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Action sports like climbing and snowboarding are so exciting that you’re likely to be reliving them in your head, even when you’re stuck at your desk. Action cameras let you actually relive the adventure. Plus, if your friends don’t believe you when you tell them about the trick you finally landed, you’ll be able to actually prove it to them, because you got it “on tape” (well…on MP4).
If you’re into adventure sports, chances are, you’re not afraid of extreme situations. So you’ll need to invest in an action camera that you won’t be afraid of putting through the paces. Fortunately, these options are rugged, lightweight, and waterproof. You’ll forget they’re there, but they’ll help make memories you won’t soon forget. They also have stabilization features, so your footage won’t be too wobbly to watch, either. And they all fit in your bag as easily as they fit in the palm of your hand, making them an essential gadget to have with you on your next trip or extreme sports adventure.
From a top-of-the-line option from GoPro to more affordable budget picks, these are the action cameras to get.
1. GoPro HERO 7 Black
GoPro has achieved such a level of name recognition in the action camera game that GoPro has almost become a shorthand for any action camera. But GoPros aren’t just any action camera. The HERO 7 is easy to control with live streaming and voice commands. It features impressive image stabilization, time-lapse capabilities, and 4K videos.
Pros: 8x slow-motion capabilities, high-quality videos and photos, powerful image stabilization, voice command capabilities.
Cons: Some found set-up difficult, live streaming isn’t available in 4K.
2. AKASO EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera
This affordable action camera from AKASO is waterproof up to 100 feet, and it shoots 4K video. Plus, there’s a wrist bracelet remote, so you can control the camera quickly and easily. It has several connectivity options, including WiFi and HDMI.
Pros: WiFi capabilities, box includes many bonus accessories like a USB cable, a waterproof case, and several mounts.
Cons: Battery life is on the shorter side.
3. Campark ACT74 Action Camera
This Campark camera includes an optional wide-angle lens for capturing all the action. It has built-in WiFi and HDMI, and it runs on rechargeable batteries. It’s waterproof up to 30 meters, but there’s a waterproof case included if you decide to go deeper.
Pros: Includes an adjustable wide-angle lens, good video quality for a reasonable price.
Cons: Battery life is a little short compared to the GoPro.