When the GoPro was initially released, everyone was amazed because we hadn’t seen anything else like it before. Today, however, there is a lot of other action cameras out there, and for a much lower price tag. If you can’t afford the GoPro, you’ve come to the right place – I am here to show you what your other (cheaper) options are – some might call them GoPro knock-offs, but we like them.
Yes, the GoPro will most likely always the best action camera on the market, but it is also (unfortunately) the most expensive one. That is why I prepared a detailed comparison of some cheaper alternatives. We’ll examine them all in detail and see if lower price necessarily means lower quality (spoiler alert: it usually doesn’t).
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The Campark ACT74 is probably the most popular budget action camera this year. This is because it is an excellent value for money, and one of the best GoPro alternative options. It has some excellent features, and you get a ton of accessories with it.
If you are going for high-quality photos and videos, Campark will not let you down. It can take 4k video at 30fps, and 1080p videos in 30/60 fps, which is kind of a standard.
The same goes for the photos – 20MP is what you will find in most of the top alternatives. The lens of this action camera is 170°Ultra wide-angle which will allow you to capture even those details that your own eyes tend to miss.
The most obvious difference between Campark and GoPro is the saturation. The Campark’s videos are much more saturated, which I honestly don’t mind. However, people who prefer to have more control when it comes to editing the footage might find this an issue.
You can see all the amazing photos you took on Campark’s 2” HD screen.
However, it is not touch-sensitive, which could be a problem for you if you haven’t operated one in a while. But, it’s fairly easy to get used to it.
In this area, the Campark is kind of disappointing – only 90 minutes per charge. But, you will get 2 batteries with the camera, and their total life is about 180 minutes, which is more than decent.
Both lithium batteries have a 900mAh capacity if you want to know the specifics. Additionally, it takes about 2 hours to charge each battery, so plan ahead – you wouldn’t want your Campark to run out of charge in the middle of our adventure!
The Campark has a WiFi connection, and you can control it live, from your phone. This allows you to actually take pictures and videos from your phone, but also to share them or edit them as soon as you take them.
This action camera also has an HDMI output, for all of you that like to view those 4k videos on 4k TVs. Unfortunately, it does not support a Bluetooth connection.
With the Campark ACT74, you get a ton of cool accessories, which sort of makes up for the short battery life and lack of touchscreen. You will get waterproof housing, several different types of mounts, stickers, a wiper, and a lot more. You can check out the complete list on the link below.
If you already own a GoPro camera and accompanying accessories, then this probably isn’t as beneficial for you. However, for an action camera newbie, this is an amazing set, because for less than $50 you’ll get everything you need. Well, except for a memory card, so be sure to pick one of those up as well.
All in all, this is a cheap GoPro alternative worth considering!
The special edition of the AKASO V50 action camera is probably the best in their entire range. It’s a little pricey, but it’s still much cheaper than even the most affordable GoPro alternatives.
This action camera is almost a GoPro knockoff, instead of a GoPro alternative. It is capable of filming 4k video at 60fps, which is something very little cheaper action cams can do. The image resolution is also superb since the camera has a 20MP sensor.
That all sounds cool on paper, but how does the Akaso perform on the road? Actually, it performs remarkably well, due to the built-in Electronic Image Stabilization. The videos will be very smooth, even when you’re moving around a lot.
This AKASO V50 action cam has a 2” touchscreen display with a very intuitive UI. It is quite simple to use, and you can view all of your videos and images as soon as you’ve captured them.
The battery life of this action camera is not the best in the game. It can last up to 90 minutes if you’re filming in 1080p. And the battery life is even shorter if you switch to 4K.
But that won’t be an issue, because you actually get three batteries with this GoPro alternative. So, you can technically film for more than 5 hours at a time, and that’s pretty insane!
This action camera has built-in WiFi, so it’s pretty easy to transfer your images. You can also download an app, which allows you to remotely control your AKASO action camera. And it also has a Micro HDMI port, so you can connect this to a larger display. It does not have Bluetooth, so keep that in mind.
