Best Action Cameras iMore 2020

Action cameras are one of those cool yet practical accessories that will transform your shooting style. Unlike filming with your phone, an action camera is built to withstand the drops and dings that come with downhill skiing, jumping off waterfalls, gliding downhill on a skateboard, and following your kids around on the playground. Ready to get in on the fun? These are the best action cameras available this year.

Cutting edge technology: GoPro HERO8 Black

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GoPro is the reigning leader when it comes to action cams, and their newest iteration, the GoPro Hero8 Black, is no exception. This bundle includes the GoPro and a 64GB microSDHC and adapter. The new streamlined design is more pocketable than ever, and mounts are now easier to swap. Other updates we love include Hypersmooth 2.0, Timewarp 2.0, and available mods. If you want gimbal-smooth footage, go with GoPro!

$399 at Amazon

Includes a selfie stick: YI 4K Action Sports Camera

The Y1 4K Action and Sports Camera boasts a long battery life that can last through two hours of consecutive 4K video shooting at 30fps. The 2.2" touchscreen back panel is coated with Gorilla Glass Retina and resists scratches and digs well. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support are both baked in, making it a cinch to share your footage directly to social media. This bundle includes the Y1 4K camera and a selfie stick.

$199 at Amazon

An underwater dream: CamPark X30

The CamPark X30 shoots 60fps and takes impressive 20-megapixel stills. Anti-shake technology, coupled with electronic image stabilization, equals super-smooth footage. And the whole setup is waterproof! You can dive down to 131 feet with the CamPark and snap photos of underwater life or take a video of your kids in the waves. This model is perfect for those who spend time in the water or need high-quality stills from their action cam.

From $130 at Amazon

Shoot on land and in the water: AKASO Brave Ultra HD Action Camera

The AKASO Brave Ultra HD takes ultra-sharp 4K footage and 20-megapixel photographs. It's also waterproof up to 100 feet and shockproof, so you can go right to the heart of the action without worry. Built-in anti-shake technology produces smooth video on land, under the water, or from the handlebars of your bike. The AKASO shoots wide-angle, as well, giving you the ultimate creative control.

$80 at Amazon

Unbelievably durable: Olympus TG-Tracker

Five sensors capture movement on the Olympus TG-Tracker, guaranteeing you'll never miss the shot. The fixed, fisheye, ultra-wide-angle lens grabs every bit of motion and also lets you include background or foreground scenery. This model is waterproof down to 100 feet, no housing required, and it's made tough enough to go on every adventure. Videos are shot in 4K, and with Wi-Fi built-in, your work can be transferred to a PC or social media on the fly.

$349 at Amazon

Great in any weather: Sony FDRX3000

The Sony FDRX3000 is the king of underwater shooters! When paired with its included underwater housing, you can drop down 171 feet in the lake or ocean. Awesome! Grab video in any style you choose with the versatile wide, medium, and narrow zooms. Action is captured in 4K at 10fps, and you can also shoot 8.3-megapixel stills. The intuitive ZEISS lens gets clear shots above and below the water. This cam is dustproof, shockproof, and freezeproof.

$368 at Amazon

So many accessories: Dragon Touch Vision 3

It comes with a 16-megapixel camera and a 170-degree wide-angle lens, and it's known as the Dragon Touch Vision 3. This wallet-friendly camera comes with a remote, two batteries, and a ton of mounting accessories. The Vision 3 is a 4K action camera complete with a 4X zoom. When used with the waterproof case, you can take this bad boy down to 100 feet in any body of water without fear.

$40 at Amazon

Affordable: Polaroid Cube Act II

The Polaroid Cube Act II is so tiny that it fits in the palm of your hand. The portable Polaroid is weather-resistant and mountable, so it can join you kayaking, on the slopes, or out on a rainy day. With marvelously simple controls, you'll never fumble with buttons or worry about whether you got the shot. Other features include quick charge time, a wide-angle lens, built-in stabilization, and a rugged rubberized body.

$30 at Amazon

Capture the world as you see it: Insta360 ONE X 360 Action Camera

The Insta360 ONE X is a small action camera with impressive features. You'll 5.7K video, 18-megapixel photos, and real-time Wi-Fi transfers. Creatives will love Time Shift, a software feature that does slow-mo right. You can also speed up the action with Hyperlapse. The photo quality is stunning! And as the name implies, this model shoots 360-degrees.

$400 at Amazon

Capture all your memories

With so many action cameras on the market, which do you choose? For everyday shooting, we can't say enough good things about the GoPro HERO8 Black. From the streamlined design to the available mods to the smoothest shooting experience available today; this is the best all-around camera on the block.

If you want a simpler model that the kids can use too, the affordable Polaroid Cube Act II HD is a steal. It's mountable, weather-resistant, and easy to operate.

Are you planning to film in all kinds of weather? Then you'll want to reach for the Sony FDRX3000. You can go underwater with the Sony, climb mountains, ski slopes, or mountain bike and still get shake-free shots and video.

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