Best Action Cameras, 6 Gopro Alternatives from 2018


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GoPro, Sony, and Tomtom are the most known brands of action cameras, but there are a lot of China brands who are producing action cameras as well. For example Xiaomi, Elephone, SJCAM, Eken, Andoer, Hawkeye, and SOOCOO.

In this overview, you will find 6 action cameras which we believe are the most known brands but more important the best action cameras from China in 2017-2018.

How Did We Determine If A Camera is Great?

A. How often will you use the camera?

B. What kind of action is best suited for the camera (kayaking, motocross, snowboarding, surfing or any other extreme sport)?

C. Does it have the essential features? waterproof, wifi/Bluetooth connection, resolution quality, battery, storage/internal memory, and anti-shake stability.

This Are The Sports Camera Challengers

We will guide you through 6 Action Cameras which we believe are the best cameras for a reasonable price in the range $46.99-$ 159.99.

Elephone ELE Explorer 4K
Xiaomi Mijia Camera Mini 4K
SJCAM SJ5000X (Elite Edition)
SJCAM SJ7 Star 4K
Hawkeye Firefly 6S 4K
Eken H9 SPCA6350

Original Elephone ELE Explorer 4K Ultra HD WiFi Action Camera

Elephone is a great brand, so is this camera. It has a simple design with a color screen with a resolution of 320X240 pixels.

This camera comes with a 16 MP camera for capturing high-resolution images. The 4K only works with 15fps, so it isn’t 4K for real, but the 2.7K mode with 30 FPS records excellent! The audio recording is quite weak. If you would like a real 4K recording video, this one is not the one you should buy.

Original Elephone ELE Explorer 4K Ultra HD WiFi Action Camera

The battery is a removable 1050 mAh battery which can record or capture photos for nearly 2 hours! Like others, this camera has a waterproof case which can be used up to 30 Meters.

The Wifi distance is about 12 Meters, and it has its own Android and IOS application with external storage of 64 GB you will have enough space for your recorded videos. The Disadvantage of this camera is that it has no AntiShake Stability and no night vision.

Specs

Focus Points Rating
  • Waterproof
  • Wifi/Bluetooth
  • Resolution Quality
  • Battery
  • Storage
  • Anti Shake Stability
  • Price
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1

 

Xiaomi Mijia Camera Mini 4K 30fps Action Camera

The Xiaomi MiJia Mini 4K is a small device with an Ambarella A12S75 processor and an LCD Display with 960X480 pixels. Next, to that, it has a Sony IMX 317 Sensor.

This action camera has different record modes 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 60fps, and 720 at 200fps. The low light performance is poor, and the photo quality is just fine with a good color saturation as an 8 MP and manage pretty good with shooting against the light.

Xiaomi Mijia Camera Mini 4K Action Camera

With a fully charged 1450 mAH battery, you could record 1.5 hours in the 4K mode and 2 hours with 1080p. The maximum external TF card supported is a 64GB card.

The housing case allows you to record down to 45 meters underwater! The Xiaomi Mijia Camera has a Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.

With its G sensor, Auto Focusing and Anti-shake function the images and videos are made very stable.

 

Specs

Focus Points Rating
  • Waterproof
  • Wifi/Bluetooth
  • Resolution Quality
  • Battery
  • Storage
  • Anti Shake Stability
  • Price
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 3

 

Original SJCAM SJ5000X 4K Sport Action Camera ( Elite Edition )

This action camera is made by SJCAM one of the most known Chinese brands for action cameras.

The SJCAM SJ 5000X Elite action camera capture photos with 12 MP and has the following video resolutions 4K – 24fps, 2K – 30fps, 1080p – 60fps and, 720 – 120fps.

Original SJCAM SJ5000X 4K Sport Camera

The battery life is up to 80 minutes with a 1080p at 60 fps recording, and it supports MicroSD card up to 128 GB. It comes with a waterproof housing (30m waterproof), it has WIFI function with a distance of 10 m, and you can download an app to use it with your smartphone.