One reason why you will love this action camera is that you get pretty much all the accessories you could ask for right there in the box. And that means insane value for money – you would have to spend several hundred dollars, to get all those accessories for a GoPro.
This includes waterproof housing, three batteries, and a charger, 10 mounts, a bicycle stand, and several other items. Additionally, all of the accessories you get with the Akaso V50 are actually compatible with GoPro cameras as well.
If you’re just getting into an action camera, the APEMAN A80 is perhaps the best one you could buy. It has all the accessories you could possibly need, and it’s super affordable. And, the image and video quality are pretty good as well.
You can take some stunning photographs with this action camera. The 20MP image quality allows you to capture every single detail in front of you, while the fast shutter helps avoid blurry images.
The video quality is also very good – the camera can record 4k/24fps, and it has built-in EIS that actually works even at that resolution!
Of course, I reckon you’re not going to get a GoPro level of image quality with this camera, so keep that in mind. However, the APEMAN A80 costs just a fraction of the price of a GoPro, and it performs exceptionally well for the money.
The Moment 4 can record for up to 90 minutes, on a single battery. That’s not amazing, but it’s also not the worst we’ve seen in this review. After all, 90 minutes is quite a long time when you think about it, so if you bring a second battery, you should be good to go all day in most situations.
This action camera has built-in WiFi, and you can use that to connect to your phone. It also has lots of AV options should you wish to see what you recorded on a Laptop, TV, or portable projector.
This action camera is by far the best for people who are looking to get a lot for not too much money. It’s pretty affordable, and you get so much value it’s insane.
In addition to the actual camera, you also get two batteries, a case, and multiple cables, adapters, and connectors.
What shocked me the most is that you actually can an SD card with this thing – that’s a first! And that folding backpack is so convenient – you can pack up all these accessories inside it, and still have lots of space for some other items!
The Crosstour action cam is another value-packed GoPro alternative. You get a decent performing camera, as well as a ton of cool accessories that help you make the most of it.
With the Crosstour, the video footage ranges from 720p at 120 fps, up to 4k at 25 fps. You can choose between several different resolutions and frame rates, and get the optimal setting for your adventure.
The photo quality goes up to 12MP, which could be higher, but will nevertheless allow for some great photographs. The lens is fish-eye, which some of you will love and others will hate, with a 170° wide-angle lens.
There is no image stabilization, so if you use it on the go, you might get blurry results.
The Li-ion battery in the Crosstour has a capacity of 1050mAh.Its lifespan is not as impressive as I would like it to be. You get about 90 minutes of filming time (at optimal settings), with a 2 hour charging time.
However, 2 batteries are included in the purchase of the Crosstour. When the first one runs out of charge you just switch to the second, which will give you more than enough filming time.
This action cam supports WiFi, with a 2.4 GHz band. The WiFi allows you to connect the camera to your phone to transfer photos and videos, as well as control it live from your phone.
Additionally, you can also connect the camera via WiFi to the wrist remote control you get, which allows you to take photos and videos with the press of a button. Unfortunately, a WiFi connection is all you’ll get because the CT9000 doesn’t have Bluetooth or an HDMI output.
…are the main reason why you should get this camera. You will get excellent value for money because you will get a lot of equipment with the action cam. The waterproof housing is an excellent inclusion, which allows your camera to take underwater photos and videos up to 30 meters of depth (like almost all other action cams).
You also get 2 batteries that, when combined, give you some 3 hours of filming time. In addition to that, you also get several different bases, a wiper, remote control, and some other cool additions.
This is one of my favorite budget GoPro alternatives. It resembles the GoPro not only with its great performance but also with similar packaging. The main difference between the Akaso EK7000 and the GoPro, apart from the price tag, is the value – with the Akaso EK7000 you also get a looooot of equipment.
This action camera allows you to film some great footage in 4k video at 25 fps. Naturally, you can get higher frame rates at lower resolutions; at 1080p you get 60fps. Whatever settings you opt for, the footage should be sharp and smooth.
