ACTION CAMERAS

 

GoPro Hero5 Black

The action camera pioneer steps it up

Get it for $399

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

GoPro does it yet again with another great product development that keeps them on top. Easy to use, has voice control, GPS and one great feature they added is the rear touchscreen.  The video footage also is flawless as ever making sure that you get the best of the best while keeping everything easy to use.

 

Oh, let’s not forget that it has QuikStories makes editing easy as 1-2-3.

 

Our Verdict

  • Amazing 4k footage
  • Easy to use
  • Battery life 1-3 hours
  • Voice control

 

TomTom Bandit

This can change your mind from getting a GoPro

Get it for $245

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

TomTom Bandit steers away from the usual box-shaped action camera and opts for a bullet-shaped one. Since the brand also has mastered the art of GPS, it’s sensors pick up not only the location but also the speed and G-force so when something exciting happens, it automatically tags the footage.

 

One more thing, a quick shake of your phone and the app will automatically edit your

footage ready for upload. Need we say more?

 

Our Verdict

  • Shake to edit feature
  • Built in sensors
  • Easy to mount
  • Heavier compared to others
  • Lens swapping needed for waterproof use
  • 3 hours battery life

 

Olympus TG-Tracker

Sensor enabled action camera

Get it for $220

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

Veering away again from the box-shaped action camera. Sensors are the main feature of focus here as it is equipped with a GPS, compass, acceleration compass, barometer and thermometer which can all be seen when playing back the video or video edit so you can show off your snazzy skills. What’s more, it’s waterproof to 30m, features built in stabilization and can withstand temperatures down to -10C.

 

Our Verdict

  • Great sensors
  • Easy to use
  • On the heavy side as well
  • No in app auto editing
  • 3 hours juice life

YI 4K Action Camera

Jam packed 4k camera at a cheap price

Get it for $174

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

It may not have GPS, voice control, auto upload and raw shooting but hey, we can live without those, right? It still has a large responsive screen, awesome battery life and fast file transfer. All in all, YI 4K is still a great action camera at an affordable price that wouldn’t leave you disappointed with your purchase.

 

Our Verdict

  • Awesome 4k footage
  • Touchscreen is bigger than GoPro’s
  • No voice control
  • Battery is up to 2 hours

Olfi one.five

Cheap and cheerful

Get it for $180

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

GPS, voice activation and external sensors may not be included in the package yet Olfi goes straight to giving you “wow” footages without leaving you penniless and waiting for your next paycheck.

Our Verdict

  • LCD is crisp and clean
  • Easy to use menu
  • Good looking output
  • Bit too basic
  • App is basic too
  • 1-2 hours battery life

 

Sony FDR-X3000R

Live view display, anyone?

Get it for $548

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

Ever heard of Balanced Optical SteadyShot or B.O.SS.? Well Sony came up with that and all other action cam company are wishing they did. It also includes an underwater housing – a rarity in the action camera market – and comes with a wearable, mountable live view remote, a smartwatch-sized contraption that allows the FDR-X3000R to be operated from afar, and its images previewed in real time. Wowzer.

 

Our Verdict

  • Remote monitoring
  • Image stabilization
  • Wee bit too expensive
  • 1-2 hours battery life

 

Garmin Virb XE

A+ sensors

Get it for $304

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

Building on the solid foundation of the original Virb, Garmin has revisited the design, losing the bullet shape and remodeling the camera around the popular ‘box’ style. The XE offers increased video quality, it’s waterproof without an additional case, features Wi-Fi along with compatible app and software, this all makes the Virb XE one of the best action cameras at present.

 

Our Verdict

  • Sensors are A+
  • No need for waterproof case
  • Bulky
  • 2 hours battery

GoPro Hero5 Session

Back-to-basics box-shaped action camera

Get it for $278

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

Following Hero4 Session yet sharing many same specs with Hero5 Black, this beauty includes 4k video coverage up to 30fps, image stabilization, voice control and waterproof up to 10m. Back to basics, but still captures the quality of video that you’d expect from GoPro.

