Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Beginners Action Cameras

1. DJI Osmo Action 4K HDR Waterproof Camera Beginners Bundle - with Free SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC

User Ratings: 70 6

DJI DJIOSMACTNBAB3 First Impressions

"The result was pretty good."

I tried an 128G SD card and it worked. I especially like it simplified design. This little camera will amaze you. So, will definitely keep it instead of Sony cam! I contacted DJI customer service and they were amazing.

  • DJI Osmo Action 4K HDR Waterproof Camera Beginners Bundle - with Free SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC
  • Dual Screens: Whether you want to record your world from behind a lens or be the star of the show, Osmo Action's dual screens allow you to capture it all with the touch of a button. A vivid front screen lets you frame yourself effortlessly in any setting, while the back screen delivers a crystal-clear, hyper-responsive display.
  • RockSteady, Made to Move: RockSteady combines EIS with complex algorithms, delivering stable, shake-free footage no matter how heavy the action gets.
  • More Dynamic Detail with HDR Video: Dramatically enhance the dynamic range of your footage when recording with HDR video. This shooting mode delivers natural transitions between light and dark areas, capturing rich details that are often lost in environments with complex lighting.
  • 11 M Waterproof: Sporting a watertight seal and a hydrophobic coating on the back touchscreen, Osmo Action is waterproof at depths of up to 11 meters, making it the perfect underwater companion.
  • Backed by DJI customer support - Includes Full DJI USA WARRANTY
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DJI DJIOSMACTNBAB3
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DJI DJIOSMACTNBAB3 Final Thoughts

"It is a great Beginners Action Camera."

I will be taking this to my trip to the Philippines. The accessories feel high quality, and I'm sure they are. It's surprising how well it produces results electronically. This is my first action camera, and so far I'm satisfied. It’s a bit on the heavy side but that’s not a deal breaker.

Overall Score
4.3


(14 Points)

2. DJI OSMO Action Camera Bundle with Micro SD Card, Tempered Glass Screen Protectors, Carrying Case, a...

User Ratings: 63

DJI First Impressions

"I expected that."

I think at this price range, this is a very good Beginners Action Camera to have. This is a very well-made little camera. Great purchase and highly recommended. But the quality difference gets lost in the fine print. Cannot tell the difference from the two that came with it.

  • DJI OSMO Action Camera Bundle with Micro SD Card, Tempered Glass Screen Protectors, Carrying Case, and Must Have Accessories (55 Items)
  • Osmo Action's dual screens allow you to capture it all with the touch of a button. A vivid front screen lets you frame yourself effortlessly in any setting, while the back screen delivers a crystal-clear, hyper-responsive display.
  • RockSteady stablization technology combines EIS with complex algorithms, delivering stable, shake-free footage no matter how heavy the action gets.
  • Osmo Action is waterproof at depths of up to 11 meters, making it the perfect underwater companion.
  • More dynamic detail HDR 4K/60fps video recording capability, speed up to 100 Mb/s bit rate records.
  • Sold By DJI Authorized Dealer! Includes all accessories you will ever need for your DJI OSMO Action Camera.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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DJI Final Thoughts

"Loving this purchase!"

More than you'd likely use an action camera for really. But for action/close filming/pictures-can't beat it. Simple to use and share on social media in a few minutes. I wanted an inexpensive camera to videotape snorkeling in Maui. Love the accessories and the bag.

Overall Score
4.6


(3 Points)

3. GoPro MAX 360 Sports Action Camera + SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC + Top Value Bundle!

GoPro HERO MAX First Impressions

"So I got the camera."

This is enough for most use cases! It came with travel case and at least 25 different attachments. It may be even better then my other GoPro to be honest. Great purchase and highly recommended. It has a one year warranty that I hope applies.

  • GoPro MAX 360 Sports Action Camera + SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC + Top Value Bundle!
  • EXCLUSIVE BUNDLE: This bundle Includes everything you need to start capturing your adventures and family events with high quality video/images with the newly upgraded Hero camera.
  • FEATURES: Supports 4992 x 2496 360° Video - Photo Resolution up to 5760 x 2880 - Wide 8.9mm Focal Length - HyperSmooth Digital Stabilization
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: GoPro MAX 360 Action Camera- SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC Memory Card with SD Adapter - Hard Case (Medium) - Hand-held Monopod with Gopro Mount - Chest strap mount - Floating Handle - Brown Spike Mount - Gripster Flexible Tripod Small - Head strap mount - J-Hook Buckle Mount - GoPro Tripod Mount - Hi-Speed SD USB Card Reader
  • SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE – Shop with a peace of mind knowing that your purchase includes a 30 days money back guarantee and is fully backed by Photo4less exceptional Customer Service.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GoPro HERO MAX
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GoPro HERO MAX Final Thoughts

"Product is flawless."

