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 HERO8 Black Action Camera w/Extra Battery and GoPro The Handler Floating Hand Grip and 32GB Me...

User Ratings: 80 6

K&M CHDHX-801 First Impressions

"Great price!"

I cannot say enough great things about this Beginners Action Camera. I was skeptical at best, but decided to go ahead. There is no need for me to buy extra batteries. More than you'd likely use an action camera for really. The accessories feel high quality, and I'm sure they are.

  • GoPro HERO8 Black Action Camera w/Extra Battery and GoPro The Handler Floating Hand Grip and 32GB Memory Card
  • This K&M Bundle Includes All Standard GoPro Accessories + Limited 1-Year Warranty (through Manufacturer)
  • GoPro HERO 8 Box Includes: GoPro HERO8 Black, Rechargeable Battery, Curved Adhesive Mount, Mounting Buckle, Thumbscrew, USB-C Cable, Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • GoPro Hero 8 Features: HyperSmooth 2.0 Video Stabilization, TimeWarp 2.0 Stabilized Time-Lapse Video, Live streaming in 1080p, RAW in all Photo modes, Night lapse video
  • Editor's Impressions Of The K&M CHDHX-801
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K&M CHDHX-801 Final Thoughts

"Killer deal!"

I will be taking this to my trip to the Philippines. The value of all the parts is incredible. I was able to get it to power on and STAY POWERED ON! More like I wanted plus more! The whole outlook and vintage and nice.

Overall Score
4.5


(26 Points)

3. Nikon WP-AA1 Waterproof Case for KeyMission 170

User Ratings: 68

Nikon VHW00401 First Impressions

"My only gripe is the stand."

I tried an 128G SD card and it worked. Has a lot to offer at a good price. It may be even better then my other GoPro to be honest. It is easy to mount the Nikon on and it stays in place. No need to spend hundreds on something else!

  • Nikon WP-AA1 Waterproof Case for KeyMission 170
  • Nikon WP-AA1 Waterproof Case - Nikon 90 Day Limited Warranty
  • Compatibility: Nikon KeyMission 170 Action Camera
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 3.6 x 3.2 x 2.0" (90.2 x 80.3 x 48.8mm)
  • Weight: Approx. 4.7 oz (133g) excluding battery and camera
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon VHW00401
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Nikon VHW00401 Final Thoughts

"The light."

It came with travel case and at least 25 different attachments. So, will definitely keep it instead of Sony cam! A wonderful assortment of accessories were included. More than you'd likely use an action camera for really. This is a very well-made little camera.

Overall Score
4.5


(18 Points)

4. OSMO Action Camera 4K HD Video Cam Digital Waterproof Battery Charging Kit Adhesive Mount Frame Acce...

User Ratings: 79

DJIParts First Impressions

"Just a thought."

I will upload a video of it underwater once I have one as well. I don't consider these as cons, just my observations. I'll list the pros vs cons to summarize. The batteries seem to last a decent amount of time. Get a stainless steel tether.

  • OSMO Action Camera 4K HD Video Cam Digital Waterproof Battery Charging Kit Adhesive Mount Frame Accessories Compatible with DJI OSMO Action Camera (PGYTECH Osmo Action Hand and Wrist Strap)
  • 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

"I enjoyed using it."

I think at this price range, this is a very good Beginners Action Camera to have. Exposed well, good sharpness levels and color saturation. No problem with the exposure control either, very fast. This works well enough, except when I want to use it. This accessory bundle for my DJIParts has a ton of items.

Overall Score
4.4


(6 Points)

5. GoPro HERO8 Black, Waterproof Action Camera, Pro Explorer Bundle with Dive/Protective Case, 3-Way Mo...

User Ratings: 40

GoPro HERO8 Black First Impressions

"See the pics yourself."

Good and authentic after replacement. I contacted GoPro customer service and they were amazing. And the image on the GoPro HERO8 Black itself is sharp and clear. It may be even better then my other GoPro to be honest. Has a lot to offer at a good price.

  • GoPro HERO8 Black, Waterproof Action Camera, Pro Explorer Bundle with Dive/Protective Case, 3-Way Mount, 2 Batteries, 128B microSD Card, Cleaning Kit
  • KIT INCLUDES: GoPro HERO 8 Black Camera (CHDHX-801) | Rechargeable Battery (1220mAh) | Curved Adhesive Mount | Mounting Buckle | USB-C Cable | Thumb Screw| GoPro 3-Way 3-in-1 Mount (Grip Handle, Extension Arm and Tripod) AFAEM-001 | GoPro Dive Case / Protective Housing for HERO8 Camera (AJDIV-001) | 2x Extra GoPro Rechargeable Battery (GPAJBAT001) | SanDisk 128GB Extreme UHS-I Class 10 V30 U3 microSD Card | ProOptic Cleaning Kit
  • KEY FEATURES: 4K60 Video + 12MP Photos | HyperSmooth 2.0 Video Stabilization | TimeWarp 2.0 Time-Lapse Video | Night Time-Lapse Video | 1080p Live Streaming | SuperPhoto + Improved HDR | Foldable Mount Fingers | LiveBurst Image Capture | Digital Lenses (SuperView, Wide, Linear, Narrow) | Rugged + Waterproof 33ft (10M) | 8x Slo-Mo Video | 2-inch Intuitive Touch Screen | Face, Smile + Scene Detection | 3 Built-in Mics with Reduced Wind Noise | USB-C Charging | Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Enabled
  • WARRANTY: GoPro Authorized Reseller. Includes a Limited GoPro 1 Year USA Warranty.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GoPro HERO8 Black
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GoPro HERO8 Black Final Thoughts

"I like the video capability."

