GoPro Action cameras are the king of action cameras. But, GoPro is expensive. For example the newest GoPro Hero 5 costs about Rs.30,900. All of us cannot afford GoPro. So, here in this post we are giving you the best 5 alternatives to GoPro so that your dream of owing an action camera can be fulfilled. These are the best bang for the buck action cameras which you can use for vlogging, underwater photography, etc.
1. Sjcam SJ6 Legend – Rs. 14,999
Sjcam SJ6 Legend can be the best alternative for GoPro. It comes with Panasonic 16 Mega Pixel Sensor powered by Novatek 96660 Chipset. The camera has a 2 inch LCD Touchscreen display on the back and a 1 inch LCD display at the front(non-touch). It records up to 4K at 24fps Video Recording (interpolated), up to 2K at 30fps FHD Real Video Recording (2560×1440) and up to 16MP Photo Shooting (4608×3456). This action camera is very lightweight at only 74 grams with the battery.
The camera has a 166° ultra wide angle lens and can record slow motion videos up to 8x slow. The camera can be connected via USB 2.0, HDMI, WiFi, External, Mic & SJCAM Remote Control. The new SJCAM Remote Shutter will let you control your camera from a distance of up to 10m no matter whether mounted on a helmet, car’s windshield or your bike’s handlebar. The remote comes in 2 versions: a watch and a selfie stick which are sold separately.
The package comes with a waterproof case, battery, touch barn door, camera bracket, bicycle stand, 2 360° helmet bases, 2 hemet bases, 2 adhesive tape, 3 switch supports, mount base, fixed base, USB cable, cleaning cloth and a lens cap.
The camera has external mic support and is capable of time lapse, motion detection, burst mode, slow motion and GYRO stabilisation. The device comes in 3 colours viz black, golden rose and silver. The camera is now retailing for Rs. 14,999 on amazon.in and for Rs. 18,799 on flipkart.com
2. Sjcam SJ5000X Elite – Rs.10,290
The Sjcam SJ5000X Elite can be the best budget friendly alternative to Gopro. It comes with a 12 MP Sony IMX078 Sensor. It is capable of recording up to 4K at 24fps Video Recording (interpolated) and up to 12MP Photo Shooting (4032*3024). The camera has a 2 inch non touch screen display at the back.
It has features like time lapse, motion detection, 6x zoom, burst mode, slow motion and GYRO stabilisation. The package comes with a Waterproof Housing, Quick Release Buckle, Housing Backdoor With Holes, Handlebar Seatpost Pole Mount, Curved Adhesive Mount, Flat Adhesive Mount, 3-Way Pivot Arm Mount, 2 3M Adhesive Tapes, Frame Mount, Quick Release Clip For The Frame, Vertical Quick Release J-Hook Buckle, Universal 1/4 Camera Tripod Mount, Tripod Mount Adapter, Bandage Set, Cleaning Cloth, Usb Cable and a 900Mah Li-Ion Battery.
The camera is available to buy from amazon.in at Rs. 10290 and from flipkart.com at Rs. 12,000 from flipkart.com.
3. Procus Rush 4K – Rs. 6,999
My favourite among all, the Procus Rush action camera is one of the best budget action cameras that you can buy. It has got the capacity to shoot 4K videos at 30fps, and 1080p at 60/30 fps. It can also take slow motion videos in 720p at 120fps and in 1080p at 60fps It has a 2 inch LCD screen and supports memory card upto 64GB (Class 10). Procus Rush action camera comes with 2 rechargeable 1050mAh batteries. Each 1050 mAh battery can record up to 90 minutes. You will no more worry about the recording time for this action camera.
This camera comes with a IP68 certified waterproof casing which can withstand water upto 100ft for about 30 minutes. What this means is you can take fantastic underwater videos without worrying about anything. You can connect this camera to the official app EZ iCam on your android or iOS device and you can operate or review the content wirelessly over WiFi for as far as 10m.
One of the top 10 reviewers on amazon.in, Ureka says,“Pretty impressed with this. The attachments are pretty versatile and the unit itself feels surprisingly high quality. I love the finish. Everything looks just as it should. Ran a few videos through it and they all recorded and played perfectly, which is what I was expecting. For a starter camera (all I really wanted before I get something expensive) this is perfect. Couldn’t ask for more.)Just 20% of the actual price of Hero 5”
You will not regret this device at any cost. It is now available on amazon.in for Rs.6,999/-
4. Sony HDR-AS300 – R. 25,749
Sony HDR-AS300 is not cheap but a good purchase for the image/video quality it provides. The camera is a little bit bulky compared to others in this segment. It has a 8.2 MP ZEISS Tessar lens which is capable of shooting 1080p videos at very high speed of 120fps. The camera has a 2 inch Full HD display.
The camera can capture 4K Time-Lapse video, adjustable field of view and zoom freedom, built-in stereo mic, manual control for Sophisticated movie style, live stream via Ustream. The device can also capture an entire action sequence in a single frame, shoot eight high quality burst shots and a convenient loop recording.
This package comes with Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BX1), Micro USB Cable, Start-up Guide, Underwater Housing (MPK-UWH1) and Attachment Buckle. There are no other accessories provided like SJCAM. Sony HDR-AS300 can be bought from amazon.in or flipkart.com for the same price of Rs. 25,749/-
5. Sjcam M10+ WiFi – Rs. 8,990
SJCAM M10+ is a simple camera like the Hero Session which offers a great video capture. It comes with a 12 Mega Pixels CMOS-Sensor which can shoot up to 1080p at 30fps FHD videos(1920×1080) and up to 12 MP photos (4032×3024). It is very light at only 67 grams and can be controlled via our smartphones through WiFi.
The camera can capture time lapse, motion detection, car mode and can zoom up to 4x. The camera comes in 7 diversified colour options that is black, blue, golden red, silver, white and yellow. It has a small but high definition screen that displays and replays fascinating videos recorded.
The package contains a waterproof housing, quick release buckle, housing backdoor with holes, handlebar seatpost pole mount, curved adhesive mount, flat adhesive mount, 3-way pivot arm mount, 2 3M adhesive tape, frame mount, quick release clip for the frame, vertical quick release J-Hook buckle, universal 1/4 camera tripod mount, tripod mount adapter, bandage set, cleaning Cloth, USB cable and 1 900 mAh Li-ion Battery.
The camera is available to buy from amazon.in at Rs. 8990/- only.
Bonus: Mezire HD Adventure
If you are looking for a very affordable action camera, then you can buy Mezire HD Adventure camera at only Rs. 1599.
It has a 2 inch screen, 12 MP camera but can only shoot at maximum of 15 frames per second. The video quality is below average, but for the price of under 1500, it is not complain-able. It has an optical zoom of 2x and has a 130 degree wide lens. It comes with 1 month on-site warranty.