If you're looking for a camera to record your best moments while playing sports like cycling or skateboarding or while involved in extreme sports like base jumping, you'll need an action camera because they're durable and compact and tend to be waterproof. They take pictures in a burst to capture the precise moment that typifies your experience or they record in time-lapse as well as high-def video that can be as high as 4K and record as many as 240 frames per second for ultra-slow-motion video playback. If you have $300 to spend, you'll get a good one but which is the best?
GoPro Hero 7
This is the brand name you'll have heard of. That's for good reason. The American firm has been selling cameras in its Hero range since 2004 so no wonder the Hero 7 Black is a class-leading device. With class-leading image stabilization and the livestream feature that lets you share your footage instantly, this is the sort of device that works for everyone. Whether you're new to action cameras or looking to upgrade from an old device, there's lots to love about the GoPro.
DJI Osmo Action
Is the DJI Osmo Action a GoPro clone? Of course it is. Everything on this list is a GoPro clone but that doesn't mean the DJI Osmo should be ignored. It offers great picture quality, loads of shooting modes and a selfie screen. If you're into vlogging and you need a steady video camera, the DJI Osmo Action will do a good job for you for less than you'd pay for the equivalent GoPro device, which at the moment is the GoPro Hero 8. It retails for $379 but you'll find it for less than $300 if you shop around.
The Olympus TG-Tracker retails for $349 but Olympus's first action camera is available at some retailers for less than $300 so it's made the list. The app software isn't that user-friendly and the device is bigger and heavier than its rivals but this great camera has GPS and motion sensors. IT records 4K at 30fps and the screen flips out. As you'd expect from an action camera, it's rugged and waterproof.
Yi 4K Action Camera
This is another device that's worth considering if you have a $300 budget. It's not as good as the best from GoPro but it's a close call. It's great value for money and it's easy to use so if you're buying your first action camera, go for this one. It will record at 4K at 60fps and take JPEG and RAW photos. The app is simple to use but doesn't miss any functionality but this camera doesn't offer GPS tagging and it's not natively waterproof.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
Consider what exactly you’ll be using the camera for. For example, don’t buy an expensive waterproof camera if you’re not going to need that functionality.
- The Yi 4K Action Camera doesn’t come with any mounts in the box.
- The Olympus TG-Tracker’s screen doesn’t rotate so it’s limited when compared to the others.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“Just tested the electronic stabalisation with a walk up and down my garden. One word. WOW!!! This is actually better than my Hero4.” (CE9 reviewing the GoPro Hero 7 on Amazon)
“The touch screen is responsive and helps you get to the different camera modes quickly. The different modes are easy to understand.” (reviewifymark reviewing the Yi 4K Action on Amazon)
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