Best Action Camera 2019: Best to Buy

Techtoyreviews has been preparing several buying guides to help you choose your next smartphones or any other interesting electronics item. Of course, we couldn’t forget about action cameras, which are also known as an action sports camera or just sports action cams.

If you play extreme sports then you should be looking for a good sports action camera to buy. Unlike the mirrorless and DSLR models that we refer to in other guides, they aim to be compact, lightweight and convenient to carry anywhere – and offer the most advanced stabilization system.

Best Action Camera 2019: Our Selection

Our best action camera 2019 guide ranges from more affordable models like the Xiaomi action cam to more renowned models like Sony action cam that delivers more but costs a lot more.

It’s always good to remember that our guide is organized by price, but we listed the best and worth to buy products.

Xiaomi Mijia Mini 4k

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We start with the simplest, cheapest model on our list, the Mijia Mini 4k. Do not wait for water protection or advanced features. Here you’ll have a basic action camera that delivers on its promise.

It is a compact action camera that records in 4K and has electronic stabilization. If you want to use it in the water you will have to buy the official case sold separately.

Don’t expect this Xiaomi product to deliver GoPro quality at half the cost. If you want to get into the world of extreme sports now and want to document your activities without spending too much, it will be a great starting point. The quality of the videos is good and the stabilization system even helps, but some videos will still shake.


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Want quality with little money? The SJ8 Pro records 4K video at 60 fps with quality similar to more expensive rivals like GoPro’s Hero 7 Black or DJI’s Osmo Action.

It records superior clarity to the Xiaomi model and with less distortion of its 170-degree field of view lens. To ensure high quality on all jacks, it has Ambarella H22 S85 chipset for image processing and Sony IMX377 sensor.

There is an 8x zoom and efficient image stabilization system. Want to dive with the camera? The supplied case adds water resistance to up to 30 feet deep. It has Wi-Fi connectivity and integration with Android and iOS to make it easy to share your footage.

GoPro HERO 7 Black

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GoPro is a reference when it comes to an action camera. Although Hero 7 Black is not the latest model of the brand, it is the one that delivers the most complete package at a fair price.

It records in 4K at 60fps with excellent stabilization. It has water resistance that allows it to be up to 10 meters deep. And if you need to go deeper, with the protective case sold separately, you can dive for up to 30 meters.

The touchscreen is better than previous generations and responds perfectly to user gestures. Voice commands are also more effective at controlling your action camera.

You can also buy it from store.


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Have you heard of DJI? It is the king in the world of stabilizers and has now decided to enter the sports camera market to compete with GoPro.

Osmo Action is a great alternative to Hero 7 Black. Its first major difference is in the 2.25-inch color screen on the front.

It comes out slightly less expensive than GoPro’s rival and does not offer the streaming capability. If it doesn’t matter to you, Osmo Action is simple to use a camera with better battery life. It also has water resistance and survives for up to 11 meters underwater.

You can also buy it from store.

GoPro Fusion

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Is 4K too little for you? GoPro Fusion lets you shoot at 5.2K, bringing much more definition to your videos. Best of all, it’s capable of 360-degree recording. So you will lose nothing of the action.

The stabilization system is the same as other action cameras of the brand and as expected does an excellent job. Water-resistance is more limited than other models we cited, but still up to 5 meters deep.

On the downside, we can cite the oversized body and weight above rivals, but in return, you get a bigger battery that can shoot twice the time of other GoPro.

You can also buy it from store.

GoPro HERO8 Black

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Finally, set foot in the market the new GoPro Camera of the top range. HERO8 Black introduces several new features including the new HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization system, capable of supporting all frequencies and resolutions, and the TimeWarp 2.0 that adjusts automatically based on speed and can slow down with a simple touch.

Very interesting is the possibility of choosing different focal lengths, obviously digital, to give an even more cinematic look to the shots. In addition to a more resistant body we also find a decidedly improved audio recording system, according to the company reports it will be possible to further dampen the wind rustling with the new front microphone.

The real novelty of GoPro 8 is the mods, or modular accessories (additional) that allow you to expand and improve the possibilities offered to the user.

You can also buy it from store.

Sony FDRX3000

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Closing our best action camera 2019 guide with the Sony action camera – FDR-X3000. Its highlight is surviving up to 60 meters underwater with the brand’s official case.

In addition, this is the one that offers the best battery life we’ve ever mentioned. There is an advanced sensor for shooting with incredible quality and ZEISS lenses ensure as little reflection as possible.

While the others you need an external mic for quality audio, it has a more sensitive and noise-canceling microphone to cut wind noise. The downside is the lack of a screen to control functions.

You can also buy it from store.

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