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[Tried and True] 11 Best Action Cameras in 2023

[Tried and True] 11 Best Action Cameras in 2023

Action cameras are the perfect choice for diving, skiing, riding motorcycles, and other situations with a lot of movement. Despite their small size, image stabilization capabilities ensure beautiful shots. But with so many manufacturers and price points available, how do you know which action camera is right for you?


That's why we're comparing 11 best-selling action cameras to determine which one to recommend. We conducted our product-testing and comparison based on the following 6 criteria: 


  • Image quality
  • Image stabilization
  • Sound quality
  • Battery life
  • Ease of use
  • Functionality


Which action camera is best for you? Be sure to check out our buying guide for tips and tricks for making smart choices when you buy your action camera.

Last updated 2023/02/01
Editor
Former camera sales rep; Head of Cameras at mybest
Junya Akita

Former camera sales representative at a major electronics retailer. Sales experience with digital SLR cameras, compact cameras, binoculars, photography gear, and so on. Conducted camera seminars at one of the largest camera retailers in Japan. Also has extensive experience assisting customers with gimbals and other video shooting equipment. Has appeared in both photography magazines and on TV. 16 years of experience operating cameras. Licensed Pre-Level 1 Photomaster. Currently in charge of camera-related media at mybest. Product comparison motto: look at every point and share only correct information.

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How We Tested the Products

We gathered the 11 bestselling Action Cameras and put them through rigorous testing.
  • Picture Quality

    Test ① Picture Quality

    First, we tested the picture quality of each action camera, since it's the most important factor.Six members of the mybest editorial team rated three main parameters: resolution, noise, and color saturation. We used videos shot under the following conditions:To assess resolution in bright light, we shot videos in sunny weather at midday. To test the cameras' performance in dim lighting, we used an area with 20 lux of brightness.We performed the saturation test underwater without any natural light, in an 82-foot indoor pool.For every test, the cameras were set to 4K at 30fps, with a wide-angle lens and image stabilization turned on. We left all other options at their factory setting.Photographic subject:For tests carried out on land, We focused each camera on either a small detailed object or a wider landscape. We used model rocks, fish, and plants for underwater testing.

  • Image Stabilization

    Test ② Image Stabilization

    Second, we tested the image stabilization feature, as this is crucial when shooting while in motion.The team rated each camera based on how well its image stabilization negated small vibrations and big jolts.Once again, the videos were shot in 4K at 30fps with a wide-angle lens and with the other settings set to automatic. The image stabilization was set to its standard level (if the setting was adjustable).We fixed each camera to the handlebars of a bike using a Glider Sports GO47 1/4-thread ball-arm bike mount.We rode at varying speeds, as well as up and down steps.We repeated the test several times with the camera attached at different positions.Our goal was to generate both large and small movements to assess the image stabilization ability of each camera. 

  • Sound Quality

    Test ③ Sound Quality

    We rated sound quality based on two factors: voice clarity within the video and the level of unwanted background noise.We took video near a major road with lots of traffic on a busy weekday morning.The camera is attached to the bicycle and takes pictures while riding.Video was to be recorded while riding through the neighborhood and speaking at a volume as if you were chatting to someone. If the camera itself was not waterproof, the necessary housing was attached before the recording started.

  • Battery Life

    Test ④ Battery Life

    Next, we tested how long each action camera's battery could last. We checked how long each camera could continuously record video before it ran out.To keep each test fair, every camera used its own original battery. The timer went until either the battery ran out or the camera stopped recording due to overheating.If the camera overheated and turned off, we turned the camera back on to continue recording. The timer was then restarted and the measurement continued. We kept the video settings the same in each test: video at 4K 30fps and image stabilization turned on.

  • Ease of Use

    Test ⑤ Ease of Use

    We assessed ease of use while considering the clarity of menus and the button layout of each camera. We performed a series of operations, such as changing settings and playing back videos. This was to judge how complex each camera would be to operate for the average user.

  • Additional Functions

    Test ⑥ Additional Functions

    Lastly, the editorial team evaluated each camera on whether they had specific extra features.We checked for voice control, a front display, built-in GPS tracking, Wi-Fi connectivity, and the ability to quick-record at the push of a button.Any accompanying smartphone app was also tested. We confirmed whether it could automatically upload videos and if it had any built-in editing features.

  • All product tests were conducted in-house at mybest

    Company Facility

    What Are the Action Camera Trends in 2023?

    What Are the Action Camera Trends in 2023?
    It has been 18 years since GoPro first introduced action cameras to the world. Since then, other manufacturers have joined the market, and recent products offer unique and distinctive functions.

    GoPro, still the biggest producer, launched the Hero11 Black in 2022. Compared to their older models, it can capture more vivid color, has better image stabilization, and has a wider field of view.

    Competitors DJI and Insta360 also released new products in 2022. DJI's Osmo Action3 makes it easier to take social-media-friendly videos in portrait mode. Insta360 uses a modular system where the camera is comprised of three parts: the lens, processor, and battery. It enables you to swap the lens and use it as a 360-degree camera.

    How Do Lower-Priced Models Under $100 Compare?

    How Do Lower-Priced Models Under $100 Compare?
    There are many companies other than GoPro, DJI, and Insta360 that sell action cameras. Some have released products under $100 with 4K video and wide-angle shooting. At first glance, these sound on par with action cameras from major companies.

    We tested out bestselling action cameras for under $100. Although it was possible to shoot in 4K, the videos were not sharp, and less-than-stellar image stabilization led to blurry images.

    Impressive-sounding features make it seem as though cheaper cameras will perform well. But they often fall short when compared with more expensive models. For reference, there are actual photos we took with the action cameras in the ranking list.

    How to Choose an Action Camera

    Here are six factors to consider before buying your action camera.

    ① Choose One With Better Image Stabilization

    In terms of image stabilization, action cameras differ significantly from a smartphone camera or a DSLR. Make sure to check this feature before purchasing.

    Image Stabilization Is the Most Important Factor for Video Quality

    Image Stabilization Is the Most Important Factor for Video Quality
    There are multiple factors that influence video quality, such as color saturation, sharpness, and contrast. However, the most essential factor for good video is solid image stabilization. This is crucial for cinematic and professional videos.

    The latest action cameras have improved image stabilization that's perfect for beginners. Good image stabilization is a must for all videographers and all types of videos, not just sporting activities.

    For High-Quality Images and Strong In-Camera Correction, Expect to Spend $300 and Up

    For High-Quality Images and Strong In-Camera Correction, Expect to Spend $300 and Up
    In our tests, models from major companies (GoPro, DJI, and Insta360) that cost over $300 had good image stabilization. When we tested those cameras on a bicycle, the videos remained stable even after big jolts.

    On the other hand, the image stabilization of action cameras under $100 had limited effectiveness. The AKASO Brave4 camera, for example, produced footage that shook the whole time from road vibrations. If you want to shoot high-quality videos without any blurriness, stick with cameras over $300 from major companies.

