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. MELIFE i3 4K WiFi Action Camera UHD 4K 24FPS 14MP Waterproof Helmet Camera with Remote Control

MELIFE i3 First Impressions

"Value for the money."

Comes with lots of accessories and 2 batteries. I just love this little camera! I may have to pick up a second one at this price! Just take out the micro-SDHC card and plug it into a reader. But for action/close filming/pictures-can't beat it.

  • MELIFE i3 4K WiFi Action Camera UHD 4K 24FPS 14MP Waterproof Helmet Camera with Remote Control
  • Built-in 3-Axis Gyroscope sports camera to take more steady videos
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  • WIFI & HDMI: Built in Wifi for wireless connectivity with all your smart devices. Connect to your iOS or Android devices directly. HDMI port also built in for direct conection to any port
  • 2.4G RF Wrist Remote Control, you can easily control camera when use it as the bike/motorcycle/motorbike/firefighter/cycle helmet camera
  • 30M Waterproof housing included in standard package, capture your underwater video
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MELIFE i3
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MELIFE i3 Final Thoughts

"I expected that."

I will be taking this to my trip to the Philippines. But the quality difference gets lost in the fine print. It has a one year warranty that I hope applies. And it’s not so much the video quality, but rather the size. Amazing video quality and from something so small.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

3. Dragon Touch Native 4K30fps Action Camera with Touch Screen EIS Remote Control Vista 5 WiFi 100 feet...

User Ratings: 65 8

Dragon Touch Vista 5 First Impressions

"Definitely a good buy."

I may have to pick up a second one at this price! I may have to pick up a second one at this price! Great price, best quality and as tough as nails. Just take out the micro-SDHC card and plug it into a reader. It came with travel case and at least 25 different attachments.

  • Dragon Touch Native 4K30fps Action Camera with Touch Screen EIS Remote Control Vista 5 WiFi 100 feet Waterproof Sports Camera 2 Batteries and Mounting Accessories Kit
  • [Native 4K/30FPS action camera] Vista 5 action camera supports zoom which ranges from 1.0X to 4.0X. And it equipped with native 4K/30FPS video and ultra HD photo resolution to capture exciting moment for you.
  • [EIS Functions] Built-in Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) detects position and motion changes. Distortion calibration function delivers fairly rich colors and flucid motions, still produce stable videos whenever the action camera tilts, moves, shakes or experiences impact.
  • [170°Adjustable angles] The view angle of this action camera can be set 170°,140°,110°,70°. It is set to 170° as standard. It depends on you to choose different angles.
  • [100fts Waterproof Camera] Dragon Touch Vista 5 waterproof camera is waterproof to 100ft (30m) with case, which allows you to dive as deep as 30 meters. It is suitable to the pro and amateur and it is ideal for extreme sports such as surfing, swimming, snorkeling, diving and so on.
  • [WIFI Connection & Remote Control] Share & edit videos and images easily. Just download App (RoadCam) on your phone or tablet and connect with this action camera. Wireless remote control frees your hands to control this action camera when hiking, cycling or self recording.
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Dragon Touch Vista 5
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Dragon Touch Vista 5 Final Thoughts

"Excellent!"

This works well enough, except when I want to use it. The accessories feel high quality, and I'm sure they are. But the quality difference gets lost in the fine print. The value of all the parts is incredible. This Beginners Action Camera is great it even has Accessories to get you started!

Overall Score
4.4


(41 Points)

4. Matego Native 4K WiFi EIS Action Camera with 16MP Image Stabilization 170° Wide Angle Helmet Action...

Matego Matego-X2H First Impressions

"It just what he wanted!"

It is small and takes awesome pictures! Matego Matego-X2H wow is it nice when you come from a hero black. The accessories feel high quality, and I'm sure they are. It was quick and I had no issues. Surprisingly it takes VERY good photos underwater.

