Best GoPro Low Cost Alternatives

To use GoPro, it is not necessary to engage in extreme sports or spend a lot of money to buy the latest model.

There are a huge number of budget alternatives, many of which have the same functionality as more expensive devices. Of course, the video shot on such a device cannot be compared in quality with that which the original GoPro can record. But you can save a fairly large amount of money.

Next, we will talk in detail about the best budget analogues of GoPro, which are ideal for those who like to record videos on vacation or on vacation.


Dragon Touch Vision 3

Price: from 3 200 rub.

Dragon Touch Vision 3 is a great choice if you're looking for a budget alternative to GoPro. The model has an affordable price and boasts wide functionality. The camera can shoot in 2.7K and 4K formats at 30 FPS (frames per second), as well as in 1080p with 60 FPS. In addition, the device is capable of taking 16-megapixel photos. The wide-angle lens captures up to 170 degrees and has several zoom levels.

You can control the camera using the wireless wrist remote that comes with the kit. It is capable of picking up a signal at a distance of about 10 meters, which is just enough if the camera is fastened to the head. On the back of the device is a 2-inch LCD display that can be used to view the footage. The camera itself is not waterproof, but the enclosure included in the kit is suitable for immersion to a depth of 30 meters.

Dragon Touch Vision 3 comes with two 1050 mAh batteries. Each provides about 90 minutes of recording in 1080p or one hour in 4K. Despite the lack of electronic image stabilization (EIS), Dragon Touch Vision 3 is a great budget action camera.

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Price: from 7 800 rub.

AKASO V50 Pro is another option for those looking for a budget alternative to GoPro. The camera records in 4K and 2.7K at 30 FPS, in 1080p at 60 FPS and in 720p at 120 FPS. The device can take 20-megapixel photos and supports several zoom levels. Unlike competitors, AKASO V50 Pro is equipped with electronic image stabilization (EIS).

EIS is a virtual gimbal that smooths out uneven frames, softens bumps and removes jitter. This feature is ideal for recording extreme sports, such as mountain biking. Another advantage of the AKASO V50 Pro is its support for the H.265 video codec, thanks to which the videos are distinguished by higher detail and a smaller file size.

The AKASO V50 Pro comes with a waterproof case to protect the camera from moisture and dust, two batteries, a separate charger , a remote control and a wide range of mounting accessories. The camera itself has a touch screen, which is located on the rear panel and supports working with external USB microphones.

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Yi 4K +

Price: from 9 800 rub.

If you can afford a little more, then pay attention to the Yi 4K +. This is one of the best GoPro alternatives on the budget model market. The camera records in 4K at 60 FPS, in 4K (with stabilization) at 30 FPS, and 1080p at 120 FPS. All recording is carried out on the H.264 codec.

Photos have a resolution of 12 MP, and the viewing angle of the lens is 155 degrees. On the back of the device is a 2.2-inch touch screen with Gorilla Glass. On it, you can switch between different modes, view the footage. Yi 4K + has a wide range of functions, including voice control, RAW image capture, support for an external USB-C microphone.

For more comfortable work with the device, you can download the proprietary application Yi Action Camera (available for iOS and Android), which is suitable for shooting, editing and transferring footage on the phone. The camera itself is not waterproof, so for underwater shooting you will have to buy a special protective case.

Drift ghost x

Price: from 9 200 rub.

Drift Ghost X is a great alternative to the GoPro Session at an affordable price. The camera has a discreet design and is capable of recording 1080p video at 30 FPS for five hours when fully charged.

The Drift Ghost X lens is able to rotate 300 degrees, which greatly facilitates the process of capturing the frame. For example, in cases where you cannot install the camera perfectly evenly. You can also connect an external microphone to the Drift Ghost X, and for underwater photography, purchase an additional waterproof case that can withstand depths of up to 40 meters.

Drift Ghost X can also be used as a DVR for a car or motorcycle. The device supports the continuous shooting function and can record new material on top of the old. In addition, with the help of special video tags you can mark certain moments in the frame as they appear, which is quite convenient for editing. Through the Drift Life mobile app for iOS and Android, you can edit the recorded material and share the result on social networks (FAcebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Another interesting smart feature is Clone Mode. With it, you can synchronize up to 10 other Drift Ghost X cameras in one Wi-Fi network, and then start and stop recording on all cameras at the same time.

There is also a Drift Ghost 4K model on the market. This is a more expensive version of Ghost X, which supports 4K video recording at 30 FPS and 1080p at 120 FPS. Compared to the regular Drift Ghost X, the 4K model can record video in just three hours. However, both cameras can be used together when Clone Mode is on.

Vemont action camera

Price: from 1 400 rub.

Vemont Action Camera is an excellent budget alternative to GoPro, which records 1080p video at 30 FPS and takes pictures with a resolution of 12 MP. The camera works with a battery with a capacity of 900 mAh, which is enough for about 90 minutes of continuous shooting.

On the back is a 2-inch LCD. It is necessary to change the basic configurations, view the footage and switch between different modes. The camera supports variable loop recording, has a built-in timer and motion sensor.

The device comes with a waterproof case (can withstand immersion to a depth of 30 meters), several mounts, stands and a USB cable for charging. Vemont Action Camera is a budget camera, so do not expect excellent recording quality from it, especially in low light conditions.

Unlike other models that we have already reviewed, Vemont Action Camera does not have EIS (electronic image stabilization), voice control, support for mobile applications. In addition, it only works with microSD up to 32 GB.

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360Fly 4K Action Camera

Price: from 29 990 rub.

Recently, 360-degree videos are gaining popularity. If you are looking for an alternative to GoPro that can shoot in 360 degrees, then be sure to pay attention to the 360Fly 4K Action Camera.

Most 360-degree cameras shoot at around 5K resolution. However, 360Fly 4K Action Camera only supports 4K format with a 16-megapixel sensor. The camera is able to completely capture the entire environment in the frame, and most importantly - it can be used in first-person mode, like a regular action camera.

Thanks to the sealed design, the device is completely protected from water and dust getting into the casing, and also is shockproof. 360Fly 4K Action Camera has 64 GB of internal memory and does not support working with microSD cards, as it simply does not have a corresponding slot.

If during shooting you completely run out of free space, then without any problems you can connect to a mobile or desktop application from 360Fly where you can view, edit and share the received materials with friends.


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