10 Best Cheap GoPro Alternatives 2018 (Powerful Buyer’s Guide)
Best GoPro Alternatives 2017

Have you wondered why:

When someone mentions an action camera, the first thing that comes to mind is, of course, a GoPro?

I’ve got to say only one thing.

$500 for an action camera that is not the best quality. Of course, this leads to certain thoughts.

So, if you are suddenly thinking about buying an alternative to this camera, it does not seem weird at all.

I realized for myself that this pleasure is rather expensive. Therefore, I decided to explore the best cheap GoPro alternatives in 2018 to help you with your choice.

I’ve made the decision to compare the most popular and newest models. We will look for the best cheap action camera on the market.

10 Best Cheap GoPro Alternatives 2018 

Action Cam NameWaterproofWeightSize 
AKASO Brave 430m0.35 pounds
0.91 x 1.57 x 2.32 inches
SJCAM SJ5000x Elite30m0.18 pounds1.6 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches
WeyTy EK70030m1.2 pounds1 x 1.6 x 2.4 inches
(Editor’s Choice)
60m0.18 pounds
1.87 x 0.96 x 3.37 inches
YI Action Camera
40m0.17 pounds2.36 x 1.18 x 1.65 inches
AEE MAGICAM S71T10m0.18 pounds1.7 x 1.34 x 2.3 inches
DBPOWER EX500030m0.13 pounds0.98 x 1.65 x 2.36 inches
Olympus TG Tracker30m0.4 pounds3.7 x 1.4 x 2.2 inches
SJCAM SJ360No0.44 pounds3 x 3 x 3 inches
GoPro HERO5 Black10m0.26 pounds1.75 x 1.4 x 2.4 inches

The market is saturated, and every other company produces similar things. For people who have not much knowledge about these products, our review can be really useful.

So, let’s take a look.

1. AKASO Brave 4 – Serious Go Pro AlternativeAKASO Brave 4 Review

This camera fully justifies its price.


It can record a good video in 4K format, and sensor resolution is not much more than 20 Megapixels. The maximum recording format is up to 4K with 24 frames per second, and 2K format with 30 frames per second.

The camera has a built-in “smart” gyro to prevent shaking process. This is definitely cool! More you can not be afraid about making fuzzy photos and videos.


 Good sensor with acceptable quality, even for 4K format.

 Very smooth video recording.


 The noisy sensor in the dark, but it’s easily solved by manual settings.

2. SJCAM SJ5000x Elite – Good And Affordable DeviceSJCAM SJ5000x Elite Review

Are you looking for a good and cheap camera with rich functionality? Then you come here.

The camera from SJCAM has received great popularity due to the low price, compact size, an abundance of accessories in the full set, and even quite good parameters.

This action camera can create movies in 2.5K resolution, and in the FullHD format it produces 60 frames per second. This baby includes interpolation up to 4K. The most interesting feature in this model is the wide angle, which reaches 170 degrees.


The photos are created in the resolution of 4032 * 3024 pixels, and there is a widescreen photo mode.

In the kit, the user receives a waterproof box, and a set of basic fasteners including mounts for a bicycle, tripod, and helmet.


 Form factor (very compact without any oblique angles).

 A special mobile app.

 This camera has the ability to charge during shooting from Power Bank.

 It is possible to use non-original accessories from China.

 Easily determined by SMART TV.


 No image stabilizer.

 No zoom.

 Bad recording with a mono sound.

 It’s not possible to use the remote control, even if you have WI-FI.

3. WeyTy EK700 – Good And CheapWeyTy EK700 Review

WeyTy has been working on outdoor equipment for many years, holding a complete chain of products for outdoor sports.

The camera is basically setup right out of the box. The battery came fully charged and we were literally able to press a button and start using it.


Also, the camera is made for simple use. Only a few buttons, power on/off, take video, take a picture, etc… you get the idea. The quality seems pretty good which makes it even better.

This action camera is relatively inexpensive, but it has very good stuff: recording 4K video in Ultra HD format, with a 170° wide angle.

Also it is waterproof at a depth of 30 meters (like many action cameras).

It has a 16-megapixel sensor. At the same time, there is no “Fisheye” effect, no significant distortions, and the picture is quite good in some properties.


 In the scope of supply, there is a spare battery, which allows capture of more interesting moments.

 Very good video and photo quality for this price range.

 Good optics.


 The delivery set of is not big.

 In low-light conditions, the sensor is very noisy.

