Best Action Cameras iMore 2019

Having an action camera is one of those super cool, incredibly practical accessories that'll transform your boring ol' shooting schedule into something exciting and creative. Whether you're looking for an action camera for a holiday, for fun at the lake with friends, as a gift for a loved one, or anything in between, there are plenty of different options that'll have you exploring and shooting like a pro. Here are the best action cameras available right now.

Best for most: GoPro HERO7 Black

Staff Favorite

The GoPro HERO7 Black allows for gimbal-like stabilization and time warp video that lets you increase video speed up to 30x faster. It lets you deep dive up to 33 feet, works with voice control commands, and can live stream directly to your Facebook, and then save the streamed 4K video to your SD card.

$349 at Amazon

Sturdy: YI 4K Action Sports Camera

The YI 4K Action Sports Camera boasts a long battery life that can record up to 120 minutes of 4K video, while the easy-to-use touchscreen design and voice command make taking your shot and viewing your footage as easy as pie. It comes with built-in Bluetooth and wi-fi support that lets you share your footage and even stream your content to social media.

$105 at Amazon

Versitile: Campark ACT74 Action Camera

The Campark ACT74 Action Camera allows you to set ISO sensitivity, white balance, image sharpness, exposure compensation, and so much more to truly get a professional-looking shot. It has a 240-minute long battery life and can even be submerged in up to 300-feet of crystal-clear ocean water.

From $57 at Amazon

Reliable: AKASO Brave Ultra HD Action Camera

The AKASO Brave Ultra HD Action Camera allows you to shoot 4K footage and is both waterproof up to 100 feet and shockproof. It also has anti-shaking features, making it ideal for shooting in fast-paced environments. It lets you adjust the angle on your camera for a wider or more narrow shot, so you can have more control over your footage.

$80 at Amazon

Durable: Olympus TG-Tracker

The Olympus TG-Tracker is designed with five built-in sensors that automatically capture movement, while the front LED headlight keeps your image clear and well-lit. The data log mode works with your mobile phone, allowing you to view real-time videos on your screen, and it's three-prong mount adapter allows you to adjust and shoot at any angle.

$199 at Amazon

Deep diving: Sony FDRX3000 Underwater Camcorder

The Sony FDRX3000 Underwater Camcorder allows you to go up to 197 feet deep to record your footage. You can choose from wide, medium, or narrow zoom for your 4K, underwater shooting options, and not only is the Sony FDRX3000 Underwater Camcorder terrific for underwater, but it's also dustproof, shockproof, and freezeproof, making it ideal for a variety of different climates.

$348 at Amazon

Power efficient: Drift Innovation Ghost X Action Camera

The Drift Innovation Ghost X Action Camera is an action camera that gives you up to 8 hours of battery life while allowing you to shoot crystal clear video. It has a 300-degree rotating lens that allows you to take still images. It's water resistant and can be synced up to 10 other Drift Innovation Ghost X Action Cameras for continuous recording from multiple angles.

$99 at Amazon

Above and beyond: Dragon Touch 4k Action Camera

The Dragon Touch 4K Action Camera is a waterproof device that works with a wireless wrist remote for filming at a distance. You can zoom in up to four times with it, film slow motion seamlessly, and even use it as a car dash cam if you're not using it to film your adventures.

$50 at Amazon

Affordable: Polaroid Cube Act II

The Polaroid Cube Act II is a small but mighty portable action camera that fits in the palm of your hand with a 124-degree lens and stabilization that's guaranteed to give you the steadiest video. It allows you to film 1080p HD video with just the simple click of a button and comes in blue, red, and black color options.

$30 at Amazon

Rugged: Meknic Portable Body Camera

The Meknic Portable Body Camera is an easy-to-wear camera that's water-resistant and incredibly durable. You get 8 hours of recording time on a single charge and can encrypt and protect your footage effortlessly while laser positioning lets you know precisely where you're shooting.

From $121 at Amazon

Classic design: Neewer G0 HD 4K Action Camera

The Neewer G0 HD 4K Action Camera allows you to five up to 98-feet under water and lets you watch your footage back on a sharp HD LCD display. It's reasonably priced for a camera that lets you record striking and memorable 4K video with its super long-lasting battery.

From $33 at Amazon

Sleek: Insta360 ONE X 360 Action Camera

The Insta360 ONE X 360 Action Camera is a camera that gives you a lot of creative control over how you film: from drift shots, to slow motion bullet time, to the invisible selfie stick options, you have a ton of variety of how you capture your memories. It allows for Wi-Fi preview and wireless transfer.

From $400 at Amazon

Capture all your memories

Picking out the perfect action camera can be tough, especially when there are so many price points and features that each one has. The GoPro HERO7 Black is a favorite of ours because of how reliable, easy-to-use, and crystal clear its footage is. GoPro has been a name in action cameras for a reason, and the GoPro HERO7 Black is a stellar option at the end of the day.

If you're on the market for something that's a bit more simple and cost efficient, then the Polaroid Cube Act II is another option we adore. Though it's small, the stabilization and sharp image quality makes filming both discreet and exciting, regardless of the adventure you're tackling.

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