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6 Best GoPro Alternatives Action Cameras

Choose one of the 6 best GoPro alternatives action cameras 2020 to save your budget.

Find GoPro action camera too expensive and do not have enough budget to afford it? Don't worry, there are plenty of top action cameras in the market today, many of which feature much lower prices than GoPro. Here we list 6 best GoPro alternatives action cameras in 2020, which are more affordable than the pricey GoPro and you can consider buying.

About GoPro?

GoPro is an American leading digital camera manufacturing company founded in 2002 by Nick Woodman. It produces many high-end action cameras allowing users like cyclists and adventure enthusiasts to capture exceptional 4K/HD action videos/movies or even the hit 360 degree VR videos. GoPro also develops its mobile apps and video editing software. Its product lines mainly include GoPro Hero cameras like Hero 3 (2012), Hero3+ (2014), Hero 4 (2014), GoPro HERO+LCD (2015), GoPro HERO+(2015), Gopro HERO6 Black (2017), Gopro Fusion (2017), etc. Need to mention that GoPro also produces 360 degree VR video cameras, GoPro Fusion, allowing users to capture the whole scene and create professional-quality 360° panoramic videos.

It's true GoPro HERO action cameras are fantastic. They are small, simple, tough and they can capture your life like never before. But not everyone is willing to pay that much for a GoPro sports action camera and there are many gopro competitors in market now. Looking for a different action camera brand or a cheaper GoPro alternative? Below are top 6 action cameras like GoPro for your consideration. Related: Compress Large 4K/2.7K Gopro Videos

6 Best GoPro Alternatives 2020

Here we list 6 more affordable GoPro alternatives for you to lower your expenses.

est GoPro Alternative #1: Xiaomi Yi Camera

Xiaomi Yi action camera is known for lightweight, compact and durable. The YI action camera is just half the price of a base GoPro camera and it's recognized as the best camera in market for its price. It equips a 16 MP Sony camera sensor with a 155-degree wide-angle lens, which supports recording 1080p HD videos at up to 120fps. The camera includes a 1010mAh removable battery and supports for WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microSD support up to 64GB. Thanks to the WiFi connectivity, users can easily share the pictures and videos from the camera to your computer. What's more, the camera supports Bluetooth remote control, app and also includes a micro HDMI port that supports live video previews while recording, which is very cool. This best cheap alternative to GoPro also supports different capture modes like Time-lapse mode, Timed photo, Timed video and more. But the camera lacks water-proof ability and users have to buy a separate water resistance cases if they want to take underwater photos or videos. (Reference price: $63)

Best GoPro Alternative #2: Drift Stealth 2

Another top recommended alternative to GoPro is Drift Stealth 2 which is also a compact, mount-anywhere action camera. People like Stealth 2 because it's incredibly small and can be mounted almost anywhere, as well as its 300-degree rotating lens and its more affordable price. It has a 12 MP camera with a 7-element lens that captures videos in up to 1080p. Moreover, The Stealth 2 features a 1.3-inch mono graphic LCD display for camera status and modes. You can even use the Drift app to control the camera remotely from your smartphone and the WiFi connect to share media easily. This action camera features a big 1500mAh non-removable battery that allows you to record videos for up to 3 hours. At last, the Stealth 2 isn't waterproof and you also require a separate casing for it. (Reference price: $84.99)

Best GoPro Alternative #3: Contour Roam 3

The Contour ROAM3 is also a top action camera with excellent quality and reasonable price. It includes a rugged aluminium body, which is water resistant up to 30 feet without a case and includes a cool 270-degree rotating lens with laser alignment, locking instant on-record switch and more. The 5 MP camera includes single shot & interval photo modes, built-in mic and shoots 1080p HD video up to 120fps. The ROAM3 supports microSD cards up to 32GB and Contour has also been nice to include an 8GB memory card right in the box. The built-in non-removable battery can expect to shoot videos up to 3.5 hours or more but it will take some time to charge it full. However, this GoPro alternative lacks any display or WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity, so you can't preview photos or videos wirelessly. Even so, ROAM3 is still a decent action camera for such affordable price. ((Reference price: $89, camera only)

Best GoPro Alternative #4: Sony HDR-AS50 Action Camera

Tough compact Sony HDR-AS50 Action Cam lets you enjoy playful POV movie shooting with supplied Underwater Housing. Its casual style and advanced features encourage everyday movie-making. It features an 11 MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor with Zeiss 170-degree lens and SteadyShot image stabilization. The camera shoots videos in 1080p Full HD at 60fps and makes high-speed 720p HD movie capture at 120fps/100fps, and there's also support for 4K time-lapse videos. WiFi and Bluetooth are supported. This action camera is waterproof (up to 60 meters), dustproof and shockproof with its supplied case. ((Reference price: $199)

Best GoPro Alternative #5: Polaroid Cube+

Polaroid Cube+ is another popular HD action camera known for reasonable price, compact design (35mm x 35mm) and wireless feature. It has an 8MP camera with 124-degree wide angle lens letting users to record 1440p videos at 30fps. A tough little rubberized frame makes the Polaroid Cube+ splashproof up to 30 feet without a case. It supports 8GB microSD. Thanks to in-built WiFi support, you can remotely control the camera and watch videos in real time from a smartphone through an app. Its battery lasts about one hour if you record 1080p videos, and you can record videos while it's charging because it has a microUSB port. (Reference price: $149.99)

Best GoPro Alternative #6: HTC Re Action Camera

The last good alternative to GoPro action camera you can try is HTC Re. It packs in a 16 MP Sony CMOS camera sensor with a 146-degree ultra-wide angle lens allowing users to record 1080p FHD videos at 30fps and 4X slow-motion videos, time-lapse videos, etc. This action camera supports WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 5-pin microUSB, microSD slot (up to 128 GB card). Users can use Android and iOS telephone app to control it thanks to its WiFi and BLE connectivity. As for its battery, it equips a modest 820mAh battery offering 100 minutes of continuous video recording. Its waterproof construction lets you shoot up to 1 meter underwater. All in all, it's remarkably fun, incredibly easy, intuitive control.


Author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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