In todays world action cameras are already very popular. You can capture your experience on another level from another point of view. The question is which action camera is best to buy?
In this article I will be walking you through the the best action waterproof camera options in 2019, I think are the most valuable for its price. You can find the list of all the recommended action cameras at the end of this post.
DJI Osmo Action– The new born
The first camera I would like to be talking about is a new release from the company
This action camera was released this year and is considered to be a big competition to GoPro Hero 7 Black. DJI Osmo Action is shockproof when falling 5 feet or 1.5 meters, moreover waterproof without housing down to 36 feet or 11 meters.
But that is not everything. It has two screens so you can see yourself when recording. You won´t miss your face anymore. Additionally this action cam is not going to freeze to 14°F, or -10°C. Pretty impressive, don´t you think?
DJI developed a new stabilization called RockSteady. No matter how heavy the action gets DJI claims no more shaky footage. Well see for yourself.
This camera is capable of shooting 4K slow motion video to 60fps so you can make the important details to last longer.
Furthermore the high dynamic range lets you capture more details in both shadows and highlights so you can capture the sunset with the faces of your loved ones, not compromising one or another.
This camera is not one of the cheapest one, but definitely provides great value for its price and I would recommend this camera to any professional or amateur who wants to invest a little more into quality and great new features like Rock Steady Stabilization and Front Screen.
GoPro Hero 7 Black– hypersmooth
Another very obvious choice is also a new action camera from GoPro. Company GoPro is already well known in the industry. It is already an established mark, but with the GoPro Hero 7 Black they went even further.
The undoubtedly key feature is the new hypersmooth stabilization. This kind of stabilization was the first of its kind on the market and it is supposed to replace the gimbal. It means you don´t need any other stabilization and you can shoot hand held.
As the DJI Osmo Action GoPro Hero 7 Black is also waterproof action camera down to 36 feet or 11 meters without a case. So now you can record 4K under the water.
You don´t have free hands to press the shutter? No problem. Just say: “GoPro take a Photo” or choose from another 15 commands
Make a great picture with the feature HDR, noise reduction and local tone mapping also in low light situation. This camera preforms very well.
Use the time warp video and record time lapse or hyper lapse as you go and stream it live with everyone.
GoPro Hero 7 Black is definitely worth it for its price, because thanks to hypersmooth you don´t need any additional gimbal to make the footage steady and you also don´t need a camera case to dive into water.
In conclusion GoPro Hero 7 Black is an amazing camera and they are both with the DJI Osmo Action breaking the limits.
AKASO V50 Pro Native 4K– great value choice
If you are looking for something more affordable, but don´t want to compromise on video quality I would recommend the AKASO V50 Pro Native action cam.
It is able to shoot 4K footage with the framerate 30fps and delivers impressive results. The camera is also capable of shooting time lapses to get this amazing footage of fast moving clouds.
With build in EIS- 6-axis gyroscope Electronic Image Stabilization 6-axis gyroscope you will get smooth footage without disturbing shaking.
Check out how the camera preforms under water
Touch screen is a very handy feature, which not all the actions cameras have. That´s why is this one very practical to use.
It comes with a build-in WIFI so you can control the camera from further away with your phone, take pictures and start recording without pressing any button.
YI 4K+ Action Camera- the GoPro killer
YI 4K+ also known as GoPro killer is considered to have a potential to beat the oldest versions of GoPro Hero cameras.
This beast was the first action camera released, which records 4K 60fps slow motion video with an amazing picture quality. Built-in Sony IMX377 image sensor captures 12MP pictures.
Intuitive UI Design represents Ultra responsive 2.2” Gorilla Glass retina touchscreen. You can easily change the settings, switch modes or playback footage on a crystal clear touch screen.
The battery life also doesn´t disappoint. With 1200mAh high capacity battery you can now record 4K 60fpr video for up to 70 minutes.
If you are looking for something professional, but quite affordable at the same time you have found your camera.
From the price point of view -you can get the same results as you would get from GoPro Hero for less money so this action cam can in deed be considered a GoPro killer.
Crosstour 4K 16MP– small but powerful
Whether you are just starting out or video recording is more of a time to time hobby this camera might be for you.
For the price I do believe this one brings lot of value. It records in 4K 30fps with 16MP image.
It comes with extra external microphone, which helps you to capture sound with crisp details. Supposedly it performs better that most actions cameras at the market.
To keep the footage smooth and stable there is a build-in Anti-shake feature in the camera, which allows you to better capture the action.
It also comes with WiFi and wide angle time lapse and loop recording option.
So if you still want the proper results of a 4K action camera this is a way to go. I personally purchased this kind of camera and was really pleased with results. Sometimes even surprised.
So I would surly recommend this one as an starting point
These are my 5 tips on the most valuable waterproof action cameras for its price, that are recording 4K slow motion.
What to avoid
It is very easy to fall into the trap of having 4K slow motion waterproof camera with hypersmooth stabilization for a very unrealistic low price. Be aware of that. What appears as a good deal might be just a cheap interpretation of the actual quality and you could regret the purchase.
List of recommended cameras
Below you can find the list with all of them plus some more options available on the market, which I find still worth buying.
And a few more: