Looking for a reliable action camera at an affordable price? Say no more – because today, we will help you find the best GoPro alternative on the market.
Now let’s first say, that there is nothing wrong with a GoPro – it is an excellent action camera that has helped vloggers capture truly incredible moments for many years now. If you decide that you are looking for a cheap GoPro, then you can’t really go wrong with the GoPro Session 5.
However, GoPro is far from the only action cam available. It is a great product, but it does rely on its superior brand to charge far more than its competitors. With the rise of travel and adventure vlogs, not just any good camera will do.
Many GoPro alternatives have emerged as serious contenders to challenge the company. Let’s take a look at the best.
Best GoPro Alternative Summary – 2017
|YI 4K Action Camera||[Top Value Pick] An all around action cam||4K||$$||9|
|AKASO EK7000 4K||Matching the feel of a GoPro||4K||$$||8|
|ThiEYE T5e 4K||Water junkies||4K & UHD||$$||8.5|
|Sony FDRX3000||[Best quality] More filming features||4K & UHD||$$$||9.5|
|Camorama - 4K Action VR & 360°||Incredible VR videos||4K, UHD, 360 degree/ VR||$$$||9|
|YI 88001||A low budget||1080 p||$||7.5|
First on the list is an action camera by the Chinese brand YI, known for its impressive durability and variety of features features. YI doesn’t have the same brand name as GoPro, and so their cameras are considerably cheaper. The good news is, there is very little sacrifice in terms of actual quality here.
Their 4K model features a 12 megapixel camera that is used by a wide angle lens with a F2.8 aperture. The Sony IMX377 image sensor backed by Electronic Image Stabilization is part of what makes this camera so strong.
Long story short, your videos are going to look really incredible in 4K.
It also has a built-in LCD touch screen with Gorilla Glass to resist any dents or scratches. For any GoPro alternative that you want to take on an adventure, you want to make sure that the camera can take a beating!
Additionally, the YI packs a 1400mAh high capacity li-ion battery, a great chip by Ambarella . You don’t want to run dry on battery when you are out on an adventure, so this long battery life is key.
Even if you are getting high end video, you can record 120 minutes of pure 4K (at 30fps) fun with a single charge.
The camera uses one button control for simplicity. At least, it’s simple once you get the hang of it. It definitely takes some getting used to in order to master the controls, but once you are comfortable with it there is an advantage to avoiding a bunch of extra buttons.
If you don’t plan on going in the water with this camera, then it is an excellent bargain. If you do, then it is a slightly less cheap GoPro alternative, but still good value considering the 4K quality images you are capturing.
If you wish you had a GoPro, but cannot justify the premium price, the AKASO an excellent pick. The brand even copied GoPro’s packaging and the entire action camera interface.
This bothers some people because of the clear ‘inspiration’ that AKASO draws from. It’s not just a GoPro alternative, it is a mirror image in some ways.
Despite accusations of copy cat design, the AKASO 3K7000 is an independent action camera and it delivers. It supports professional 4K shooting at 25 frames per second and 2.7K at 330 frames per second through its 12MP camera.
There is also one great feature that many action cameras neglect. The AKASO 3K7000 has Wrist Remote Control that lets you frame shots or record video at the press of a button on a separate remote control. With it, there will be no more struggles with unreliable smart phone apps or latency – just one remote control that lets you access everything.
This is likely a result of what are surely cheaper parts used vs what would go in a GoPro camera. You will save a ton of money and get a good camera, but there is some risk you will get unlucky with things breaking.
We should mention that a nice touch with the 3K7000 compared to other GoPro alternatives is the relatively long battery life thanks to the dual package of 1050mAh batteries. Each records for up to 90 minutes.
Another powerful action cam is the ThiEYE T5e 4K WIFI Sports Action Camera. It uses packing a 16 MP camera, an Ambarella processor and a SONY image sensor. In a nutshell, this camera has been optimized by some of the best in the business in order to shoot amazing 4K videos and even better Ultra HD 4K experiences.
Alternatively, if you want to record in 720p, you can do that with the amazing 240 frame per second experience that captures every detail. The wide angle lens has a reach of 170 degrees, making it the perfect partner for any action cam adrenaline shots or landscape images and video.
Once you understand the menus, there are a lot of good additional features. It comes with a waterproof case, and a 360 degree rotating buckle. This is a great camera for anyone who plans to capture cool footage on or in the water
The first – and one of the most important things to note about this GoPro alternative – is that it is not designed as an action camera. Instead, this SONY product is a camcorder. However, it gets a lot better than traditional camcorders as we know them.
If you feel like the idea of a camcorder is outdated, you should definitely take the SONY FDRX3000 for a spin. You will find probably one of the best image stabilization features thanks to the Balanced Optical SteadySht ZEISS lens and the Exmore sensor camera control.
This action camcorder (yes we said action camcorder!) by SONY can be taken underwater with no issue. Obviously, the reason why it is part of this list is because of this feature – and the fact that it can shoot videos in wide, medium and narrow formats with up to 10fps in burst mode.
The interval record is at 8.3MP for stills – and there are features like WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, HDMI and USB and HDMI jacks. Many action cameras miss this variety of outputs.
The interface is intuitive, and more rich with features than smaller, cheaper GoPro alternatives
Most people who use the FDRX3000 love its ability to shoot amazing, high-quality video with premium sound and wind noise reduction.
Many people say that the Camorama 4K Action camera is better than most GoPros on the market. That is mainly because of its portable size and breadth of features.
This little camera packs a punch – the Camorama 4K Action VR and 360 degree camera is a true beast in the action camera industry. This comes down to the ability to shoot 360-degree videos and virtual reality (VR) videos as well.
If you haven’t tried VR videos yet, you really should. They can be truly breathtaking. This immersive medium is continuing to grow with 360 video and VR being adopted more by the likes of YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.
If you are looking for novel YouTube video ideas, then this is going to fuel some very cool innovation.
But it isn’t all about VR. You can capture breathtaking 4K in Ultra HD with the Camorama, and then store it in your pocket.
Part of what makes the experience so cool is immediately using VR goggles to see what your camera is seeing. The integration with any set of VR goggles is easy – and the downloads of the media via WiFi is even better with the in-built wireless options in this camera.
However, you get what you pay for – especially when it comes to the VR videos, full integration with VR goggles and full immersion viewing is totally worth it for most people out there. If you want to be ahead of the curve, this is the right action camera for you.
YI once again proves that they are a serious competitor to GoPro with the 88001 model, which is known to be a great camera for all types of fun. Recording up to 1080p video at 60fps and 720p video at 120fps, it packs a 16 megapixel camera and an ultra wide lens with a 155-degree angle of view that captures nearly everything in front of it.
Compact in size and weighing only 2.5 ounces, this action camera is lightweight to take on each of your journeys – attach it to your helmet, bike or strap it to your pet and find out what they do with their day!
If you are satisfied with 1080p resolution and video that will still look decent on smaller devices like laptops and mobile phones, then this is a good choice for you. It isn’t going to be professional level, but definitely enough to get you started
The battery life will usually last for a couple of hours which feels low considering that it is not using up power to film in 4K.
The YI 88001 has reliable WiFi and Bluetooth connections that can be spotty with other action cameras at this price. That makes it great when connected to your smartphone for remote control and even syncing all your images and video on your phone or tablet.
If budget is your number one concern, then this is a good pick. If you have a little extra to spend, you will likely notice the difference in quality.