The sound is quite poor because you can barely hear a person speak, it does not support external a microphone. It contains a gyro Anti-Shake Stabilization which will give you a stable video.

Specs

Focus Points Rating
  • Waterproof
  • Wifi/Bluetooth
  • Resolution Quality
  • Battery
  • Storage
  • Anti Shake Stability
  • Price
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 5
  • 3

 

SJCAM SJ7 STAR 4K WIFI Action Camera IMX117 CMOS 2.0 Inch LCD Sport DV Ambarella A12S75

This SJCAM Camera has a tremendous 4K footage at 30 fps; Unlike other Cameras, it has a touchscreen.

The Camera has a 16 MP with a 166-degree wide angle lens.  With a fully charged battery of 1000 mAh, you can record up to 50 minutes of 4K videos. Even with the Wifi enabled!

Original SJCAM SJ7 STAR 4K Action Camera

SJ7 Star has a G-sensor and has a waterproof housing for 30 meters. There is no memory card included, but it supports up to 128 GB.  The App for Android and IOS works well but is very simple. Overall SJCAM delivers another great budget 4K Sports Camera and is a real competitor for the GoPro Hero series.

 

Specs

Focus Points Rating
  • Waterproof
  • Wifi/Bluetooth
  • Resolution Quality
  • Battery
  • Storage
  • Anti Shake Stability
  • Price
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1

 

Hawkeye Firefly 6S 4K WiFi Sport HD DV Camera

The Hawkeye Firefly 6S 4K Action Camera is another product which has told it could record 4K and can capture 16 megapixels(actually 12 MP) images and videos in different resolutions.

The image quality is excellent, but the 4K recording function is not that great because it records at 2880X2160 at maximum, so the name is very confusing and should not be used.

Hawkeye Firefly 6S 4K WiFi Sport HD DV Camera

This Sports camera has a Gyrostabilizer, a big battery of 1600 mAh, which could be used up to 80 minutes with 1920X1080X 60 fps recording, and it supports up to 64GB memory cards.

The price is absolutely impressive but don’t expect the specs they pronounce in there technical specifications!

Specs

Focus Points Rating
  • Waterproof
  • Wifi/Bluetooth
  • Resolution Quality
  • Battery
  • Storage
  • Anti Shake Stability
  • Price
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 3
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4

 

EKEN H9 WiFi Sport Action Camera DV Car DVR SPCA6350 4K 25fps 1080p 60fps 720P 120fps New Version

The EKEN H9 4K Ultra HD Action Camera comes with a lot of accessories, has a slick design and on the back with a 2-inch display screen. Besides, it comes with a Waterproof Holding case.

The Main Disadvantage is its 4K Ultra HD resolution with only 10 fps. There is a possibility to record with 1080P at 60 fps, and this action camera has a 12 MP camera.

EKEN H9s 4K Action Camera Ultra HD WiFi Waterproof Sports DV Camcorder with 12MP Photo Video and 170 Wide Angle Lens

The Chipset is a Sunplus 6350 with an Image Sensor OV4689. The recording time is approximately 90 minutes with 1080P a 30 fps.

With the app installed you can transfer the photos or movies directly to your smartphone.

 

Specs

Focus Points Rating
  • Waterproof
  • Wifi/Bluetooth
  • Resolution Quality
  • Battery
  • Storage
  • Anti Shake Stability
  • Price
  • 5
  • 3
  • 3
  • 4
  • 3
  • 4
  • 1

 

Which Action Camera Should You Get?

To choose the right Action Sports Camera is still hard, even after reading this review.

For the budget cameras, I will recommend the Elephone ELE Explorer, this camera has a reasonable chipset, with a good camera and you can record 1080P. The recording with 2.7K with 30 FPS is as expected, but the main disadvantage is the recovering time and Antishake Stability.

If you choose for the best action camera, I will recommend the SJCAM SJ 5000X Elite Edition because this camera is a great allrounder. The resolution quality and 4K 24 fps are excellent which you could store up to 128 GB. A disadvantage is the sound quality, and it lacks supporting an external microphone. The app for the SJCAM is working great and I did not found any errors so far.

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