Want an action sports camera, but can't afford a GoPro or just looking for an alternative? You've come to the right place. I have done some research and rounded up 10 of the best GoPro action sports camera alternatives and listed them for your convenience below. Check them out for yourself and start capturing your favorite moments with ease!
The DBcam is a miniature action sports camera that shoots 480P video. The camera is designed to be worn on your wrist, head, pocket, or backpack strap. Along with video functions, it also has a snapshot option that produces high resolution still images. The included protective casing protects the camera from rain, snow, sleet, or rain so you are able to capture footage in virtually any weather conditions. The built-in battery is said to provide 2.5hrs of video recording and over 250 hours in standbye mode. In order to store your footage, you will need to purchase a Micro SD card (sold separately), which this camera supports cards up to 16GB.
Similar to the GoPro the Actionpro gives you full 1080 HD video capabilities while utilizing a 170 degree ultra wide angle lens. It also comes standard with a 1.5″ attachable LCD screen that will allow you to line up your shots perfectly in realtime. The Actionpro is also capable of 5MP still photos for those who want to take some awesome action stills in the heat of the moment. It includes a bunch of mounting accessories as well as a complementary 4GB memory card.
The HitCase is an excellent alternative to the GoPro, but you will need to own an iPhone 4/4s/5 in order to utilize it. The Hitcase is a fully weather and shockproof case that is able to be mounted just like the GoPro. By utilizing the iPhone's stellar camera and adequate storage space you are able to capture lots of crisp HD footage while performing any activity. If you buy the higher priced Hitcase Pro, you will also have an integrated 170 degree wide angle lens which will give you a larger POV and make your iPhone's camera look much better. (Read full review here)
The Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD camera is one of the most compact and best looking action sports cameras on the market. It can shoot in full 1080P HD as well as 960P & 720P if you're looking to get more storage space. The XS100 also shoots 16MP still photos. The device is waterproof and provides a 170 degree POV. You can adjust the framerate for 720P to capture awesome effects like slow or fast motion shots. Each purchase includes helmet & handlebar mounts.
Similar to the Hitcase, the Morphie OutRide is a protective case for the iPhone 4/4s that is weather and shock proof. The OutRide comes with a wide variety of mounting options including a helmet, handlebar, and surfboard attachment which will keep your device stable and secure while you record yourself participating in virtually any physical activity. Unfortunately, the Morphie Outride has not released and iPhone 5 version as of yet, so only iPhone 4/4s users will be able to take advantage of this case.
The Blurfix camera features 720P HD as well as standard definition video capabilities. If you're looking to capture still actions shots it is capable of producing 5MP images. The Blurfix ships with a waterproof and shockproof case as well as a 2-inch LCD touch screen display for video playback and configuration. Included is accessories like a suction cup, handlebar mount, helment mount, and waist hardness. These components will allow you to mount the Blurfix on a car, boat, motorcycle, bicycle, helmet, or waist.
The Epic HD Action camera provides full 1080P as well as 960P and 720P options. It can be mounted in multiple variations and has an adjustable 10/30 second self timer built-in. There is no native video preview/view, but you can purchase an EPIC viewer LCD screen separately. It utilizes SD cards up to 32 GB and is powered by 3 standard AAA batteries. Each purchase includes several mounting accessories.
The Sony HDR-AS15/B ActionCam gives the famous Sony HD camera quality in a compact and portable size. The device features built-in Wi-Fi, a 170-degree wide angle lens, HDMI output, and a rugged waterproof housing. On the inside you get the utilization of advanced features such as SteadyShot image stabilization, 4x Slow Motion video modes, and a Exmor CMOS sensor that provides excellent low-light performance. It accepts Memory Stock Micro and Micro SD/SDHC cards.
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