15 BEST GoPro Alternatives (Reviewed July 2018) – Buyer’s Guide
Want to shoot vlogs, outdoor sports or underwater excursions but sure that GoPro isn’t good enough?
Then you’re in the right place.
Because today I’m going to show you the exact Best GoPro Alternatives that worth your money.
The best part?
I also prepared cameras for you that are not only better but even cheaper than GoPro.
And all of them work GREAT in 2018.
|Action Camera||Video Resolution||Photo|
|Garmin VIRB Ultra 30||4K/30FPS||12MP|
|Olympus TG Tracker||4K/30FPS||7.2MP|
|iON Camera Air Pro 3||1080P/60FPS||12MP|
(Best Mid Range Level)
|AKASO Brave 5|
(Best Cheap GoPro Alternative)
|GoPro HERO5 Black||4K/30FPS||12MP|
|Yi Action Camera||1080P/60FPS||16MP|
|SJCAM SJ5000x Elite||4K/24FPS||12MP|
|AEE MAGICAM S71T||4K/15FPS||16MP|
Choosing the right action camera is a difficult task, mainly because of the wide variety of available options.
And I must say that it is really interesting to observe how the market of action cameras is growing, how manufacturers are struggling, coming up with something new in order to take their piece of cake from the famous GoPro.
Therefore I reviewed 15 action cams that will help you with this question.
So, let’s take a look at all the amazing best GoPro alternatives in 2018.
1. Sony HDR-AS300 – Best Image Stabilization
When it comes to Sony, you can immediately guess at the quality of the products.
And guys, I found something really cool.
God, the stabilization is amazing and it is the biggest selling point of this camera. I really do not even understand how Sony squeezed this stabilizer into such a small format.
It allows you to take sharp pictures and video without distortion. This is especially useful when taking pictures in motion and dealing with vibrations, when the camera can be installed on a remotely controlled airplane, or when you are driving in a boat, car or quad bike.
And here is the future of image stabilization of action cams.
Unless GoPro come up with something similar, I’m pretty sure that Sony will take over entire action cam market.
But quality is excellent for its max 1080p 60fps. You can watch live via your phone or with the optional Live-View Remote.
With the supplied waterproof case it’s dustproof, shockproof and waterproof to 60 meters.
HDR-AS300 has excellent noise reduction to reduce interference by wind and water, which of course will be appreciated by many users.
Unfortunately, there is no 4K support. And this is the biggest drawback of this device.
And I’ll be honest, this is one of the best offers I’ve seen in the market. Just check the ratings on Amazon and the reviews. Have you ever seen anything like this in the world of action cameras?
2. Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 – Best For Sport
If Sony, GoPro, YI and other brands work for different audiences, then Garmin decided to satisfy professionals and fans of extreme sports, releasing a real monster with a lot of sensors, which are not afraid of a variety of effects.
That’s pretty cool.
The camera looks very serious. When you look at it, there is no doubt about which audience this action camera is aimed at.
Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 shoots at 4K/30fps, 2.7K/60fps. It has a weather sealed body which means the camera can be used in any weather condition.
3-axis image stabilization, no matter the terrain it shoots clearly and steadily.
There is hands-free voice control to start & stop recording for you, which is one of the main features of this action cam.
One bad thing I would say about Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 its design of this camera is not simple and practical. It does not look like any other action camera.
Included with the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 is the underwater case.
Listen: case allows immersing the camera to a depth of 30 meters. All mechanical buttons, including the switch, are duplicated on the case.
3. Yi 4K+ – Top Specs
The company Xiaomi is known for selling great products for a very small price. And this time they released a camera with advanced features.
So, let’s begin.
Xiaomi YI 4K+ is the world’s first action camera, which shoots at 4K resolution and at a rate of 60fps.
The model has received many improvements compared to the previous YI 4K camera (there is also review on YI 4K listed below). Ability to shoot in RAW format, electronic image stabilizer EIS for shooting 4K videos.
Images and videos have god damn high quality.
The technology with improved quality of recognition of voice commands in the open air allows you to control the shooting.
Sounds good, right?
Another one thing, Yi 4K+ that it is much cheaper (and better!) compared to the newer GoPro models (Hero 5 and Hero 6).
While the GoPro Hero 6 has been priced at $474 USD and the Hero 5 now costs at $360 USD, the Yi 4K+ comes at a mere $299 USD.
But as always, the camera has cons.
For example, no built-in waterproofing (which in my opinion, must be a standard nowadays). You have to buy a waterproof case along with the camera which will cost a bit, trust me you will need it.
The audio is really terrible. I’m pretty sure, you’ll want to use an external mic for this cam.
4. TomTom Bandit – Best Editing Features
TomTom Bandit – the assembly has a number of sensors. It contains G-force, altitude, monitor speed, rotation and appears on playback videos to improve your performance.
