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Top Action Cameras

Would you like to spend time on the meticulous choice of action camera? Then check out the selection of the best devices of this kind.

The range of action cameras is constantly expanding, now you can easily get confused in the variety of models. If you ask for advice from a sales assistant, you can buy goods that are on the counter and which any store wants to sell the most. In this regard, the list of the best action cameras is becoming very relevant, such a top greatly simplifies the choice.

Please note that this rating consists of models presented in Russian retail chains. In this regard, the average price tag of each device is quite high. If this is scary, then take a look at the list of the best action cameras on AliExpress , which presents mainly budget models. We also recommend that you read the article on choosing an action camera , which tells in detail about what characteristics you should pay attention to.


The best action camera

Sony FDR-X3000

  • Matrix: CMOS, 1 / 2.5 inches, 8.2 MP
  • Connectors: micro-USB, micro-HDMI, microphone input
  • Wireless Modules: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
  • Weight: 114g

Price: from 28 990 rub.

является единственной экшн-камерой, оснащенной оптическим стабилизатором. At the time of this writing, the Sony FDR-X3000 is the only action camera equipped with an optical stabilizer. In comparison with competitors, the device takes a smoother picture - shaking is noticeable, but almost does not distract from viewing. The flip side of this solution is a non-standard design - a mechanical stabilizer for GoPro paired with a Sony camera will not work. Unique to this device and all other accessories.

The best action cameras are required to be able to shoot 4K video. FDR-X3000 does this with a frequency of up to 30 frames / s - electronic image stabilization in this mode is turned off, only optical remains. FullHD (1080p) can write up to 120 frames / s and HD (720p) - up to 240 frames / s.

Separately, it should be noted the presence of a large number of connectors and wireless modules. You can even connect an external microphone to the camera. However, the built-in copes with its task very well - in this regard, the Sony product is ahead of almost all competitors. A GPS-chip that records movement can also be useful - then easy-to-learn software allows you to add a map, speed, and other parameters to the video.

Feature Sony FDR-X3000

Image stabilizer optic
LCD screen no
White balance auto, manual installation
Recording Formats 480p, 720p, 1080p
Maximum frame rate when shooting HD video 200 fps at 720p

120 fps at 1080p

30 fps in 4K resolution

Additional features ExifPrint support, recording in H.264, recording in MPEG4

Please note that Sony FDR-X3000R can be found on sale. This is the same camera, the kit of which is complemented by a remote control. As a remote control, you can also use a smartphone, tablet or smartwatch Sony SmartWatch 3, so buying such a configuration does not make much sense.

Advantages:

  • There are NFC and GPS;
  • 4K video recording possible;
  • The lens is supplemented by an optical stabilizer;
  • Shooting in Full HD at 120 frames / s;
  • Bit rate - up to 100 Mbps;
  • High sound quality;
  • There is a microphone input;
  • Included is a waterproof box.

Disadvantages:

  • High cost (especially with the remote control version);
  • The design involves the use of original accessories;
  • In the aquabox, the sound is almost completely muffled;
  • Requires a memory card with maximum speed;
  • The camera fights badly with the noise of the wind.

The most unusual action camera

Gopro max

  • Matrix: CMOS, 16.6 MP (2 pcs.)
  • Connectors: USB Type-C
  • Wireless Modules: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Weight: 154g

Price: from 42 990 rub.

In this gadget two devices are combined at once. The first one is a panoramic camera . This means that the device is capable of shooting absolutely everything around, in fact, its angle of view is full 360 degrees. This parameter was achieved through the introduction of two wide-angle lenses. In the future, you can save the original result by allowing the viewer to choose what to look at. But it’s better to do a little editing, using the GoPro application, selecting the necessary angles in advance, saving the video in a format more understandable for YouTube and TVs.

Through the application, you can change angles almost constantly, throughout the entire video. So you can get a result that is unattainable by means of a standard action camera, no matter how cleverly you twist it in your hand.

This model differs from the usual GoPro Hero not only in a large number of lenses and enlarged sizes. The device includes six microphones that record sound from all sides. And the American manufacturer decided to introduce a GPS chip in its creation that preserves geographic coordinates.

The second gadget that is combined in this device is, of course, an action camera. From it there is moisture protection, the ability to record slow motion video and support for a large number of mounts. Two retractable hinges are used to fix the latter; a frame is no longer required. To control the device, buttons and a touch screen located on one side of the camera are used. The result is written in 4K or even slightly higher resolution. It's nice that in any case, the user has access to proprietary electronic stabilization.