 

Our Verdict

  • Compact
  • Simple button
  • No screen
  • 1.5 to 2 hours battery

 

Veho Muvi K-Series K2 NPNG

Let’s go deeper underwater

Get it for $86.99

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

This baby is a lot tougher than it looks and it’s waterproof case can dive deep upto 100m – deeper than all the competition out there. Veho also included tons of mounts and extras in the package and the box design is amazing. Worth the money if you ask me.

 

Our Verdict

  • Waterproof up to 100m
  • So much extras in the package
  • Not compatible with the GoPro mount
  • Bulky casing
  • 4 hours battery life

iSAW Edge

Budget action cam with high-specs

Get it for $160

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

It may look too good to be true considering the price but believe it.  4k capture, 120fps slow motion at 720p and up to 60fps at 1080p, fits the GoPro mount and up to 40m with the waterproof casing. Footage is sharp clear and crisp and the overall design takes on board easy clean elements such as a flat, wipe-clean lens.

 

Our Verdict

  • Budget camera with great features
  • Compatible with the GoPro mount
  • Small LCD
  • 2 hours battery life

 

 

Polaroid Cube+

Fun and cute action camera

Get it for $160

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

This might not have been made for extreme sports yet it’s fun to use and still takes 8MP stills and 1440 HD videos. Wifi connects the cute little Cube+ to a smart devices and also has a microSD card.

 

Our Verdict

  • Basic camera
  • Has GPS
  • Waterproof with the rubber frames
  • Not really an “action” camera
  • No screen

 

HTC Re Camera

Innovative action camera

Get it for $80

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

The design may not be conventional but it does have handy features that you will love. This was designed to be used one-handed to get more things done and turns on automatically thanks to the grip sensor.

 

The 16MP images and 1080p videos are are a 1-2 punch and to seal the deal, the camera is also waterproof, has smartphone sync and other effects such as slow-motion.

 

Our Verdict

  • Quick turn on
  • Easy to use
  • Lags
  • Basic image quality

 

 

APEMAN Action Camera

Awesome name, awesome features

Get it for $65

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Besides having an awesome name, the APEMAN features a 1080P 30FPS camera that lets you take fluent and clear videos and a 14MP still photo sensor. The 170° ultra wide angle lens lets you shoot whatever scenes you desire and the 2in LCD screen, HDMI output, and built-in Wi-Fi let you view your footage any way you want. And yep, it comes with a waterproof case that is submergible up to 30 meters below sea level.

 

Our Verdict

  • Can compete with GoPro products
  • 1080P 30FPS camera
  • 170° ultra wide angle lens
  • Waterproof up to 30m

 

Icefox WIFI Action Camera

Fresh action camera that’s cheaper

Get it for $100

Get it at Amazon UK here

 

We are loving the blue color option to veer away from the usual colors of action cameras. It’s only 74 grams so you won’t even notice this camera on your body. The waterproof case can be used up to 30m and other features include a 170 degree HD wide angle lens that shoot 1080p videos and a 12mp image for still shots.

 

Our Verdict

  • Fresh color
  • lightweight
  • 170 degree wide angle lens
  • 1080p videos and 12mp images

 

TEC.BEAN 4K Action Camera

Cheap with awesome features that makes it worth the buck

Get it for $110

Get it at Amazon US here or Amazon UK here

 

 

The TecBean features a SONY-179 sensor and an Ultra 170° Wide-Angle Lens, which lets you record 4K ultra HD video as well as 1080p video for up to 60 frames per second. It includes two batteries which will give you a total of 176 minutes of recording time. The built-in Wi-Fi, lets you stream your footage to an Android or road device. It’s also designed to withstand rain, dirt, heat, cold, dust and sand and is waterproof up to 30 meters.

Our Verdict

  • Comes with two batteries
  • Built in WiFi
  • Tough action camera
  • 2.5 hours battery life