If you are an action sports enthusiast and like to record your activities with an action camera, at some point of time you must have heard of the biggest name in the action camera industry:
The GoPro Series
Specially built for action sports and with more and more features being added with each upgraded version, GoPro has been a market leader for some time in the action cameras industry. However, there’s one thing that can be considered as an obvious drawback:
The price of the GoPro cameras.
With more and more people looking for cheaper alternatives to the high end sports action cameras like the GoPro, more and more budget sports video cameras are entering the market without compromising on quality. The software used and quality of the materials used may not be quite up to the level of your latest GoPro camera. However, as far as functionality and features is concerned, these sports camcorders are a serious competition to the other high end camcorders for sports.
Through this post, I’ll review some popular action cameras that are like GoPro but much cheaper. So let’s get on with it!
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|AKASO EK7000||$||4.7/5||Best Price|
|Apeman 4K||$||4.5/5||Best Price|
|SOOCOO C30||$||4.4/5||Best Price|
|Nexgadget Explorer4 Series||$||4.6/5||Best Price|
|AOKON New AR 4K||$||4.7/5||Best Price|
Japanese action camera maker Akaso seems to have got almost everything right with their 4K full HD action camera EK7000. For obvious reasons, it has been a bestselling product on Amazon now for quite some time.It has the ability to take 4K and 2.7K resolution videos as well as photos with incredibly stunning quality. Image quality is a lot better than traditional HD quality.One problem with 4K video cameras is the rapid consumption of battery life. The high quality of the videos literally sucks out the battery life at a fast rate. With the AKASO EK7000,this problem is somewhat alleviated as it comes with two batteries of 1050mAh each which means each battery can last for 90 minutes.It is waterproof upto 30m thanks to its durable waterproof case which can withstand extreme conditions. You can thus use it for deep diving and other water sports like drifting, surfing etc.An excellent feature of this video camera is the wireless wrist remote control. With the help of this, you can start and stop recordings and much more just by pressing the button of the remote control. You do not need to get to the camera all the time for control.
- The built-in WiFi enables you to use your smartphone as a remote to control the camera.
- The camera lets you use many of the GoPro attachments like GoPro mounts etc
- Crisp video quality and reliable battery life
- Low light video quality could have been better
- Instruction manual might not suffice for all your queries and doubts. You’ll have to read Q&A sections on Amazon or watch some YouTube videos.
APEMAN 4K Action Camera
The Apeman 4K action camera is a hot bestseller with a low price and tonnes of features. Manufactured by China-based company Apeman, this is the latest and most advanced action camera, the A80.It has the option of shooting videos with 4K and 2K resolution and can take images upto 20MP. So if you’re used to taking snaps of your action while shooting the videos, you’re going to get some really good images.Just like the AKASO EK7000, it is waterproof upto 30m, has built-in WiFi and has 2 rechargeable batteries that enable a longer shooting time. However, one added feature is its utlra-wide angle lens recording upto 170°.The Apeman 4K Action Camera supports automatic as well as manual adjustment to the exposure and sensitivity by considering the light and shadow present at that moment. This helps it to get a clearer picture even in bright sunlight.It is highly versatile with the ability to be mounted on bicycle mount, helmet and even tripods. So whatever the sport, you can use this camera with ease.
- It has a ton of accessories that you get when you buy the camera.
- Highly versatile at a very affordable price
- For this price, I don’t see any significant drawback in this camera