As for the photo modes, there are 2 automatic modes: photo burst and time-lapse. This is a little sparse, especially when compared to all of Campark’s different capture modes. However, you can control the modes via the remote, which is a plus.
The EK7000 has a 2” LCD screen. You can view all your photos and video footage as soon as you take them, but you can also access the settings of your camera. It is not a touchscreen, and you will have to use controls that are on the side of the camera to go through the options on the screen.
The Akaso action camera has a 1050mAh, which gives you about 90 minutes of filming time. Good news though, if you decide to get this action cam, you will get 2 Li-ion batteries with a dual dock charger. So when the first one runs out of juice, just switch it out for the fully charged one and continue filming.
If you want to maximize the battery, my advice is to turn off the WiFi when you are not using it. Additionally, minimize the use of on-screen time on the EK7000, as this usually drains the battery faster.
The good thing about the Akaso camera is that it has built-in WiFi. This allows you to connect the camera to your phone, but also to the (splash-proof) remote you get with it.
Additionally, there is an HDMI output that allows you to connect the camera to your TV so you can fully experience those 4k videos. Sadly, this camera does not support a Bluetooth connection.
This is where Akaso stepped up its game. Although you won’t get an SD card with the camera, you will get about 15 different mounting accessories. Just imagine how much money you’ll save when you compare the value of the EK7000 to the value of the GoPro!
You’ll also get waterproof housing that protects your camera up to a depth of 30 meters. Oh, and the 2 batteries along with the 2.4 GHz WiFi-controlled remote – but I already told you that.
The Yi 4K is a great, cheap GoPro alternative.
This camera can record 4K video at 30fps, 2.7k/60fps, 1080p/120fps, 720p/240fps video. These are certainly decent settings especially when you consider the price.
The Yi 4K also has 4 photo and 5 video modes – time-lapse (also possible in 4k), slow motion, and photo burst are just a few. You can take photos up to 16MP which will allow for some great captures. Especially when you combine that resolution with a 150° ultra-wide angle lens.
Up to 1440p/30fps, the Yi 4K also has Electronic Image Stabilization, so you don’t have to worry about shaky footage.
The Yi 4K features a 2.2” LCD screen with 640 x 360 resolution, and with Gorilla Glass Retina protection. The Gorilla Glass will protect your action cam no matter how many times you drop it; it really is a champion when it comes to screen protection.
The touchscreen is supposed to feel intuitive, and I am a little skeptical of this – smartphones have set such a high standard when it comes to ‘intuitive’ UIs that my expectations immediately skyrocket. It is, however, very responsive and relatively easy to use. In fact, the Yi Lite has one of the fastest touchscreens among its competitors; I just wouldn’t dare call it intuitive.
The Yi 4K has a battery that lasts up to 120 minutes shooting 4K, which is great news. As most 4K cameras tend to suck the juice pretty damn quick. And, you can leave it on standby for up to 8 hours.
The battery is removable and if the 120-minute life is not good enough for you, you could always get an additional battery, so you can switch them out. However, out of all the action cameras in this review, Yi Lite is the one that comes closest to the GoPro, when it comes to battery life.
This action cam features both Bluetooth and wifi with dual-band (802.11a/b/g/n 2.4G/5GHz) connectivity. You can directly access the photos and video footage with your smartphone, so you can immediately edit and share them. They claim a download speed of 30Mbps.
You can also get a Bluetooth remote for the Yi, but you have to buy it separately. It allows you can control your action camera up to a distance of 10 meters.
This is the disappointing part about the Yi 4K. It is compatible with all Yi accessories, but none are included in the purchase – not even the waterproof housing.
When you compare that with the Campark I previously talked about, the value of Yi Lite goes down significantly. Especially if you’ve never owned an action camera and don’t have any accessories at all.
How about good value for money, a large LCD screen, and the ability to take 20 MP photos? Well, this is the shortest description of the DBPOWER camera – a worthy GoPro alternative. If you want to know more, take a look at its product information below.
The N6 has excellent performance when it comes to video. It has EIS as well as a motion detector, which will give you some great shake-free footage. You can take 4k videos at 24 fps, but you can also film in 1080p and 720p.
