Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Infrared Action Cameras

1. Gear Pro Ryder Action Camera, Hi-Resolution Full 1080p HD Video, 16 MegaPixel Images, Fold-Out 1.5''...

User Ratings: 54

Gear Pro GDV786GOR First Impressions

"I expected that."

I am very happy that I did it. Good and authentic after replacement. Surprisingly it takes VERY good photos underwater. The quality and features were more than I expected. I took this camera to Greece with me and it was great.

  • Gear Pro Ryder Action Camera, Hi-Resolution Full 1080p HD Video, 16 MegaPixel Images, Fold-Out 1.5'' LCD Display, with Waterproof Case and Helmet Camera, Orange
  • Records HD Video and Snaps Hi-Res Pictures - 1.5'' Fold-Out LCD Display Screen - GPS Navigation Tracking Software with Integrated Google Maps - Instantly Playback Images & Video - Anti Shaking Function for Image Stabilization - 360° Degree Adjustable and Rotating Camera Lens for Horizontal, Vertical, Angled Mounting - Wirelessly Snap Pics & Record Video via Remote Control - HDMI Mini Connector Port (Connects to HDTVs) - Take Pictures While Recording Video - Waterproof Case Safe in Depths up to 99' Feet - Easy Touch Button Controls - Easily Save and Transfer Files to PC - Built-in Rechargeable Battery - Up to 2 Hour Battery Life - Micro SD Card Slot Reader - Preview Media Files Instantly on the Display Screen - Charges via USB Port or Wall Charger (Included).
  • Built-in Speaker & Microphone for Recording Audio - Invertible Screen Display for Upside-Down Mounting/Recording - Up to 4X Digital Zoom Function - Included Gear Pro Ryder GPS Software - Exposure Value, White Balance, Light Frequency Settings Adjustments - LCD Displays Remaining Pictures & Record Time Available - Includes IR Remote: Wirelessly Snap Pics & Record Video - Universal Screw-Threading & Multi-Mount Options - Built-in G-Sensor Activates Video Recording Upon Accident/Collision - Multi-Language Support: English, Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), French, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Portuguese.
  • The Gear Pro Ryder GPS Software - Integrated Google Maps for GPS Navigation - Map Displays Traveled Route During Your Recording - Graph Display of Speed and Distance Traveled - Video Playback and Control Interface.
  • Snap Pictures: Capture Images in 5 or 16 Mega Pixels - 16MP (Pixels: 4618 x 3464) - 5MP (Pixels: 2592 x 1944) - High, Normal, Low Quality Selectable - Time Lapse (Automatic Photo) Timer Function - Auto Photo Taking: Choose Between 3, 5, 10, 30, 60 seconds - Image File Format: .jpg. - Record Video: Video Capture in 1080p, 720p or VGA - 1080p (1920 x 1080) @ 30FPS - 720p (1280 x 720) @ 60FPS - VGA (640 x 480) @ 120FPS - Motion Detection Recording Ability - Anti Shaking Image Stabilization Assistance - Switchable Video Recording Modes: Normal and Loop - Loop Recording Length: 2 or 5 minutes - Video File Format: .mov
  • Technical Specs: Image Sensor: 5 CMOS Mega - Wide Angle Lens: F=2.4 (f=3.2mm) - 160° (1080p) - 170° (720p & VGA) - Battery: Lithium 1200mAh Li-Polymer - Infrared (IR) Remote Control Operation - Supports Micro SD Cards up to 32GB - Light Frequency Options: 50Hz, 60Hz - G Sensor Sensitivity Selectable: 4G or 8G - Date Stamp: On/Off - Camera Weight: 3.35 oz - Camera Dimensions (L x W x H): 3.85'' x 1.77'' x 1.37'' - Accessories Included: Waterproof Case, Helmet/Goggle Belt, 3M Adhesive Pads, USB and HDMI Cables, AC Wall Charger, Velcro Strap.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Gear Pro GDV786GOR
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Gear Pro GDV786GOR Final Thoughts

"Great pix."

Great price, best quality and as tough as nails. I'm looking forward to using this Gear Pro GDV786GOR. It makes nice, clear videos and works perfectly for my needs. I was worried that it could be difficult to frame the shots. I'll list the pros vs cons to summarize.

Overall Score
4.1


(2 Points)

2. GoPro HERO3: White Edition - (197'/ 60m Waterproof Housing)

User Ratings: 66 7

GoPro CHDHE-301 First Impressions

"You don't need it."

I took this camera to Greece with me and it was great. Video stabilization is astonishing. I am very happy that I did it. The number of mounts included is simply ridiculous! I was shocked at how small this unit is.

  • GoPro HERO3: White Edition - (197'/ 60m Waterproof Housing)
  • Professional quality video capture in 1080p 30fps, 960p 30 fpts, 720p 60 fps, and WVGA 60 fps
  • Built in Wi-Fi compatible with the GoPro app for Smartphones/Tablets; as well as the Wi-Fi remote (available seperatly)
  • 5 MP photos with 3 fps burst mode, and time lapse at .5, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 second intervals
  • 197’/ 60m Waterproof Housing with integrated flat lense housing
  • Compatible with LCD Touch BacPac, and 2nd generation Battery Bacpac, as well as backward compatible with all older generation bacpacs
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GoPro CHDHE-301
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GoPro CHDHE-301 Final Thoughts

"Daughter loved it."

