April 2024

Action Video Cameras: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of action video cameras rankings posted by key online experts, as of April 2024.

Summary

On 3 Apr 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 78 action camera endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

26 action cameras were endorsed in total, only 15 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 3 Apr 2024, GoPro Hero12 Black takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed action camera with 9 expert endorsements. 8 experts out of 9 recommended it as the '#1 action camera' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking action video cameras start at $139.99 (Akaso Brave 7 LE) and go up to $698 (Sony RX0 Mark II). Median action camera costs $398.90 (GoPro Hero12 Black).
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At a glance - April Ranking

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Rank Change Price Action Camera
Popular Science
Camera Jabber
Digital Camera World
Wirecutter
Tom's Guide
PCMag
TechRadar
WIRED
Pocket-lint
T3
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GoPro Hero12 Black
The GoPro Hero12 Black is a highly praised action camera known for its exceptional video quality, durability, user-friendly interface, and range of accessories, making it a top choice for capturing action-packed moments and stunning footage in various settings.
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- $398
DJI Osmo Action 4
The DJI Osmo Action 4 is a highly recommended action camera with excellent image stabilization, impressive video quality, and a range of convenient features, making it a versatile choice for action enthusiasts and videographers.
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- $360
Insta360 Go 3
The Insta360 Go 3 is a compact camera with impressive video quality, user-friendly features, and a range of accessories, making it suitable for various use cases.
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GoPro Hero11 Black
The GoPro Hero11 Black is a highly praised action camera that offers impressive video quality, durability, and user-friendly features, making it ideal for capturing high-resolution footage in various scenarios.
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Insta360 X3
The Insta360 X3 is a 360-degree camera with impressive video quality, image stabilization, and durability, making it a reliable choice for capturing high-quality footage in various environments and for different purposes.
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GoPro Hero10 Black
The GoPro Hero10 Black is a highly praised action camera that offers exceptional video quality, durability, and user-friendly features, making it suitable for a wide range of use cases.
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- $412
Insta360 One RS
The Insta360 One RS Action Camera receives positive reviews for its impressive video quality, image stabilization, flexible storage options, durability, user-friendly interface, and range of accessories, making it a great choice for action-packed activities and professional photographers or videographers.
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Insta360 Ace Pro
The Insta360 Ace Pro is a high-quality action camera that offers industry-leading video quality, excellent image stabilization, durability, and user-friendly features, making it suitable for a wide range of applications.
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DJI Osmo Action 3
The DJI Osmo Action 3 is a highly recommended action camera that offers impressive video quality, durability, user-friendly interface, and bundled accessories for enhanced shooting capabilities in various scenarios.
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Akaso Brave 7 LE
The Akaso Brave 7 LE action camera receives positive reviews for its video quality, storage options, durability, battery life, user interface, and included accessories, making it a reliable and versatile option for outdoor activities.
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- $234
GoPro Hero11 Black Mini
The GoPro Hero11 Black Mini is a highly recommended action camera that excels in video quality, durability, and user interface, making it a top choice for outdoor and sports enthusiasts.
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- $549
GoPro Max
The GoPro Max is a highly recommended 360-degree camera that offers excellent video quality, image stabilization, and durability, making it ideal for capturing immersive footage in action-packed scenarios or for creating virtual reality content.
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GoPro Hero 9 Black
The GoPro Hero 9 Black is a highly praised action camera known for its exceptional video quality, durability, and user-friendly interface, making it a versatile choice for capturing action-packed footage and creating high-quality videos.
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- $251
DJI Action 2
The DJI Action 2 is a versatile action camera with impressive video quality, image stabilization, and a range of accessories, but it may struggle in low light conditions.
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Olympus Tough TG-6
The Olympus Tough TG-6 is a versatile and durable camera that offers good video quality, making it ideal for capturing action and outdoor adventures, although some reviewers have mentioned issues with audio quality in video recordings.
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#10 $139.99 Akaso Brave 7 LE
#9 $198.99 DJI Osmo Action 3
#6 $229 GoPro Hero10 Black
#11 $234 GoPro Hero11 Black Mini
#13 $239.99 GoPro Hero 9 Black
#14 $251.17 DJI Action 2
#4 $329 GoPro Hero11 Black
#3 $359.99 Insta360 Go 3
#2 $398 DJI Osmo Action 4
#1 $398.90 GoPro Hero12 Black
#5 $399 Insta360 X3
#8 $399.99 Insta360 Ace Pro
#7 $411.99 Insta360 One RS
#15 $489 Olympus Tough TG-6
#12 $549 GoPro Max