1080p/ 120 fps – video is very clear and smooth, colors are rich and contrast good.
The camera is of excellent quality. It’s waterproof and can shoot without the case up to a depth of 40 meters.
TomTom Bandit uses its own editing system. This solution makes the mounting accessories very flat, plus the installation is very simple.
Works with an external heart rate monitor (sold separately), easily connects to an HR sensor mounted on the chest. As a result, the camera can monitor speed, overload, pulse, rotation speed, acceleration, braking and a sharp drop in altitude.
In addition, the latch system is located on a special stand that can be rotated around the camera. In practice, everything works very well.
5. Olympus TG Tracker – Best For Adventures
Here is one of my favorite cameras.
If you are looking for a maximally unbreakable camera, with high-quality video recording then the Olympus TG-Tracker is a thing that you need.
But you will have to pay for quality and reliability.
Easy 4K 30P Video capture.
The action camera can work for 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.
It is a really good action camera, high-quality design and has options other action cams don’t have (light, flip out screen ). Can record video underwater without a case. Highly recommended.
6. iON Camera Air Pro 3 – The Most Primitive Camera
If you don’t want to waste much time on camera settings, then the model iOn Air Pro 3 is an excellent choice.
It shoots full-HD videos 1080P at 60 fps, 720P at 120 fps. It captures 12MP crystal images and has 8 point G-Sensor stabilization.
And yes, there is no 4K, which is a major drawback.
Photo and video quality in the iON Air Pro 3 are pretty good.
This action camera stands out among other competitors with its unusual design. The aluminum cylindrical body makes the camera very convenient to attach, for example, to a helmet. Square GoPro models lag far behind in this aspect.
Improved waterproofing allows you to dive with iOn Air to a depth of 15 meters. A pleasant point is that you do not need a special protective case and you can safely dive underwater with the camera without additional equipment.
Thanks to the convenient control located on top of the camera, you can not only record videos quickly but also work in gloves.
If you want to purchase a lightweight camera that can be used in all weather conditions, then this model is just for you.
7. Yi 4K – Best Mid Level GoPro Alternative
Xiaomi says that the camera elegantly combines all the best that is at the moment, for this price.
So, let’s see.
Records 4K/30fps 2.7k/60fps, 1080p/120fps, 720p/240fps video, and 12MP Raw image. Capture super smooth footage at 2.7k/60fps.
In YI 4K for the production of high-quality video content, three-axis accelerometer and gyroscope are built-in. Electronic stabilization and correction of image distortion are possible.
Not bad, but.
On the case and materials, the manufacturer decided to save money. It’s not very cool.
However, the design is happy.
The Xiaomi Yi 4K has a much smaller fisheye effect than the GoPro, but at the same time, the viewing angle is also smaller.
The picture is closer to the image from cameras with conventional lenses.
8. AKASO Brave 5 – Best Cheap Alternative To GoPro
If you were serious about finding a good cheap alternative to GoPro, then you definitely found the famous AKASO Brave 4, which at one time was the best budget action cam.
And it was difficult to argue with that.
But today, 2018 and AKASO released a new Brave 5.
Why is this camera so good?
It can record a good video in 4K/24fps, 2K/30fps 1080p/60fps, 20MP photos and the wide angles lens which you pick from 90 to 170 degree.
The quality of the picture is amazing, crystal clear at the highest resolution setting and the video looks pretty realistic.
It seems incredible for the price of $ 99.99, isn’t it?
Trust me, it is.
The main feature of AKASO Brave 5 is design, which allows you to capture perfect underwater footage up to 33ft (10m) without a waterproof case.
Naturally, there are some disadvantages.
The camera does not have an external mic jack, but don’t worry the sound still pretty good. Also, Micro SD card is not included in the box. Class 10 Micro SD is highly recommended by the manufacturer, support up to 64GB.
For example, Sandisk Ultra 64GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card seems to be a great choice.
9. GoPro HERO5 Black – Classic Action Camera Which Still Impresses
You should answer this question by yourself.
And it it’s still a good device.
GoPro 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.
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.
10. Yi Action Camera – Small And Budget
After the release of a successful Yi Sport action camera, a lot of people were interested in Xiaomi products.
When I saw the specifications, a simple question came to my mind: “Will the second Yi 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.
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.
11. SJCAM SJ5000x Elite – Good And Affordable Device
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.
In the kit, the user receives a waterproof box, and a set of basic fasteners including mounts for a bicycle, tripod, and helmet.
12. WeyTy EK700 – Acceptable Budget Action Cam
The budget cam which can shoot in 4K.
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.
Great camera for the price.
13. DBPOWER EX5000 – Compact And Stylish
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 at 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!
14. AEE MAGICAM S71T – Most Indestructible In The World
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 with Slow Motion effects 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.
15. SJCAM SJ360 – Budget Panorama
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.
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.