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Best Action Camera: Which One I Should Pick

Wants a camera to follow action or adventure? Here is the best action camera on the market divided for you in different price ranges.

Best Action Camera

Choosing the best action camera is not an easy task. There are many different models of action cameras on the market, but often you run the risk of buying something that costs too much compared to your needs or even relies on some economic action cam that however disappoints our expectations. Whether they are placed on the helmet, on the bike or on the dedicated support, this type of cameras has revolutionized the shooting in motion despite their technique is all in all simplicity.

What distinguishes the sports action camera from other normal cameras is its tiny size and the wealth of mounting options compared to a point and shoot camera, a digital SLR camera or a video camera. An action camera is particularly suitable for capturing footage from a first-person perspective thanks to their wide-angle lens. Usually, people also love taking pictures with action cams but always keep in mind that their strength is mostly in the videos.

Unlike a regular camera, sports cam does not have a lens with optical zoom or rather what you see is what is recorded and, as already mentioned, a normal camera does not have the same editing capabilities, wide angle, and compactness of the Action Camera.

Moreover, in recent times there are so many 360-degree action cams have been created that are able to create spherical videos and photos that you can also admire on social networks such as Facebook and Youtube.

Best Action Camera

Below we bring you an index to better guide you in our article, subdividing the Action Cams by price range.

Best Action Camera Under $100

Xiaomi Yi Action Camera

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The famous Xiaomi first action cam, the cheapest and the best in quality as well as price ratio. However, the Action Cam must be connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth in order to have a display.

DBPOWER Action Camera

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If you do not want to buy the Xiaomi Yi because you need the display, then the best you find on the market is definitely the DBPOWER considered practically the best Action Camera because it is also waterproof up to 30 meters thanks to the enclosure included in the package.

ACTIVEON CX Camcorder

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You can choose different filters and effects depending on the recording environment. The interface has been designed with the user in mind who can activate the various functions of the CX model by acting only on two buttons.

Xiaomi Yi Lite

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Very similar in design to the Mijia 4K that we will list below, but is lower in performance and technical specifications. However, it has the advantage of being 4K action camera and in this price range, it is a rarity.

Polaroid Cube +

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The funniest action camera in the world and with a unique style. Similar to a cube, it has a CMOS sensor that delivers clear images and video from 720p, 1080p or 1440p. Its 124-degree wide-angle lens effortlessly captures large, vivid scenes and has a battery capable of recording up to 107 continuous minutes per charge.

Best Action Camera Under $200

Xiaomi Mijia 4K

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The best of the category is definitely the Xiaomi Mijia 4K, which however a little expensive. Money well invested because it is really super cheap for what it offers: 4K video recording, has a nice design, good video stabilization, and large touchscreen display.

SJCam M20

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This SJCam M20 also has a different form compared to the usual action cam. It convinces thanks to Sony IMX 206 16MP sensor which gives a very good picture and together with the Novatek 96660 chipset allows you to record 2K video at 30fps and 4K at 24fps. Another strong point is its weight of just 55 grams.

SJCAM SJ6 LEGEND

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The SJCAM SJ6 LEGEND action camera has a video resolution of up to 4K and 16MP photos through the Panasonic 4K sensor in combination with a Novatek 96660 chipset. This action cam is also waterproof for shooting in depth up to 30 meters thanks to the protective case that you find included in the package. The color display has a size of 2 inches.

YI 4K Action Camera 2

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The best in this price range is undoubtedly the Yi 4K Action Camera, equipped with a 12MP Sony IMX377 sensor, 7 layers of glass lenses and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) to ensure high-resolution, ultra-clear 4K stable video. Excellent performance even in low light conditions. It can record 4K videos at 30fps and has a 160-degree wide-angle lens.

There are 2 built-in microphones and a battery capable of guaranteeing up to 120 minutes of 4K video recording at 30fps with a single charge. Underwater up to 40 meters with housing (not included).

GoPro HERO5 Session

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The first GoPro in the standings began to appear and in this category, we chose the GoPro HERO5 Session. Very impressive design, very good materials and also able to ensure 4K video and 10MP photos in single mode, sequence and time-lapse. It has a durable housing, the HERO5 Session is waterproof up to 10m (33ft) without housing. Too bad for the lack of battery.

Best Action Camera Under $300

TomTom Bandit Action Camera

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HD video (up to 4K) and 16MP photos, this TomTom Bandit Action Camera can deliver up to 3 hours of non-stop footage with its 1900mAh Batt-Stick battery. It is also waterproof without housing up to 50 meters (waterproof cover for additional lens) and can record 4K videos at 15fps.

YI 4K Plus Action Camera

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If the YI 4K was the queen of the previous price range, even in this next cost step it is difficult not to consider the YI 4K Plus Action Camera. This is the first action cam in the world to have added support for 4K video at 60fps.

Best Action Camera Under $400

GoPro HERO6

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The king of the action camera is without a doubt the GoPro Hero6. Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in single, sequence and time-lapse modes. This action cam is also waterproof up to 10 meters without a case. Highlight point is the voice commands, the excellent video stabilization and 4K video recording at 60fps.

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera

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Also worth mentioning is the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 which is capable of recording 4K videos at 30fps and is equipped with G-Metrix – GPS 10 Hz with high sensitivity and integrated accelerometer.

Best-seller Action Camera on Amazon

Here is the list of the top 10 best-selling action camera currently on Amazon. The ranking is constantly updated every day automatically.

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About Ankeet Solanki

He started this blog as a hobby to show his affection for gadgets, but over the time this hobby became professional. And now he is working as a full-time blogger, but in free time he loves watching movies and games. PayPal donation for TechToyReviews will be appreciated.

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