Action cameras have risen in popularity and the available choices can be quite staggering in their quantity. Therefore, a list of the top action cameras is warranted to ease a selection processes. However, it’s important to realize that if you want a top quality action camera, then you will have to be prepared to spend a consistent sum of money, but options exist for a more limited budget.
The recently released GoPro Hero5 Black is by far the best you can get, even amongst other GoPro units. It has increased waterproof capabilities and it’s as durable as ever. But the GoPro is not the sole camera you should look into purchasing, as there are many options out there to choose from depending on what you need the camera for. As such, there are some things you will want to look out for when buying one.
To begin with, you will want to look for the quality of the image in an action camera, Sony, GoPro and Veho are well known to be proficient in this category. Next up is the frame rates, as this will influence how smooth your videos will be. You might have a camera that can shoot in full 4K resolution, but it will not look as good if it runs with 15 frames per second (fps) as this will make the video rather clunky.
If you are going for a 4K resolution then you should want to have at the very least 30 fps, but 1080 full HD can also look good and you can get it at 60FPS. Another thing you should look forward to when purchasing an action camera is if it’s bundled with the accessories. While not as important as the quality and frames per second, it is a nice thing to have everything purchased in one go and many accessories are important to get the full experience.
The GoPro Hero5 Black
Probably the best action-camera money can buy as of this date. It is powerful, ease to use and with quality construction. It is waterproof to a depth of 10 meters without its case and it’s a very resistant camera that will endure decent punishment. It records at 30fps 4K, and it’s able to make 12MP RAW photographs. Battery-life is largely dependent on how you use it, but it is estimated at a 3-hour maximum recording time. Furthermore, a touchscreen has been added to the rear of the action-camera to help improve navigation and a GPS.
The Veho Muvi K2 Pro
Veho’s newest addition in their action camera list, Muvi K2 Pro is an advanced action camera with 4K, 2.7K and 1080p recording capacity powered by a XA-9 processor. The biggest advantage that this camera has over the GoPro is the fact that it comes with all the accessories bundled in. The bundle includes different mounts, a carry case, and a touchscreen. It also has a built in G-sensor and the battery can last up to 3 hours of continuous recording.
Garmin Virb Ultra 30
Originally, Virb was the first to introduce a motion sensor and a GPS into the action camera concept, and their latest addition improves on that with the introduction of a 3-axis image stabilization system. It also has a 1.75-inch touchscreen, G-sensor, and quality microphones.
You will also be able to voice control the camera. You can tell it to start recording, stop and pause the process. It also has a feature where you can tell it to ‘remember that’ which will make finding the desired event a lot easier later on. Video quality is also top-notch, with 4K in 30fps and 1080p in 60fps. It also has Wi-Fi connection and a compatible application that is well-made.