The image sensor has a resolution of 20MP as many of the models in this review do, and you can take pictures in several different modes. The 170-degree wide-angle lens will allow you to capture all the background details and really get the full picture.
This camera features a 2.31” touchscreen, which is pretty cool. In fact, out of all the cameras in this review, the N6 has the largest LCD screen. It is easy to use, and going through your photos and videos will be a breeze.
You can also adjust the camera settings on the screen. Additionally, the touchscreen is reinforced with Gorilla Glass that will keep it scratch-free even when you drop it.
The battery of this camera is seriously disappointing – you get only 70 minutes of filming time at 1080p. If you scale down to 720p, the battery gets even worse (due to the higher frame rate) and you only get 40 minutes. This is sort of funny because the N6 has the shortest battery life, but also the largest battery, with a 1200mAh capacity.
You will get a second battery with the N6, which is somewhat redeeming. However, even when you combine the 2 batteries, you get the approximate life of the Yi Lite. If this is your biggest concern, then the N6 is not the action camera for you.
The N6 has built-in WiFi, which is sort of expected. It can be remotely controlled via phone up to a distance of 10 meters. Unfortunately, it does not have an HDMI output or the option of Bluetooth connection.
I’ve already told you that the N6 comes with 2 batteries. I haven’t, however, told you that it also comes with waterproof housing, a cable, and lots of different mounts. Additionally, this camera is compatible with any other GoPro accessories you might have, which is always a bonus.
If you are willing to compromise on battery life, I would definitely suggest getting this camera. You will not only get excellent performance, but also a ton of equipment, which is a good overall value for your money.
The Yi 4k+ is an excellent option. It has features similar to the GoPro cameras but at a much more attractive price point. And it comes from a pretty large manufacturer – Yi started off as part of Xiaomi, but now they have gone their own way. All of their cameras are very good, and they were initially dubbed GoPro killers.
The Yi 4k+ is a good GoPro Hero knockoff. In fact, this was one of the first action cameras in the world that was capable of filming in 4k! And there is built-in EIS, which delivers buttery smooth videos even in 4k (up to 30fps).
The image resolution goes up to 12 MP, which means that you can get some really great photos with this camera.
One downside of this camera is that the audio is not great. In fact, the cheaper Yi camera records much better audio – if this is important to you, you should go back to the Yi Lite. Especially if you’re not that mad about 4k/60 fps, since the Lite is more than half the price of this one.
You will get a 2.2” touchscreen display on this action camera, which is insane considering the price of it. That’s rare, even on other GoPro dupes that cost much more money!
The UI is intuitive and the menu is very easy to navigate. Additionally, the display of this camera is protected with Gorilla Glass, so you really don’t have to worry in case you drop it.
The Yi 4k+ has a great battery – giving 70 minutes of video in 4k is really good. In fact, it is even better than what the newer GoPros can give you!
However, you only get one battery with the Yi 4k+, and that is a shame. I prefer the AKASO alternatives here, as they come with at least two batteries, which means that even if you run out, you have a spare to fall back on.
This action camera has both WiFi and Bluetooth. The WiFi is dual-band, and that is very convenient.
There is an app that allows you to control your camera from your phone, and it uses WiFi. This is going to be very useful in all those group photos!
The Bluetooth, on the other hand, is used to connect the action cam to the remote control, but it is not included in the purchase. It is an accessory you will need to buy separately if you want to have that functionality.
The Yi 4k+ is not actually a cheap action camera, so it is pretty disappointing that it does not come with any accessories. It is, however, compatible with the accessories for all of their previous action cams, so you can use those if you’ve already owned any.
But if you’ve never owned an action camera or any of the accessories for it, I recommend you check out the AKASO options – all of their action cams come with loads of accessories, and they are actually really good GoPro alternatives.
If you’re on a really tight budget, this is a good option for you. This camera comes with loads of accessories, and it costs less than $50! Of course, it’s only similar to the GoPro camera on the outside – you’re not exactly getting the same video quality. But for a fraction of the price, who cares!
