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The 4 Best GoPro Alternatives - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best GoPro Alternatives

GoPros have long been held as the gold standard of action cameras. The American manufacturer was crucial in popularizing portable, rugged cameras for recording up-close-and-personal sports and travel videos and currently produces a range of feature-dense models. That said, 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 into building cameras with novel features, like integrated three-axis gimbals.

We've tested over 70 cameras, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best GoPro alternatives to buy. These picks were selected not only based on their performance but also their feature set and price. For more options, see our recommendations for the best action cameras, the best sport video cameras, and the best cameras for vlogging.


  1. Best GoPro Alternative

    The DJI Osmo Action is the best GoPro alternative that we've tested. It's one of the few GoPro alternatives to match the exceptional build quality of GoPro cameras, with a sturdy construction that's advertised to withstand temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F). It's also waterproof to an advertised depth of 11m (36 ft). It also has a built-in heatsink intended to dissipate heat and prevent overheating.

    Like the GoPro HERO10 Black and GoPro HERO9 Black, it features a second front-facing screen with Live View, so you can easily monitor yourself while recording. It supports 4k video up to 60 fps and 1080p up to 240 fps, giving you a wide range of frame rates to choose from to suit different styles, from more cinematic-looking video to slow-motion footage of fast action. It also has an amazing digital stabilization feature that smooths out camera shake, although enabling it does incur a noticeable 1.3x crop.

    While this can vary with different settings and usage habits, the camera has just an okay tested battery life in video, lasting for about 85 minutes of continuous recording in 4k. Thankfully, you can keep using it while it's charging, and there's no recording time limit, which is great for longer sessions of uninterrupted recording. Overall, this is one of the best action cameras you can get if you don't want to pay a premium for a GoPro.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative

    If you want something a little cheaper, 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 considerably cheaper, and it still comes with a front-facing live view screen to help you monitor yourself as you record. The camera itself has an IPX7 rating, so it's only waterproof to a depth of 1m for about 30 minutes. However, it also comes with a protective case that renders it waterproof to an advertised depth of 131 ft for underwater recording. There are several mounting accessories included in the box, as well. Its video stabilization feature is inconsistent but still does a great job smoothing out camera shake. That said, enabling it incurs a severe 1.6x crop on your footage. 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.

    Get the DJI if you want more frame rate options and a camera that feels better built overall. However, if you're not willing to pay that much for an action camera, the AKASO is a solid alternative.

    See our review

  3. Best Handheld GoPro Alternative

    The DJI Pocket 2 is the best GoPro alternative that we've tested with a handheld design. This portable camera has a built-in three-axis stabilized gimbal that makes it incredibly easy to shoot steady handheld footage. You can choose between three different stabilization options that lock the camera along with one or more of its axes to different effects, like keeping a level horizon or preventing the camera from tilting back and forth.

    The camera has an amazing autofocus system that includes an active tracking feature, which locks onto a particular subject so the camera can automatically follow their movement. While its video quality isn't particularly impressive, it looks better than many GoPro alternatives, especially in low light, due to its slightly larger sensor. It can shoot in 4k and 1080p up to 60 fps, and it includes a 'Slow-Mo' mode that captures 1080p footage at 120 fps or 240 fps for slow-motion playback.

    That said, this camera also tends to overheat after prolonged use, and it gets hot when shooting 4k video. It also lacks any waterproofing, making it less suited to filming water sports or shooting in adverse weather conditions. Its screen is also very small, although you can use your smartphone as a screen by using the DJI Mimo app if you need. Overall, this is one of the best vlogging cameras we've tested, thanks to its unique design and vlogging features.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget GoPro Alternative

    The best GoPro alternative we've tested for those on a budget is the AKASO V50X. It's lightweight and portable, and it feels solidly built, with a rubberized outer coating that provides a more secure grip and a screen that's bright enough to overcome glare. It comes with several mounting accessories in the box, as well as an additional protective case that's advertised to render it waterproof to a depth of 131 ft.

    This camera has a fantastic video stabilization feature that effectively smooths out camera shake whether you're shooting in 4k or 1080p and whether you're moving quickly or slowly, although enabling it does incur a significant crop on your videos. It delivers okay video quality when shooting in 4k in brighter lighting conditions, though it's comparable to other GoPro alternatives and performs worse in 1080p and dimly-lit conditions.

    Unfortunately, its frame rate options are limited. It can only shoot at 30 or 60 fps in 1080p, which is suitable for capturing fast action but less suited to generating slow-motion footage, and the camera is limited to 30 fps in 4k. On the upside, it has a decent battery life in video, and unlike some other cheaper GoPro alternatives, it also gives you the option to adjust the camera's field of view. Overall, this camera offers lots of value for its price, making it a good choice for those on a budget.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Campark V40: The Campark V40 is a budget-friendly action camera that closely resembles the AKASO Brave 7 LE and can be considered a good overall alternative thanks to its longer battery life and slightly better stabilization performance. However, it can't record FHD video beyond 60 fps. See our review
  • 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. 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

Recent Updates

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

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

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

  4. Dec 07, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for their given category.

  5. Nov 16, 2021: Renamed the AKASO Brave 7 LE as 'Cheaper Alternative' to the DJI Osmo Action and moved the AKASO V50X to the 'Best Budget GoPro Alternative' spot.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best GoPro alternatives 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. 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.

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