    ② Don't Just Look for 4K, Look for Sharp 4K

    Most of the recent action camera offerings shoot 4K video. However, even if they all boast 4K on paper, there are significant differences in actual video quality.

    Sharpness Affects Picture Quality More Than Resolution

    Sharpness Affects Picture Quality More Than Resolution
    All cameras covered in this article are listed as 4K. However, there are huge differences in picture quality--especially in sharpness--when comparing the videos from each.

    The reason is that the perceived sharpness differs from the number of pixels in the video. Resolution is the number of pixels. But the lens, image sensor, image processor, and individual calibration by each company greatly affect how detailed the video can be.

    For high-quality video, remember to check how sharply the product can shoot, not only the listed resolution.

    Products Over $300 Are Best for High Video Quality

    Products Over $300 Are Best for High Video Quality
    We found in our tests that models over $300 shoot sharp, high-quality videos. These cameras can capture the details of objects, and vivid saturation makes the video beautiful.

    Models under $300 produced less sharpness. Models under $100 had both weak sharpness and saturation as if you were using an old digital camera. You could expect a brand-new smartphone to give them some stiff competition, but the footage from these cameras could have been from a 2010 phone.

    If you wish to capture your memories beautifully, it's better to choose a camera that's over $300.

    ③ Choose a Suitable Field of View for Your Activity

    The field of view represents the range the camera can shoot. The field of view of an action camera is relatively wide, but each product is different. A tiny change to the field of view can have a huge impact on the resulting video. Make sure to check the range of each product before purchasing.

    We Recommend a Wide Field of View For Use While Moving

    We Recommend a Wide Field of View For Use While Moving
    Action cameras are often used on shoulder mounts, or fixed on bikes or skateboards. Unlike smartphones or video cameras, it is difficult to turn the camera to check the screen mid-shoot.

    An action camera with a wide-angle lens is super helpful. You can shoot everything you want to include in the video without having to adjust the camera all the time.

    Avoid Ones With a Field of View Under 90 Degrees

    Avoid Ones With a Field of View Under 90 Degrees
    In our testing, all products from major companies such as GoPro had a wide-angle lens. They are useful for shooting action scenes or VLOGs as their lens can record a wider angle than normal video cameras. Also, even when turning the image stabilization feature on, the field of view did not narrow.

    Some of the action cameras under $100 boasted having a super wide angle feature, but this only works when shooting in full HD. Also, the field of view became extremely narrow when shooting 4K video or with image stabilization on. This narrowed the shooting area to under 90 degrees horizontally. It was impossible to shoot everything without always checking the screen. This also resulted in shaky images.

    ④ Choose a Waterproof Body to Record Sound Clearly

    Waterproofing and microphone quality are two important factors for action cameras. Make sure to check these features if you plan to record sports activities or use the action camera outdoors.

    Know the Two Kinds of Water Resistant Action Cameras

    Know the Two Kinds of Water Resistant Action Cameras
    There are two types of water-resistant action cameras: those with waterproof bodies, and those with a waterproof case.

    Action cameras with waterproof bodies are the norm these days. Because the cameras themselves are waterproof, you can take them underwater as-is. Also, they're easy and quick to operate thanks to touch screens.

    The other type needs a waterproof cover or housing. The upside is that these cost less than a waterproof model. However, they can be cumbersome to use. Getting the camera to respond through a thick cover takes a lot of repeated button pressing.

    Record Voices and Sounds Clearly With a Waterproof Model

    Record Voices and Sounds Clearly With a Waterproof Model
    When you compare the video sound quality of a waterproof model with one in waterproof housing, the difference is clear. Waterproof models can record voices and sounds more clearly, because there is no case blocking the audio. Choose waterproof models for unhindered recording.

    Housing sometimes muffled sounds completely. Sometimes we recorded the sound of the case and the camera rattling against each other. If you want to record sound without any problems, choose a waterproof model.

    ⑤ Choose One That Can Shoot For Over 30 Minutes Without Overheating

    Memory card storage aside, each action camera has different maximum recording times. It's important to check each product before purchasing if you plan to shoot for more than 30 minutes at a time.

    Action Cameras May Stop Recording to Prevent Overheating

    Action Cameras May Stop Recording to Prevent Overheating
    Just like smartphones or laptops, action cameras produce heat when in use. But a smartphone has a larger surface area, and a laptop has cooling fans. The small well-sealed structure of action cameras makes it hard for heat to escape.

    Action cameras produce a lot of heat--especially when shooting 4K video. Some products limit their maximum recording time to avoid potential damage from overheating. They even turn themselves off after a period of time in some cases.

    This is rare when shooting underwater, but keep it in mind if you record a lot of video outdoors.

    The Insta360 and DJI Generate Less Heat and Can Record Over 100 Minutes

    The Insta360 and DJI Generate Less Heat and Can Record Over 100 Minutes
    The 2022 models from GoPro, DJI, and Insta360 all got hot, but only the GoPro stopped recording several times to prevent overheating. When tested in a 77-degree room, it stopped recording after about 32 minutes. It stopped again after 5 minutes, even after we manually restarted it. After stopping, it was unable to continue recording without us continuously cooling it down.

    Under the same conditions, the DJI and Insta360 could record video for more than an hour. They did not stop recording due to the heat. If you are planning to record a long activity where overheating might be a concern, go with cameras from DJI or Insta360.
    Junya Akita
    Former camera sales rep; Head of Cameras at mybest
    Junya Akita's Comment

    Cheaper action cameras, including ones from AKASO, did not stop recording. We assume this was because these cameras do not have to generate as much heat in the first place, since they only have simple functions.

    ⑥ Go for a Camera With 4K Slow-Motion Internet Uploads

    People love to share videos on social media. It's easier than ever to upload and share your videos with the world. If you want to make a cinematic video, remember to check for cameras with a 4K slow-motion function.

    Slow-Mo Is Great for Social Media and YouTube

    Slow-Mo Is Great for Social Media and YouTube

    Slow-motion video draws people in by showing what wouldn't notice with the naked eye. Slow-motion has become a popular way to show your personality with different tempos within your videos.

    GoPro and DJI Models From 2021 and Later Can Record 4K Slow Motion Video

    GoPro and DJI Models From 2021 and Later Can Record 4K Slow Motion Video
    Nowadays, big screens like a TV or laptop are more commonly available with 4K than Full HD. Even some smartphones have 4K screens. This means it will soon be the norm for people to watch videos in 4K. This is why it is important to shoot cinematic videos in high-quality 4K.

    Most action cameras sold nowadays can shoot 4K video. However, only a few can record slow-motion video in 4K. If you want cinematic videos combining both normal and slow-motion video, choose a model which can record both speeds in 4K

    Among the cameras tested in this article, models from GoPro and DJI after 2021 support 4K slow-motion video.

