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Best Sports and Action Video Cameras: GoPro Alternatives

Action sports like climbing and snowboarding are so exciting that you’re likely to be reliving them in your head, even when you’re stuck at your desk. Action cameras let you actually relive the adventure. Plus, if your friends don’t believe you when you tell them about the trick you finally landed, you’ll be able to actually prove it to them, because you got it “on tape” (well.. on MP4).

If you’re into adventure sports, chances are, you’re not afraid of extreme situations. So you’ll need to invest in an action camera that you won’t be afraid of putting through the paces. Fortunately, these options are rugged, lightweight, and waterproof. You’ll forget they’re there, but they’ll help make memories you won’t soon forget. They also have stabilization features, so your footage won’t be too wobbly to even watch. And they all fit in your bag as easily as they fit in the palm of your hand, making them an essential gadget to have with you on your next trip or extreme sports adventure.

From a top-of-the-line option from GoPro to more affordable budget picks, these are the action cameras to get.


1. GoPro HERO 7 Black

Pros: 8x slow-motion capabilities, high-quality videos and photos, powerful image stabilization, voice command capabilities.

Cons: Some found set-up difficult, live streaming isn’t available in 4K.

Courtesy of Amazon


2. AKASO EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera

Pros: WiFi capabilities, box includes many bonus accessories like a USB cable, a waterproof case, and several mounts.

Cons: Some reviewers found the battery short.

Akaso action cameraCourtesy of Amazon


3. Campark ACT74 Action Camera

Pros: Includes an adjustable wide-angle lens, good video quality for an affordable price.

Cons: Some found the battery life short.

Campark action cameraCourtesy of Amazon

Jonathan Zavaleta

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