I will be taking this to my trip to the Philippines. I race motorcycles, both road race track and dirt scrambles. This accessory bundle for my GoPro CHDHE-301 has a ton of items. The batteries seem to last a decent amount of time. It's surprising how well it produces results electronically.

Overall Score
4.3


(690 Points)

3. GoPro HERO8 Black Action Camera w/GoPro Smart Remote and 32GB Memory Card

K&M CHDHX-801 First Impressions

"Great Buy!"

Amazing video quality and from something so small. I wanted an inexpensive camera to videotape snorkeling in Maui. This thing is solid as ever. And it’s not so much the video quality, but rather the size. The device itself is fabulous.

  • GoPro HERO8 Black Action Camera w/GoPro Smart Remote 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

"So far so good."

Cannot tell the difference from the two that came with it. I don't consider these as cons, just my observations. It was quick and I had no issues. It makes nice, clear videos and works perfectly for my needs. You can shoot your videos and frame them later.

Overall Score
5.0


(4 Points)

4. DJI Osmo Action 4K Camera with 128GB Basic Accessory Bundle - Includes: SanDisk Extreme 128GB microS...

DJI DJIOSMACTNBAB3 First Impressions

"Don't take chances."

A wonderful assortment of accessories were included. The whole outlook and vintage and nice. Cheaper than K2, and offered much more features. I am very happy that I did it. There is no need for me to buy extra batteries.

  • DJI Osmo Action 4K Camera with 128GB Basic Accessory Bundle - Includes: SanDisk Extreme 128GB microSDXC Memory Card (UHS-I / V30 / A2 / U3 / Class-10) + Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DJI DJIOSMACTNBAB3
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DJI DJIOSMACTNBAB3 Final Thoughts

"This is great."

Hope future firmware can change it to a long press. It is easy to mount the DJI on and it stays in place. Captures all my adventures when I need it to. This is a very well-made little camera. I think at this price range, this is a very good Infrared Action Camera to have.

Overall Score
5.0


(6 Points)

5. SJCAM SJ4000 WIFI Action Camera FHD1080P waterproof Underwater Camera 12MP Sports Camcorder 2.0 LCD ...

User Ratings: 69

SJCAM First Impressions

"Can't wait to use it."

Great purchase and highly recommended. It can attach to his bike and scooter. Great color, crystal clear video as well as audio. This action camera is amazing for the price! I will be ordering several more for my personal use!

  • SJCAM SJ4000 WIFI Action Camera FHD1080P waterproof Underwater Camera 12MP Sports Camcorder 2.0 LCD Screen Display -Black
  • 12 Megapixels Sensor - SJCAM SJ4000 wifi sports camera Allow recording Full HD 1080P/30FPS 1920*1080 videos and 720/60FPS, 720/30FPS, WVGA/30FPS, VGA640*480 videos, shoot 12M burst crisp photos
  • 2.0 LCD Screen FHD Display - Clearly see your operation ,easy setting to replay the footage you are shooting just by your action camera, convenient your operation
  • Wireless Control Wifi Action Camera - Built-in wifi, transfer your action in minutes to your mobile device, edit and share your wonderful moments instantly
  • Durable and Waterproof to 30 Meters - The camera is designed to withstand any extreme situation with the waterproof camera housing,whether your are skiing, diving, snorkeling, climbing or gliding
  • Professional Car Mode - The sports action camera work feel your moving and constant recording with motion detection and loop recording function also work as a helmet camera, web camera, capture the word you live
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SJCAM
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SJCAM Final Thoughts

"We love this camera!"

It is easy to mount the SJCAM on and it stays in place. This action camera is amazing for the price! All features are the same but this is way cheaper. But for action/close filming/pictures-can't beat it. Love SJCAM, and this mount works great too.

Overall Score
4.7


(3 Points)

6. Eprosperous 3pcs Purple Aluminum ThumbScrew Set + Wrench (color random) for Gopro Session, Hero 5, 4...

Eprosperous First Impressions

"Really enjoyed the Eprosperous ."

I tried an 128G SD card and it worked. I cant give the Eprosperous enough stars. Pull the trigger and you'll be good with this purchase. I was shocked at how small this unit is. On the motorcycle helmet, forget that 3M sticky tape.

  • Eprosperous 3pcs Purple Aluminum ThumbScrew Set + Wrench (color random) for Gopro Session, Hero 5, 4, 3+, 3, 2, 1,SJCAM SJ4000/SJ4000 WIFI/SJ5000/SJ6000/SJ7000 SOOCOO S60 Xiaomi Yi
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Eprosperous Final Thoughts

"So exciting!"

These are original Eprosperous batteries, and charger. Pull the trigger and you'll be good with this purchase. Cheaper than K2, and offered much more features. Cost more than half the price of the drone. I just love this little camera!

