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The 4 Best GoPro Alternatives - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best GoPro Alternatives

GoPros have long been the gold standard of action cameras. The company was crucial in popularizing portable, rugged cameras for recording up-close-and-personal sports and action videos and currently produces a range of models to suit different budgets. That said, brand recognition doesn't exactly come cheap, and other companies have made strides in this arena, with some offering many of the same functions at a substantially lower cost and others branching out to produce portable cameras with more and more innovative designs.

We've bought and tested over 75 cameras, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best GoPro alternatives to buy. If you don't care so much about which brand to buy, you can also check out our picks for the best action cameras. If, however, you want to shoot action video from afar, rather than mounting a camera for POV shots, you can also take a look at our recommendation for the best cameras to shoot sports videos. Looking for a vlogging camera instead? Our article on the best cameras for vlogging has you covered.

  1. Best GoPro Alternative

    The DJI Osmo Action is the best GoPro alternative that we've tested. It's one of the few GoPro competitors to rival the exceptional build quality of GoPro cameras, with sturdy construction that can withstand temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F). It's also waterproof to an advertised depth of 11m (36 ft) and has a built-in heatsink meant to help prevent overheating. Like the similarly-priced GoPro HERO9 Black, it's got a second front-facing screen with Live View, so you can easily monitor yourself while recording.

    While frame rate and resolution options are more limited compared to newer action cams, it can still record 4k video at up to 60 fps and 1080p at up to 240 fps, giving you plenty of flexibility to shoot everything from smooth action footage to super slow motion. Though it's since been superseded by the DJI Action 2, the original Osmo Action's more conventional design and lower price point make it a great buy if you're looking for an alternative to the GoPro.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget GoPro Alternative

    If you're on a tighter budget, check out the AKASO Brave 7 LE. It doesn't have as many frame rate options as the DJI Osmo Action and doesn't feel as well-built, but it's more affordable, and it still comes with a front-facing live view screen to help you monitor yourself as you record. There are several mounting accessories included in the box, as well. The camera has an IPX7 rating, so it's only waterproof to a depth of one meter for about 30 minutes. However, it also comes with a protective case that renders it waterproof to an advertised depth of 131 feet for underwater recording.

    Its video stabilization feature is inconsistent but does a great job smoothing out camera shake, albeit with a severe 1.6x crop. Unfortunately, it's also limited to 4k at 30 fps and 1080p from 30 fps to 120 fps, giving you fewer frame rates to shoot different video styles. Still, this is a solid and well-built option for those on a tighter budget.

    See our review

  3. Best Cheap GoPro Alternative

    If you're after something even cheaper, the AKASO V50X is a simple, lightweight action cam that offers decent value for its price. It's super lightweight, and while it doesn't feel as premium as a GoPro or higher-end alternatives like the DJI Osmo Action, it does come with a protective case to give it added durability. You'll need the case if you plan on shooting underwater footage since the camera alone isn't IPX-rated. With the case on, however, you can shoot down to a depth of 131 feet, which is excellent.

    The big trade-off with this camera is its frame rate options. It can only shoot a max of 60 fps in 1080p, and it's limited to 30 fps in 4k, which leaves you few options for shooting high-speed footage or super slow-motion shots. On the upside, it has effective stabilization and decent battery life, and unlike other cheaper GoPro alternatives, it gives you the option to adjust the camera's field of view, making it a solid overall action camera for the price.

    See our review

  4. Best Handheld GoPro Alternative

    While it isn't quite an action camera in the same sense as our other picks, the DJI Pocket 2 is a fantastic GoPro alternative for vloggers or content creators who prefer to shoot action footage handheld. This little pocket camera has a unique built-in gimbal that stabilizes the camera along three axes, letting you easily capture incredibly smooth handheld video. You get a few different configuration options, too, so you can choose to lock the horizon or prevent the camera from tilting back and forth.

    Like the DJI Osmo Action, the build quality is excellent. The camera also has an active tracking feature that can lock onto a specific subject and automatically follow their movement. On top of that, it can shoot 4k up to 60 fps and includes a slow-motion capture mode in 1080p. Plus, it uses a larger sensor than most action cams, resulting in higher-quality video, especially in low light, making this a great vlogging and action video tool for those who want to shoot stabilized handheld footage.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • DJI Osmo Pocket: The DJI Osmo Pocket is the predecessor to the DJI Pocket 2. It's a good alternative if you're looking to spend less money, and its active tracking feature is reportedly more reliable. However, its smaller image sensor results in inferior video quality, especially in low light, and unlike its successor, it doesn't have a slow-motion recording mode in FHD. See our review
  • Sony RX0 II: The Sony RX0 II is a unique ultracompact camera with a large one-inch sensor that produces higher-quality video than the DJI Osmo Action. It's also rugged and exceptionally well-built, with a little tiltable screen. However, the camera is significantly more expensive and is overkill for action video, with even fewer frame rate options. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 06, 2022: Reviewed article for accuracy and clarity; no change to recommendations.

  2. Oct 12, 2022: Restructured categories to better reflect market conditions and updated article for clarity. Also added the Sony RX0 II to Notable Mentions and removed irrelevant Notables.

  3. Jan 27, 2022: Verified that picks still represent the best choice for their given categories.

  4. Jan 10, 2022: Reviewed picks with no change to recommendations.

  5. Dec 20, 2021: Checked picks for accuracy and availability; no change to recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best non-GoPro action cameras for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability (no cameras that are difficult to find or almost out of stock in the U.S.).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our action camera reviews—we've left GoPro cameras in there, so you can compare how alternatives stack up. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no single perfect camera. Personal taste, preference, and shooting habits will matter more in your selection.