We ranked GoPro Hero12 Black #1 in April 2024 because:

  • 9 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
  • Out of those, 8 experts ranked GoPro Hero12 Black as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Science

Best overall

Improved photo performance
Longer run times with the Enduro battery
Award-winning stabilization
Vertical video support

Not much of an upgrade over the Hero 11
Low-light performance is still mediocre

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Digital Camera World

The GoPro Hero 12 Black adds with one hand and takes with the other

Captures versatile 8:7 content
Excellent image stabilization
Horizon locking at up to 5.3K
Bluetooth audio recording

Lowlight video isn't great
Front display is not touch-sensitive
No GPS (unlike last generation)

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Wirecutter

The best action camera

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Tom's Guide

The best action camera overall

Bluetooth support for audio
Cheaper than previous model
Outstanding video performance
Horizon lock feature
Intuitive to operate

Specs largely unchanged from Hero11
Premium editing features paywall

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PCMag

Best Overall / Editors' Choice

Class-leading video stabilization
10-bit HDR, GP-Log, and SDR video profiles
Up to 5.3K60, 4K120, or 2.7K240 recording
More useful Easy Controls than on Hero11
Front and rear displays
Pro controls and timecode sync
Tough, waterproof build
Small enough to mount in tight spots

Drops long-running GPS feature
Only a few headphones support wireless audio feature
One battery won't last all day

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TechRadar

The best action camera for most people

Versatile mounting options
Shoots stable, high-res video

Still not great in low lighting
Average battery life

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WIRED

Best Overall

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Pocket-lint

Best action camera overall

Mounts to tripods without an adapter
Can record audio with Bluetooth mics/earbuds
Longer battery life and better thermals

Very similar to the Hero 11
No onboard GPS

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T3

Best action camera overall

Serious feature upgrades for pros and beginners
Improved battery life
Bluetooth audio support for headphones
Stabilisation enhancements

1/4-20 mounting has its limitations
Max photo/video resolution hasn't changed

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We ranked DJI Osmo Action 4 #2 in April 2024 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked DJI Osmo Action 4 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Science

Best for vlogging

Image quality has been improved
Waterproof down to 52 feet
Front and rear touchscreen
High-capacity battery for long recording sessions

Video quality tops out at 4K
Limited photo quality

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Digital Camera World

Best action camera for low light work

Dual touchscreen control
Good vlogging tool in vertical or horizontal
Best low-light performance
10-Bit D-Log M

12-megapixel images and 4K maximum video resolution
No period of cloud backup included
Vertical format use requires a frame
Voice control could be better

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Tom's Guide

The best GoPro alternative

Great image quality
Large sensor
D-Log recording
Decent internal audio
4K/120p slow-mo
Awesome mounting options

GoPro Hero12 Black similarly priced
App missing core editing features
No resolutions over 4K

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PCMag

Best Low-Light Action Cam

Wide-angle lens with excellent digital stabilization
Front and rear touch screens
Up to 4K120 slow motion
10-bit D-Log color
Waterproof to 59 feet
Works as a webcam

Smartphone-based product activation
Quick-release mount is easy to lose
Rear display isn't visible through polarized sunglasses

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TechRadar

The best value alternative to the GoPro Hero 12

Significantly better image quality
Convenient magnetic mounting

Average battery life
Pricier than predecessor

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WIRED

The Best Not-a-GoPro

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Pocket-lint

Best GoPro alternative

Superb low-light performance
Brilliant front-facing touchscreen
Awesome magnetic mounting system

Very similar to its predecessor
On the pricey side

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T3

Best mid-range action camera

Improved low-light performance
Goes 18m/59ft underwater without a case
Front and rear LCD touchscreens
Accessory can collect GPS data
Easy to swap between horizontal and vertical

No 5.7K video resolution
Small upgrade on predecessor

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend action video cameras.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of action video cameras, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for April 2024 ranking

We ranked Insta360 Go 3 #3 in April 2024 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Science

Best for beginners

Stabilized video
Unique magnetic mounting options
Versatile modular design with the Action Pod
Tiny size is very convenient

Photos are only INSP or DNG
Built-in memory is limiting

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Digital Camera World

A tiny camera that pops in and out of a flip-screen vlogging case

Use compact or with combo unit
Touchscreen interface
Live streaming

Internal storage in camera (microSD cards need secondary unit)
Resolution limited to 2.7K won't beat Osmo Action 4 or GoPro

