The Best Action Camera 2020

Action cameras to help capture your outdoor adventures

Acerima Outdoors is here with reviews to help you make an educated choice which action camera is right for your specific needs. Are all action cameras created equal? The answer is no.

What is an action camera?

An action camera is basically a compact camcorder designed to capture the perspective from a user’s point of view. They are generally simple to use, durable and can shoot both video and still pictures.

The camera market is simply just like the computer market it evolves constantly with manufacturers introducing updated models and features. Do not be scared by this, these cameras are all durable and should last you until you have out grown the camera.

While GoPro is still a top action camera there are a lot of great alternatives on the market. If you are looking for an action camera for your fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, biking or any outdoor adventures then let’s dive right in and take a look at Acirema Outdoors Top Choices and the options they provide.

1. Latest and Greatest – GoPro HERO8 Black                                                                                                                            Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization.

  • HyperSmooth 2.0: HERO8 Black has three levels of stabilization – On, High and Boost. Get the widest views, or boost to the smoothest video ever offered in a HERO camera. Works with all resolutions and frame rates, and features in-app horizon leveling
  • Streamlined Design: The re-imagined shape is more pocketable, and folding fingers at the base let you swap mounts quickly. A new side door makes changing batteries even faster, and the lens is now 2x more impact-resistant compared to previous models
  • Expandable Mods: Vloggers, pro filmmakers and aspiring creators can do more than ever imagined with our HERO8 Black mods (sold separately). Media Mod gives you shotgun-mic performance and lets you attach Light Mod and Display Mod to up your capture game
  • Live Streaming in 1080p: Share while you’re there. Live stream in 1080p on social media, get HyperSmooth stabilization as you broadcast via the GoPro app and save footage to your SD card to check out later
  • TimeWarp 2.0: Capture super-stabilized time lapse videos while moving through an activity. Automatically adjust speed based on motion, scene detection and lighting. Slow the effect to real time – savoring special moments – and then tap to speed it back up
  • LiveBurst: Record the moments 1.5 seconds before and after your shot, so you can choose the best single frame for the perfect photo – or an amazing, shareable video
  • SuperPhoto + HDR: Capture killer 12-MP photos with improved HDR – while in motion or stationary – with reduced blur and serious detail, even in low-light areas
  • Video Capture Resolution: 4K UHD 2160p
  • Product Dimensions 1.14 x 1.89 x 2.6 inches
  • Weight 4.4 ounces

GoPro released this camera in late 2019 and I believe it is one of the top Action Cameras on the market today in the 300.00 price range.

2. Still a top rated action camera – GoPro HERO7 Silver                                                                                                                         + PNY Elite-X 32GB microSDHC Card Adapter-UHS-I, U3 – Waterproof Digital Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 10MP Photos Live Streaming Stabilization

GoPro HERO7 – Meet HERO7, the perfect camera for adventures big and small. It’s built tough and totally waterproof—just grab it and go for it. Smooth 4K video and vibrant WDR photos make every moment look amazing. GPS lets you track how fast, high and far you went
4K30 Video – Get stunning 4K video that’s as amazing as the moment itself. You can also shoot time lapse videos to turn longer events into short, shareable moments.
Rugged + Waterproof – Share experiences you can’t capture with your phone. HERO7 is tough, tiny, totally waterproof—and up for any adventure.
Intuitive Touch Screen – With a touch screen and simple, streamlined capture modes, it’s easy to jump right in and get great shots. Just swipe and tap.
Voice Control – Stay in the moment. Control your HERO7 hands free with voice commands like “GoPro, take a photo” and “GoPro, start recording.”
10MP Photos With WDR – HERO7 Silver takes beautiful, vibrant 10MP photos—even in challenging shots that mix bright light and shadows. And with Burst mode, you can get 15 photos in one second.
Video Stabilization – Adios shaky footage. HERO7 Silver records smooth, steady video whether you’re skiing, snorkeling or chasing your dog around the yard.
Shoot Vertically – Capture photos and videos in portrait orientation—perfect for your Snapchat and Instagram Stories.
Photo Timer – A photo timer makes it easy to grab a GoPro selfie or group shot with your whole crew in the frame.

Card Adapter-UHS-I, U34K Ultra HD ready – V30 video speed class makes PNY Elite-X microSD card ideal for 4K recording and streaming. 4K picture rate of 4096x3072pix.
Amazingly Fast – Transfer speed of up to 100MB/s, so that you are always ready for the next video or photo, no more buffering, no more waiting.

  • Weight – 2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions – 4 x 1.3 x 1.8 inches

The GoPro Hero7 Silver addition can be purchased for under 200.00 which if your budget allows is a great camera for the money. It has a few less features that the Hero8 but can capture most any outdoor adventure you can think of.

