Action cams are a unique category of video cameras designed to be small, sturdy and easy to operate with the capability to be attached to many surfaces. Many can capture in high definition quality as well as wide-angle fish eye perspective. Capable of shooting from a Point-of-View footage, this has made action cameras popular with extreme sports participants and documentary makers alike.
Even if you’re not into action sports, these handy cameras are also perfect for a travel camera. To help you choose the best for your needs, we’ve narrowed down some of the best action cameras for travel available locally.
Panasonic HX-A1 Wearable HD Action Cam (Black)
Best helmet/POV camera for sports photography and videos
Weighing in at just 45 grams, the Panasonic HX-A1 Wearable action cam is the perfect alternative to a go-pro. This versatile camera has Wi-Fi support and can capture 1080 HD POV footage – great for any sports, action and adventure activities. The rugged camera is dustproof; waterproof and drop proof of up to 5 feet and can also withstand freezing temperatures.
For fast moving objects, action capture can be slowed down using the slow-motion mode. It can also be equipped with an IR light source to be used for night time shootings.
Sony DSC-RX0 Waterproof/Shockproof Camera
Best high-quality, waterproof action camera with HD 1080p
The Sony DSC-RX0 is the Japanese firm’s premium compact action camera. It features a 1-inch Exmor CMOS sensor which is one of the largest ever available in an action cam. The camera also has a wide angle Zeiss Tessar 24mm lens, capable of recording Full HD videos at 1080P, shoots 15 megapixel still images, is waterproof (up to 10 meters), shockproof (2 meters drop) and crushproof (200kg rating).
With built-in Wifi and Bluetooth, the camera can be controlled from both iOS and Android devices as well as sync with other RX0 cameras via WIFI. With its small size of 110 grams, it is well suited for a wide range of applications including concerts, stunts and action sports.
GOQ S1 Wifi Mini Selfies Action Camera 1080P
Best action camera for blogging
The GOQ S1 mini selfie action camera is the perfect budget tool for video blogging. You can conveniently stick the camera to any appropriate surface or use the included monopod and make use of the remote shutter to control your video shots.
With its Wi-Fi support, take control of the camera from your smartphone when you connect via a free app. Let this mini action cam take your V-Log to higher ground with its 8 MP CMOS sensor shooting in full HD and wide-angle lens.
Sony HDR-AS50 Full HD Action Cam
Best for photography
The Sony AS50 Full HD action cam allows live video streaming via U-Stream. It also comes with a wide range of features including Bluetooth, time-lapse photo modes, wide and narrow angles and steady shot image stabilisation.
Its 1/2.3 Exmor R Sensor with Bionz X at 11.1 MP provides crisp and clear images and videos fitting even for professionals. The camera comes with the Underwater Housing (MPK-UWH1) for underwater use and the Live-View Remote (RM-LVR3) including Wristband for easy control.
SJ8000C Ultra HD 4K Action Camera
Best cheap 4K action camera
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Go Pro would be proud of the Allwinner V3 SJ8000C. For such an affordable price, you get a full-featured action cam capable of shooting videos at 4K resolution. The camera comes with a host of features that belie its price including Wi-Fi support, 170-degree wide angle lens and underwater capabilities with an optional casing. It also supports full HDMI output.
XiaoMi XiaoYi YI LITE ENGLISH VERSION Action Camera
Best GoPro knockoff
Xiaomi is well known as a handphone manufacturer but with their Xiao Yi Action Cam, shows their dedication to making inroads into the action cam market. The camera utilises the Sony Exmor sensor for superb image recording at up to 4K resolution, comes with built-in WIFI, Bluetooth, wide angle lens and a 2-inch LCD.
GoPro Hero 6 Black
Best small video camera
The Go Pro Hero 6 is a direct evolution of Go Pro’s wildly popular Hero 5 camera, helping Go Pro to stay a nose ahead of the competition. The Hero 6 features many tweaks and upgrades including top end resolution and frame rates to offer a significantly better product. It also has a 2-inch touch display, full HD recording, advanced video stabilisation technology, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and GPS support.
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