Action Camera Review

I’m sure you can agree action cameras must have a great focal distance and range, as well as stellar digital and video resolution.

That was our top criteria for selecting the best action camera.

If you are ready to get out and start snapping right away, the GoPro Hero4 scored high marks in all categories and is our top pick for getting that action shot.

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43 products considered
10 products reviewed
48 hours reviewing

Top 10 Action Cameras

RankPictureAction Camera
HD Recording Time (Minutes)
Card Capacity (GB)
1
GoPro HERO4
245< 64
2Anart70< 32
3DWPOWER60< 32
4
GoPro HERO
117< 32
5
GoPro HERO3+
69< 64
6
GoPro HERO3
90< 64
7ASX108< 32
8GeekPro70< 32
9Campark90< 64
10
VicTsing
90< 32

DID YOU KNOW?
Nick Woodman founded GoPro when he couldn’t get the right action shots of himself surfing, since most cameras were onshore shooting through a zoom lens.
 

Action Camera Comparison


GoPro HERO4
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ANART
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DBPOWER
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GoPro HERO
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GoPro HERO3+
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GoPro HERO3
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ASX
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GeekPro
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Campark
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VicTsing
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Focal Distance
(mm)

3.102.332.432.82.82.82.02.32.83.11
Focus Range
(mm)
30252428282820232428
Digital Zoom4X6X9X4X4X4X4X6X6X4X
Aperture Range
(mm)

3.02.332.432.82.82.82.02.32.83.0
Video FormatH.264 codec,
.mp4
MOVMP4H.264 codec,
.mp4
H.264 codec,
.mp4
H.264 codec,
.mp4
MOVMOVMP4, H2.64H.264 codec,
.mp4
Video Resolution4K,
2.7K,
1440P,
1080P,
960P,
720P,
WVGA
1080P
(1920*1080)
720P
(1280*720)
1080 FHD
/ 720P 60
/720P 30
/ VGA
/ QVGA
4K,

2.7K,

1440P,

1080P,

960P,

720P,

WVGA

4K,

2.7K,

1440P,

1080P,

960P,

720P,

WVGA

4K,

2.7K,

1440P,

1080P,

960P,

720P,

WVGA

1080P

(1920*1080)

720P

(1280*720)

1080P

(1920*1080)

720P

(1280*720)

4K(3264*1836)
/30fps, 2.7K
(2688*1520)
/30fps, 1080P
(1920×1080)
/ 60fps, 1080P
(1920×1080)
/ 30fp
1080P
(1920*1080)
720P
(1280*720)
Video
Frame Rate
30,

60

30,
60
30,
60
 25,
60
25,

60

25,

60

 30,

60

30,

60

30,
60
30,
60
ISOAuto

/400

/800

/1600
/3200
/6400

Auto
/100
/200
/400
Auto
/100
/200
/400
Auto

/400

/800

/1600

/3200

/6400

Auto

/400

/800

/1600

/3200

/6400

Auto

/400

/800

/1600

/3200

/6400

Auto

/100

/200

/400

Auto

/100

/200

/400

Auto
/100
/200
/400
Auto
/100
/200
/400
Maximum
Card Capacity
64GB32GB32GB32GB64GB64GB32GB32GB64GB32GB
Output Interface Mini USB,
Micro HDMI,
microSD
USB 2.0 HDMI,
USB,
AV video
Mini USB,
microSD
Mini USB,

Micro HDMI,

microSD

Mini USB,

Micro HDMI,

microSD

Mini USB,

microSD

Mini USB,

microSD

Mini USB,
Micro HDMI,
microSD
Mini USB,
microSD
Screen Size
(inches)
1.51.51.51.51.51.52.01.522
Screen
Resolution
1080p1080p1080p1080p1080p1080p1080p1080p4K Ultra HD1080p

HD Recording
Time (Minutes)

24570601176990108709090
Voltage 3.8 V 3.7V 3.5V 3.8 V 3.7 V 3.7 V 3.5 V 3.7 V 5V 3.8 V
Battery
Capacity
1160mAh 900mAh 1000mAh 1160mAh 1180 mAh 1050 mAh 1000mAh 900mAh 900mAh

1180 mAh

Charging Time
(hours)
3 3.5

3.5

 

3 3 3 3.5 3.5 2

2

Dimensions
(Inches)
4 x 4.1 x 9.7 2.33 x 1.62 x 1.15 9.5 x 6.4 x 2.2 10.1 x 4.3 x 2.2 9.9 x 4.0 x 3.9 10.23 x 4.41 x 4.26 4.2 x 4.2 x 9.8 2.33 x 1.62 x 1.15 58 x 40 x 29 2.3 x 1.6 x 1.2
Weight
(Pounds)
1.5

1.6

 

1.4 0.8 1.45 1.3 1.35 1.3 2.1 1.1
Warranty1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year1.5 Years

 

Action Camera Buying Guide

Action Camera Reviews

Why get an Action Camera?

If you’re not sure whether an action camera is for you, think about the types of things you take pictures of or film. Are they always high action activities such as sports, natures and wildlife, and other moving subjects? Do you have hobbies that put you outdoors often such as snorkeling, scuba diving, even sky diving? If the answer to any of those is yes, an action camera is exactly what you need.