3. Acirema Outdoors BEST PICK under 100.00 – AKASO V50X                                                                                                         Native 4K30fps WiFi Action Camera with EIS Touch Screen 4X Zoom Web Camera 131 feet Waterproof Camera Support External Mic Remote Control Sports Camera with Helmet Accessories Kit

  • UPGRADE SERIES OF AKASO V50: Featuring 4K/30fps, 2.7K 30fps and 2K 60fps video resolution, AKASO V50X action camera enables you to take incredible ultra HD videos, clearly recording the beauty and wonders in life.
  • INTUITIVE TOUCH SCREEN: With a touch screen and simple, streamlined capture modes, it’s easy to jump right in and get great shots. Just swipe and tap.
  • ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZATION: AKASO V50X action camera records smooth, steady video whether you’re skiing, snorkeling or chasing your dog around the yard.
  • LONG BATTERY LIFE: AKASO V50X action camera comes with 2 rechargeable 1350mAh batteries which support video recording up to 180 minutes. And 17 accessories kit fits most action cameras even Gopro.
  • ADJUSTABLE VIEW ANGLE: You can set the view angle of this action camera according to your needs between 170°, 140°, 110° and 70°. Turn on Distortion Calibration, it can correct the image distortion.
  • Weight – 14 pounds
  • Product Dimensions – 36 x 1.57 x 1.18 inches

The V50X is a great action camera for under 100.00

What’s in the box:

1x AKASO V50X Action Camera/ 2x 1350mAh Battery/ 1x Battery Charger/ 1x Waterproof Case/ 1x Remote Control / 1x Bicycle Stand/ 10x Mount/ 2x Helmet Mount/ 1x Bandages/ 5x Tethers/ 1 x Protective Backdoor/ 1x USB Cable/ 1x Lens Cloth/ 1x Quick Reference Guide

The V50X is also available in a Pro and Elite Series

AKASO V50 Pro Native 4K30fps 20MP WiFi Action Camera with EIS Touch Screen 100 feet Waterproof Camera Web Camera Support External Mic Remote Control Sports Camera with Helmet Accessories Kit

AKASO V50 Elite 4K60fps Touch Screen WiFi Action Camera Voice Control EIS Web Camera 131 feet Waterproof Camera Adjustable View Angle 8X Zoom Remote Control Sports Camera with Helmet Accessories Kit

4. Akaso’s #1 Seller – AKASO EK7000                                                                                                                                                         4K WiFi Sports Action Camera Ultra HD Waterproof DV Camcorder 12MP 170 Degree Wide Angle

  • 4K Ultra HD action camera. Professional 4K 25Fps & 2.7K 30Fps video with 12MP photos at up to 30 frames per second for incredible photos, which is 4 times the resolution of traditional HD cameras.
  • Wireless wrist remote control sports camera. With a wrist 2.4G remote, you can capture the world in an all-new way. Controlling the camera, framing shots or recording video is convenient.
  • Longer battery life. AKASO EK7000 action camera comes with 2 rechargeable 1050mAh batteries. Each battery can record up to 90 minutes. No more worry about the recording time for this Action camera.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi & HDMI, edit & share YOUR action in minutes. Just download App(smart DV) on your phone or tablet and connect with this action camera. Wi-Fi signal ranges up to 10 meters.
  • 100 Feet waterproof camera. AKASO EK7000 is designed to withstand extreme environments, together with durable waterproof case. With the accessories, transform it for indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Weight – 12 ounces
  • Product Dimensions – 0.9 x 2 x 1.5 inches
  • Recording Time:Each battery for 1080P/About 90 mins, 4K/2K/About 60 mins

The Akaso EK7000 Black is a great choice to capture your outdoor activities for under 60.00

What’s in the box:

 1x AKASO EK7000 Action Camera/ 1x 2.4G Remote Control/ 2x 1050mAh Battery/ 1x Waterproof Case/ 1x Bicycle Stand/ 7x Mount/ 2x Clip/ 1x Helmet Mounts/ 1x Bandages/ 5x Tethers/ 1 x Protective Backdoor/ 1x USB Cable/ 1x AC Charger/ 1x Lens Cloth/ 1x Quick Reference Guide

The Akaso EK7000 is also available in a Pro Series for under 100.00

AKASO EK7000 Pro 4K Action Camera with Touch Screen EIS Adjustable View Angle Web Camera 40m Waterproof Camera Remote Control Sports Camera with Helmet Accessories Kit

  • UPGRADE SERIES OF AKASO EK7000: AKASO EK7000 Pro action camera delivers 4K/25fps, 2.7K/30fps, 1080P/60fps videos and 16 MP photos that capture every moment in crisp detail and unparalleled clarity.
  • INTUITIVE UI DESIGN: Ultra 2 inch IPS touch screen shows everything crystal clearly and brightly, easy to change settings, switch shooting modes, preview and playback footage.
  • ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZATION: Built-in Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) delivers steady and smooth videos. AKASO EK7000 Pro sports camera ensures excellent experience in shooting fast-moving objects.
  • WATERPROOF CAMERA UP TO 131FT: Equipped with the upgraded waterproof case, this underwater camera can deep dive up to 131 feet, ready to capture all details of your adventures. Ideal for water sports such as swimming, surfing, diving, snorkeling, etc.
  • ADJUSTABLE VIEW ANGLE: You can set the view angle of this action camera depending on your needs between super wide, wide, medium and narrow. It’s easier to hit someone with low angle. With high angle you can see more.

