Best Action Cameras 2017
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The best action cameras reviewed by thousands of enthusiasts and experts from across the web and shown here with each camera getting it's own cam score. This is a complete list of every action camera available means you get to see not just the best action cameras but you can click through to each individual camera and find their user guides, firmware updates, imagery examples, user and expert reviews. All of this has been accumulated to help you choose the best action camera from the biggest and smallest camera manufacturers in the world.
Discover The Best Action Camera For Your Next Adventure
Choosing the best action camera depends on a lot of factors, how much you have to spend, what the camera is for, whether a specific purpose or for many activities and adventures and depending on what is available. Action cameras are getting better and better and more like high-end cameras every month. The best action camera should make your recordings look as good as they can and even help you improve your overall photography and videography skills.
ActionCameraFinder is here to help you decide what camera is best for you, we promise that you will find new cameras available to you of which you didn't see before, that is our first aim. By updating the site on a daily basis with new cameras and their support updates and documentation we try and keep up to date with new action cameras that come on to the market. Due to the sheer choice of cameras available, we have set the site up simply so that you can see the pro's and con's from experts, enthusiasts and the camera manufacturers so we can help you choose the best you can.
With our camera page resource, everything you need to know is at your fingertips, you can compare every single action camera on the action camera table page or you can register, log in and save specific cameras you are interested in and compare just those. Here and only here will you get all the information you need to find the best action camera for you.
Action Cameras vs Tough Cameras
There are a few different type of adventure cameras, tough and action cameras are the most prominent on the market and you will think of two things when you think of these. Action cameras being the rectangular shaped brick which you can put a small waterproof case around and fit some mounts to. The tough camera range which seem to be produced more by the bigger brands like Olympus, Panasonic etc which look like point and shoot cameras on steroids. One you may prefer over the other depending on your situation, but they share similar features and no matter what they look like these types of camera cross over and blue the lines between what they are when they have certain specs.
Things like being drop proof, you can drop, bounce, throw them and usually they will come out unscathed. The downside to the tough cameras are the moving parts inside which may not like this as much but you seem to find those with optical zoom more in the tough range than categorised as action cameras. The best tough cameras will also be waterproof without a housing and you can often snorkel, freedive and dive underwater to depths of 10metres+. Instead of touch screens they usually have a view finder and more buttons or dials around the camera as their interface. You always get a view finder as well, so that you can frame your shots by holding the camera up to your eye, much more like a traditional camera. The top of the range and best action cameras are recording in 4k video resolutions, their frame rates are improving for slow motion footage and are coming with fully manual ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed controls so that you can create the shots you want with the settings you want.
Mini and Cube Action Cameras
For those who require something smaller, we tag each camera with a small, medium or large tick. You can find the right size action camera for you depending on your needs.
Specifications for action cameras vary wildly, from some aiming at 1080p High Definition video, to those specialising in slow motion footage or being able to connect to other devices, peripherals and extended battery lives with an external battery.
On ActionCameraFinder we have split up the specs in to different parts; key specs, video, photo, physical, power, action settings and interface specs. Each group of specs has a few important specifications and features within, which we share with you to help you find out the information you are after.
This is a very important spec and requirement for most, we list on the site the battery life which the manufacturer has claimed for the camera and we list it at the length it can record a 1080p video at 30fps. Some may record shorter than this and their battery life may not last as long if you are recording in 4k at a slower frame rate, like 60fps, but this should give you an idea about how long they last.
They will all last longer than this on standby as they aren't being used, so the battery drain will be minimal. You can check out the table of action cameras and sort by battery capacity or battery life length by clicking on the title of that column.
Sensors and Chipsets
Sensors, chipsets (processors) come in all forms, made by different manufacturers, some are shared by different camera companies and some even make their own. But it seems that the best or most used sensors on the action camera market are made by Sony. You can check out the sensors used on each camera and find the best action camera sensor as well. Here is the Sony IMX206 image sensor which has a number of decent action cameras using it.
Ambarella seem to be making the best action camera chipsets as they are used most across the action camera range. You can see the Ambarella A12 and children of that processor here and all the others beneath it on our action camera chipsets page. The chipsets are hugely important with helping your camera record, work it's interface and run the whole camera as its the brains of their hardware.
Video Resolutions and Frame Rates
Maybe the best action cameras have the fastest frame rates of 240fps and record in 4K resolutions. We haven't quite hit this benchmark yet, the end of 2017 and early 2018 is seeing cameras come out with 4K recording at 60fps. There are a handful of cameras now being able to record at these resolutions and frame rates.
You may not require this speed in slow motion or 4K footage, and there are plenty of offerings aiming to make sure they record fantastic high definition video at 720p and 1080p with frame rates of 30, 60fps and slower.
Electronic Image Stabalisation
A new technical improvement which is helped by the incredible chipsets onboard the cameras now is electronic image stabalisation. So if you don't have a gimbal or stabalisation grip and your recording footage whilst on the move, this feature could be everything you need. We have listed down all the cameras with EIS image stabalisation and we even show examples of what the footage looks like on most cameras when this feature is turned on.