June 2022

Action Video Cameras: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Action Camera rankings posted by key online experts, as of June 2022.

Summary

As of 7 Jun 2022, GoPro Hero10 Black takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed action camera with 10 expert endorsements. 9 experts out of 10 recommended it as the '#1 action camera' this month. It is followed by GoPro Hero 9 Black and DJI Action 2 , with 10 and 7 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - June 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Action Camera
T3
Digital Camera World
WIRED
Pocket-lint
Tom's Guide
Wirecutter
Rtings.com
TechRadar
Camera Jabber
PCMag
1
- $400
GoPro Hero10 Black
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
2
- $330
GoPro Hero 9 Black
3
6
3
5
3
1
2
4
2
5
3
+1 $489
DJI Action 2
5
3
4
3
-
-
-
6
3
3
4
+1 $550
Insta360 One RS
2
2
2
4
2
4
-
-
-
7
5
-2 $305
GoPro Hero8
4
8
7
-
4
2
-
5
-
2
6
- $300
Insta360 Go 2
-
5
-
2
7
-
-
10
5
-
7
+1 $417
GoPro Hero7 Black
6
-
-
-
5
-
-
7
8
-
8
+1 $343
DJI Pocket 2
-
7
-
-
-
-
3
12
-
-
9
+1 $140
Akaso Brave 7 LE
-
4
-
-
-
-
4
3
-
-
10
+2 $449
GoPro Max
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
6
11
-4 $383
Dji OSMO Action
9
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
4
12
-1 $379
Insta360 One R
10
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
4
-
13
+4 Check price
Oclu Action Camera
7
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
14
+1 $219
SJCam SJ8 Pro
11
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
10
-
15
-2 Check price
Sony RX0 Mark II
12
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
16
-2 Check price
YI 4K Plus
13
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
17
-1 $590
Olympus Tough TG-Tracker
-
-
-
-
8
-
-
-
13
-

We ranked GoPro Hero10 Black #1 in June 2022 because:

  • 10 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
  • Out of those, 9 experts ranked GoPro Hero10 Black as #1.
Critic endorsements:
T3

The current flagship GoPro is the best action camera you can buy

Pros
Speedy and slick thanks to new processor
Higher resolution and framerate than H9
Water-repelling lens cover
Horizon leveling up to 45-degree tilt

Cons
Most expensive option
Battery can struggle to keep up

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Digital Camera World

We say it's still the best traditional action cam all round, with 5.3K video and 23MP stills

Pros
Faster user interface
Increased frame rates
Hydrophobic lens coating

Cons
Incremental upgrade on Hero9 Black
Bigger than the Hero8 Black and Hero7 Black
Not compatible with older batteries

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WIRED

Best Overall

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Pocket-lint

Our Top Pick

Pros
The best image quality around
Incredible image stabilisation
Extreme high resolution and frame rate options

Cons
Relatively heavy
Can be prone to overheating

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Tom's Guide

The best action cam overall

Pros
Excellent image stabilization
Removable lens
Media “Mods” add functionality

Cons
Heavy

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Wirecutter

The ultimate in frame rates and features

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Rtings.com

Best Action Camera

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TechRadar

Best overall action camera

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

Cons
Same sensor as Hero 9 Black
Pricier than rivals

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Camera Jabber

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PCMag

Best Action Cam Overall

Pros
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
Wi-Fi and USB transfer for phones and tablets

Cons
Battery drains quickly
Costs more when bought without a subscription
Heat limits long-form recording

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We ranked GoPro Hero 9 Black #2 in June 2022 because:

  • 10 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked GoPro Hero 9 Black as #1.
Critic endorsements:
T3

Not quite the newest GoPro, but still an outstanding action camera

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

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

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Digital Camera World

The 2019 GoPro flagship is not so far behind the Hero10 and costs less

Pros
Front-facing screen
20MP photos
14.7 MP grabs from video

Cons
Larger physical size than other GoPros
5K video takes up a lot of memory

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WIRED

Best Value

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Pocket-lint

Pros
Cheaper now thanks to its successor
Fantastic image quality
Great stabilisation

Cons
Even heavier than the Hero 10
Can still be pricey

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Tom's Guide

The next best GoPro

Pros
Front-facing screen
Removable lens
Media “Mods” add functionality

Cons
Heavy

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Wirecutter

The best action camera

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Rtings.com

Cheaper Alternative

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TechRadar

Still a fine choice if you don't need 4K slo-mo

Pros
5K video captures lots of detail
Front display for vlogging
Improved battery life
New software skills

Cons
Rear screen currently unresponsive
Little improvement to 4K video

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Camera Jabber

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

Cons
Mods are expensive
Not great in low light

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PCMag

Best Stabilization at a Midrange Price

Pros
Up to 5K quality at 30fps
Front-facing color LCD
Exceptional video stabilization
Up to 240fps HD slow motion
Time-lapse, buffering, and HDR imaging
USB-C charging
Strong app support
Compact and waterproof