4. SONY AS50 – Camera With Advanced OpticsSONY AS50 Review

All the characteristics of this camera speak for themselves.

Improved stabilization system Steady Shot and ZEISS  lens allow you to create memorable videos from your life with high details.

In the Sony Action Cam HDR-AS50 everything is provided for shooting video while traveling, cycling, scuba diving or walking.

As a standard thing, we have a box for moving underwater, it allows you to record videos and take some photos at a depth of 60 meters.

The camera can shoot in XAVC S format with a stream rate of up to 50 megabytes per second and a frame rate of 120 frames per second, or 100 frames per second for slow-motion video, and the ability to create 4K TimeLapse video.

The best part?

The HDR-AS50 is equipped with an 11.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with backlight and a ZEISS Tessar lens, which allows you to create clear video.

A Steady Shot image stabilization system, which is more and more powerful than in the previous model (also used in the model FDR-X1000V) minimizes vibration in different situations, even when you are shooting motorcycle races or when you are taking panoramic pictures from the air.

The stabilization system is particularly effective for small amplitude vibrations that can occur when shooting with radio-controlled helicopters or drones.

It provides compensation for jitter and prevents blurring of the image when shooting while jumping, running or cycling.


 Excellent video quality due to one of the best optical systems in the world.

 High-class color rendering and detailing, also good image stabilization.

 Batteries live enough time.

 Easy to use.

 Simple remote control.

 Big selection of fasteners at reasonable prices.

 Quality of sound (it’s at a high level even in windy weather).


 A total heating of the camera during long-time shooting.

 Software for Windows has been written poorly.

5. YI Action Camera – Small And StylishYI Action Camera Review

After the release of a successful Yi Sport action camera, many sportsmen were interested in Xiaomi products.

After the publication of the specifications, the question arose: “Will the second Yi not be a competitor to GoPro HERO 4?”

The popularity of the first in the budget sector was the good price/quality ratio, and the second could repeat the success so easily.

Sounds good, right?

XIAOMI Yi Action Camera during the testing has received a couple of updates. In the settings there was a possibility of shooting in 2K-resolution. However, in some updates this function is removed, leaving the maximum bar at the Full HD video with 60 frames per second.

The network has third-party firmware supporting 4K movies with a low bitrate.



 High video quality under good light.

 There are local inexpensive aquaboxes, and it is fully compatible with GoPro mounts.

 Good camera control with intuitive buttons.

 The camera allows you not to use firmware and tune everything for yourself.

 High maintainability. The device is “folk”, therefore for any problem has ready solutions.


 If the data is transfered to a computer, the camera freezes sometimes. It is corrected by pulling out the battery.

 In the dark, it gives a grainy picture, but that is a disease of all cameras, except the new ones on a large 12-megapixel sensor. But these cameras are in a completely different price category.

 No screen if you want to understand what you’re shooting (if you need something to shoot).

6. AEE MAGICAM S71T – Most Indestructible In The WorldAEE MAGICAM S71T Review

The Magicam S71 is a new model from one of the leading manufacturers of equipment for extreme shooting – the AEE Technology company.

This is crazy:

A sufficiently powerful processor and Exmor R CMOS sensor with good photosensitivity allows creation of videos in 4K resolution at 15 frames per second, 2.7 K at 30 frames per second, and recording of Full HD movies withSlow Motioneffects with a level-up frequency at 60 frames per second , and also provides an ideal saving of image details even in low-light conditions. In truth, we will never equalize this product with professional action cameras, but the main convenience of action cams is in their compactness. And the quality of the picture for social networks is decent.

Also, this action cam allows you to take very good single pictures in a resolution of 16 Megapixels (4608×3456 pixels), shooting in a serial mode with a frequency of up to 10 frames per second, interval photography mode (TimeLapse) with a maximum frequency of 0.5 seconds, and the creation of eye-catching movies.

We’re not through yet.

The waterproof and shockproof box this cam AEE is made with gives the highest class of protection IP68 from the penetration of dust and water, and the ability to withstand deep underwater immersion of up to 100 meters. In simple terms, the camera is protected from external influences, because it is manufactured according to army standards.

However, this camera does not have the ability to quickly and timely update the firmware. This may become a critical thing for many users.


 The quality of the video due to a good cooling system.

 A rich package (included LCD screen).

 Wide-angle lens (no fish-eye effect).

 Reliability (AEE is a major manufacturer in China of industrial and defense technology).

