In today’s market, the best GoPro alternatives are often more affordable and can have more capable features than their official counterparts. In other words, they give the name brand a real run for its money, value and camera tech innovation. We all know GoPro holds the top position when it comes to tough, tiny, waterproof and stylish cameras that are perfect for extreme sports. But in recent years, the competition gained ground and has come up with models that can rival the latest GoPro cameras.
GoPro the action camera
Without any questions, GoPro’s are great for recording your extreme sport adventures; whether we are talking about snowboarding, mountain biking, running, or climbing, this amazing gadget can create beautiful Point of View videos as well as help you to record and make notes of your technique. Another thing to consider about the GoPro is that you should always have it in your bag while travelling. You may never know when you encounter a unique experience you might like to capture. Snorkelling in the Bahamas, climbing mount Everest, riding elephants in Thailand, swimming with the dolphins in Mauritius or even enjoying a beautiful and relaxing walk on the streets of London. All these memories should be rendered later exactly as you experience them.
You might be interested in reading our review on the GoPro Hero10 Black.
With so many different uses for this gadget, it’s perfect that there are as many other alternatives that are not so expensive. Our alternative cameras list was not easy to put together. So, here are the top 3 action cameras we could find that are essentially cheaper versions of GoPro models in 2022:
- Akaso EK7000 Pro
- DJI Osmo Action
- Akaso Brave 7 LE
What to look for when buying a GoPro alternative camera
When we came up with the 3 best camera alternatives, we considered 3 different aspects: the price, the weight/size of the gadget, and available features.
This list is mainly about the price. We want to present you with the cheapest available cameras as an alternative to the expensive GoPro. So each camera that made our list is under the price of a GoPro model, offering you more value for your money.
Weight and size
As we previously mentioned, the GoPros are tiny and resistant. This makes them easy to mount in different sorts of positions allowing you to do your activities without getting in your way. In conclusion, our alternative list contains compact cameras with incredible versatility.
The price may be the important topic, but you still want to have decent camera specifications. So, we looked at the stabilisation system, the resolution of the camera, video functions and of course the battery life. You don’t want to run out of battery while recording something highly important. All of these features will ensure you have a cheap GoPro alternative up to the task.
Best GoPro alternatives
Akaso EK7000 Pro
The device made it in our top 3 best cameras because it’s the best GoPro alternative if you are on a tight budget.
|Weight: 61g||Back-facing 2-inch touchscreen||The SD card is sold separately|
|Waterproof: 40m (with case)||Great value for 4K||Struggles in low light|
|4K video: 25fps; 1080: 60fps; 720: No||Super image stabilisation|
|Stills resolution: 16MP|
|Battery life: Up to 90 minutes|
You get a lot of value for your money with the Akaso EK7000 Pro. It does good in all categories, from recording impressive 4k footage to superb image stabilisation. The 2-inch touchscreen display comes in handy when you quickly want to configure your camera’s settings. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work while in the waterproof case. So, it’s a little bit difficult to utilise that while shooting underwater. The camera doesn’t perform great in low light but otherwise does a fairly decent job. When purchasing the camera, have in mind that the SD card is not included so make sure to factor that into your final cost.
DJI Osmo Action
This amazing camera does a great job recording 4k videos with excellent stabilisation.
|Weight: 134g||High-quality stabilised footage||Old model|
|Waterproof: 11m||Excellent value|
|4K video: up to 60fps; 1080: up to 240fps; 720: up to 240fps||Front facing display|
|Stills resolution: 12MP|
|Battery life: 1-2.25hrs (est)|
The DJI Osmo Action is a real competitor to the GoPro cameras. Its RockSteady stabilisation system creates smooth recordings whether you are moving or still. But again, it doesn’t matter where you are (on a mountain, or on the beach) or what you are doing (running, or surfing) because you will be sure it will capture high-quality videos. Later, these recordings will definitely get the attention of your friends. So be prepared to enjoy all those likes and appreciations. The front-facing screen allows you to see exactly what you are recording, making it easy when you point the camera at you.
Akaso Brave 7 LE
Yet another tremendous cheap GoPro alternative.
|Weight: 555g||Dual-Color screen design||Minimal waterproofing without housing|
|Waterproof: 1m (housings available)||Effective 6-axis stabilisation||Dual screen cannot be used at the same time.|
|Angle: Super Wide/Wide/Medium/Narrow|
|4K video: 30fps; 1080: 60fps; 720: 120fps|
|Stills resolution: 20MP|
|Battery life: 2-3 hours (est.)|
It’s impressive how another Akaso’s budget action gadget managed to slip into our top 3 best cameras. The Akaso Brave 7 LE offers many great features. It’s suitable for everyone with a tight budget that also wants to shoot 4k videos. The 6-axis stabilization system is amazing for a camera at this price. The front display is perfect for everyone doing a recording of themselves, like bloggers and the 2-inch back touch screen is made for easy operations. The camera has minimal waterproof, and we recommend using the case when you are doing water sports like swimming, surfing or diving.