Cons
You'll likely want to carry extra batteries
Subscription service adds recurring costs
Discounted pricing not available from all retailers

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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 June 2022 ranking

We ranked DJI Action 2 #3 in June 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

An innovative, modular action cam

Pros
Compact and lightweight
Modular, magnetic system is inspired
Excellent image stabilisation

Cons
Overheating cuts off video clips
Not great in low light

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Digital Camera World

DJI's groundbreaking modular design makes the Action 2 a very clever bit of kit

Pros
Use compact or with combo unit
Dual touchscreen interface
Live streaming

Cons
Internal storage in camera (microSD cards need secondary unit)
Secondary unit must be attached to charge or use memory cards

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WIRED

Best Ultralight

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Pocket-lint

Pros
Awesome versatile design
Can be configured to be lightweight and compact
Handles an impressive 4K 120FPS

Cons
Expandable storage requires module
Gets hot when recording 4K

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TechRadar

A unique, modular action cam

Pros
Versatile, modular design
Handy horizon-leveling

Cons
Overheating limitations
Not great in low light

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Camera Jabber

Pros
Compact size
Fast video transmission
Modular design

Cons
Limited to 4K

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PCMag

Best Innovation in Form Factor

Pros
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

Cons
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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We ranked Insta360 One RS #4 in June 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

The most flexible action camera

Pros
Compelling modular design
Outstanding image quality
Good battery life

Cons
Fiddly SD/Charge port cover

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Digital Camera World

You might find the ONE RS's modular design more fiddly, but you get an action camera AND a 360 camera in one!

Pros
4K and 360º lens options
RAW photos and 100mbps video
Optional 1-inch action cam mod

Cons
Small-ish touchscreen

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WIRED

Best for Those Who Want It All

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Pocket-lint

Pros
The most configurable of the bunch
Robust and waterproof despite modularity
Up to three cameras in one

Cons
Small screen
Can't compete with GoPro on image quality

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Tom's Guide

This 360 camera has a modular design

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

Cons
Small screen size
Needs frame for mounting

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Wirecutter

The most versatile action camera

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PCMag

Best for Mixing 360 and 4K Footage

Pros
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

Cons
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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We ranked GoPro Hero8 #5 in June 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

There's no front-facing screen, but this camera delivers plenty of bang for your buck

Pros
Extremely capable and easy to use
Frameless design with folding mount fingers
Feature-packed and hugely robust

Cons
No front-facing preview screen
Not quite as good as the H10 or H9

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Digital Camera World

Released in 2019, the GoPro Hero 8 can still shoot 4K 60p, so it makes a compelling mid-price buy

Pros
Super image stabilization
Crisp, smooth 4K video
Built-in acccessory mounts

Cons
Screen is smaller than DJI

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WIRED

Best on Sale

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Tom's Guide

The third best action camera

Pros
Much-improved audio quality
Sleeker accessory mounting system
Media “Mods” add functionality

Cons
Battery door is awkward to close
Lens is not removable

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Wirecutter

The best budget-friendly action camera

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TechRadar

A good all-rounder if you don't need a front-facing screen

Pros
Best-in-class digital stabilization
Time-saving Capture Presets
Built-in mounting arms
Improved mic

Cons
Poor low-light performance
No front display

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PCMag

Best Budget-Friendly GoPro

Pros
Stabilized 4K at up to 60fps.
Rugged, waterproof design.
Crisp touch LCD.
Integrated mount.
Improved user interface.
USB-C charging.
Companion app with automated editing.
Promising Mod expansion system.

Cons
Wi-Fi video transfer can take some time.
Cramped memory card slot.

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We ranked Insta360 Go 2 #6 in June 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

It's not 4K or waterproof, but this tiny magnetic camera can go where others can't!

Pros
Tiny when used 'naked'
High resolution for its size
Charge case and mounts included

Cons
Short run time
Can 'flick' out of mounts

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Pocket-lint

Pros
The tiniest action camera around
Versatile magnetic mounting options
Great stabilisation

Cons
Battery life can be limiting
Maxes out at 1440p 50fps

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Tom's Guide

The best really small action camera

Pros
Very small
Takes good photos and videos for size
Charging case doubles as remote

Cons
Gets hot in use
Shorter battery life than other action cameras

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TechRadar

A tiny action cam with a very clever case

Pros
Truly tiny form factor
Tripod charging case

Cons
No display for framing
Only waterproof to 4m

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Camera Jabber

Pros
Miniscule size
Easy to use
Waterproof
Good video quality

Cons
No 4K video
No microSD card slot

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We ranked GoPro Hero7 Black #7 in June 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

Not new,but still great

Pros
Great image quality and stabilisation
Waterproof without housing

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Tom's Guide

Still one of the best action cameras

Pros
Shoots impressively smooth video
Improved touch controls on viewfinder
Sharp 4K videos