I'll hear about that one with my critical family member. Comes with lots of accessories and 2 batteries. I'm looking forward to using this GoPro HERO8 Black. My friends are impressed by my work with this Beginners Action Camera. Great price, best quality and as tough as nails.

Overall Score
4.2


(7 Points)

6. Sony HDRAS300/W HD Recording, Action Cam Underwater Camcorder, White

User Ratings: 64 9

Sony HDRAS300/W First Impressions

"Not a scratch on it."

Smart controller makes the flying experience that much better. I will be taking this to my trip to the Philippines. This is enough for most use cases! The value of all the parts is incredible. The picture quality out performs any expectation I had.

  • Sony HDRAS300/W HD Recording, Action Cam Underwater Camcorder, White
  • Ultimate image stabilization from Balanced Optical SteadyShot Outstanding Full HD with ZEISS lens and Exmor R CMOS sensorCamera control / viewing w/ supplied LiveView Remote or smartphone
  • Splash-proof body or use incl. waterproof housing down to 197ft. Selectable viewing angle: Wide, Medium or Narrow and 3x zoomHigh quality 12MP still images and up to 10 fps in burst mode
  • Interval record at 8.3MP for stills and 4K time-lapse videoHigh Quality stereo sound with wind noise reductionBuilt-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, HDMI, USB and mic jack
  • Intuitive interface, 3x rec. lights and adjustable beep volume
  • Exposure Mode:Multi-segment
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony HDRAS300/W
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Sony HDRAS300/W Final Thoughts

"A very versatile Beginners Action Camera."

The new form factor and weight are fantastic! Has loads and loads of accessories. I will upload a video of it underwater once I have one as well. Great price, best quality and as tough as nails. But the quality difference gets lost in the fine print.

Overall Score
4.2


(48 Points)

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

User Ratings: 79 6

GoPro AMZGOPCHDHX801D First Impressions

"I'm terribly impressed."

The pictures are captured in the swimming pool. Simple to use and share on social media in a few minutes. More like I wanted plus more! I accidentally ran 4 of the 1050 MaH through a dryer. Just used the camera for the first time snorkeling today.

  • GoPro HERO8 Black Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live with Accessory Bundle + 2 Extra GoPro USA Batteries + Sandisk 64GB MicroSDHC U3 + Ritz Gear Reader
  • 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 AMZGOPCHDHX801D
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GoPro AMZGOPCHDHX801D Final Thoughts

"Love the layout."

Love GoPro, and this mount works great too. I started using it immediately and the quality looks very good. It can attach to his bike and scooter. For the price this is a great buy. The number of mounts included is simply ridiculous!

Overall Score
4.5


(142 Points)

8. Coleman Bravo CX10WP 1080p HD Helmet and Action Camera with Mounts and Waterproof Housing (Silver)

Coleman CX10WP First Impressions

"Everything is great."

Just take out the micro-SDHC card and plug it into a reader. I will be taking this to my trip to the Philippines. I cannot say enough great things about this Beginners Action Camera. The number of mounts included is simply ridiculous! So, will definitely keep it instead of Sony cam!

  • Coleman Bravo CX10WP 1080p HD Helmet and Action Camera with Mounts and Waterproof Housing (Silver)
  • Features 170 Degree Ultra Wide Angle Lens
  • 1080p Full HD video resolution at 30fps, 960p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps
  • Waterproof to 200 ft. with included case
  • Includes camera, waterproof case, swivel tip, lens cap, Velcro strap, anti-fog inserts, secure tether, curved adhesive mount, flat adhesive mount, handlebar/bike mount, T-tip adapter, instruction manual, image editing software, 1 year warranty
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coleman CX10WP
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Coleman CX10WP Final Thoughts

"Thank you Thank you!"

The Coleman CX10WP is very easy to use. I took this camera to Greece with me and it was great. The pictures are captured in the swimming pool. It makes nice, clear videos and works perfectly for my needs. The picture quality is outstanding with a stable picture.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

9. DJI Osmo Pocket Gimbal 3-Axis Stabilized Handheld Camera with 64GB SD Card Supports 4K Video

User Ratings: 66 9

DJI First Impressions

"Great Buy!"

It is small and takes awesome pictures! Here's a few underwater pictures from my trip! Great purchase and highly recommended. I will be taking this to my trip to the Philippines. Overall an okay Beginners Action Camera that is probably more hype.

  • DJI Osmo Pocket Gimbal 3-Axis Stabilized Handheld Camera with 64GB SD Card Supports 4K Video
  • Osmo Pocket does not include any SD cards in the box. Additional 64GB microSD Card with Adapter included (UHS 3; High-performance for 4K UHD video recording; Brand May Vary)
  • Additional 3.5mm Adapter allows the user to plug in an external 3.5mm microphone into Osmo Pocket for higher-quality sound recording.
  • 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. 3-Axis Mechanical Gimbal: The Osmo Pocket camera is equipped with a remarkable 3-axis stabilized gimbal and a new algorithm that ensures a control accuracy of ±0.005° and maximum control speed of 120°/s.
  • 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.
  • DJI Mimo: Osmo Pocket is meant for anyone with a story to tell, which is why we developed DJI Mimo. This dedicated app expands your imagination with editing tools and opens the door to a community that inspires your own visual storytelling.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DJI
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DJI Final Thoughts

"Pretty fast charge time."

The quality is decent for the size. I am so beyond happy with my purchase of this DJI . I cannot say enough great things about this Beginners Action Camera. The device itself is fabulous. The device itself is fabulous.

Overall Score
4.4


(16 Points)

10. 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)

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