    11 Best Action Cameras

    Here are the best Action Cameras we found after testing them. We ranked them after weighting each of our testing specs.
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    GoPro

    GoPro HERO11 BLACK CHDHX-111-FW

    GoPro GoPro HERO11 BLACK CHDHX-111-FW 1枚目
    4.32

    mybest's Top Choice! Top-Class Image Quality, Functionality and Image Stabilization

    4.1
    4.5
    4.2
    3.2
    4.2
    4.5

    4K/120fps 2.7K,5.3K/60fps

    2.7K/240fps

    4K,5.3K

    2.8 inches

    1.3 inches

    2.2 inches

    3.96 pounds

    1/1.9 CMOS

    27.13MP

    -

    Electronic Stabilization

    MP4

    JPEG,RAW

    MicroSD

    N/A

    4K / 120fps: 54 min,5.3K / 60fps: 61 min

    2.27 inches

    33ft

    -

    HERO11 Black Camera | Rechargeable Enduro Battery | Curved Adhesive Mount | Mounting Buckle | USB-C Cable | Thumb Screw | Camera Case

    2

    DJI

    DJI Osmo Action3 AC202

    DJI DJI Osmo Action3 AC202 1枚目
    4.27

    Great Image Stabilization and Color, and Can Shoot in Portrait Mode

    3.8
    4.4
    4.1
    4.2
    4.2
    4.2

    4K/120fps

    4K/60fps

    4K

    2.78 inches

    1.29 inches

    1.74 inches

    3.87 pounds

    1/1.7 CMOS

    12MP

    f/2.8

    Electronic Stabilization

    MP4

    JPEG,RAW

    MicroSD

    N/A

    150min

    2.25 inches

    36ft

    -

    Osmo Action 3 | Osmo Action 3 Extreme Battery | Osmo Action 3 Horizontal-Vertical Protective Frame | Osmo Action 3 Rubber Lens Protector ×2 | Osmo Action 3 Quick-Release Adapter Mount | Osmo Flat Adhesive Base | Osmo Locking Screw | Type-C to Type-C PD Cable | DJI Logo Sticker ×2 | Quick Start Guide | Disclaimer | Warranty Card

    3

    GoPro

    GoPro HERO10 CHDHX-101-TH

    GoPro GoPro HERO10 CHDHX-101-TH 1枚目
    4.24

    A Well-Balanced Older Model With Good Performance

    4.1
    4.2
    4.2
    3.3
    4.2
    4.5

    4K/120fps, 2.7K, 5K/60fps

    2.7K/240fps

    4K,5.3K

    9.4 inches

    3.2 inches

    4.8 inches

    15.2 pounds

    1/2.3 CMOS

    23MP

    -

    Electronic Stabilization

    MP4

    JPEG, RAW

    MicroSD

    N/A

    120min

    2.27 inches

    33ft

    -

    HERO10 Black Camera | Rechargeable Battery | Curved Adhesive Mount | Mounting Buckle | USB-C Cable | Thumb Screw | Camera Case

    4

    GoPro

    GoPro HERO9 CHDNH-B32

    GoPro GoPro HERO9	CHDNH-B32 1枚目
    4.17

    Well-Balanced and Provides Ample Shooting time

    4.1
    4.2
    4.1
    3.5
    3.6
    4.5

    4K/60fps,5K/30

    4K/60fps

    4K, 5K

    2.6 inches

    1.14 inches

    1.89 inches

    0.28 pounds

    1/2.3 CMOS

    20MP

    -

    Electronic Stabilization

    MP4

    JPEG, RAW

    microSD

    N/A

    100min

    2.27 Inches

    33ft

    -

    HERO9 Black Camera | Rechargeable Battery | Curved Adhesive Mount | Mounting Buckle | USB-C Cable | Thumb Screw | Camera Case

    5

    DJI

    DJI Action2

    DJI DJI Action2 1枚目
    4.16

    Compact Size and Great Image Stabilization, but Struggles With Recording Long Videos

    3.9
    4.2
    4.0
    3.9
    4.2
    4.2

    4K/120fps

    4K/120fps

    4K

    1.54 inches

    0.87 inches

    1.54 inches

    1.98 ounces

    1/1.7 CMOS

    12MP

    F2.8

    Electronic Stabilization

    MP4

    JPEG,RAW

    microSD

    32GB

    180min

    1.76 inches

    33ft

    -

    Magnetic Adapter Mount | Magnetic Ball-Joint Adapter Mount | Camera Unit | Front Touchscreen Module | Magnetic Lanyard | Power Cable

    6

    Insta360

    Insta360 ONE RS

    Insta360 Insta360 ONE RS 1枚目
    3.86

    Excellent Image Stabilization and Good Image Quality, but the Mic Could Be Better

    3.8
    3.9
    3.5
    3.9
    4.2
    3.6

    4K/200fps, 5.7K

    4K/24fps

    4K, 5,7K

    3.11 inches

    1.85 inches

    2.2 inches

    0.35 pounds

    1 CMOS

    N/A

    48MP

    f2.4

    FlowState stabilization

    MP4

    JPEG,RAW

    microSD

    N/A

    -

    1.3 inches

    16ft

    -

    4K Boost Lens | 360 Lens |ONE RS Core | ONE RS Battery Base | Lens Cap for 360 Lens | ONE RS Mounting Bracket

    7

    AKASO

    AKASO Brave7 LE

    AKASO AKASO Brave7 LE 1枚目
    3.59

    Long-Lasting Battery Makes It Great for Lengthy Videos, but Camera Shake Is Noticeable

    3.5
    3.5
    3.4
    4.5
    3.7
    3.5

    4K/30fps, 2.7K/30fps, 1080P, 720P

    720P/120

    4K

    ‎2.44 inches

    1.26 inches

    1.61 inches

    ‎1.32 pounds

    1/2 CMOS

    20MP

    -

    Electronic Stabilization

    MP4

    JPEG, JPEG+DNG

    MicroSD

    N/A

    110min

    2 Inches

    131ft

    IPX7

    Camera Body | Battery Pack | Accessories Kit

    8

    Insta360

    Insta360 ONE R CINAKGP/A

    Insta360 Insta360 ONE R CINAKGP/A 1枚目
    3.52

    Image Stabilization Works Well, but the Mic Picks Up Noise

    3.4
    3.4
    3.3
    3.7
    3.9
    3.6

    4K/60fps, 5.7K

    4K/60fps

    4K, 5.7K

    2.8 inches

    1.69 inches

    1.89 inches

    1.23 pounds

    1 CMOS

    N/A

    19MP

    -

    FlowState Stabilization

    MP4, INSV,

    JPG, Raw (DNG)

    MicroSD

    N/A

    70min

    1 inches

    16ft

    IPX8

    Twin Edition includes | 4K Wide Angle Mod | Dual-Lens 360 Mod | Core | Battery Base | Lens Cap | Mounting Bracket