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Tom's Guide

The best tiny action camera

Incredibly small
Good looking 2.7K video
Great auto mode and filters
No recording time limit

No removable storage
Camera gets warm
No external mic support
Poor low light performance

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PCMag

Best Wearable Action Cam

Stabilized 2.7K30 video
Versatile, ultra-compact design
Waterproof to 16 feet
Action Pod attachment has flip-forward touch LCD

Action Pod housing isn't submersible
Non-removable battery and no storage expansion slot
Some video modes require post-processing
Wearable footage looks unsteady

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TechRadar

The best modular action camera with a tiny design

Action Pod adds lots of functionality
Convenient magnetic mounting

Lower resolution than rivals
Weak low-light performance

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WIRED

Most Fun

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Pocket-lint

Best micro action camera

Tiny and unobtrusive
Remote monitoring with the Action Pod
Excellent mounting options

Quality can't compare to larger cameras
More expensive than its predecessor

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T3

Best action camera for POV shooting

Versatile shooting modes
New magnetic mount system works with or without Action Pod
Action Pod allows for smoother on-the-go operation than GO 2's clamshell pod

Resolution doesn't match full-size action cameras
It would be great if the action cam had a replaceable battery so you could record POV footage for longer

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We ranked GoPro Hero11 Black #4 in April 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked GoPro Hero11 Black as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Camera Jabber

Great quality video
Excellent stabilisation and horizon correction
4K 120p video for slow motion creation

Doesn't make a significant step-up from Hero10 Black
Can be hard to open the battery compartment
First time connection with a smartphone can be very frustrating

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Digital Camera World

The best GoPro for most people is not the newest

Captures versatile 8:7 content
Excellent image stabilization
Horizon locking at up to 5.3K
Simplified interface for beginners

Lowlight video isn't great
Front display is not touch sensitive
GoPro membership required to unlock features

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Tom's Guide

The best older GoPro

Innovative editing features
Larger image sensor
Amazing motion stabilization

Bulky

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WIRED

Best On Sale

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Pocket-lint

Best value action camera

Now excellent value
10-bit colour video capture with high bitrate
Extremely wide HyperView digital lens

Fairly bulky
Misses out on some of the latest features

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T3

Best Action Camera for Vlogging

New sensor amps up the quality everywhere
Better battery life
Same physical dimensions as the Hero 10

Only incremental improvements over older model

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We ranked Insta360 X3 #5 in April 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Science

Best for 360-degree video

Impressive stabilization
360-degree video is highly immersive
Lots of editing options
Excellent photo and video quality

App is a little confusing to use

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Digital Camera World

Best 360 action camera

Phone-based editing
Big touchscreen
Familiar size and shape

We wish GPS was built into
5.7K isn't much when re-framing

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Wirecutter

The action camera to capture everything

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PCMag

Best 360 Camera for Creators / Editors' Choice

5.7K30 HDR video
Slim, waterproof build
Big touch screen with straightforward interface
Robust desktop and mobile editing tools
Loads of capture modes

Video must be processed before editing
A bit of a learning curve to grasp 360-degree editing
Mobile editing app limits resolution

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WIRED

Best 360 Cam for the Action Enthusiast

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T3

Best 360° action camera

AI-powered in-app image editing
Solid image performance
Waterproof and rugged design
Allows you to create horizontal and vertical videos of the same footage
Can be used as a webcam

Stitching is still not perfect

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We ranked GoPro Hero10 Black #6 in April 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Camera Jabber

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Wirecutter

The best budget-friendly action camera

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Tom's Guide

GoPro's older, but still very capable action camera

Excellent image stabilization
Removable lens
Media “Mods” add functionality

Heavy

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PCMag

Best GoPro for Budget Shoppers / Editors' Chooice

5.3K capture at up to 60fps
120fps 4K for slow motion
Class-leading video stabilization
Front-facing color screen
Waterproof without an add-on case
Media Mod support
Extended-run Enduro battery available as add-on
Wi-Fi and USB transfer for phones and tablets

Included battery drains quickly
Heat limits long-form recording

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TechRadar

The best value older GoPro still available

Powerful new processor
Handy 4K/120p mode
Class-leading stabilization

Same sensor as Hero 9 Black
Pricier than rivals

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WIRED

Best Budget Camera

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We ranked Insta360 One RS #7 in April 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