  • Matego Native 4K WiFi EIS Action Camera with 16MP Image Stabilization 170° Wide Angle Helmet Action Cam Waterproof Sport Camcorder 98ft Underwater Cameras for Diving Snorkeling,Accessories Kit
  • 【Real 4k Action Camera】Mageto X7+ 4k ESI anti-shake sport action camera with 6-DOF (degrees of freedom) image stabilization highest support record in ultra-clear 4K(3840x2160)/30fps resolution video, as well as 2.7K, 1080P, 720P and VGA(up to 240fps in VGA). Capture beautiful still images up to 16MP. this high definition action cam which provides incredibly smooth video footage and shoot pretty decent still images, making the captured scene more real and natural.
  • 【WiFi Action Cam With App Control】The Sport Video Camera with built-in WiFi, easily connect your action camera to your Android or iOS phone APP via a WiFi signal that ranges up to 30 feet. You can control camera functions, as well as review videos and photos you have taken and share them directly to your social media channels, such as Facebook & YouTube. provides remote operation of basic camera functions (up to 30 ft) and the ability to share videos and images directly from the camera.
  • 【30M Waterproof Action Camcorder】This Sport Camera comes with a waterproof case, Max waterproof depth is 98 feet, this underwater video camera Capture underwater happy video and pictures of outdoor watersport with kids and friends and film all of the action while your skiing, surfing, riding your motorcycle/bicycle. enjoy the happy hours that outdoor action camera bring to you.Comes with rechargeable 1000mAh batteries which can record up to 90 minutes in 1080P mode w/ WiFi turned off.
  • 【Time-Lapse&Loop Recording】This sport camera supports Burst Mode,photo Timer,Loop Recording,Time stamp, Time-Lapse and Motion Detection.can be dash camera when switching it to Loop Recording, It also records video automatically if anything moving around when the Motion Detection function turned on. The TIME LAPSE function makes it possible to shoot a sequence of pictures (such as a flower opening, fading of sunset and sunrise in a short time) automatically under pre-set conditions.
  • 【Camcorders For Sports 】With 2 inch screen and with the help of the Hi-Silicon Chipset & Sony Exmore Image Sensor,allow you operate camera functions/adjustments and review Native 4K Ultra Clear Recorded Video footage directly, 170°wide angle sport camera provide wider vision for you.Lets you shoot larger scenes and capture more incredible moments.It supports max 32G TF card(Not Included),please choose Brand Class 10 card and format your card before using.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Matego Matego-X2H
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Matego Matego-X2H Final Thoughts

"Cross your fingers."

My friends are impressed by my work with this Beginners Action Camera. Captures all my adventures when I need it to. More than you'd likely use an action camera for really. The videos have a good quality in both picture and sound. This accessory bundle for my Matego Matego-X2H has a ton of items.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

5. Shimano CM-2000 Data Linked Wi-Fi Ultra HD Sports Action Camera Waterproof Camcorder, Black

SHIMANO CM-2000 First Impressions

"Pretty fast charge time."

Good and authentic after replacement. The value of all the parts is incredible. The quality is decent for the size. These are original SHIMANO CM-2000 batteries, and charger. My friends are impressed by my work with this Beginners Action Camera.

  • Shimano CM-2000 Data Linked Wi-Fi Ultra HD Sports Action Camera Waterproof Camcorder, Black
  • Easy Operating LCD Screen; GPS function on your smartphone to configure pre-set sensor values and automatically records
  • Rain and Dust resistant; waterproof and dust proof performance that does not require any box
  • Clearly Record Off road riding; Image stabilizer to reduce vibrations
  • Record beautiful scenery in the dusk; High definition recording with fast lens
  • Capture the most exciting scenes with automatic data- linked recording; Suitable design for riding with compact body shape is less resistant to air
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SHIMANO CM-2000
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SHIMANO CM-2000 Final Thoughts

"My only gripe is the stand."

Great price, best quality and as tough as nails. So I definitely like this Beginners Action Camera as well. It is small and takes awesome pictures! Overall an okay Beginners Action Camera that is probably more hype. All features are the same but this is way cheaper.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

6. DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer Camera Attachable to Smartphone, Android, iPhone F...

User Ratings: 66 10

DJI E1DJIOSMOPOCKET First Impressions

"My kids love using this!"