    9

    AKASO

    AKASO Brave8

    AKASO AKASO Brave8 1枚目
    3.48

    Easy to Use With Good Image Stabilization, but a Poor Mic

    3.5
    3.4
    3.3
    3.8
    3.9
    3.6

    4K/60fps

    2.7K/90fps

    4K

    2.48 inches

    1.44 inches

    1.93 inches

    1.45 pounds

    1/2 CMOS

    48MP

    f2.5

    Electronic Stabilization

    MP4

    JPEG,RAW

    microSD

    N/A

    90 min

    2 Inches

    33ft

    IPX8

    Akaso Brave 8 action camera | Camera frame | Remote control + strap | 2 x removable batteries | 2 bay battery charger | Handlebar/pole mount | 7 x various mounts | 2 x helmet mounts | 4 x “bandages” (straps) | USB-A to C cable | 5 x tethers | 2 x double-sided tape | Lens cleaning cloth | Quick Start Guide

    10

    AKASO

    AKASO Brave4

    AKASO AKASO Brave4 1枚目
    3.24

    Rather Outdated, With a Poor Mic and Ineffective Image Stabilization

    3.2
    3.1
    3.1
    4.5
    3.4
    3.2

    4K/24fps

    2K/30fps

    4K

    2.32 inches

    0.91 inches

    1.57 inches

    1.45 pounds

    1/2 CMOS

    N/A

    20Mp

    f2.5

    Electronic Stabilization

    MP4

    JPEG

    microSD

    N/A

    90 min

    2 Inches

    100ft

    -

    BRAVE4 camera | 2 rechargeable 1050mAh batteries | remote control wristband | 19 accessories kit

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    No.1
    Top Choice Action Cameras
    No.1 in Image quality
    No.1 in Image stabilization
    No.1 in Ease of use
    No.1 in Functionality

    GoProGoPro HERO11 BLACK CHDHX-111-FW

    Overall rating

    4.32
    • Image quality
      4.1
    • Image stabilization
      4.5
    • Sound quality
      4.2
    • Battery life
      3.2
    • Ease of use
      4.2
    • Functionality
      4.5

    $453.67

    Touchscreen
    Frame rate (Full HD)
    4K/120fps 2.7K,5.3K/60fps
    Frame rate
    2.7K/240fps
    Video resolution
    4K,5.3K
    Front display
    Voice control
    Wi-Fi

    mybest's Top Choice! Top-Class Image Quality, Functionality and Image Stabilization

    GoPro's latest offering, the HERO11 Black, was released in September 2022. It sports an image sensor larger than one on a regular video camera, and improved image stabilization, horizon leveling, and battery life.


    In our tests, we found the image stabilization feature to work very well. Vibration while riding a bike was almost completely nullified. Even during high-impact activities like going over a curb, the resulting video looked as though the camera was merely floating. Images were super-sharp. Details like leaves on trees and pebbles on the road were captured with clarity. Colors were beautiful--not oversaturated, but naturally vivid--even under water. Although overall image quality is superb, we did notice a drop in performance in low-light settings. Just like GoPro's previous model, the built-in mic is quite good. Unwanted noises such as wind and the hum of bicycle tires became almost inaudible. Voices and birdsong were recorded clearly even without an external mic.


    However, the battery life leaves much to be desired. In our test, the HERO11 stopped recording to prevent overheating after 37 minutes. It got so hot it was actually impossible to hold with bare hands! This inability to record for long periods continuously is a weakness it shares with its predecessor.


    Touch screen operation is simple, and if you can use a smartphone, you probably won't need to consult its manual before diving in. The settings menu has text and icons, making it easy to understand. Functions are abundant, too: Wi-Fi for sending shooting data, automatic uploads to GPS and cloud services, and the ability to edit videos in a phone app.


    In short, this latest GoPro is a top-class camera with great performance across the board. Not only that, but it's intuitive to use. If your top priority is shooting beautiful videos and you aren't put off by the price, it's an obvious choice.


    GoPro, DJI, and Insta360 are some of the most well-known names in the action camera market, but there is a wide range of other manufacturers as well. Some models list 4K compatibility and ultra-wide-angle and come in under $100. At first glance, they look like stiff competition for major manufacturers. So, we actually tested out a popular action camera under $100 on Amazon and compared it with other high-end models. Although it was possible to shoot in 4K, it didn't come out sharp. Image stabilization was weak, so there was significant blurriness. Action cameras under $100 might list impressive features, but in the end, you get what you pay for. It couldn't compete with the higher-end models at all. Take a look at the actual images taken during product testing. 

    Camera width2.8 inches
    Camera depth1.3 inches
    Camera length2.2 inches
    Camera weight3.96 pounds
    Sensor size1/1.9 CMOS
    Still resolution27.13MP
    Aperture (F-number)-
    Image stabilization typeElectronic Stabilization
    Digital video formatMP4
    Image recording formatJPEG,RAW
    Memory card slotMicroSD
    Memory storageN/A
    Maximum recording time4K / 120fps: 54 min,5.3K / 60fps: 61 min
    Display size2.27 inches
    External microphone compatible
    Bluetooth
    Waterproof33ft
    Dustproof-
    AccessoriesHERO11 Black Camera | Rechargeable Enduro Battery | Curved Adhesive Mount | Mounting Buckle | USB-C Cable | Thumb Screw | Camera Case
    No.2

    DJIDJI Osmo Action3 AC202

    Overall rating

    4.27
    • Image quality
      3.8
    • Image stabilization
      4.4
    • Sound quality
      4.1
    • Battery life
      4.2
    • Ease of use
      4.2
    • Functionality
      4.2

    $329.00

    Touchscreen
    Frame rate (Full HD)
    4K/120fps
    Frame rate
    4K/60fps
    Video resolution
    4K
    Front display
    Voice control
    Wi-Fi

    Great Image Stabilization and Color, and Can Shoot in Portrait Mode

    DJI released the Osmo Action3 in September 2022. Compared to their previous model the design is more standardized, with front and rear view screens. It supports video shot in portrait mode just like a smartphone.


    Image stabilization works well. The resulting video looks like the camera is flying mounted on a drone! It neutralizes small road vibrations as well as large bumps and jolts. Unless you drop or hit the camera, you're unlikely to notice any blurring. Colors are vivid and bright, and seem balanced for general use. In underwater shots the blue end of the spectrum is lovely. It may be because the focal point is close to the camera, but distant shadows were fuzzy, and landscapes weren't its forte.


    The microphone's noise cancelation suppresses wind easily. In fact, it may work too well. Because it blocks so much background noise it might sound unnatural to you. However, you'll hear birdsong and voices clearly.


    The camera didn't stop due to overheating in our test, and we clocked in over 100 minutes of continuous shooting. It does get hot, but battery life is great. The touch screen is sensitive, and the menu is similar to a smartphone, making it intuitive and easy to use. There's no GPS or automatic cloud upload feature, but it has a front display. Like the previous model, it offers auto-editing using AI algorithms. Vertical mounting is simple; it's perfect for making videos for phone screens and social media.