The Dragon Touch action camera is capable of video resolution up to 4k at 30fps and 1080p HD video at 60 fps. This is really good for the price point – mind you, not even the cheapest GoPro is capable of filming in 4k!
However, there is no image stabilization in this action camera, so don’t expect those videos to be buttery smooth.
You can get some great photos though since the image resolution of this camera goes up to 12 MP. And you can also record audio, but it won’t sound too crisp.
The 2” display on this action camera is decent, but it’s nothing groundbreaking. It is not a touchscreen, and you have to navigate it with the buttons on the side.
In addition to that, the bezels on the display are a bit big, especially considering that we live in the age of bezel-less displays. But it gets the job done – it allows you to preview videos and images, and you can easily change up the settings in the menu.
The battery life is okay – you can get about 90 minutes of recording if you’re filming in 1080p, and about an hour in 4k. And you get two batteries with the Vision 3 action camera, so if one runs out you can always switch to the other.
This action camera does not have built-in Bluetooth, but it does have WiFi. You can connect it to your phone (download the XDV app), which allows you to share all your photos and videos to social media instantly. The range is about 33 feet (10 meters), which is not amazing, but it’s decent.
In addition to that, you can also connect this camera to a remote control that you get in the box, which allows you to operate it remotely. This is really useful for group photos and those rides when the camera is mounted on your helmet.
The Vision 3 is an excellent camera for beginners because you get all the accessories you need with it. That includes waterproof housing, which lets you take some stunning underwater photos and videos, a remote, two batteries, a bicycle stand, lots of mounts, bandages, and tethers.
Overall, if you don’t want to invest a lot of money and still get excellent value for it, the Dragon Touch is definitely a great GoPro knockoff to pick up.
The Brave series by AKASO is supposed to very similar to the GoPro Hero series. Even the names are so alike – Brave vs. Hero. However, this action camera does not perform quite as well as some of the more expensive Hero cams, but it is a good equivalent to the cheaper options.
The Brave 6 is capable of video recording of 4K at 34fps, which is astounding for its price point. And when you go down to 1080p, the frame rate goes up to 60, which means you can get some really great slow-motion footage.
This AKASO camera has built-in EIS, which ensures that your action videos will be buttery smooth. The image quality is also very good, as the image sensor goes all the way up to 20MP.
In addition to all of that, this action cam features several photo and video shooting modes, including burst photo, time-lapse, diving mode, and many others.
The display is decent, but it is not a touchscreen. That means you will need to use the button to navigate through the menu and the settings – luckily, the UI is very intuitive. In addition to that, this GoPro alternative supports voice commands, and you can also attempt navigating it without your hands.
The battery life of Brave 6 is okay – you can get up to 90 minutes of recording time, which is pretty good. And you will get an additional 1050mAh battery (two total), so the total recording time is about three hours. Mind you, even the GoPro Hero 7 can’t go much longer than an hour at really high resolutions, and you only get one battery with the pricier action cam.
The AKASO camera has built-in WiFi and it comes with remote control. You can also download the AKASO app on your phone and control your camera from there – pretty useful if you’re trying to take group photos or steady shots.
It does not have built-in Bluetooth, which is pretty much the only downside.
Once again, AKASO really wants you to get your money’s worth when you buy one of their action cams. And so, you will get a waterproof case, dozens of mounts, a bicycle stand, a remote, two batteries, bandages, tethers, and a few other items – all in the box.
Now that is pretty insane, considering that this action cam still costs less money than the cheapest GoPro, which is rather lonely in its box.
The NeuTab action camera is one of the pricier options, so it’s not really the best choice if you just want a cheap, entry-level one. But, if you’re looking for an action camera that is almost equivalent to the GoPro in quality, you will like the NeuTab.
The image quality on this action camera is superb – with a resolution of 16MP, you will be able to capture all the little details in the images. But that’s not even the best thing; the images are very sharp, and the colors are very life-like – something you don’t really get on too many cheaper alternatives, as they tend to be over-saturated.