This is enough for most use cases! The pictures are captured in the swimming pool. I got this DJI E1DJIOSMOPOCKET to record our trip’s adventure. Surprisingly it takes VERY good photos underwater. The camera and screen protectors are absolutely amazing!

  • DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer Camera Attachable to Smartphone, Android, iPhone Filmaker Bundle with Hard Travel Case,Sandisk Ultra 32GB High Speed Micro SD Card + Corel Pro X9
  • AUTHORIZED DEALER - Includes Full USA WARRANTY
  • Lightweight and portable: as the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed, the compact and intelligent Osmo pocket turns any moment into a cinematic memory.
  • Amazingly powerful performance: Osmo pocket Snaps photos in stunning detail, thanks to a 1/2.3-Inch sensor, 80° FOV, and F/2.0 aperture. It can also shoot 4K/60Fps video at 100Mbps and photos at 12 MP with a Pixel size of 1.55 μm for footage worth sharing every time.
  • IN BOX: DJI Osmo pocket, carrying case, smartphone Adapter (USB-C), smartphone Adapter (Lightning), power cable
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES : Sandisk Imaging Ultra microSDHC 32GB UHS Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter |Corel Corel Paint Shop Pro 2018 (Digital Download Card - Updated Version of the X9) |Deco Gear Hard EVA Case with Zipper | LCD/Lens Cleaning Pen |Deco Gear 6 x 6 inch Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DJI E1DJIOSMOPOCKET
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DJI E1DJIOSMOPOCKET Final Thoughts

"Great Buy!"

Great price, best quality and as tough as nails. It’s a bit on the heavy side but that’s not a deal breaker. I think at this price range, this is a very good Beginners Action Camera to have. The quality and features were more than I expected. The batteries seem to last a decent amount of time.

Overall Score
4.4


(17 Points)

7. Original SJCAM SJ4000 Air 4K Wi-Fi Action Camera 16MP Waterproof DV Camcorder 170 Degree Wide Angle ...

User Ratings: 66

SJCAM First Impressions

"Sound is not great."

I don't consider these as cons, just my observations. There is no need for me to buy extra batteries. This is a very well-made little camera. This is a great investment for all kinds of uses. Surprisingly it takes VERY good photos underwater.

  • Original SJCAM SJ4000 Air 4K Wi-Fi Action Camera 16MP Waterproof DV Camcorder 170 Degree Wide Angle LCD with 2 Batteries and Mounting Accessories Kit
  • 【100% 4K HD Action Camera】: Provides 4K/30FPS, 2.7K/30FPS, 1080P/60FPS, 1080P/30FPS and 720P/120FPS Video Resolution. 16MP Image Resolution & 170 Super Wide Angle Lens Delivers Skip-Free HD Video and Accurately Capture Every Epic View And Exciting Moment For You.
  • Comes with a waterproof case and is waterproof up to 30 m. You can take video or photos controlled by an iPad above water with the connection to the SJCAM app. Also comes with a camera back door that can be interchanged with the waterproof backdoor if you would like better audio but a bit more protection for your camera.
  • Built-In WiFi wireless module: effective distance up to 3-5meters, apply on your phone or tablet, easily record videos and take photoes, upload and share every moments timely.
  • Long Battery Life: This Action Cam comes with 2 rechargeable batteries(One in camera,one in the box). Never run out of battery life again! Perfect for your outdoor activity and applications to extreme sports, outdoor activity, bicycle, car DVR, diving, web camera ect.
  • SJ4000 AIR is from SJCAM. You can verify the security code on the SJCAM website. You can also contact the customer service staff at SJCAM's official website. They will answer your questions about this product. SJ4000AIR is not compatible with "SJCAMZONE" for technical reasons. It can only use "sportcam". It is already on the box.You can scan and download.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SJCAM
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SJCAM Final Thoughts

"Can't wait to use it."

I will upload a video of it underwater once I have one as well. This is a great investment for all kinds of uses. I cant give the SJCAM enough stars. It is easy to mount the SJCAM on and it stays in place. The picture quality is outstanding with a stable picture.