5. Acirema Outdoors pick for Best Deal – AKASO Brave 4                                                                                                                   4K 20MP WiFi Action Camera Ultra HD with EIS 30m Underwater Waterproof Camera Remote Control 5X Zoom Underwater Camcorder with 2 Batteries and Helmet Accessories Kit

  • UPGRADE SERIES OF AKASO EK7000: Featuring 4K/24fps, 2K/30fps and 1080P/60FPS video resolution and 20MP photos, AKASO Brave 4 action camera enables you to take incredible photos and ultra HD videos, clearly recording the beauty and wonders in life!
  • OPTIONAL VIEW ANGLE AND ANTI-SHAKING: Adjust the view angle of this action camera according to your needs between 170°, 140°, 110°, and 70°. Built in smart gyroscope for anti-shaking and image stabilization to make your video much more smooth.
  • SPORTS CAMERA WITH WIFI AND HDMI: Sharing & editing videos from an action camera is easier with the free app. Just download the App on your phone or tablet and connect with this action camera. Wi-Fi signal ranges up to 10 meters. With HDMI Port allows you to connect it with television.
  • 100FT WATERPROOF CAMERA AND 2” IPS SCREEN: Place your action camera into the waterproof case and securely fasten it, then you can dive below 30 meters. This underwater camera is ideal for water sports such as swimming, surfing, diving, etc. 2” IPS screen allows you to preview the video in action camera.
  • FREE VALUABLE ACCESSORIES: This underwater camera comes with 2 rechargeable 1050mAh batteries, remote control wristband and 19 accessories kit, the kits are available for most kinds of camera even Gopro. Each battery can record up to 90 minutes. The remote wristband is not waterproof.
  • Weight – 6 ounces
  • 32 x 1.57 x 0.91 inches
  • Recording Time: Each battery for 1080P/About 90 mins, 4K/2K/About 60 mins.

What’s in the Box:

1x AKASO Brave 4 Camera/ 1x 2.4G Remote Control/ 2x 1050mAh Battery/ 1x Waterproof Case/ 1x Bicycle Stand/ 7x Mount/ 2x Clip/ 1x Helmet Mounts/ 1x Bandages/ 5x Tethers/ 1x Protective Backdoor/ 1x USB Cable/ 1x Quick Reference Guide

This is one of the camera’s I still use today for filming my fishing trips. It has a vey good picture but I will be transparent and say that when the camera is in the waterproof case the internal microphone does not pick up very good. The Brave 4 is still a great choice for under 80.00

6. Acirema Outdoors Bonus Pick –  Best action camera for kids Dragon Touch 1080P Action Camera                                12MP Underwater Waterproof Camcorder with 2″ LCD Screen Remote Control and Mounting Accessories Kits Vision 1

  • 1080P action camera for kids: this kids camera is versatile to capture all the adventures for your kids. With the waterproof case, No worries for underwater sports up to 98 feet. Kids could take it to swim or snorkeling and record their adventures in 1080P.
  • Included mounts transform the action camera to be used in all the sports kids love. Attach the camera to bikes, skateboards, helmets, and more. For water sports, just install the waterproof case.
  • Kids camera with remote (splash proof only, not waterproof). kids can control the action camera with the included remote. More convenient when the camera is mounted on somewhere without reach.
  • Sports camera with 2 inch LCD screen: Featuring a 2 inch LCD display and the ability to take videos, photos, and real time view on what has been taken on the underwater camera.
  • Long battery life: This waterproof camera comes with a 900 mash battery, with continuous photo-taking and recording time of up to 4 hours. Best gifts for kids age 7+
  • Weight – 2 ounces
  • Product Size – 7.1 x 5.3 x 3 inches

What’s in the Box:

  • 1x Vision 1 Action Camera
  • 1x 2.4G Remote Control
  • 1x 900mAh Battery
  • 1x Waterproof Case
  • 1x Bicycle Stand
  • 5x Mount
  • 1x Clip
  • 1x Bandages
  • 1x USB Cable
  • 1x Manual

To be completely transparent with you I have never personally used this camera. What I can tell you is I have read a bunch of the reviews and if you have a child that is interested in filming his or her bike rides or anything outdoors for under 30.00 the Dragon Touch 1080P would be a great action camera for really anyone to get started with.

In conclusion – These 6 cameras that Acirema Outdoors has mentioned are ALL good choices to capture any adventure. It all really comes down to what you want and expect out of a camera and which one fits your budget. Thank you for reading and I look forward to our next chat.

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