    To summarize, DJI's latest camera has powerful image stabilization and a long-lasting battery. Though distant shadows might not come out in the highest resolution, overall performance is top-class. We recommend it for those who want to take clear and crisp long videos.

    Camera width2.78 inches
    Camera depth1.29 inches
    Camera length1.74 inches
    Camera weight3.87 pounds
    Sensor size1/1.7 CMOS
    Still resolution12MP
    Aperture (F-number)f/2.8
    Image stabilization typeElectronic Stabilization
    Digital video formatMP4
    Image recording formatJPEG,RAW
    Memory card slotMicroSD
    Memory storageN/A
    Maximum recording time150min
    Display size2.25 inches
    External microphone compatible
    Bluetooth
    Waterproof36ft
    Dustproof-
    AccessoriesOsmo Action 3 | Osmo Action 3 Extreme Battery | Osmo Action 3 Horizontal-Vertical Protective Frame | Osmo Action 3 Rubber Lens Protector ×2 | Osmo Action 3 Quick-Release Adapter Mount | Osmo Flat Adhesive Base | Osmo Locking Screw | Type-C to Type-C PD Cable | DJI Logo Sticker ×2 | Quick Start Guide | Disclaimer | Warranty Card
    No.3
    No.1 in Sound quality
    No.1 in Ease of use
    No.1 in Functionality

    GoProGoPro HERO10 CHDHX-101-TH

    Overall rating

    4.24
    • Image quality
      4.1
    • Image stabilization
      4.2
    • Sound quality
      4.2
    • Battery life
      3.3
    • Ease of use
      4.2
    • Functionality
      4.5

    $399.92

    Touchscreen
    Frame rate (Full HD)
    4K/120fps, 2.7K, 5K/60fps
    Frame rate
    2.7K/240fps
    Video resolution
    4K,5.3K
    Front display
    Voice control
    Wi-Fi

    A Well-Balanced Older Model With Good Performance

    GoPro's HERO10 Black is a high-end model that can shoot 4K video at 120 frames per second.


    Image stabilization is powerful and road vibrations were canceled out well. When we went over a six-inch curb, it corrected accordingly. The video was smooth and natural-looking. The stabilization feature works well enough that the camera seems like it's floating.


    Image quality is good, too. When combined with stabilization, details are sharp. Even with high-contrast shots, the images came out close to what your own eyes would see. Colors are intense and look great both in and out of the water. We noticed some noise in shadow areas, but it didn't affect the resolution much. The mic picks up sound well. It captures voices clearly while suppressing wind and environmental noises. We have no complaints there.

    When it came to battery life, we got in 44 minutes of shooting before it stopped due to overheating. At that point, the battery was at 38 percent remaining, and the camera was so hot it felt scalding. Unless you cool it down with running water, long-term shooting will be next to impossible. The touch screen responds quickly, and there were no accidental interactions. Like a smartphone, the icons make it easy to understand and use. It also offers help prompts for displayed items.


    We were satisfied with its functionality and felt nothing was lacking. It has auto-upload to the cloud, automatic editing by AI algorithm, and voice operation in multiple languages.

    Camera width9.4 inches
    Camera depth3.2 inches
    Camera length4.8 inches
    Camera weight15.2 pounds
    Sensor size1/2.3 CMOS
    Still resolution23MP
    Aperture (F-number)-
    Image stabilization typeElectronic Stabilization
    Digital video formatMP4
    Image recording formatJPEG, RAW
    Memory card slotMicroSD
    Memory storageN/A
    Maximum recording time120min
    Display size2.27 inches
    External microphone compatible
    Bluetooth
    Waterproof33ft
    Dustproof-
    AccessoriesHERO10 Black Camera | Rechargeable Battery | Curved Adhesive Mount | Mounting Buckle | USB-C Cable | Thumb Screw | Camera Case
    No.4
    No.1 in Functionality

    GoProGoPro HERO9 CHDNH-B32

    Overall rating

    4.17
    • Image quality
      4.1
    • Image stabilization
      4.2
    • Sound quality
      4.1
    • Battery life
      3.5
    • Ease of use
      3.6
    • Functionality
      4.5

    $329.00

    Touchscreen
    Frame rate (Full HD)
    4K/60fps,5K/30
    Frame rate
    4K/60fps
    Video resolution
    4K, 5K
    Front display
    Voice control
    Wi-Fi

    Well-Balanced and Provides Ample Shooting time

    GoPro's HERO9 Black is known for its ability to shoot not a mere 4K, but 5K video.


    It has great image stabilization. Even when our tester jumped a curb on their bike, the jolt was hardly noticeable. Minor vibrations from the road are canceled out; only a really big impact would be too much for the stabilizer to handle.


    Resolution is amazing, and we could even make out people's facial expressions in small reflections. Colors are intense in bright shots, dim light, and even under water. High-contrast shots look natural and noise in shadows is not a big issue. Overall, image quality is fine. We can say the same for the sound quality, too. It captures very little environmental noise, and voices are recorded clearly. You won't have to shout to be heard in your video.


    We got in 56 minutes of shooting time before it shut down due to heat. At 39 percent battery remaining, we still couldn't resume right away. It was hot enough to be very uncomfortable to touch. You can mitigate this by cooling it manually, or by shooting at lower resolutions if you need long, seamless videos.


    The rear touch screen is the control hub, but unfortunately, it's sluggish compared to recent smartphones. At times, we couldn't scroll or switch between menus smoothly. But the icons are simple and it offers help prompts, making it great for beginners.


    It has the main functions you'd want, such as automatic video editing in an app that's easy to use. Auto-upload to cloud storage and voice operation round out the suite.

    Camera width2.6 inches
    Camera depth1.14 inches
    Camera length1.89 inches
    Camera weight0.28 pounds
    Sensor size1/2.3 CMOS
    Still resolution20MP
    Aperture (F-number)-
    Image stabilization typeElectronic Stabilization
    Digital video formatMP4
    Image recording formatJPEG, RAW
    Memory card slotmicroSD
    Memory storageN/A
    Maximum recording time100min
    Display size2.27 Inches
    External microphone compatible
    Bluetooth
    Waterproof33ft
    Dustproof-
    AccessoriesHERO9 Black Camera | Rechargeable Battery | Curved Adhesive Mount | Mounting Buckle | USB-C Cable | Thumb Screw | Camera Case
    No.5

    DJIDJI Action2

    Overall rating

    4.16
    • Image quality
      3.9
    • Image stabilization
      4.2
    • Sound quality
      4.0
    • Battery life
      3.9
    • Ease of use
      4.2
    • Functionality
      4.2

    $359.00

    Touchscreen
    Frame rate (Full HD)
    4K/120fps
    Frame rate
    4K/120fps
    Video resolution
    4K
    Front display
    Voice control
    Wi-Fi

    Compact Size and Great Image Stabilization, but Struggles With Recording Long Videos

    The Action2 Dual Screen Combo from DJI is a compact high-performance camera that can shoot 4K video at 120 frames per second.