This 360 camera has a modular design

Innovative modular design
Multiple lens options including 360 lens
Reversible screen for front facing option
Impressive in-camera stabilization

Small screen size
Needs frame for mounting

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PCMag

Best for Mixing 360 and 4K Footage

Compact design
Swappable lens modules
Waterproof to 16 feet
Stabilized 4K60 and 5.7K 360 video
HDR available at 4K30
2:35 wide-screen mode
Mobile and desktop app support

In-camera mics disappoint outdoors
Modular design can get in the way
Small touch LCD
Battery only good for 75 minutes of 4K
Heat can limit long-form recordings

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WIRED

Best for Those Who Want It All

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T3

Best hybrid action camera (wide angle/360-degree)

Compelling modular design
Outstanding image quality
Good battery life

Fiddly SD/Charge port cover

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We ranked Insta360 Ace Pro #8 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best premium action camera with 8K recording

8K video resolution
Great stabilization
Good HDR shooting

More expensive than rivals
Heavier than other options

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WIRED

Best for Vlogging

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Pocket-lint

Best action camera for low-light

Truly unmatched low-light performance
Handy flip-up screen
The best app in the business

The most expensive action camera on the market
FOV not as wide as the Hero 12 or Action 4

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We ranked DJI Osmo Action 3 #9 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Camera Jabber

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Tom's Guide

A great budget GoPro alternative

Solid video quality
Innovative mounting options
More affordable than a GoPro

Photo quality is limited to 12 MP
Upload and edit process is entirely manual

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T3

Best action camera for watersports

Excellent value for money
Light and compact body with two LCDs
Can shoot photos in RAW
Excellent battery life
Magnetic mounting is very convenient

Comparatively small sensor (poor low-light performance)
Lower maximum video resolution than GoPro HERO 11 Black
No global positioning (a.k.a. GNSS)

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We ranked Akaso Brave 7 LE #10 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Science

Best budget

Comes with waterproof housing
Front and rear-facing screen
Stabilization is fairly effective
Affordable

Photo and video quality are lacking
Image stabilization results in heavy crop

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Digital Camera World

A front-screen for vlogging and a price for everyone

Front LCD screen
4K video capture
6-axis stabilization
Low price

Needs to be put in case to be fully waterproof

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TechRadar

The best cheap action camera you can buy

Dual screens
Case-free water resistance
Class-leading build quality

Poor 60fps footage
Jumpy electronic stabilization
Cheaper options have better 4K

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We ranked GoPro Hero11 Black Mini #11 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Science

Best small

Tiny form factor is less intrusive
Award-winning stabilization
Excellent video quality
Two mounting points

No display for framing
No dedicated photo mode

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Camera Jabber

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Digital Camera World

Super compact and durable option for helmet cam and FPV

Up to 5.3K video
4K at 120fps and 2.7K at 240fps
Dual mounting points

No touchscreen
Still bigger than Hero Session
Battery can't be swapped

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We ranked GoPro Max #12 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best Audio in a 360 Cam

360-degree capture
Also works as a single-lens camera
Intuitive software tools
Strong stabilization
Good in-camera audio
Waterproof without a case
Integrated mounting clips

Effective resolution is really 1080p
Single-lens capture tops out at 60fps
Requires more editing time to get the best results from spherical footage

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TechRadar

The best action camera for shooting in 360

Shoots 5.6K, 360-degree video
In-camera stitching

Low-resolution 2D footage
Not the best in low light

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We ranked GoPro Hero 9 Black #13 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Camera Jabber

No need for waterproof housing
Dual Screen
8X Slow-motion

Mods are expensive
Not great in low light

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T3

Best budget GoPro action camera

Integrated front-facing screen
Removable lens cover
Native horizon levelling
Very easy to use

Not quite as slick as the HERO 10
No hydrophobic lens cover

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We ranked DJI Action 2 #14 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Most Innovative Design

Tiny, go-anywhere form factor
Magnetic mount and snap-on accessories
Effective digital stabilization
Up to 4K120 video
12MP photos
Waterproof to 33 feet
Works as a webcam

Front screen option pushes price high
Overheating is a concern
No card slot or charging port on main camera module
Front screen and battery aren't waterproof

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WIRED

Best Ultralight

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We ranked Olympus Tough TG-6 #15 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best action video cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best tough compact camera for action

Internally stacked zoom lens
Up to 4K video resolution

Quality drops in bright conditions
Small sensor at its core

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WIRED

Best for Underwater Action

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