15 BEST GoPro Alternatives (Reviewed July 2018) – Buyer’s Guide

Published by Vlad Khvatov on

Best GoPro Alternatives 2017Want 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.

What Are The Best GoPro Alternatives 2018?

Action CameraVideo ResolutionPhoto 
SONY AS50
(Editor's Choice)
1080P/60FPS12MP
Garmin VIRB Ultra 304K/30FPS12MP
Yi 4K+
(Editor's Choice)
4K/60FPS12MP
TomTom Bandit4K/15FPS16MP
Olympus TG Tracker4K/30FPS7.2MP
iON Camera Air Pro 31080P/60FPS12MP
Yi 4K
(Best Mid Range Level)
4K/30FPS12MP
AKASO Brave 5
(Best Cheap GoPro Alternative)
4K/24FPS20MP
GoPro HERO5 Black4K/30FPS12MP
Yi Action Camera1080P/60FPS16MP
SJCAM SJ5000x Elite4K/24FPS12MP
WeyTy EK7004K/30FPS16MP
DBPOWER EX50001080P/30FPS14MP
AEE MAGICAM S71T4K/15FPS16MP
SJCAM SJ3602K/30FPS12MP

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?

I’m not.

Pros

 Best stabilization on the market.

 Optics are very good.

 Excellent video quality.

 Sound quality is much better than GoPro or previous Sony versions.

Cons

 No 4K.

 Waterproof only with a case.

2. Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 – Best For Sport Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Review

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.

Pros

 In the complete set, there is a software forthe creation of abrupt video clips. You can add to the video data obtained from a set of sensors: GPS, gyro, altimeter, compass, accelerometer.

 The well-implemented image stabilization system.

 Highly sensitive microphone, which captures clear audio in and out of the waterproof case.

 Support for Bluetooth voice-enabled headset.

Cons

 The battery life is 60-70 minutes, this time is not very large. So, I highly recommend buying one more Additional Battery.

 Specific design, which will have to get used to for a long time.

 Very frequent complaints from users about software.

3. Yi 4K+ – Top Specs YI 4K+ Review

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.

Pros

 4K 60 FPS. Should I say more?

 Very nice video quality.

 The regular output of new firmware. To date, all the obvious errors have been corrected.

 High battery performance.

 Ability to replace the standard lens.

 Nice UI for settings.

Cons

 Audio is horrible.

 A very low brightness of the screen, nothing is visible in the sun.

 For maximum quality, a rather expensive memory card is required.

4. TomTom Bandit – Best Editing Features 

TomTom Bandit ReviewTomTom 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.

Pros

 Long battery life.

 No Cables. TomTom Bandit has a USB 3.0 port, which is used for data transfer and charging, which does not require any cables.

 A quite good recording quality in 2.7K.

 Excellent mobile application, fast and easy to edit video.

 In terms of image quality, TomTom Bandit makes good shots. Detailing is at a high level.

Cons

 4K only 15 fps.

 No waterproof lens in the kit.

5. Olympus TG Tracker – Best For Adventures

Olympus TG Tracker Review

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.

Pros

 Very advanced features.

 Excellent functionality and high video quality.

 Built-in GPS.

 Management from a smartphone.

 Sound quality is better than other action cameras.

Cons

A bit heavy compared to a GoPro.

No external mic jack.

6. iON Camera Air Pro 3 – The Most Primitive Camera 

iOn Air Pro 3 Review

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.

Pros

 Excellent video & picture quality.

 Waterproof without the case.

 Solid build.

 Large range of functions and accessories.

Cons

Lack of 4K.

The built-in camera battery is not able to work for a long time if you constantly use Wi-Fi and shoot video with a high frame rate.

Wi-Fi works poorly on some Android smartphones.

7. Yi 4K – Best Mid Level GoPro Alternative

YI 4 Review

Xiaomi says that the camera elegantly combines all the best that is at the moment, for this price.

So, let’s see.

Standard features.

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.

Like for Yi 4K+, you need a waterproof case, so I highly recommend to buy Waterproof Case 40m Underwater IP68 which seems to be a good choice.

Pros

 Yi run directly off an auxiliary USB power bank.

 Connects to all smartphones without exception and without interference, unlike the application GoPro.

 Firmware updates are available regularly.

 On all smartphones, the viewfinder function works well.

Cons

 Sufficiently fragile camera body.

 Low image quality in low light conditions.

 There are no branded accessories.

 You need to buy a waterproof case.

8. AKASO Brave 5 – Best Cheap Alternative To GoPro 

AKASO Brave 5 ReviewIf 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.

Pros

 Waterproof without the case (10m).

 Great wide angle video for the price range.

 Excellent response and preview capabilities via app.

Cons

 Brave 5 does not support remote control.

 Doesn’t have an external mic jack.

9. GoPro HERO5 Black – Classic Action Camera Which Still Impresses

GoPro HERO5 Black ReviewMany people ask “Is the GoPro the best action camera?”

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.

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.

Pros

 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.

Cons

 Expensive accessories.

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

 Unfortunately, the chinese batteries do not work well.

10. Yi Action Camera – Small And Budget YI Action Camera Review

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.

Pros

 Price.

 High video quality under good light.

 There are local inexpensive aqua boxes, 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.

Cons

 If the data is transferred 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).

11. SJCAM SJ5000x Elite – Good And Affordable Device SJCAM 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.

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

Pros

 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.

Cons

 Bad recording with a mono sound.

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

12. WeyTy EK700 – Acceptable Budget Action Cam WeyTy EK700 Review

The budget cam which can shoot in 4K.

Hmmm.

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.

Amazing.

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.

Pros

 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.

Cons

 The delivery set is not big.

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

13. DBPOWER EX5000 – Compact And Stylish 

DBPOWER 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 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!

Pros

 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.

Cons

 Recordable sound is poor.

The photos have not high quality.

14. AEE MAGICAM S71T – Most Indestructible In The World AEE 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 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.

Pros

 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).

Cons

 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.

15. SJCAM SJ360 – Budget Panorama 

SJCAM 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.

Pros

 Good equipment.

 High build quality.

 Support for Youtube panoramic mode.

Cons

 Poor implementation of software for working with panoramas and VR.

 No firmware updates.

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

6 Comments

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 🙂

Jared Hood · 01/31/2018 at 9:40 PM

In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good
content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

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

    Thanks Jared, glad to hear that.

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    Vlad Khvatov · 02/06/2018 at 12:04 PM

    No, but we would add this feature soon.

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