Overall, it’s a nice point-and-shoot style action camera that is simple to use and solidly built.

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#3 WINNER
GoPro Hero Session

Sensor: 8 Megapixel

Video: 1080p HD up to 60 fps, 1920 x 1440 p up to 30 fps

Waterproof:  Yes, built-in/standalone, up to 10 Metres/30 Feet

Pros: Simple to use and compact design. Good video quality. One-button power-up record.

Cons: Less megapixels: smaller prints and less detail in still images. No touchscreen or live-view.

If you want a solidly built compact and easy to use camera and don’t need 4K video capture this is the camera for you. It comes with built in waterproofing and is very easy to transport, mount, and use in a variety of action situations. You can save a lot of money with this camera and it can do most of the things that other action cameras can do. Once you connect it to your phone you see a live view of what the sensor is seeing. This is used for framing only because once its recording you lose the live view. A solid camera and at a great price!

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Action Cameras are extremely useful and versatile. They can be mounted in many ways and can be used in water and extreme conditions. Though GoPro dominates the action camera segment, there are lots of good new competitors spicing up the market with different options. Most of the cameras are easy to use and function almost like point-and-shoots. Enjoy filming your next adventure!