    Image stabilization really shines; even going over a six-inch curb on a bike was hardly noticeable. Road vibration is almost totally nullified; the camera feels like it's shooting while floating. Bright-light shots are captured with such good resolution that you can make out the texture on the walls of distant buildings. Vivid, bright colors that still seem natural will likely please most videographers. However, we saw noise in shadows, and those areas of the video had slightly lower resolution than the highlights. It seems to prioritize brightness over resolution.


    Voices come across loud and clear, and the sound of bike tires on the road was minimal. Background noises such as wind were suppressed fine. Because both the camera body and mount are metal, you can sometimes hear the sound of them moving against each other.


    Its major weakness was in continuous shooting. We discovered that it shut down due to overheating after only 14 minutes. The battery read 52 percent for the camera and 100 percent for the front touch module, and it was uncomfortably hot. Although it has a fairly large battery capacity, don't expect to shoot 4K video for more than 10 minutes at a stretch. The touch screen works well and scrolling is smooth. Icons are designed well, and overall operation is intuitive.


    It has voice operation and auto-editing via algorithm, but no GPS. Note that the microSD card goes into a module piece, not the camera body itself; this module is not waterproof.

    Camera width1.54 inches
    Camera depth0.87 inches
    Camera length1.54 inches
    Camera weight1.98 ounces
    Sensor size1/1.7 CMOS
    Still resolution12MP
    Aperture (F-number)F2.8
    Image stabilization typeElectronic Stabilization
    Digital video formatMP4
    Image recording formatJPEG,RAW
    Memory card slotmicroSD
    Memory storage32GB
    Maximum recording time180min
    Display size1.76 inches
    External microphone compatible
    Bluetooth
    Waterproof33ft
    Dustproof-
    AccessoriesMagnetic Adapter Mount | Magnetic Ball-Joint Adapter Mount | Camera Unit | Front Touchscreen Module | Magnetic Lanyard | Power Cable
    No.6

    Insta360Insta360 ONE RS

    Overall rating

    3.86
    • Image quality
      3.8
    • Image stabilization
      3.9
    • Sound quality
      3.5
    • Battery life
      3.9
    • Ease of use
      4.2
    • Functionality
      3.6

    $439.99

    Touchscreen
    Frame rate (Full HD)
    4K/200fps, 5.7K
    Frame rate
    4K/24fps
    Video resolution
    4K, 5,7K
    Front display
    N/A
    Voice control
    Wi-Fi

    Excellent Image Stabilization and Good Image Quality, but the Mic Could Be Better

    The ONE RS from Insta360 is a new model with a detachable lens and a larger battery than its predecessor.


    Image stabilization was impressive; it felt like the camera was floating. It did a wonderful job of compensating for big jolts; it would perform well for recording high-impact sports. Small road vibrations while biking were also handled well. Image resolution is superb, and it captures details such as leaves and branches in sharp focus even at a distance. Colors are vivid but natural, and contrast is also fine, producing beautiful shades. Underwater scenes looked unnatural appearance but had decent resolution. Image quality in dark areas was poorer, although still acceptable. The microphone is an improvement from the previous model. But, it does pick up background noise, humming vibrations, and wind. Recorded voices sound muffled. For better sound, you'll want an external mic and adapter (purchased separately).


    It can shoot continuously for 83 minutes as per our test. The updated case and mounting bracket have heat-transferring properties to minimize overheating. We liked that it kept recording without overheating. Settings are adjusted by touching or swiping and the menus are simple and easy to navigate. The screen is small and a little hard to read, but it responds accurately to touch, just like a smartphone.


    It has a dedicated app with enhanced features, including remote control functions and a video editor with AI algorithms. It can transfer GPS info, too. Note that you'll need a smartphone to activate the camera for the first time.

    Camera width3.11 inches
    Camera depth1.85 inches
    Camera length2.2 inches
    Camera weight0.35 pounds
    Sensor size1 CMOS
    Still resolution48MP
    Aperture (F-number)f2.4
    Image stabilization typeFlowState stabilization
    Digital video formatMP4
    Image recording formatJPEG,RAW
    Memory card slotmicroSD
    Memory storageN/A
    Maximum recording time-
    Display size1.3 inches
    External microphone compatible
    Bluetooth
    Waterproof16ft
    Dustproof-
    Accessories4K Boost Lens | 360 Lens |ONE RS Core | ONE RS Battery Base | Lens Cap for 360 Lens | ONE RS Mounting Bracket
    No.7
    No.1 in Battery life

    AKASOAKASO Brave7 LE

    Overall rating

    3.59
    • Image quality
      3.5
    • Image stabilization
      3.5
    • Sound quality
      3.4
    • Battery life
      4.5
    • Ease of use
      3.7
    • Functionality
      3.5

    $152.00

    Touchscreen
    Frame rate (Full HD)
    4K/30fps, 2.7K/30fps, 1080P, 720P
    Frame rate
    720P/120
    Video resolution
    4K
    Front display
    Voice control
    Wi-Fi

    Long-Lasting Battery Makes It Great for Lengthy Videos, but Camera Shake Is Noticeable

    Akaso's Brave7 LE is a popular item on online shopping sites.


    It only has a display on the front, and we found its image stabilization less effective than others. Road vibrations led to a bit of blurring and some choppiness. Significant jostling resulted in some shaky video before compensation kicked in. Fine details don't show, and it feels like it's rather low-res. The lack of contrast gives videos a soft look. Noise is noticeable in dark shadows and colors become difficult to tell apart. In bright light, the colors aren't bad, but images are undersaturated and backlit subjects have very little contrast. The built-in mic picks up a lot of wind noise but not much else. Voices are audible but muffled under environmental noise. Road vibrations were picked up as noise, but voices were clear when there was no competition from the wind or road.


    On the plus side, the battery lasts an impressive 122 minutes' worth of continuous shooting time--about twice as long as its competitors. You also get two batteries with your purchase for a total of 240 minutes! It won't shut down due to overheating either. The menus are intuitive and simple, and the touch screen is appropriately sensitive. Overall, it's easy to use. There's no visual feedback when scrolling or tapping, so it was sometimes hard to tell if our inputs had been registered.


    The front display is full-color, which helps with real-time adjustments when taking selfies. Wi-Fi data transfer is seamless, but it doesn't have GPS or voice control.