I will be taking this to my trip to the Philippines. It has a one year warranty that I hope applies. No need to spend hundreds on something else! I am so beyond happy with my purchase of this GoPro HERO MAX. Cheaper than K2, and offered much more features.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

4. GoPro HERO8 Black — Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p...

User Ratings: 81

Ritz Gear hero8 First Impressions

"I like the video capability."

This is my first action camera, and so far I'm satisfied. The camera can be used while inside a waterproof case. The pictures are captured in the swimming pool. This accessory bundle for my Ritz Gear hero8 has a ton of items. Overall an okay Beginners Action Camera that is probably more hype.

  • GoPro HERO8 Black — Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization with Lexar 128GB U3 Memory Card and Ritz Gear Memory Card Reader
  • GoPro Hero 8 all Accessories + Full USA Warranties PREMIUM RITZ CAMERA BUNDLE INCLUDES:GoPro Hero 8 Action Camera, Lexar 128GB High-Performance U3 MicroSD Video Memory Card, and Ritz Gear Card Reader
  • STREAMLINED DESIGN - The re-imagined shape is more pocketable, and folding fingers at the base let you swap mounts quickly. A new side door makes changing batteries even faster, and the lens is now 2x more impact-resistant.
  • HERO8 BLACK MODS - Vloggers, pro filmmakers and aspiring creators can do more than ever imagined – with quick-loading accessories like flashes, microphones, LCD screens and more. Just add the optional Media Mod to up your capture game.
  • HYPERSMOOTH 2.0 - Smooth just got smoother. Now HERO8 Black has three levels of stabilisation – On, High and Boost – so you can pick the best option for whatever you do. Get the widest views possible, or boost it up to the smoothest video ever offered in a HERO camera. Plus, HyperSmooth works with all resolutions and frame rates, and features in-app horizon levelling.
  • TIMEWARP 2.0 - Capture super-stabilised time lapse videos while you move through an activity. And now, TimeWarp automatically adjusts speed based on motion, scene detection and lighting. You can even slow down the effect to real time – savouring interesting moments – and then tap to speed it back up.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ritz Gear hero8
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Ritz Gear hero8 Final Thoughts

"Can't wait to use it."

This is such a versatile and fun camera to use. For the price this is a great buy. I took this camera to Greece with me and it was great. The pictures are captured in the swimming pool. Just took this to Jamaica for 10 days of snorkeling.

Overall Score
4.7


(31 Points)

5. DJI Zenmuse X5S Camera for DJI Inspire 2

User Ratings: 51

Epic SS-DJI-ZX5S First Impressions

"Easily worth the money."

On the motorcycle helmet, forget that 3M sticky tape. I race motorcycles, both road race track and dirt scrambles. It’s a bit on the heavy side but that’s not a deal breaker. On the motorcycle helmet, forget that 3M sticky tape. Great purchase and highly recommended.

  • DJI Zenmuse X5S Camera for DJI Inspire 2
  • Perfect Purchase for any Hobby
  • Great craftsmanship
  • Must Buy Item
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Epic SS-DJI-ZX5S
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Epic SS-DJI-ZX5S Final Thoughts

"This is the perfect setup."

The picture quality out performs any expectation I had. Comes with lots of accessories and 2 batteries. Approx 65 minutes in freezing temps. I especially like it simplified design. A wonderful assortment of accessories were included.

Overall Score
4.5


(3 Points)

6. EZVIZ One Action Camera HD 1080P 60FPS WiFi Enabled (Grey)

User Ratings: 55

EZVIZ One (Grey) First Impressions

"Win win."

Feels very fragile, cheap and lightweight. Great price, best quality and as tough as nails. I tried an 128G SD card and it worked. Cost more than half the price of the drone. Pull the trigger and you'll be good with this purchase.

  • EZVIZ One Action Camera HD 1080P 60FPS WiFi Enabled (Grey)
  • VIDEO RECORDING 1080P/60FPS, 720P/120FPS, 480P/240FPS.
  • CAPTURE BURST PHOTO at 16MP 5PFS or 5MP at 30FPS.
  • LONG BATTERY LIFE with up to 3 hours recording time on 720p/30FPS, 2.33 hours for 1080p/30FPS.
  • DURABLE AND WATERPROOF housing up to 131 feet (40m) while enjoying smooth video recording from an integrated G-sensor for image auto-flipping.
  • CAPTURE MORE ACTION with a 152° wide viewing-angle.
  • CONTROL AND SHARE with Wi-Fi connectivity to the EZVIZ Sports App.
  • ADAPTABLE with 1/4" mount that fits most action camera mounting brackets and accessories. Device accepts up to a 64GB UHS-1 micro SD card.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The EZVIZ One (Grey)
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EZVIZ One (Grey) Final Thoughts

"Definitely a good buy."

