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. GoPro Hero 8 Camera + Quickclip and Headstrap

GoPro First Impressions

"It is fantastic."

Overall an okay Beginners Action Camera that is probably more hype. I was skeptical at best, but decided to go ahead. I'll hear about that one with my critical family member. My friends are impressed by my work with this Beginners Action Camera. This little camera will amaze you.

  • GoPro Hero 8 Camera + Quickclip and Headstrap
  • BUNDLE: GoPro HERO8 Black Camera + Headstrap and Quickclip
  • Camera: 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.
  • Camera: 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.
  • Camera: 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.
  • Headstrap: Head Strap is fully adjustable to fit all sizes
  • Headstrap: Head Strap can be worn over a helmet or directly on your head in a headlamp like position
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GoPro
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GoPro Final Thoughts

"Killer deal!"

Great price, best quality and as tough as nails. Cannot tell the difference from the two that came with it. It also has a bigger battery than the other cameras I've tried. No problem with the exposure control either, very fast. This action camera is amazing for the price!

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

3. Skyzone SKY03O OLED /SKY03S 5.8GHz 48CH Diversity FPV Goggles Support OSD DVR HDMI with Head Tracker...

Skyzone First Impressions

"Great decision!"

It is small and takes awesome pictures! It came with travel case and at least 25 different attachments. I got this Skyzone to record our trip’s adventure. The device itself is fabulous. I took this camera to Greece with me and it was great.

  • Skyzone SKY03O OLED /SKY03S 5.8GHz 48CH Diversity FPV Goggles Support OSD DVR HDMI with Head Tracker Fan LED for RC Racing Drone (SKY03S,Amber)
  • Our goggles is first goggles integrated with receiver and fully functional user interface, pilots just need install the antenna and plug the battery, easy to use, no need to purchase extra receiver and head track-er module, the user interface is easy use, no need take off the goggles to do all the setting.
  • SKY03S is the update version of Original sky03, we update the ergonomics, which fits pilots face perfectly, and we update the software off the goggles, pilots can calibrate the voltage readings of the goggles.
  • SKY03O is the OLED version of SKY03, with resolution of 1024*768 and OLED display, the vivid color and high contrast ratio, pilots can see more details, the new optical make the image crystal clear and no image distortion and blur edge.
  • - Support head tracking; Pan : 180°/120°/90°; Tilt: 120°/90°/60° - Adjustable 57.5 to 69.5mm wide ran-ge IPD. - RSSI Signal Inten-sity Indicator.  - Diversity 5.8Ghz receiving modules,total 48CH and 6 bands.
  • - Support  RF Normal, RF Racing, HDMI IN, AV IN and PLAYBACK modes.  - Built-in fan for defogging and dissipate the heat.  - With a display window for the LED light. The LED MODE can be set in the system menu.  - Support 2S~6S battery, more convenient in the field.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Skyzone
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Skyzone Final Thoughts

"Everything is great."

I got this Skyzone to record our trip’s adventure. I tried an 128G SD card and it worked. It came with travel case and at least 25 different attachments. This is a very well-made little camera. Has loads and loads of accessories.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

4. Sharper Image SVC355 HD Action Camera, with Waterproof Case.

Sharper Image First Impressions

"Fun camera for kids."

But the quality difference gets lost in the fine print. Amazing video quality and from something so small. Comes with lots of accessories and 2 batteries. I don't consider these as cons, just my observations. The order arrived faster than expected, which was great.

  • Sharper Image SVC355 HD Action Camera, with Waterproof Case.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sharper Image
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Sharper Image Final Thoughts

"Maybe several weeks."

Overall, I think this a great Beginners Action Camera. This works well enough, except when I want to use it. The quality is decent for the size. Cannot tell the difference from the two that came with it. This is enough for most use cases!

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

5. GoPro Hero

User Ratings: 64 9

GoPro CHDHA-301 First Impressions

"Loving this purchase!"