    Camera width‎2.44 inches
    Camera depth1.26 inches
    Camera length1.61 inches
    Camera weight‎1.32 pounds
    Sensor size1/2 CMOS
    Still resolution20MP
    Aperture (F-number)-
    Image stabilization typeElectronic Stabilization
    Digital video formatMP4
    Image recording formatJPEG, JPEG+DNG
    Memory card slotMicroSD
    Memory storageN/A
    Maximum recording time110min
    Display size2 Inches
    External microphone compatible
    Bluetooth
    Waterproof131ft
    DustproofIPX7
    AccessoriesCamera Body | Battery Pack | Accessories Kit
    No.8

    Insta360Insta360 ONE R CINAKGP/A

    Overall rating

    3.52
    • Image quality
      3.4
    • Image stabilization
      3.4
    • Sound quality
      3.3
    • Battery life
      3.7
    • Ease of use
      3.9
    • Functionality
      3.6

    $480.00

    Touchscreen
    Frame rate (Full HD)
    4K/60fps, 5.7K
    Frame rate
    4K/60fps
    Video resolution
    4K, 5.7K
    Front display
    N/A
    Voice control
    Wi-Fi

    Image Stabilization Works Well, but the Mic Picks Up Noise

    Insta360 brings us the ONE R Twin Edition. It's unique in that you can rearrange the lens, screen, and battery components to your liking.


    Image stabilization works very well. Even when riding over a curb, the video looked as if we'd landed on soft ground because the jolt was almost imperceptible. Despite occasional jostling from small vibrations, the stabilization feature was strong. Although the images are fairly high-key, the contrast didn't lead to unnatural or overly-saturated colors. Videos look natural and beautiful. However, despite the high resolution, scenes with a lot of action had noticeable blurring. And in low light, colors lost their vibrancy and noise was more apparent.


    We can't recommend its built-in mic, unfortunately. It picked up a lot of background noise from the tires on the bike. Even when we spoke loudly, the road and the wind made it hard to hear what was being said without concentrating. If you want to record sound with this, you'll have to come up with a way to deal with the noise.


    The settings menu is simple and intuitive via touch screen. But accuracy is not as good as a smartphone, which may lead to unwanted interaction. The screen is also small. It's a bit hard to check what you recorded but it's not a major point of stress. It has automatic video editing with an app, uses Wi-Fi, and provides basic functionality such as voice operation.


    A firmware update in May 2021 enabled a "quick-capture" feature: start recording as soon as you push the shutter button, even when the power is off.

    Camera width2.8 inches
    Camera depth1.69 inches
    Camera length1.89 inches
    Camera weight1.23 pounds
    Sensor size1 CMOS
    Still resolution19MP
    Aperture (F-number)-
    Image stabilization typeFlowState Stabilization
    Digital video formatMP4, INSV,
    Image recording formatJPG, Raw (DNG)
    Memory card slotMicroSD
    Memory storageN/A
    Maximum recording time70min
    Display size1 inches
    External microphone compatible
    Bluetooth
    Waterproof16ft
    DustproofIPX8
    AccessoriesTwin Edition includes | 4K Wide Angle Mod | Dual-Lens 360 Mod | Core | Battery Base | Lens Cap | Mounting Bracket
    No.9

    AKASOAKASO Brave8

    Overall rating

    3.48
    • Image quality
      3.5
    • Image stabilization
      3.4
    • Sound quality
      3.3
    • Battery life
      3.8
    • Ease of use
      3.9
    • Functionality
      3.6

    $237.00

    Touchscreen
    Frame rate (Full HD)
    4K/60fps
    Frame rate
    2.7K/90fps
    Video resolution
    4K
    Front display
    Voice control
    Wi-Fi

    Easy to Use With Good Image Stabilization, but a Poor Mic

    Brave8 is the latest model from Akaso.


    It sports a touch screen and front display, and the body is waterproof to a depth of 33 feet. There was occasional blurring from the movement of the bike, but the whole screen wasn't shaking. We'd say that the stabilization feature isn't perfect, but it works well enough. Buildings and roadside foliage showed up in sharp focus. Although we had no major complaints about the resolution, there was slight blurring when shooting while moving. Colors come out well enough under normal circumstances but are not true-to-life in high-contrast shots or shadows.


    When it came to recording sound, voices were drowned out by background noise. The road noise comes through, the wind seemed very loud. It distracts from who's speaking. It will give decent results for environments with little wind and when the camera isn't moving much, though.


    Battery life is good and we got 74 minutes out of it before it shut down due to overheating. However, we were able to restart it and continue until the battery was practically drained. You also get two batteries with your purchase for a total of 140 minutes of continuous shooting time.


    The menus have many icons, making it easy for beginners to figure out, and touch sensitivity is reliable. The transition animations can be hard to see, as they're not super smooth. It has a front display for selfies, Wi-Fi, and voice operation to start and stop recording without touching it.

    Camera width2.48 inches
    Camera depth1.44 inches
    Camera length1.93 inches
    Camera weight1.45 pounds
    Sensor size1/2 CMOS
    Still resolution48MP
    Aperture (F-number)f2.5
    Image stabilization typeElectronic Stabilization
    Digital video format MP4
    Image recording formatJPEG,RAW
    Memory card slotmicroSD
    Memory storageN/A
    Maximum recording time90 min
    Display size2 Inches
    External microphone compatible
    Bluetooth
    Waterproof33ft
    DustproofIPX8
    AccessoriesAkaso Brave 8 action camera | Camera frame | Remote control + strap | 2 x removable batteries | 2 bay battery charger | Handlebar/pole mount | 7 x various mounts | 2 x helmet mounts | 4 x “bandages” (straps) | USB-A to C cable | 5 x tethers | 2 x double-sided tape | Lens cleaning cloth | Quick Start Guide
    No.10
    No.1 in Battery life

    AKASOAKASO Brave4

    Overall rating

    3.24
    • Image quality
      3.2
    • Image stabilization
      3.1
    • Sound quality
      3.1
    • Battery life
      4.5
    • Ease of use
      3.4
    • Functionality
      3.2

    $73.00

    Touchscreen
    Frame rate (Full HD)
    4K/24fps
    Frame rate
    2K/30fps
    Video resolution
    4K
    Front display
    N/A
    Voice control
    Wi-Fi

    Rather Outdated, With a Poor Mic and Ineffective Image Stabilization

    Akaso's Brave4 was released in 2018. Despite 4K video support, a wide array of accessories, and its relatively low price point, we were disappointed.


    Image stabilization doesn't seem to work well, and blurring was a constant concern. Even riding our bike on a flat road led to the entire image becoming fuzzy here and there. Forget about going over large bumps. We also have to criticize the image quality. The subject's outline and details are blurry, and there was noticeable noise in dim lighting. The image wasn't as sharp as you'd expect from 4K. Colors look washed out slightly as well, like an older camera.


    The mic picks up environmental noises and voices equally. They blend together to become indistinguishable. The waterproof housing muffles everything, so good sound capture will be impossible. We'd say trying to use the built-in mic is unrealistic.


    On the plus side, the battery life is good. We tested it for 136 continuous shooting minutes. It operated just fine and wasn't even warm to the touch. Plus, since it comes with two batteries, you can expect over three hours of shooting time in one go.