The pictures are captured in the swimming pool. The new form factor and weight are fantastic! The new form factor and weight are fantastic! It is small and takes awesome pictures! Video stabilization is astonishing.

Overall Score
4.1


(7 Points)

7. GoPro HERO7 Black + Blue Lanyard Sleeve - Waterproof Digital Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K HD V...

GoPro CHDXX-704 First Impressions

"It is fantastic."

I was able to get it to power on and STAY POWERED ON! The value of all the parts is incredible. You can shoot your videos and frame them later. All features are the same but this is way cheaper. So, will definitely keep it instead of Sony cam!

  • GoPro HERO7 Black + Blue Lanyard Sleeve - Waterproof Digital Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos Live Streaming Stabilization
  • BUNDLE: GoPro HERO7 Black Camera + Lanyard
  • 4K60 VIDEO AND 12MP PHOTOS: Awesome as the moments themselves. 8x Sol-Mo Video - With ultra high frame rate 1080p240 video, you can slow things down by up to 8x to relive funny, interesting or epic moments in all their glory
  • HYPERSMOOTH VIDEO STABILIZATION: Get gimbal-like stabilization—without the gimbal. HERO7 Black predicts your movements and corrects for camera shake to deliver insanely smooth footage
  • TIME WARP VIDEO + SUPER PHOTO: Capture super stabilized time lapse videos while you move about a scene. Increase the speed up to 30x to turn longer activities into shareable moments. Get the best photos automatically. With Super Photo, HERO7 Black intelligently applies HDR, local tone mapping or noise reduction to optimize your shots.
  • RUGGED + WATERPROOF: Share experiences you can’t capture with your phone. HERO7 Black is rugged, waterproof without a housing to 33ft (10m) and up for any adventure
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GoPro CHDXX-704
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GoPro CHDXX-704 Final Thoughts

"I loved it."

I don't consider these as cons, just my observations. Great purchase and highly recommended. Has a lot to offer at a good price. Exposed well, good sharpness levels and color saturation. Video stabilization is astonishing.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

8. Bear Grylls WiFi Action Camera 14MP Full HD 1080P (BG-AC-1) with 2” Touch-Screen Display IP68 Wate...

User Ratings: 83 17

Bear Grylls BG-AC-1 First Impressions

"Product is flawless."

It may be even better then my other GoPro to be honest. I may have to pick up a second one at this price! I'm looking forward to using this Bear Grylls BG-AC-1. I was worried that it could be difficult to frame the shots. Hope future firmware can change it to a long press.

  • Bear Grylls WiFi Action Camera 14MP Full HD 1080P (BG-AC-1) with 2” Touch-Screen Display IP68 Waterproof 30m Underwater 160° Wide-Angle Sports Camera with Full Accessory & Mount Kit.
  • BEAR GRYLLS TECHNOLOGY: The latest camera from the Bear Grylls Technology range. " This versatile camera gives you ultra-sharp, vivid footage with a proper wow factor. We’ve also thrown in all the kit, making it particularly great value for budget smart adventurers!" Bear Grylls.
  • SHOOT PROFESSIONAL VIDEO - High performance, true HD 1080p video at 60fps and high quality 14MP photos. With Digital Image Stabilisation (DIS) to keep footage in clear focus so you don’t lose image quality during those epic moments!
  • CERTIFIED IP68 DUSTPROOF AND WATERPROOF – The rugged certified IP6 Dustproof and IP8 Waterproof (30m/98ft) case keeps your camera safe and sealed from the elements so you can be sure you have equipment you rely on.
  • 2” TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY - Features a super easy-to-use, built-in touch screen display that is fast and easy to navigate. The clear and simple menu controls make the camera easy to operate in any situation., so you'll never miss a shot in that critical moment.
  • BEAR GRYLLS APP IOS/ANDROID - Use the Bear Grylls app for iOS or Android to easily navigate your camera's settings, menus, watch and download your amazing footage while on-the-go or back at camp after a long day.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Bear Grylls BG-AC-1
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Bear Grylls BG-AC-1 Final Thoughts

"So exciting!"

Overall an okay Beginners Action Camera that is probably more hype. Great camera, resolution, back screen, wrist controller! This is a very well-made little camera. The batteries seem to last a decent amount of time. This little camera will amaze you.

Overall Score
4.3


(7 Points)

9. GoPro MAX Waterproof 360 Camera + Hero Style Video, 5.6K30 UHD Video 16.6MP Photos Power Bundle with...

GoPro First Impressions

"Upload your footage daily."

Also, the customer service is very good! Smart controller makes the flying experience that much better. Very nice package of accessories. Love GoPro, and this mount works great too. It is easy to mount the GoPro on and it stays in place.

