GoPro Alternatives

In the Market for an Action Camera? Check Out These 6 GoPro Alternatives

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Few camera companies have generated as much buzz as GoPro in recent years, and for good reason. Despite its small size, the company’s little action camera packs a big punch. Resistant to water, dust, and damage, the GoPro thrives in any weather conditions, and fully adapts to your travel adventures — whether that’s surfing, diving, hiking, motor racing, bungee jumping, or folk dancing (yes, really).

While GoPro may be the most recognizable name in small, rugged cameras, though, it’s certainly not the only one, and definitely not the cheapest. Several other companies have made their own versions, with a unique mix of styles, features, and prices.

If you’re in the market for a GoPro alternative, here’s where to start your search.

Best Budget Action Cameras

Fitfort 4K

Fitfort 4K

If you are a total noob in the world of action cameras, and would rather get your feet wet without dropping the big bucks, Fitfort is your best bet: it features several of GoPro’s best features at a fraction of the price.

  • Video specs: 4K 25fps, 2.7K 30fps, 1080p 60fps/30fps, 720p 120fps
  • Photo specs: 12MP
  • Battery life: 1.5 hours of continuous recording
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • Storage: microSD (not included)
  • Special features: waterproof up to 100 feet (30 meters) with the included case, wireless remote control, 170º super-wide angle lens

AKASO EK7000 4K

Akaso 4KSimilar in many ways to the Fitfort, AKASO EK7000 4K is another great option for those looking for an affordable, basic, yet well-regarded action camera.

  • Video specs: 4K 25fps, 2K 30fps, 1080p 60fps
  • Photo specs: 12MP
  • Battery life: 1.5 hours in continuous recording
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • Storage: microSD (not included)
  • Special features: waterproof up to 100 feet (30 meters) with the included case, large LCD screen, mobile app turns smartphone into a remote control

Best Mid-Range Action Cameras

TomTom Bandit

TomTom Bandit

The name may ring a bell — as a pioneer in the world of in-car navigation, TomTom brings back memories of parents screaming at the first GPS device they ever had (or maybe that’s just me?). The company expanded into cameras a couple of years ago, and has learned fast: the Bandit gives GoPro a run for its money.

  • Video specs: 4K 15fps, 2.7K 30fps, 1080p 30fps/60fps, 720p 60fps/120fps
  • Video output: .mp4/H.264
  • Photo specs: 16MP; burst up to 10 shots per second; continuous shooting at various intervals between 1 and 60 seconds
  • Battery life: 3 hours (although much less when using Wi-Fi for live streaming)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0
  • Storage: microSD (not included)
  • Special features: GPS, easy editing from the smartphone (including cutting footage and adding music), slow motion, time-lapse and night-lapse, several scene modes (including underwater, night, and bright lights)

Olympus Tough TG Tracker

Olympus Tough TG Tracker

Rugged camera veteran Olympus has added a new member to its Tough family: the TG Tracker. While the rest of the Tough models are durable point-and-shoots, the TG Tracker is the company’s first true action camera, and a great one at that: the TG Tracker adds all the high-tech features within a truly rugged exterior.

  • Video specs: 4K 30fps, 1080 60fps/30fps, 720 240fps/120fps/60fps/30fps, 480p 240fps/120fps/60fps/30fps
  • Video output: .mov/H.264
  • Photo specs: 8MP, burst up to 60/s
  • Battery life: 1.5 hours in 4K, continuous shooting
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • Storage: microSD (not included), 128GB flash memory
  • Special features: waterproof up to 100 feet (30 meters) without needing an extra case, built-in flip-out screen, electronic stabilization (including on 4K), GPS and environmental sensors, wider screen than GoPro

Best High-End Action Cameras

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

Garmin Virb Ultra 30

For those looking for something at the top of the range, the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 is one of the best action cameras out there. Quality images, speedy shooting, and voice control are just three of its many worthwhile attributes (check out the rest below.)

  • Video specs: 4K 30fps, 1080p 120fps, 720p 240fps, 480p 300fps
  • Photo specs: 12MP for single shot
  • Battery life: 2.25 hours, although several reviewers have pointed out that extreme conditions or continuous movement can make it die much sooner
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+
  • Storage: microSD (not included)
  • Special features: Voice control, 3-axis stabilization, live streaming to YouTube, high-speed options, records details of each activity alongside video, great case-on audio quality, touchscreen still works with the case on, waterproof to 133 feet (40 meters) with the included case

Sony FDRX3000

Sony FDR-X3000

Are you a diver, surfer, or some other kind of water-loving fiend? Check out the Sony FDR-X3000. This camera will keep working down to almost 200 feet, far beyond the limits of even advanced recreational divers.

  • Video specs: 1080p 60fps/50fps/30fps/25fps, 720p 30fps/25fps/120fps/100fps, 480p 240fps/200fps
  • Video output: .mpg4/H.264
  • Photo specs: 12MP, burst of up 10/s
  • Battery life: 2.25 hours at 1080p, or 60 minutes at 4K resolution
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • Storage: microSD
  • Special features: Splash-proof body, able to go down to 197 feet (60 meters) with the included waterproof housing, optical image stabilization, ultra-wide lens, stereo audio recording, flexible mounting, remote live-view, time-lapse, manual controls, face detection
 

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And the Winner Is…

… or maybe we should say winners, because there really is an action camera out there for everyone.

If you are a total neophyte to the world of action cameras, or you only plan to use one sporadically on your vacations, there’s no need to blow your budget — either the Fitfort or the AKASO will suit your needs.

For more advanced users, think about your travel style. Do you do a lot of sporty activities, mostly outdoors? Go for the Olympus. Do you tend to veer ocean-side? The Sony is for you.

More of an urban traveler? Depending on your budget, either the TomTom or the Garmin can be there to help you relive the moment after the trip’s past. The choice is yours.

Images via Jon Boone (feature image), manufacturers.

Looking for an action camera? GoPro isn't the only game in town. Check out these six alternatives for any budget.

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Patricia Rey Mallén

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A roaming writer and tech enthusiast, Patricia has been wandering the globe for 10-odd years. A passionate Apple lover, she is familiar with Genius bars from Sydney to Reykjavík to Mexico City.
She only vaguely remembers life before the Internet, but will forever long for the days in which mobile phone batteries lasted for over a week.

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