Action Camera2These popular cameras enable users to capture incredible photos and video of all types of action from races to incredible sea life swimming underwater. Read more to learn about the features and other considerations you will want to take when choosing an action camera for yourself. They come is all shapes sizes and colors and can be mounted on your own body, helmet or bike. Some people use them for recording video in their car. We’re going to take you through some of the things you need to know about choosing the right action camera.

Features

Different models of camera have different features that they are known for. Think about the things you want to use your camera for and look for those features when you start researching available models on the internet.

Weather proofing/Waterproofing – There is a difference between weatherproofing and waterproofing a camera. Weather proofing means that the camera can be out in extreme cold, and even get hit with some rain but it can’t be submerged underwater nor does it mean that it is shock or dust proof. Depending on what you plan on taking video and pictures of with your action camera, one of the features will be better than the other for meeting your needs. In general if you want to shoot in or around water, don’t take a chance, just go ahead and look at the waterproof models rather than the weatherproof ones.

Mount Options – If you can’t mount an action camera to yourself or another vantage point then It becomes quite useless. One of the ways to use an action camera is to get first person vantage point shots which people really enjoy. You don’t always have to attach it to yourself or someone else, but it sure gives some added options for great POV shots and video. Rigid mounts eliminate wobble but don’t allow for much flexibility when you compare them to other types of mounts such as ball and socket or pivoting.

Controls – Different action camera models have different types of controls that they offer. Some are simple and just involve start and stop buttons while others have color LCD displays and playback settings. Some have built in Wi-Fi and wireless connectivity so you can share your videos and photos on your favorite social media venues.

Resolution – Resolution is always important to ensure excellent quality video and photos. Most action cameras have full HD 1080p video or better. Also look for cameras that can record video at 50-60 fps which will give you smooth, great quality video.

Battery and Storage – Battery life is always an important factor to consider so you never miss that great shot or video. All action cameras record to microSD cards and most do not have adequate storage, so plan on getting an additional one that will give you plenty of room to record and store everything you want to.

Sound – Built-in microphones are commonplace with action cameras and all of them have one. This enables you to capture audio as well although the microphones are so small that the sound quality isn’t up to par at all. You will need an external microphone to capture better audio. Make sure your camera has a microphone input jack. Some are regular size at 3.5mm and some are micro which will be 2.5mm. Having an external microphone allows you to record the audio that can go along with some of the activities that you want to film.

Video and Still Photos – The main purpose of an action camera is to shoot awesome videos but they can capture still photos as well. You won’t be getting high quality images from the still photos but how good they are will be determined by the MP size of the camera. The more MP the camera has the clearer and sharper the photos will be.

Field of View – The wider the field of view is the more action your camera will capture. Most action cameras have ranges from 17mm to 20mm. Be sure to check the model you are interested in to see what the field of view is.

What do you need in a Camera?

Before you start researching take a few minutes and think about what you want your action camera for. There are a few questions you can ask yourself that will help you determine what features you want to have and which camera will be the best one for your personal needs and preferences.

What are you shooting? – What you plan on shooting with your camera is probably one of the biggest questions to ask yourself. If you plan on doing a lot of POV shots of yourself riding a bike, snorkeling, or scuba diving, for example, you will want to look for a camera that is lightweight and that has good mounting options so you can mount it on your vehicle or bike. If you will be doing a lot of underwater shooting, look for a camera that has a great waterproof depth and that has a good sealed housing to protect it.

Action Camera1What is your budget? – Budget plays a part in the type of camera you can afford. If you have a price in mind that you want to stay under, this will prevent you from looking at models that are outside of what you can afford. There are some great models out there that are not too costly and you should try to get the best action camera you can for what you can afford but try not to stray from the budget you set.

Do you intend to share a lot? – If you are an avid social media participant, you will want to look for an action camera that makes sharing your videos and photos easy. Wireless connectivity and outputs that allow for easy transfer of the video and photos will make things much easier and faster for you when it comes to posting your work on your social media venues.

Just for Fun or Something More?- If you are just wanting a camera for fun and to memorialize the things you shoot, you may not need the top of the line action camera. If, on the other hand, you plan on selling your photos or videos or want to take professional grade shoots for other people, you will need to get a higher grade action camera that has the more advanced features and capabilities. If you’re looking to go pro with it, it will be a great investment to buy a more expensive and better quality camera. Make sure you do your homework though and look at more than just the price. The increased price should also include higher quality resolution, better batter life and a lot of options that a lower priced model doesn’t have to make it worth the extra money.

Conclusion

Action cameras are a great way to take pictures and video of those activities that a regular SLR camera just can’t get properly without blurring or because they are not waterproof. The information in this guide can help you narrow down the available choices so you are only looking at the models that offer what you need and want.

Action photography and action video is exciting and fun to take and to watch. It can become very addictive and you may find yourself with your camera in your hand all the time! The top rated models we reviewed here are great for those wanting to get high quality video and photos and not break the wallet doing it. You will love any one of them but if those don’t meet your needs, then be sure to use the information we have provided in this guide so you can choose a model that will match what you are looking for.

Resources

  1. Evoplus- http://vandsec.com/
  2. Anart – http://www.xtremo.pro/
  3. DBPower – http://www.aaii.com/