  • GoPro MAX Waterproof 360 Camera + Hero Style Video, 5.6K30 UHD Video 16.6MP Photos Power Bundle with Dual Charger, 2 Extra Battery, 32GB microSD Card, Cleaning Kit
  • KIT INCLUDES: GoPro MAX 360 Action Camera (CHDHZ-201) | Rechargeable Battery | Curved Adhesive Mount | 2x Protective Lenses | 2x Lens Caps | Microfiber Bag | Mounting Buckle + Thumb Screw | USB-C Cable | GoPro Dual Battery Charger for Max (ACDBD-001) | 2x Extra Rechargeable Battery (1600mAh) ACBAT-001 | SanDisk 32GB Extreme microSDHC Class 10 U3 Memory Card | ProOptic Complete Optics Care and Cleaning Kit
  • KEY FEATURES: Dual-lens 360 Degree Camera | 5.6K 30fps Video | Single Lens Hero Video | 16.6 MP Photos | Max HyperSmooth Stabilization | Max TimeWarp | Digital Lenses (Max SuperView, Wide, Linear, Narrow) | Reframe Footage from Your Phone | PowerPano 270-degree Panoramic Images | 6 Built-in 360 Microphones with Directional Audio | Horizon Leveling | Rugged and Waterproof up to 16-Feet (5m) | 1.7-inch Intuitive Touch Screen | 1080p Live Streaming | 2x Slo-Mo | Foldable Mount Fingers
  • The GoPro Max allows for shooting single-lens HERO-style video with unbreakable stabilization or capture immersive 360 video content. You can vlog to the max with shotgun-mic performance and a front-facing screen. Say hello to the new king of stabilization. Max HyperSmooth delivers the smoothest video ever from a GoPro, plus game-changing horizon leveling, when you want it.
  • PowerNano feature lets you capture unbelievable, distortion-free 270-degree panoramic shots with one click. Take PowerPano selfies, action shots and vertical pics, all with a level horizon. With six built-in microphones it combines to capture immersive 360 audio, directional audio for vlogging, wind-noise reduction and the best stereo sound ever from a GoPro.
  • WARRANTY: GoPro Authorized Reseller. Includes a Limited GoPro 1 Year USA Warranty.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GoPro
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GoPro Final Thoughts

"Product is flawless."

Pull the trigger and you'll be good with this purchase. You can shoot your videos and frame them later. I will upload a video of it underwater once I have one as well. Amazing video quality and from something so small. This feature alone is the reason I bought the GoPro .

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

10. GoPro Hero 8 Black Action Camera + GoPro Dual Battery Charger + 1 Extra Battery (HERO8 Black) + Gopr...

GoPro hero8black First Impressions

"Great pix."

This Beginners Action Camera is great it even has Accessories to get you started! And it’s not so much the video quality, but rather the size. I was shocked at how small this unit is. Just take out the micro-SDHC card and plug it into a reader. The camera and screen protectors are absolutely amazing!

  • GoPro Hero 8 Black Action Camera + GoPro Dual Battery Charger + 1 Extra Battery (HERO8 Black) + Gopro Shorty Tripod + 32GB U3 Memory Card + Ritz Gear 5 Piece Cleaning Kit
  • Streamlined design - The reimagined shape is more pocketable, and folding fingers at the base let you swap mounts quickly. A new side door makes changing batteries even faster, and the lens is now 2x more impact resistant.
  • HERO8 Black Mods - Vloggers, pro filmmakers and aspiring creators can do more than ever imagined—with quick-loading accessories like flashes, microphones, LCD screens and more. Just add the optional Media Mod to up yourcapture game.
  • Time Warp 2. 0 - Capture super stabilized time lapse videos while you move through an activity. And now, Time Warp automatically adjusts speed based on motion, scene detection and lighting. You can even slow down the effect to real time—savoring interesting moments—and then tap to speed it back up.
  • Hyper Smooth 2. 0 - Smooth just got smoother. Now HERO8 Black has three levels of stabilization—On, High and Boost—so you can pick the best option for whatever you do. Get the widest views possible, or boost it up to the smoothest video ever offered in a HERO camera. Plus, Hyper Smooth works with all resolutions and frame rates, and features in-app horizon leveling.
  • Live Burst - Record the moments 1. 5 seconds before and after your shot, so you can choose the best single frame for the perfect photo—or an awesome shareable video.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GoPro hero8black
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GoPro hero8black Final Thoughts

"It earns 4 stars."

It is easy to mount the GoPro on and it stays in place. But the misrepresentation of the angle will cost a star. I was skeptical at best, but decided to go ahead. Simple to use and share on social media in a few minutes. The pictures are captured in the swimming pool.

Overall Score
5.0


(7 Points)

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