GoPro cameras made quite a name for themselves in the world of adventures and sports. Yet, these cameras can be used for many different things, not just sports. Although, there is one common factor in all of this. It gives you the ability to relive experiences from an angle that not the usual video camera could give. It is labeled one of the world’s most versatile cameras, but with that versatility can come a steep price.
So are there other alternatives out there? You don’t have to settle with just a GoPro. Here is a list of the 10 best GoPro alternatives for 2017. This is going to be a great year and shouldn’t you be able to document it as such? Get ready to live out your passions and enjoy capturing and re-watching footage. With these 10 alternatives you can decide which camera works best for you. See what prices you lean towards and what features you don’t want to be missing out on. 2017 is just beginning, so make sure you are equipped with the best possible equipment to show off just how great this next chapter in your life will be.
*These alternative cameras are not listed in any particular order.*
10. Sony AS50
Sony is no stranger to making great cameras. Their own line of a “GoPro like” camera lives up to its capabilities. It is promoted as an action cam and can be used during both the daytime and night time. With features like SteadyShot, sensors, image processor, a Zeiss Tessar lens and much more allow you to create stellar videos. The starting price is $169, which happens to be a little cheaper then the starting price for the GoPro Hero, that starts off at $200.
One last thing, don’t let the weather stop you from using Sony’s product. The camera can withstand different weather conditions.
Polariod is more than old-timey print out cameras. They have stepped up their game with their line of digital cameras. One of them being the cube. You can get 1080p HD video, 124 degree wide-angle lens and a built in battery that lasts up to 90 minutes. It may not be the best alternative to the GoPro, but if you want something not as serious and more on the playful, fun side, then you can’t go wrong with this one. You can find these starting at $59.99. Not a bad price for a portable action camera.
This is one of those high tech cameras that shows your world in 4K. This means you get 4x the quality of 1080p. It comes with live streaming, 5GHz Wi-Fi, 2 hours of battery life, 4K video, 2.19″ screen and an Ambarella CPU. You won’t find the technology this camera has on a Polaroid action cam. It is an impressive camera and will deliver a stellar picture. One aspect of this camera that I really like is the live streaming ability. You can broadcast your video on major social media platforms for all of your friends to see. There’s even an app to make it easier for you to download onto your computer.
This device will put you back at least $199.99.
This is one of those easily stick on cameras that will last you throughout your adventure. Unlike the ones above, you won’t be able to preview any pictures or videos. It may be a downside, but an upside is the 3.5 hours of battery life you receive when it is fully charged. Switch back and forth between photo and video mode to capture the perfect shots. Just like the YI 4K, this one will cost you $199.99.
It’s a pocket sized action camera that rings in at the minimum of $299.99. This is one of the pricier options on this list, but the reviews it has make it seem well worth it. Whether you are on land or 100 ft below water, Olympus is there to document your experience. It comes with unique features like a LED headlight and tilt-out monitor. It’s called the Tough TG-Tracker for a reason, it can withstand some wicked environmental conditions.
5. SJCAM SJ5000
Don’t want the average black, silver or whit cameras? You don’t have to settle with this one. Customers can choose between seven different colors. Equipped with face detection, motion detection, HDMI-out, Wifi, 6x digital zoom, 170 degree wide angle, 90 minutes on full charge and much more. How much does this one cost? The series starts at $99.
This is a proficient camera that was made to make it easy for you to document whatever sport it is you are participating in. It may not be perfect quality, but it is good enough to where you shouldn’t have complaints. When you purchase this one, you also get a carrying case and a SD card. You can find them pretty cheap on sites like eBay, but if you go through actual stores, you’lol find them around $100.
This is Drift’s lightweight answer to the GoPro. They claim that it is “so stealthy, you might forget it’s on you.” Unlike other cameras, this one has a 300 rotatable lens. You’lol get the perfect view from any angle. Get the stealthiness camera for only $99.
Reviews say this action camera can deter people away from the GoPro. Pair it with the app and easily edit your footage on your phone. There’s no need to download expensive software for editing features. Film in HD for up to 3 hours. That’s not all though, you can mount it up, take it in the water, use the built-in sensors and 4K video resolution.
These cameras are sophisticated and tiny all at the same time. They only weigh 1.4 ounces, which could be both good and bad. Bad in the sense that if for some reason it fell off your person, would you even be able to notice? Yet, it’s also good because you don’t have to be lugging around extra weight and it won’t throw you off. Choose from different video modes and quality settings. Also, lets say you don’t want audio in your video…well that’s perfectly fine, because you can turn that off in a specific setting. Mount the Mobius cam up or hold it yourself. There are different ways for you to get the action shots that you want. Let your adventures run wild and get caught in the act. Action cameras like this one are perfect for those who are regularly active both outdoors and indoors.
Why use an action camera?
They are the best way to capture footage or shots of something in motion and in action. I guess it’s pretty self-explanatory, but still. These cameras are great additions to those individuals who like seeing things from a point of view angle or something that simply seems like it is in real time. Not only do you catch your experience, but you get to relive it as many times as you want. Don’t forget about the quality pictures you get with some of these cameras. I mean, you have 4K technology at the touch of your fingertips and smaller than the size of your hand. It’s an impressive improvement and if you choose to purchase the cameras that deliver that amenity, then you’ll only love your footage more.
I’ve seen people use these types of cameras to videotape sports games and practices. It isn’t solely for action sports, even though that is its primary function. You can find many ways to take advantage of these tiny cameras.
One thing refreshing about this list is that you now know there are others out there. The GoPro gets promoted so much that it basically leads the conversation on action cameras. Yet, that doesn’t mean it is always the best option. Now I can’t tell you which one you should buy, because I haven’t used each of these cameras, but I think it is good to know your options and see what works best for you. Especially if you plan on using this in an active manner. The last thing you want is to buy an action camera and take it out with you, then all of a sudden it broke or doesn’t deliver the quality you had hoped for. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to do some research before making a purchase. I’m sure there are more cameras out there, but these 10 were the ones I found that had the most talk about them. You can find the one that fits your needs or maybe fits well for a person other than yourself.
The GoPro is a top-seller for a reason. It is worth your money and there are a large amount of accessories out there to accommodate it. You can choose between different series or choose between different options among the same series. If you ask me, you can’t go wrong with a GoPro, but don’t count out these 10 alternatives entirely. They have a lot to offer too and some are cheaper than the GoPro. Like I said, it’s all about your preference. The most important question to ask yourself is, which one of these will you trust by your side on that awesome adventure?