The value of all the parts is incredible. This is enough for most use cases! This accessory bundle for my GoPro CHDHA-301 has a ton of items. This is such a versatile and fun camera to use. I was able to get it to power on and STAY POWERED ON!

  • GoPro Hero
  • Stunning video quality: record gorgeous 1080p30 and 720p60 video;diverse photo capture: capture 5mp single, time lapse and burst photos up to 5 fps built in microphone: record audio with the built in microphone
  • Durable + waterproof to 131 feet (40 meters): Designed to withstand extreme environments and conditions
  • Compatible with all GoPro mounts: 60+ mounts and accessories GoPro software: view and share your content
  • External memory: suppots microsd cards up to 32gb (class 10 or uhs 1 required) sold separately
  • Video quality: record 1080p30 and 720p60 video, diverse photo capture: capture 5mp single, time lapse and burst photos up to 5 fps built in microphone: record audio with the built in microphone
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GoPro CHDHA-301
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GoPro CHDHA-301 Final Thoughts

"It’s a total winner!"

Smart controller makes the flying experience that much better. The number of mounts included is simply ridiculous! Simple to use and share on social media in a few minutes. More like I wanted plus more! Simple to use and share on social media in a few minutes.

Overall Score
4.2


(2097 Points)

6. Skyzone SKY03O OLED /SKY03S 5.8GHz 48CH Diversity FPV Goggles Support OSD DVR HDMI with Head Tracker...

Skyzone First Impressions

"Also great battery life."

For the price this is a great buy. Very good customer service top notch. This is a great investment for all kinds of uses. Simple to use and share on social media in a few minutes. Pull the trigger and you'll be good with this purchase.

  • Skyzone SKY03O OLED /SKY03S 5.8GHz 48CH Diversity FPV Goggles Support OSD DVR HDMI with Head Tracker Fan LED for RC Racing Drone (SKY03O,Vagary Ice Blue)
  • Our goggles is first goggles integrated with receiver and fully functional user interface, pilots just need install the antenna and plug the battery, easy to use, no need to purchase extra receiver and head track-er module, the user interface is easy use, no need take off the goggles to do all the setting.
  • SKY03S is the update version of Original sky03, we update the ergonomics, which fits pilots face perfectly, and we update the software off the goggles, pilots can calibrate the voltage readings of the goggles.
  • SKY03O is the OLED version of SKY03, with resolution of 1024*768 and OLED display, the vivid color and high contrast ratio, pilots can see more details, the new optical make the image crystal clear and no image distortion and blur edge.
  • - Support head tracking; Pan : 180°/120°/90°; Tilt: 120°/90°/60° - Adjustable 57.5 to 69.5mm wide ran-ge IPD. - RSSI Signal Inten-sity Indicator.  - Diversity 5.8Ghz receiving modules,total 48CH and 6 bands.
  • - Support  RF Normal, RF Racing, HDMI IN, AV IN and PLAYBACK modes.  - Built-in fan for defogging and dissipate the heat.  - With a display window for the LED light. The LED MODE can be set in the system menu.  - Support 2S~6S battery, more convenient in the field.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Skyzone
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Skyzone Final Thoughts

"10/10 recommend."

The batteries seem to last a decent amount of time. And it’s not so much the video quality, but rather the size. So, will definitely keep it instead of Sony cam! It has a one year warranty that I hope applies. Surprisingly it takes VERY good photos underwater.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

7. AKASO EK7000 4K Video WiFi Action Camera Ultra HD Waterproof DV Camcorder 12MP 170 Degree Wide Angle...

User Ratings: 46

AKASO E1AKEK7000BKKIT First Impressions

"Upload your footage daily."

On the motorcycle helmet, forget that 3M sticky tape. Has loads and loads of accessories. This Beginners Action Camera is great it even has Accessories to get you started! Has loads and loads of accessories. This is high quality and you can tell.