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

7. Dragon Touch 4K Action Camera 16MP Vision 3 Underwater Waterproof Camera 170° Wide Angle WiFi Sport...

User Ratings: 66 7

Dragon Touch Vision 3 First Impressions

"The light."

Overall an okay Infrared Action Camera that is probably more hype. It was quick and I had no issues. This feature alone is the reason I bought the Dragon Touch Vision 3. The accessories feel high quality, and I'm sure they are. I will upload a video of it underwater once I have one as well.

  • Dragon Touch 4K Action Camera 16MP Vision 3 Underwater Waterproof Camera 170° Wide Angle WiFi Sports Cam with Remote 2 Batteries and Mounting Accessories Kit
  • 4K ACTION CAMERA with 4X ZOOM: Professional 4K/30FPS, 2.7K/30fps, 1080P/60FPS video and 16MP photo resolution enables you to capture exciting moment for you. This action camera also features zoom range from 1.0X to 4.0X.
  • WIRELESS WRIST REMOTE CONTROL: Put the remote control on your wrist while installing the sports camera on your helmet, convenient to record moments in places you can't reach. Wireless range up to 10m(33ft), the remote is not waterproof.
  • WIFI ACTION CAMERA with 2" SCREEN: Save and share your sports action camera moments on the phone/tablet with App XDV, WiFi signal ranges up to 33 feet. 2'' screen allows you to preview the video in action camera.
  • 100FT WATERPROOF CAMERA with FREE ACCESSORIES: Place your camera into the waterproof case and securely fasten it, you can dive below 30 meters. This underwater camera is ideal for water sports such as swimming, surfing, diving, etc. This underwater camera also comes with 2 rechargeable 1050mAh batteries, charger and accessories which available for most action camera even Gopro.
  • VERSATILE BUT COMPACT: This action camera features multiple functions including driving mode, image rotation, time-lapse, loop recording, slow motion, dramashot, exposure and white balance. Bringing this sports camera to more applicable conditions beyond your expectation. This action camera is not Mac compatible.
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Dragon Touch Vision 3
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Dragon Touch Vision 3 Final Thoughts

"So exciting!"

It may be even better then my other GoPro to be honest. Great color, crystal clear video as well as audio. I was worried that it could be difficult to frame the shots. There is no need for me to buy extra batteries. Very good customer service top notch.

Overall Score
4.3


(3618 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 Infrared 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. Andoer AN6000 4K 16MP WiFi Action Sports Camera Ultra HD Waterproof with Remote Control 12MP 170 Deg...

Andoer First Impressions

"Killer deal!"

This is a very well-made little camera. It’s a bit on the heavy side but that’s not a deal breaker. It's surprising how well it produces results electronically. More than you'd likely use an action camera for really. Feels very fragile, cheap and lightweight.

  • Andoer AN6000 4K 16MP WiFi Action Sports Camera Ultra HD Waterproof with Remote Control 12MP 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens Support
  • Adopt for Allwinner V3 chipset and for Sony 179 CMOS sensor, high technology ensure excellent image quality and video smoothness.Built-in WiFi, you can share photos with friends instantly.
  • 170 Degree super wide angle HD lens offer a wider vision for group/more scene.Support 4K 30fps/ 1080P 60fps/ 720P 120fps stunning video recording, the image can be rotated.
  • Support up to 16MP photography, with Timed / Auto/ Drama modes. Enjoy more fun with Time Lapse/ Loop Recording/ Slow Motion shooting modes.
  • The waterproof case enable you to shoot underwater 40m, great for diving/swimming & etc water activities.Compact and small, with multiple mounting accessories - ideal for extreme sports talents.
  • 4X digital zoom help to magnify scene from remote, with 2.0 inch LCD screen displaying details.Comes with a wearable remote control, effective distance 10m/32.8ft.
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Andoer Final Thoughts

"Christmas gift."

This feature alone is the reason I bought the Andoer . Also, the customer service is very good! Surprisingly it takes VERY good photos underwater. This little camera will amaze you. It also has a bigger battery than the other cameras I've tried.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

10. SJCAM WiFi Underwater Camera Diving Action Cam with High-end Chips and Sensors,Sports Camcorder with...

SJCAM SJ5000X-Elite CBB First Impressions

"It’s worth it."

Surprisingly it takes VERY good photos underwater. I contacted SJCAM customer service and they were amazing. No problem with the exposure control either, very fast. The order arrived faster than expected, which was great. It is easy to mount the SJCAM on and it stays in place.

  • SJCAM WiFi Underwater Camera Diving Action Cam with High-end Chips and Sensors,Sports Camcorder with Dual Charger, Extra Battery, Bag (SJ5000X-Elite +Charger+Battery+Bag, Black)
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SJCAM SJ5000X-Elite CBB
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SJCAM SJ5000X-Elite CBB Final Thoughts

"It’s worth it."

But for action/close filming/pictures-can't beat it. Pull the trigger and you'll be good with this purchase. No problem with the exposure control either, very fast. I don't consider these as cons, just my observations. First off I would like to commend SJCAM.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

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