Overall Score
4.5


(11 Points)

8. OSMO Action Camera 4K HD Video Cam Digital Waterproof HDR-Video Battery Charging Kit Adhesive Mount ...

User Ratings: 79

DJIParts First Impressions

"Thanks guys!"

I am very happy that I did it. The batteries seem to last a decent amount of time. It makes nice, clear videos and works perfectly for my needs. The DJIParts is very easy to use. The accessories feel high quality, and I'm sure they are.

  • OSMO Action Camera 4K HD Video Cam Digital Waterproof HDR-Video Battery Charging Kit Adhesive Mount Kit Frame Kit Accessories Compatible with DJI OSMO Action Camera (DJI Genuine USB-C Cover)
  • DJI Osmo Action Camera Captures Every Adventure in Stunning 4K Detail, Mavic 2, incredibly smooth content with Osmo Pocket, or heart-racing footage with Osmo Action, DJI offers a full suite of products for your creative needs.
  • Accessories include a mounting frame, a USB Type-C cable, a quick release base, a flat adhesive mount, a curved adhesive mount, and a connector screw for connecting the mounting frame to a compatible action mount.
  • Dual microphones with noise reduction technology and dual speakers; can input audio with an external microphone using the USB Type-C input.
  • This pocket-sized camera somehow manages to fit not only one, but two displays on its tiny frame. The back 2.25" 16:9 display has a crisp 640 x 360 resolution that covers the entire back of the unit. The front 1.4" 320 x 320 square display sits right next to the lens and allows you to preview your image while you're in the action or taking selfies. Both displays feature touchscreen control, saving precious housing space from those pesky old-fashioned buttons
  • With SnapShot you'll never miss a moment of the action. Press the shutter button to power on and begin recording in under two seconds. Pressing the shutter button once when the camera is in sleep mode or powered off engages preset shooting modes.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DJIParts
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DJIParts Final Thoughts

"Just a thought."

Amazing video quality and from something so small. First off I would like to commend DJIParts. This is enough for most use cases! Great purchase and highly recommended. Good and authentic after replacement.

Overall Score
4.4


(6 Points)

9. GoPro HERO5 Black with Chesty (Chest Harness)

User Ratings: 69 12

GoPro First Impressions

"Its Genius!"

I tried an 128G SD card and it worked. It's surprising how well it produces results electronically. I took this camera to Greece with me and it was great. This is my first action camera, and so far I'm satisfied. The value of all the parts is incredible.

  • GoPro HERO5 Black with Chesty (Chest Harness)
  • Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. Charger not included
  • Durable by design, HERO5 Black is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing
  • Provides an ultra immersive perspective
  • Perfect for skiing, cycling, motocross or paddle sports
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GoPro
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GoPro Final Thoughts

"Very happy with this."

This is a very well-made little camera. Cannot tell the difference from the two that came with it. Good and authentic after replacement. Pull the trigger and you'll be good with this purchase. And the image on the GoPro itself is sharp and clear.

Overall Score
4.2


(3045 Points)

10. Atomos Accessory Kit for Shogun Ninja Inferno & Flame

User Ratings: 89

Atomos ATOMACCKT1 First Impressions

"10/10 recommend."

It makes nice, clear videos and works perfectly for my needs. I tried an 128G SD card and it worked. Cheaper than K2, and offered much more features. The device itself is fabulous. I think at this price range, this is a very good Beginners Action Camera to have.

  • Atomos Accessory Kit for Shogun Ninja Inferno & Flame
  • HPRC Hard Flight Case
  • 2.5mm Female to Dual 2.5mm Male Control Cable
  • 2 x NP-F750 5200mAh Batteries
  • Fast Charger
  • USB 3.0 Docking Station
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Atomos ATOMACCKT1
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Atomos ATOMACCKT1 Final Thoughts

"I expected that."

I cannot say enough great things about this Beginners Action Camera. So I definitely like this Beginners Action Camera as well. The quality and features were more than I expected. I may have to pick up a second one at this price! Good and authentic after replacement.

Overall Score
4.9


(12 Points)

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