GoPro Max Features

Image stabilizer electronic
LCD screen there is
White balance auto, manual installation
Recording Formats 720p, 1080p, 1440p, 2160p, 2496p
Maximum frame rate when shooting HD video 30 fps at 5.6K

60 fps at 1440p

60 fps at 1080p

Additional features panoramic shooting, water resistant up to 5 m, GPS, a large number of microphones

Advantages:

  • A rare action camera that shoots panoramic video;
  • Sound is recorded using six microphones;
  • Retractable mount;
  • High-quality 4K video with stabilization;
  • Advanced hyperlapses are supported;
  • Convenient touch LCD display;
  • Bit rate - up to 78 Mbps;
  • Good waterproof performance.

Disadvantages:

  • When shooting a vlog, the angle of view will seem too wide;
  • Very high cost.

best action camera with two screens

DJI Osmo Action

  • Matrix: CMOS, 1 / 2.3 inches, 12 megapixels
  • Connectors: USB Type-C
  • Wireless Modules: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 124g

Price: from 26 000 rub.

When shooting a vlog on an action camera, one problem usually arises: you don’t know if your face and sights in the background fall into the frame. And to fill up the horizon in this way is easier than ever. Fortunately, devices are beginning to appear in the world, the front panel of which has not only a lens, but also a full-color LCD. In particular, such a device is DJI Osmo Action.

This is the first attempt by a well-known quadrocopter manufacturer to enter the action camera market. And quite, I must say, successful. This gadget is capable of boasting not only two screens, switching between which is done with a double tap with two fingers or a long press of the Mode button, but also high-quality electronic stabilization. And we need a separate conversation about her!

This function is called RockSteady. Stabilization works even when shooting in 4K resolution and 60 frames / s. It is disabled only when the frame rate is increased to 100 FPS or higher. Stabilization cuts the picture quite enough, making the viewing angle less impressive, but almost completely eliminates any shaking. Independent tests have shown that RockSteady performs better than a similar feature in GoPro Hero7. However, one cannot fail to admit that in insufficient light the stabilization is completely unable to cope with its task, which is why it must be turned off so as not to spoil the picture.

This model uses a removable front lens. This allows you to fasten some filter instead - for example, a polarizing one. There is a radiator grill under the lens - do not confuse it with a microphone. Alas, the microphones here are located in less convenient places - on the side and upper ends. If you do not use a frame mount, then at first you might accidentally block the microphone holes with your fingers. And in any case, in terms of sound quality, the device is inferior to Sony FDR-X3000 - a waterproof membrane traditionally spoils everything.

Shooting here is conducted on the familiar 12-megapixel sensor created by Sony. As mentioned above, content can be saved in 4K resolution. You can shoot not only traditional video, but also timelapse. And in mid-October 2019, developers added hyperlapse shooting function to the firmware.

DJI Osmo Action Functionality

Image stabilizer electronic
LCD screen there are two)
White balance auto, manual installation
Recording Formats 720p, 1080p, 2.7K, 2160p
Maximum frame rate when shooting HD video 60 fps at 4K

60 fps at 2.7K

240 fps at 1080p

Additional features hyperlapse, water resistance up to 11 m, slow motion, removable front lens

Advantages:

  • There is a frontal display;
  • Hyperlapse shooting is available;
  • You can shoot video at a frequency of 240 frames / s;
  • Good water resistance;
  • Wonderful design;
  • Decent battery life;
  • Bit rate - up to 100 Mbps.

Disadvantages:

  • An external microphone requires a proprietary adapter;
  • Stabilization does not work when shooting HDR video;
  • Stabilization only spoils the picture in low light;
  • Not the best sound quality.

Best 4K movie shooting

Gopro hero8

  • Matrix: CMOS, 12 MP
  • Connectors: USB Type-C
  • Wireless Modules: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 103g

Price: from 34 990 rub.

One of the lightest action cameras among those on the market. At the same time, inside it is a full-fledged waterproofing, thanks to which the device without any problems plunges to a 10-meter depth. And because of it, I must admit, the device writes lousy enough lousy. Fortunately, the situation is fixable, you just need to buy a special accessory containing a much better external microphone. And GoPro is going to sell an additional display and illuminator, which is not necessary to acquire.

