Action cameras enable you to capture video and stills in a way that no other camera can. The compact go-anywhere design quickly found appeal in the extreme sports sector and this use was projected by big-budget marketing from GoPro.
The original cameras were designed to be water, dust and impact-proof which meant that users could film their antics in the sea, through the air and even tunnelling underground.
Early features were limited, no screen, limited resolution, but who cared, finally you could show just how extreme you are, capturing video proof of that 10-ft drop-off, 100-foot wave or simply having fun with family and friends.
Almost two decades later and GoPro still leads the field with the formidable GoPro Hero8 Black.
Features and design have enhanced, it’s no longer a case of just hitting record and seeing what you capture. But what are the features you should be looking for and aside from GoPro what other action cameras are there?
We aim to take a look in the ultimate action camera buyers guide.
What essential action camera features should I be looking for?
- 4K at 30fps or more
- 1080p at 60fps or more
- Screen preferably touch screen
- Image stabilisation
- Wifi/BlueTooth and App
Are there additional action camera features that are good to have?
- Touch screen
- Replaceable lens
- Waterproof without a housing
- Motion sensors
- Voice activation
- Waterproof remote
- Social media connection