  • AKASO EK7000 4K Video WiFi Action Camera Ultra HD Waterproof DV Camcorder 12MP 170 Degree Wide Angle LCD (Black) with Wireless Remote Custom Case Memory Card Sports Camera Starter Kit
  • AKASO AUTHORIZED DEALER - Includes Full AKASO USA WARRANTY
  • 4K Ultra HD Action Camera | Professional 4K 25fps & 2.7K 30fps Video | 12MP Photos at up to 30 frames per second | 100 feet (30.5 meters) waterproof camera. Designed to withstand extreme environments, together with durable waterproof case. With the included accessories, transform it for both indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Longer Battery Life. AKASO EK7000 action camera comes with 2 rechargeable 1050mAh batteries. Each battery can record up to 90 minutes. | Built-In WIFI & HDMI, edit & share your action in minutes. Just download App (iSmart DV) on your phone or tablet and connect with this action camera. Wi-Fi signal ranges up to 33 feet (10 meters).
  • Wireless Wrist Remote Control Sports Camera | With a wrist 2.4G remote, you can capture the world in an all-new way. Controlling the camera, framing shots or recording video is convenient.
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: AKASO EK7000 Waterproof 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera (Black) | Wireless Wrist 2.4G Remote Control | 2x 1050mAh Battery | Waterproof Case | Bicycle Stand | 7x Mount | 2x Clip | Helmet Mount | Bandage | 5x Tethers | Protective Backdoor | USB Cable | AC Charger | Lens Cloth | Manual | Floating Mount | Head Strap | Chest Strap | Suction Cup Mount | Authorized USA Dealer Warranty | SanDisk Ultra microSDHC 32GB Memory Card w/ Adapter | Vivitar Premium Custom Hard Shell Case
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AKASO E1AKEK7000BKKIT
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AKASO E1AKEK7000BKKIT Final Thoughts

"Buy more batteries."

And it’s not so much the video quality, but rather the size. Just take out the micro-SDHC card and plug it into a reader. When I do I'll post my findings here as well. The picture quality out performs any expectation I had. The AKASO E1AKEK7000BKKIT is very easy to use.

Overall Score
4.5


(6 Points)

8. 4K Action Camera,Full HD Waterproof DV Camcorde, 2.0 Inch LCD 170° Wide Angle WiFi Sports Cam with ...

User Ratings: 56 13

IAMWAY Z7768WTO First Impressions

"It recharges quick."

This is a very well-made little camera. This little camera will amaze you. Amazing video quality and from something so small. It also has a bigger battery than the other cameras I've tried. This is a very well-made little camera.

  • 4K Action Camera,Full HD Waterproof DV Camcorde, 2.0 Inch LCD 170° Wide Angle WiFi Sports Cam with Remote and Mounting Accessories Kit
  • IAMWAY Night vision action cam, with good night vision function, in the case of night or dim light can still get a wonderful vision .It can get more clear pictures than any other brand.
  • 30meters long WIFI distance: WIFI distance of up to 30 meters, aerial photography without Graphic transmitter, mobile phone real-time check aerial picture. After the mobile phone to connect sports camera WIFI, open the downloaded APP software, then the mobile phone and DV will connected synchronously, so the mobile phone acts as the DV monitor, and now you can operate and record by mobile phone, so convenient and easy .
  • Burst shooting/self-timer function: Same as professional digital camera, you can set the 3/5/10 burst shooting, set 2/5/10/20 seconds camera timer, and with a Selfie stick ,Self timer is available at anytime and anywhere.
  • Wireless remote control: The operation is more simple, when you self-timer, photo, ride, diving, skiing, Inconvenient to operate the action camera, you can use the remote control to take pictures, video or pause.
  • Motion detection function: when the objects move in front of the IAMWAY 4k wifi sports action camera,it will automatic video recording. If the figure is static will stop recording to save the space of SD card,but if the objects move fast will automatically start the video camera. You can also look it as home monitor.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The IAMWAY Z7768WTO
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IAMWAY Z7768WTO Final Thoughts

"The features are great."

