The best cheap GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke for January 2021
If you shoot action videos outside, a good video action camera is a perfect way to record your adventures. GoPro makes some of the best action cameras available, and the GoPro Hero5 Black is considered the current standard for these rugged handheld devices. The GoPro downside, however, is their prices.
It's a good thing, then, that GoPro isn't the only choice for small action cameras. Crosstour, Oclu, Akaso, Yuntab, Campark, and a host of other manufacturers have entered this burgeoning market with high-quality, low-cost action cams and underwater video recorders of their own. Fierce price competition among cheap action video camera brands means big savings.
Now is a great time to pick one up for as low as £20.
Yuntab 1080p action camera -- £20
If you're seeking a really affordable GoPro alternative, Yuntab is a great entry-level option. Although you're not likely to find a 4K unit at this price, the Yuntab still boasts impressive camera features including, 1080p video recording capability, a wide-angle lens, and a vibrant 2-inch LCD. The Yuntab action cam also utilizes a 5-megapixel (MP) sensor for shooting still and time-lapse photos.
Included with the device is a durable waterproof case, which makes the Yuntab perfect for all of your underwater adventures at depths of up to 100 feet. At just £20 on Amazon, the Yuntab 1080p cam is the perfect choice for those who want to dip their feet into the world of decent action cameras without spending an arm and a leg on a GoPro camera.
Oclu -- £199 with code OCLU100
If you want to up your action photography game without blowing your budget, the Oclu Action Camera is a 4K machine packed with professional features. The Oclu records in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second (fps) and up to 120fps in 1080p HD mode. You can also select image stabilization in 1080p mode for up to 60fps video capture, plus it can take 12MP still images. You can select the LiveCut feature to deleted unwanted recordings immediately.
IPX7 water-resistant even without an optional OcShell, the low profile Oclu camera has eight toggle-selected shooting modes including Photo, Video, Burst, LiveCut, Loop Record, Multi-photo, Time Lapse, and Motion-Activated Recording. The Oclu Action Camera is on sale on the company website for £100 off when you use the discount code OCLU100. Buy the camera by itself during this sale or take advantage of discounts of up to 26% on accessory bundles for general adventures, motorsports, snow sports, and more.
Crosstour Action Camera 4K 20MP Vlogging Camera -- £41
If you're looking for a capable action camera for multiple adventures and vlogging, you can't beat the Crosstour Action 4K Ultra HD 20MP camera.
You can use this camera while skiing, surfing, or diving with its 40-meter (up to 131-feet) underwater rating with an included IP68 waterproof case. This camera supports up to 30fps 4K video and 1080p full HD at up to 120fps. The Crosstour Action comes with a wide range of mounts and accessories, including a wireless wristband remote control.
Usually on sale for £43 on Amazon, you can take an extra £2 off when you select an additional 5%-off coupon on the product page, for a final price of just £41.
Campark ACT74 Action Camera 4K Ultra HD ACT74 -- £42 with coupon on page
Use the Campark model ACT74 4K Ultra HD action camera with Wi-Fi for 20MP images with a 170-degree wide-angle lens. This recently upgraded model captures 4K video at up to 30fps with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) anti-shaking that ensures smooth and clear video. The generous accessories bundle includes a waterproof case for underwater shots, multiple mounts, a wireless remote control, and two batteries rechargeable batteries.
Amazon normally sells the upgraded Campark ACT74 for £45, a £15, a 25% discount from its £60 list price. However, for a limited time, you can save an additional 10% with a coupon on the product page for a final £42 price.
Crosstour CT9100 4K 20MP Action Camera and Underwater Camcorder -- £47 with coupon on page
The Crosstour CT9100 4K 20MP action camera and underwater camcorder is Wi-Fi-connected so that you can set and control it from anywhere. Capture 4K video at 30fps or grab 20MP still images with the Crosstour's 7-layer optical lens.
The wide-angle lens boasts a 170-degree horizontal field of view with lens distortion correction so that you won't have a fish-eye effect with your video or images. Take the CT9100 underwater down to 131 feet with its included waterproof case. Additional bundled accessories include a selection of mounts, wireless remote control, two batteries, and more.
Save 10% off with a product page coupon to buy the Crosstour CT 9100 for £47, a £12 savings from the normal £60 price.
OgooSwift OC1/BLK Swift 4K Action Camera -- £79, was £130
The Orgoo Swift OC1 waterproof camera employs a Sony sensor to shoot 20MP images and 40K/30fps video. Electronic image stabilization with a 6-axis gyroscope keeps the picture steady. Case, charger, and two rechargeable batteries are included, plus multiple mounts, a Bluetooth wearable remote control, and a mini tripod.
The well-equipped Orgoo Swift OC1 is available at nearly half off at Walmart for £79, a £51 savings from the camera's £130 list price.
AKASO Brave 4 4K 20MP Action Camera Ultra HD with Underwater Camera -- £68
Snap up an AKASO Brave 4 4K 24fps action Ultra HD camera with 20 MP still image capability plus 5X digital zoom for closeups. Adjust the horizontal field of view from 70 to 170 degrees. This camera has it all with electronic image stabilization and also supports 2K 30fps video capture.
You can take or mount the AKASO Brave 4 up to 100 feet underwater with its included waterproof case. You can use the standard wireless remote to control the camera from up to 30 feet distant. The Brave 4 also has an HDMI port so you can show images and video on your computer screen or TV. An ample standard bundle includes 19 accessories with a helmet mount kit, a waterproof case, two batteries, each good for up to 90 minutes between charges, and the remote control.
Amazon has the AKASO Brave 4 on sale for £76, an £4 savings from the usual £80 list price. If you're ready to take action videos, this camera comes with all you need at a fraction of what you'd pay for any GoPro model. Looking for the best tech deals?
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