The main innovation of this model is the integrated mount that extends from the bottom. Now the action camera does not need to be inserted into a special frame, scratching the case made of soft plastic. And also the product received a GPS chip. It captures in special tags indications of speed and altitude. In the future, you can display this data on video.

GoPro Hero8 is not about the sound, but about the image. The picture is written in very high quality. The camera squeezes out all the juices from a 100-megabit bitrate! It also stabilizes the image. And does it better than the previous model of this company. Stabilization is possible even when you shoot 4K-video at 60 frames / s, which is also good news!

With this camera you can shoot impressive hyperlapses. Even in the frame, something interesting begins to happen, then the picture can be immediately slowed down by tapping on the screen. The next tap returns the hyperlapse shooting mode when one or two frames are taken every second.

GoPro HERO8 Features

Image stabilizer electronic
LCD screen there is
White balance auto, manual
Touchscreen there is
Recording Formats 720p, 1080p, 1440p, 2.7K, 2160p
Maximum frame rate when shooting HD video 60 fps at 4K

120 fps at 2.7K

120 fps at 1440p

240 fps at 1080p

Additional features hyperlapse, water resistance up to 10 m, support for special accessories, slow motion

Advantages:

  • Built-in mount used;
  • Wonderful quality of video recorded in 4K resolution;
  • Additional accessories supported;
  • High-quality electronic stabilization;
  • Thoughtful shooting mode of hyperlapse;
  • Decent water resistance;
  • There is a GPS chip.

Disadvantages:

  • Mediocre sound quality;
  • The second display remains monochrome;
  • Software bugs are not ruled out.

optimal purchase

GoPro HERO5 Session

  • Matrix: CMOS, 1 / 2.3 inches, 10 megapixels
  • Connectors: USB Type-C
  • Wireless Modules: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 74g

Price: from 15 990 rub.

At one time, the American company GoPro decided to release an inexpensive action camera. As a result, the HERO5 Session was born, which later became a real hit. Buyers liked the tiny size of the device. The creators had to endow the product with simplified components, but this did not save the camera from supporting shooting in 4K-format. Voice control has not gone anywhere. The Americans did not save on sound recordings - this process is carried out by two microphones. Savings are noticeable only on connectors and other trifles.

Advantages:

  • Waterproof housing;
  • Possible 4K video (30 frames / s);
  • Full HD recording at 90 frames / s;
  • Miniature sizes;
  • Good quality photos;
  • Good sound quality
  • A large number of accessories;
  • Affordable price tag;
  • Implemented voice control.

Disadvantages:

  • There is no HDMI interface;
  • There is no NFC, no GPS;
  • The quality of the video camera is inferior to the flagship ;
  • Not the longest battery life;
  • A non-removable battery is used.

The best camera for travel and sports

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

  • Matrix: CMOS, 1 / 2.3 inches, 12 megapixels
  • Connectors: micro-USB, micro-HDMI
  • Wireless Modules: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT +
  • Weight: 65g

Price: from 36 290 rub.

Garmin products are tuned for the constant use of a GPS chip. This rule applies to VIRB Ultra 30, which got into the rating of action cameras due to the presence of many advanced components. The device captures all the movements of a person, which can then be displayed on the map, at the same time introducing speed information in the video. Most of all this will appeal to cyclists, who also get the opportunity to connect, say, sensors of pedal rotation and heartbeat. Also, the product is of interest due to moisture-absorbing elements, thanks to which it is not necessary to pack the camera in an aquabox in the rain or in fog.

The minimal weight of the device is surprising - 65 grams are almost not felt in the hand. Only high cost is capable of confusing. Unfortunately, Garmin products have never been cheap.

Advantages:

  • 4K video recording at 30 frames / s is possible;
  • Full HD shooting at 120 frames / s;
  • Great GPS chip performance;
  • Small size and tiny weight;
  • It is possible to connect auxiliary sensors via ANT +;
  • Rich equipment, including aquabox;
  • Built-in altimeter, compass, gyroscope and accelerometer;
  • Implemented voice control;
  • There is a color LCD display.

Disadvantages:

  • Missing NFC chip;
  • Very high cost;
  • Without an aquabox, you cannot immerse the camera under water;
  • Need to install a high-speed memory card;
  • Branded accessories required;
  • The quality of the photos will not suit everyone.

Conclusion

The devices presented in this rating are expensive. But then the purchase of such an action camera is carried out, as they say, for centuries. It is unlikely that you will want to buy a more advanced model in the coming years, since the capabilities of the existing device will be more than enough.

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