This action camera can do video recording in 4k at 24fps, and 1080p at 60fps, which is pretty good for the price.
Supposedly, it has built-in image stabilization, but some people claimed it was faulty, and others could not get it to work. However, the videos are pretty smooth, even without this feature turned on.
The 2” LCD screen is very crisp and colorful, and it will do justice to all the wonderful photos and videos you take. It is not touchscreen though and will need to navigate it with buttons.
The camera also has a smaller display on the front, which comes in handy when connecting it to your phone with WiFi.
The battery life is a bit disappointing – the camera can record up to 60 minutes on a single charge, which is really not great. And you only get the one battery with the NeuTab, so if you were hoping to capture hours of interesting content, you will be pretty disappointed.
You can purchase additional batteries for this camera, and they are less than $10. But that’s still not ideal.
This action camera has built-in WiFi, and it connects to your phone quite easily. Just press the button on the front of the camera, and make sure you’ve downloaded the app on your phone so that you can easily share all the stunning images and videos you take.
Additionally, you can connect this to remote control with WiFi, so that you can control your camera from far away.
There’s also an HDMI port on the NeuTab, so it’s fairly easy to connect it to a display or TV. Unfortunately, it does not support Bluetooth.
Considering that the NeuTab Xtrem is a pricey camera, it’s good news that you get all kinds of accessories with it. That includes a waterproof case, a remote, and all the different mounts you could possibly need.
That makes it a bit easier to swallow the higher price tag and get this action camera. If the fact that image and video quality are comparable to a GoPro is not actually enough for you, that is.
The main reason why action cam newbies will not opt for the GoPro is its high price tag. When you also consider all the accessories you need to get to make your camera fully functional (waterproof case, mounts, etc.), the amount of money you need to spend for a good setup is significantly higher.
Because of that, I’ve included several value-packed options for you. Be on the lookout for “great value for money” in the pros section, if you want to get the most bang for the buck.
The average battery life of a GoPro is about 2 hours of filming time. With some cheaper models, you will get a shorter battery life, so check the cons section for that information.
However, with some models that have smaller batteries, you will actually get 2 batteries included in the purchase. This sort of makes up for the smaller capacity, because you can switch between the 2 you get.
Arguably, this is the most important factor you should consider when getting an action camera. And, while probably none will ever surpass the performance of the GoPro, some of the models below come really close to it.
If the quality of videos is your main concern, always check out information about it in the tables. I will list the maximum resolutions and their maximum frame rates, so you can have a pretty good idea of what you will get. Additionally, most of these action cams come pretty close to the GoPro – at least on paper.
If photo quality is your main concern, I recommend that you consider getting a DSLR. Action cams are all about capturing movement, but DSLRs are perfect if all you want to do is capture amazing photographs.
Not sure which of these GoPro alternatives is the right one for you? That’s fine – go for one of our top choices, and you will not be disappointed!
The Apeman A80 is the best entry-level camera. It’s pretty affordable, and you get the best value for money you could ask for. Not only do you get a pretty good action camera with 20MP images and 4K video. It also has decent connectivity via wifi and a battery life of 90mins, so long enough for most.
If you’re looking for something that’s almost a GoPro equivalent, I would recommend the AKASO V50 Pro SE. It’s without a doubt one of the best action cameras in this review, and the image and video quality you get from it is very comparable to those of an actual GoPro. And you’re still getting really good value for money since this camera comes with loads of different accessories. Which includes three batteries, for hours of awesome video!
For those of you that want something inexpensive but that’s capable of producing really high-quality videos, I recommend the Yi Lite. It has really great battery life, and it is the one area where it actually outperforms a real GoPro. Its screen has Gorilla Glass protection, so the camera is capable of enduring pretty much anything you put it through. And it can record videos in 4k/20fps, as well as shoot images in up to 16MP. The only downside is you won’t get any accessories worth it, but that’s okay with me for the price!
Head over to Amazon to see the prices of all of the action cameras mentioned in this review! And if you want to explore more options, go check out our related posts – maybe you will find your perfect GoPro alternative in one of them.