    Using buttons instead of a touch screen means navigating through multiple presses. It's inconvenient, to say the least. It has Wi-Fi, but no GPS or front display. And when you use image stabilization, it switches to a fairly narrow field of focus.

    Camera width2.32 inches
    Camera depth0.91 inches
    Camera length1.57 inches
    Camera weight1.45 pounds
    Sensor size1/2 CMOS
    Still resolution20Mp
    Aperture (F-number)f2.5
    Image stabilization typeElectronic Stabilization
    Digital video formatMP4
    Image recording formatJPEG
    Memory card slotmicroSD
    Memory storageN/A
    Maximum recording time90 min
    Display size2 Inches
    External microphone compatible
    Bluetooth
    Waterproof100ft
    Dustproof-
    AccessoriesBRAVE4 camera | 2 rechargeable 1050mAh batteries | remote control wristband | 19 accessories kit
    No.11

    AKASOAKASO EK7000

    Overall rating

    3.14
    • Image quality
      3.2
    • Image stabilization
      3.1
    • Sound quality
      3.0
    • Battery life
      4.3
    • Ease of use
      3.2
    • Functionality
      3.2

    $69.99

    Touchscreen
    Frame rate (Full HD)
    4K/30fps
    Frame rate
    2.7K/30fps
    Video resolution
    4K
    Front display
    N/A
    Voice control
    N/A
    Wi-Fi

    Good Battery Life but Unnatural Colors and Insufficient Image Stabilization

    EK7000, Akaso's 2016 offering, supports 4K video and remote control using Wi-Fi--great features at this price point.


    Unfortunately, we found that it doesn't correct shaking well at all, and even slight vibrations caused blurry images. Image quality is also poor, and doesn't even look like 4K. Details such as text on signs, tree leaves, and the fish models we used were really hard to make out. Colors are oversaturated and unnaturally dark.


    The mic is not great either. It picks up every single noise, including the rattling of the camera in its case. Skip this one if you want to record voices or clear background sounds.


    However, battery life is good. We kept it going for 108 minutes in our test, and it didn't shut down due to heat, nor did it malfunction.


    With no touch screen, the push-button operation was cumbersome, requiring multiple presses to navigate the options. It also doesn't offer in-menu help for the items. It supports video transfer and camera control over Wi-Fi, but without GPS and a front display, extra features are sparse.

    Camera width2 inches
    Camera depth0.9inches
    Camera length1.5 inches
    Camera weight0.12 pound
    Sensor size-
    Still resolution16MP
    Aperture (F-number)-
    Image stabilization type-
    Digital video formatMP4
    Image recording formatJPEG
    Memory card slotmicroSD
    Memory storageN/A
    Maximum recording time90 min
    Display size2 inches
    External microphone compatibleN/A
    BluetoothN/A
    Waterproof98ft
    Dustproof-
    AccessoriesAKASO EK7000 Camera | USB cable | Remote control | Clips | Waterproof case | 1050 mAh Battery | Lens cloth | Protective backdoor | Bike stand | Helmet mounts | User Manual |

    How We Tested the Action Cameras

    Action Cameras Evaluation

    Action cameras are the perfect choice for diving, skiing, riding motorcycles, and other situations with a lot of movement. Despite their small size, image stabilization capabilities ensure beautiful shots. But with so many manufacturers and price points available, how do you know which action camera is right for you?

    Products we tested

    1. AKASO|AKASO EK7000
    2. AKASO|AKASO Brave7 LE
    3. AKASO|AKASO Brave8
    4. AKASO|AKASO Brave4
    5. DJI|DJI Action2
    6. DJI|DJI Osmo Action3 AC202
    7. GoPro|GoPro HERO10 CHDHX-101-TH
    8. GoPro|GoPro HERO9 CHDNH-B32
    9. GoPro|GoPro HERO11 BLACK CHDHX-111-FW
    10. Insta360|Insta360 ONE R CINAKGP/A
    11. Insta360|Insta360 ONE RS

    Test① Picture Quality

    Picture Quality
    First, we tested the picture quality of each action camera, since it's the most important factor.
    Six members of the mybest editorial team rated three main parameters: resolution, noise, and color saturation. 

    We used videos shot under the following conditions:

    • To assess resolution in bright light, we shot videos in sunny weather at midday. 
    • To test the cameras' performance in dim lighting, we used an area with 20 lux of brightness.
    • We performed the saturation test underwater without any natural light, in an 82-foot indoor pool.
    • For every test, the cameras were set to 4K at 30fps, with a wide-angle lens and image stabilization turned on. We left all other options at their factory setting.


    Photographic subject:

    • For tests carried out on land, We focused each camera on either a small detailed object or a wider landscape. 
    • We used model rocks, fish, and plants for underwater testing.

    Test② Image Stabilization

    Image Stabilization
    Second, we tested the image stabilization feature, as this is crucial when shooting while in motion.
    The team rated each camera based on how well its image stabilization negated small vibrations and big jolts.

    • Once again, the videos were shot in 4K at 30fps with a wide-angle lens and with the other settings set to automatic. 
    • The image stabilization was set to its standard level (if the setting was adjustable).
    • We fixed each camera to the handlebars of a bike using a Glider Sports GO47 1/4-thread ball-arm bike mount.We rode at varying speeds, as well as up and down steps.
    • We repeated the test several times with the camera attached at different positions.

    Our goal was to generate both large and small movements to assess the image stabilization ability of each camera. 

    Test③ Sound Quality

    Sound Quality
    We rated sound quality based on two factors: voice clarity within the video and the level of unwanted background noise.

    • We took video near a major road with lots of traffic on a busy weekday morning.
    • The camera is attached to the bicycle and takes pictures while riding.
    • Video was to be recorded while riding through the neighborhood and speaking at a volume as if you were chatting to someone.
    • If the camera itself was not waterproof, the necessary housing was attached before the recording started.

    Test④ Battery Life

    Battery Life
    Next, we tested how long each action camera's battery could last. We checked how long each camera could continuously record video before it ran out.

    • To keep each test fair, every camera used its own original battery. 
    • The timer went until either the battery ran out or the camera stopped recording due to overheating.
    • If the camera overheated and turned off, we turned the camera back on to continue recording. The timer was then restarted and the measurement continued. 
    • We kept the video settings the same in each test: video at 4K 30fps and image stabilization turned on.

    Test⑤ Ease of Use

    Ease of Use

    We assessed ease of use while considering the clarity of menus and the button layout of each camera. We performed a series of operations, such as changing settings and playing back videos. This was to judge how complex each camera would be to operate for the average user.

    Test⑥ Additional Functions

    Additional Functions
    Lastly, the editorial team evaluated each camera on whether they had specific extra features.
    We checked for voice control, a front display, built-in GPS tracking, Wi-Fi connectivity, and the ability to quick-record at the push of a button.

    Any accompanying smartphone app was also tested. We confirmed whether it could automatically upload videos and if it had any built-in editing features.
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