Record your next off-road adventure without spending a fortune
While GoPro has long been the leader in the action camera market, they can cost a pretty penny to own. If you are in the market for an action camera and don’t have a GoPro budget, we’ve done a little digging and found five cheap action cameras that won’t break the bank. In fact, some of these only cost a small fraction of the price of a new GoPro.
Keep in mind that we haven’t had a chance to test these cheap action cameras out for ourselves just yet. We have extensive experience with cameras from GoPro and Garmin and they have never failed to impress with their video quality. We can’t say that these cheap action cameras can match that quality, but at least on paper the specs look promising. At the very least, you can record the highlights of your next off-road adventure and put it on the gram.
VanTop Moment 3 4K Action Camera
When looking for cheap action cameras, it would be very hard to beat the price tag on the VanTop Moment 3, which sells for just $30. Honestly, that price seems too good to be true, but the camera’s specs are fairly impressive. This camera records 4K video at 30 frames per second (FPS) resolution and features what the manufacturer calls a “high sensitive Sony sensor.” Other features include 16-megapixel photos, custom carrying case for the camera and accessories, 170-degree ultra-wide lens, burst shooting, loop recording, wireless wrist remote, and waterproof case (up to 100 feet).
Apeman A79 4K Action Camera
We’ve seen the Apeman A79 4K camera on sale for as little as $40 – a 33% discount on its $65 MSRP. The manufacturer claims the Apeman A79 delivers ultra HD video with 4K 30 FPS resolution. Other features include 16-megapixel photos, external microphone, multiple mounting kits, waterproof case (up to 131 feet) for underwater recording, 2.4G remote control with 30-foot range, and WiFi connect via App.
AKASO EK7000 4K Action Camera
AKASO has a variety of cheap action cameras and one that stands out to us is the $60 AKASO EK7000, which features 4K video at 30 FPS, 12-megapixel photos, wireless 2.4G wrist remote, two rechargeable 1050mAh batteries (each capable of recording for 90 minutes), built-in WiFi and HDMI, downloadable app, and waterproof case (up to 100 feet).
Neewer G1 4K Action Camera
Though it doesn’t carry the cheapest price tag, the Neewer G1 action camera might offer the best overall value. Available for $60, not only do you get a camera that shoots 4K video at 25 FPS (or 2.7K at 30 FPS and 1080p at 60 FPS) with 12-megapixel photos, but it also comes with massive 50-piece accessory kit. Some of the pieces included in the kit include waterproof housing (up to 98 feet), USB cable, bandage tether strap, adhesive mounts, base buckle, a huge array of mounting devices, and a case that holds it all in one place.
ThiEYE Native 4K Action Camera
Currently the ThiEYE Native 4K action camera is one sale for $81.59 – a 49% discount from its $160 MSRP. This camera records in 4K 30 FPS, 2.7K 30 FPS, 1080p 60/30 fps, and 720p 120/60/30 fps. It also shoots 20-megapixel photos. Features include advances pro gyro stabilization to minimize blur and shaking, voice control, remote control, WiFi/App control, waterproof case (up to 197 feet), multi-functional 360-degree rotating buckle, two rechargeable 1100mAh batteries, and built-in 2.0″ ultra-HD IPS screen.
Bonus – GoPro Hero
When you think cheap action camera, the GoPro brand doesn’t normally come to mind. But while newer GoPro models can cost hundreds of dollars, the base GoPro Hero can be found for much less. This model is currently on sale for $160 a 20% discount. That’s a good bit more expensive than the others on this list, but you are guaranteed to get GoPro quality. Features include 1440 and 1080p video, 10-megapixel photos, tw0-inch touchscreen, waterproof case (up to 33 feet), voice control, WiFi + Bluetooth connect, and much more.
Accessories For Cheap Action Cameras
If you already have an action camera or are looking for a good selection of accessories to go with your new purchase, there are a number of kits available. The one that looks interesting to us is the 55-piece MountDog accessory kit, which is loaded with pretty much everything you could need for your cheap action camera and costs just $18. We won’t go over everything included in this kit, but some of the highlights are a yellow floating handle for underwater recording, handlebar mount, suction cup mount, 360-degree wrist strap, backpack strap with clip clamp mount with 360-degree rotation, mini retractable tripod, WiFi remote fastening tape wrist strap, and a selection of adhesive mounts.
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