Cons
Livestreaming could use some tweaks
Still images can be hit-or-miss

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TechRadar

Now officially discontinued, but still available to buy

Pros
Great 4K video and image quality
HyperSmooth is very effective

Cons
Can struggle with voice commands
Screen unresponsive at times

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Camera Jabber

Pros
HyperSmooth Image Stabilisation
Incredible Price
Ultra high-quality video

Cons
Still requires cage for waterproofing
No framerate or resolution boost since the Hero6

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We ranked DJI Pocket 2 #8 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

Not your traditional action camera, but we think the Pocket 2 is amazing

Pros
Sensational stabilization
Fantastic pocketability
Simple operation

Cons
Relies heavily on extras and accessories

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Rtings.com

Best Handheld Action Camera

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TechRadar

What it lacks in ruggedness it makes up for with great stabilization

Pros
Useful gimbal stabilization
Impressive tracking

Cons
Poor low light performance
Can get hot while filming 4K

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We ranked Akaso Brave 7 LE #9 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

You wouldn't put the Akaso Brave 7 LE in the same class as GoPro, but it's way, way cheaper

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

Cons
Needs to be put in case to be fully waterproof

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Rtings.com

Best Budget Action Camera

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TechRadar

Best budget action camera

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

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

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We ranked GoPro Max #10 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

The best dedicated 360-degree camera on the market

Pros
Stunning 360-degree video
360 degree photos
Sturdy construction

Cons
Conventional video resolution is lower than rival
Image stitching can look glitchy

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TechRadar

The best waterproof,360-degree action camera

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

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

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PCMag

Best Waterproof 360 Camera

Pros
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

Cons
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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We ranked Dji OSMO Action #11 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

Good value, and a solid choice for vloggers

Pros
Impressive image stabilisation
Colour front-facing screen
ease of use

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Tom's Guide

The best action camera for selfies

Pros
Good motion stabilization
forward-facing screen
rich colors in video

Cons
Motion stabilization doesn't work with HDR
No livestreaming

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PCMag

Best for Vlogging on a Budget

Pros
Rugged, waterproof build.
Stabilized 4K footage at up to 60fps.
1080p slow-motion at up to 240fps.
Easily swappable filters.
Supports HDR and flat profiles.
Front and rear color displays.
Filters included.

Cons
Battery life could be better.
HDR video isn't stabilized.
Stabilization not as good as GoPro.
No tripod socket.

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We ranked Insta360 One R #12 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

A cheaper version of the RS

Pros
Clever modular system
360-degree live previews on device
Flippable screen for vlogging
Easy to upgrade or replace modules

Cons
Stitching errors on 360 content

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TechRadar

An imperfect but impressive modular option with solid quality

Pros
Modular design offers unrivaled versatility
Solid 4K and 360-degree image quality

Cons
Very small screen
Significant bugs at launch

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Camera Jabber

Pros
Modular design
Incredible image quality
Both standard and 360º video

Cons
Joins get filled with mud
App home screen cluttered

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We ranked Oclu Action Camera #13 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

A great value and slightly unconventional action camera

Pros
Easy three-button operation
Fantastic build quality
Delete on the fly

Cons
Image stabilisation at 1080P only
App will drain your battery

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WIRED

Best for Tight Spots

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We ranked SJCam SJ8 Pro #14 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

Pro video quality on a tighter budget? This is the action cam for you

Pros
Excellent video quality
Large 2.33-inch IPS touchscreen
Includes dashcam ‘car mode’
USB-C charging

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Camera Jabber

Pros
Excellent value
Large clear screen
Decent video quality

Cons
Waterproof housing
The app interface can be clunky when used with Gimbal

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We ranked Sony RX0 Mark II #15 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

A one-inch sensor in a 'tiny tough' camera? Say hey to incredible imagery

Pros
Huge sensor
Flip-up screen for vlogging
Very rugged build

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Camera Jabber

Pros
1-inch sensor
Very lightweight
Flip-out monitor

Cons
Very expensive
Tricky to handle

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We ranked YI 4K Plus #16 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

A well-rounded action cam that won't break the bank

Pros
4K at 60fps
USB-C

Cons
Only waterproof with housing
Temperamental voice command control

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Camera Jabber

Pros
Market-leading resolution and framerate
Exceptional 4K video quality
Large touch screen

Cons
Requires waterproof housing
Hasn't been updated

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We ranked Olympus Tough TG-Tracker #17 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Action Video Cameras” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Camcorder meets action camera

Pros
Good color and definition
Waterproof to 100 feet
Built-in 60-lumen lightFold-out monitor

Cons
Awkward mechanics
Hard to change field of view

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Camera Jabber

Pros
Waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, freezeproof
4K at 30fps video
Flip-out monitor

Cons
8MP resolution

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