 Price (compared with cheaper analogs).


 When you use the camera in the dark with street lighting, it makes a lot of noise, but this problem is common for all such cameras.

 The widest angle is only in the 2K video mode.

7. DBPOWER EX5000 – Compact And StylishDBPOWER EX5000 Review

This model is the first in a list of budget action cameras.

In appearance – it is quite ordinary, but in practice – a very good camera with a low price.

This device pleasantly surprises.

It is suitable for usual shooting in traveling, playing sports, and stuff like that.

We are not obsessive about the quality, and if you look closely it may not be as good as the equivalent GoPro, but overall I am very pleased. The quality of the stills camera isn’t brilliant but I would definitely recommend it!


 For this price segment, the quality of shooting is excellent.

 Stabilization of the image is good.

 A time of autonomous work is normal.

 Good price.


 Recordable sound is poor.

The photos have not high quality.

8. Olympus TG Tracker – Real TerminatorOlympus TG Tracker Review

If you are looking for a maximally unbreakable camera, then the Olympus TG-Tracker is a thing that you need.

This camera will survive any tests and record a good video, but you will have to pay for quality and reliability.

The action camera can work during 1.5 hours, equipped with a built-in illuminator, an electronic compass, an acceleration sensor, a thermometer, a barometer and a submersible sensor for underwater work.

The kit includes an underwater protective lens cap, a monopod, and mountings. Users talk about compatibility with many GoPro accessories.

Designed for persons who love extreme weekends, sometimes in dangerous places with difficult conditions.


 Very advanced features for extreme users.

 Excellent functionality and high video quality.

 Built-in GPS.

 Management from a smartphone.

 Sound quality is better than other action cameras.


 Not the highest video quality.

Bad image colors in low light.

Display is not as durable as the camera.

9. SJCAM SJ360 – Budget PanoramaSJCAM SJ360 Review

Everyone has seen a panoramic video where you can look in any direction.

There is a lot of similar videos on YouTube, but you could shoot it only with expensive equipment.

Now for the trip or extreme weekend, you can bring your panoramic scene, where you will see all the details. Also you can wear VR-glasses and get more emotions than ever.

In a word, delight!

SJCAM SJ360 allows you to shoot FullHD video at maximum resolution, with an angle of 360 degrees horizontally and 220 degrees vertically. You can also record videos in H.264 and take very cool photos.


 Good equipment.

 High build quality.

 Support for Youtube panoramic mode.


 Poor implementation of software for working with panoramas and VR.

 No firmware updates.

10. GoPro HERO5 Black – Legendary Action CameraGoPro HERO5 Black Review

Many people ask “Is the GoPro the best action camera?”

And the answer is NO.

Although the GoPro action camera has recently got a lot of criticism, the company’s device is still interesting now.

The camera can create a video in high-quality format 4K, includes night and wide-angle shooting mode, image stabilizer, and also you can record Time-lapse in H.264 format.

When you are shooting movies in FullHD, their frequency is 120 frames per second.

What else?

You can make a photo in RAW format, and you can adjust the shutter speed manually. In addition, there is the ability to manage voice commands, as well as the camera control function with just one button.

The quality of shooting without any doubt – is high level.


 Manage settings through the display.

 You do not have to mess around with different boxes – the camera is waterproof (up to 10m).

 The sound is quite qualitative and worthy; on shootings at high speeds there is no “howl” in the microphone.

 Very good image stabilization.


 Expensive accessories.

It is necessary to have several spare batteries, especially on vacation.

 Unfortunately, the chinese batteries do not work well.

Final Words – Wrapping it up

Let’s sum up.

So, which camera will shoot your vlogs in the future?

With such a variety of choice on the market, it is worth familiarizing with each model in detail; you should compare all the “pros and cons”.

Fortunately, to make life easier for consumers, as well as for everyone who reads this article, the choice of action cameras should help them choose the one they need. That’s why we went ahead and used cameras from each price group.

I hope this list should solve your problems with action cams, and you allow to buy a perfect one that will complement your busy life.

Categories: Computers & Tech


Scott Vinson · 01/29/2018 at 2:30 PM

I’ve been surfing online more than two hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.

    Vlad Khvatov · 01/29/2018 at 2:32 PM

    Thanks, Scott, this is why I made this review 🙂

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    Vlad Khvatov · 02/01/2018 at 11:20 AM

    Thanks Jared, glad to hear that.

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