It makes nice, clear videos and works perfectly for my needs. These are original IAMWAY Z7768WTO batteries, and charger. You can shoot your videos and frame them later. If amazon gets these back in stock, I expect to get another. This action camera is amazing for the price!

Overall Score
4.0


(49 Points)

9. SJCAM SJ5000x Elite 12MP Sony IMX078 Sensor 4K at 24FPS 2" LCD Sport Action Camera

User Ratings: 60 13

SJCAM SJ5000X First Impressions

"Upload your footage daily."

I tried an 128G SD card and it worked. SJCAM SJ5000X wow is it nice when you come from a hero black. For the price this is a great buy. I contacted SJCAM customer service and they were amazing. I was worried that it could be difficult to frame the shots.

  • SJCAM SJ5000x Elite 12MP Sony IMX078 Sensor 4K at 24FPS 2" LCD Sport Action Camera
  • SJCAM SJ5000x 4K Action Camera - Waterproof Housing - Base Mount - Long Screw - Li-ion Battery - QR J-Shaped Buckle - Housing Backdoor w/Holes - Bike Handlebar Seatpost Pole Mount - Curved Adhesive Mount - Flat Adhesive Mount - Tape - 3-WayPivot Arm Mount - 2x Short Connector w/Screw - Camera Tripod Mount - Tripod Mount Adapter - Backpack Clip Mount Shell - 2x Velcro Strap - USB Cable - Lens Cover - Cleaning Cloth - 2x SJCAM Sticker - User Manual - SJCAM 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • 170 degree A+ grade HD wide angle
  • 12.0MP imx078 CMOS image sensor
  • Multiple photo shooting modes: Single shot, burst-shot, time lapse, continuous
  • Perfect for outdoor sports, extreme sports, water sports, home security, diving, etc
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SJCAM SJ5000X
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SJCAM SJ5000X Final Thoughts

"Well this was a surprise."

Hope future firmware can change it to a long press. I think at this price range, this is a very good Beginners Action Camera to have. If you have a SJCAM SJ5000X, then you need this case. You can shoot your videos and frame them later. If you have a SJCAM SJ5000X, then you need this case.

Overall Score
4.0


(96 Points)

10. Govision Pro1 Ultra HD Video Camera Sunglasses | Water Resistant Sunglasses Camera | 15MP Camera Gla...

GoVision GVGK004019 First Impressions

"Loving this purchase!"

Hope future firmware can change it to a long press. Captures all my adventures when I need it to. Smart controller makes the flying experience that much better. Just used the camera for the first time snorkeling today. It may be even better then my other GoPro to be honest.

  • Govision Pro1 Ultra HD Video Camera Sunglasses | Water Resistant Sunglasses Camera | 15MP Camera Glasses | Wide Angle View, Unisex Design, Stylish, Water Resistant and Lightweight Frame | Maroon
  • ULTRA HD 720P VIDEO RECORDING: Amazing 720P Ultra Full HD Resolution Video with Audio, Very Comfortable to Wear and Widely Used When Cycling, Hunting, Fishing, Police, Traveling and Living, Perfect for Fast Action Shots and Recording
  • WATERPROOF FEATURE: GoVision Video Recording Camera Sunglasses is Water Protection Sunglasses,Available for all Kinds Water Sports Including Surfing, Water Moto Bike or Raining Weather etc.
  • Hands free Ultra HD Video Recording
  • Auto Focus / Light Adjustment
  • One Touch Operation
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GoVision GVGK004019
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GoVision GVGK004019 Final Thoughts

"I loved it."

This accessory bundle for my GoVision GVGK004019 has a ton of items. It is small and takes awesome pictures! I cannot say enough great things about this Beginners Action Camera. I am very happy that I did it. This is my first action camera, and so far I'm satisfied.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

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