These days, actions cameras are a dime a dozen, from big brands to little known ones, it seems like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Gone are the days when video cameras were big and unwieldy shoulder-mounted burdens, operated only by professionals. The quantum leap in video imaging technology has radically evolved these cameras, turning them into pocketable powerhouses no larger than a fist. So read on to find out which is the best action camera in the market!

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GoPro Hero Series

GoPro Hero 5 Black

GoPro Hero5 Black
GoPro Hero5 Black | Image Credit: gopro.com

If you’re looking for the best action camera in the market right now, look no further than the GoPro Hero5 series consisting of the Hero5 Black and the Hero5 Session. Being the pioneer of action cameras, GoPro has always wowed users with its earlier generations of Hero action cameras.

With improvements made to the last generation’s Hero4 and Hero Session, the GoPro Hero5 Black certainly lives up to the claims of being “the best GoPro, ever”. The GoPro Hero5 Session doesn’t fall too far behind and is still one of “the best, only smaller”.

GoPro Hero 5 Session

GoPro Hero5 Session
GoPro Hero5 Session | Image Credit: gopro.com

Not only can they both record up to 4K ultra high definition videos with a framerate of 30 frames per second (fps), the GoPro Hero5 Black can record video in 2.7K up to 60fps, 1080p up to 120fps and 720p up to 240fps.

Its interface is easy to use, owing to the colour LCD touch screen that spans across the back and voice control, allowing you to capture images, record video or change modes easily. Not forgetting the advanced electronic image stabilisation technology that ensures smooth video captures no matter the sport or activity you are trying to film.

On their own, both models are waterproof to depths of 10m without any additional housing. If you get the optional Super Suit for the GoPro Hero5 Black, it can go even deeper down to 60m, making it suitable for deep-water diving. For those of you who have amassed a variety of mounts and accessories, you will also be pleased to know that the standard frames and Super Suit are still compatible.

GoPro Diving
GoPro Hero5 Black in Super Suit | Image Credit: gopro.com

Both GoPro cameras punch a punch in terms of specifications and retail at a price of S$640 for the GoPro Hero5 Black and S$480 for the GoPro Hero5 Session.

Best GoPro Alternative

As amazing as GoPros are, they are undeniably on the pricier side. Enter the Yi 4K (introduced in May 2016) and the Yi 4K+ (introduced in January 2017) Action Cameras from Yi Technology. If you are unfamiliar with this company here’s some background info: they are a startup that’s backed by Xiaomi, the world’s 5th largest smartphone maker in 2015.

Yi 4K Action Cam

Yi 4K
Yi 4K | Image Credit: yitechnology.com

Yi 4K+ Action Cam

Yi 4K+ and Waterproof Case
Yi 4K+ and Waterproof Case | Image Credit: yitechnology.com.sg

Their cameras are no slouches compared to the GoPro models, offering almost similar capabilities at a lower price point. Like their names suggest, both modes are capable of recording 4K video at 30fps with the 4k+ model being the world’s first action camera able to record 4K at 60fps.

While they are not waterproof and require an additional case for waterproofing, the cameras are compatible with most GoPro accessories.

Other than Yi 4K+ outclassing the GoPro in the video recording resolution and framerate, the biggest edge that the Yi models have over the GoPro is its price. Retailing at S$329 for the Yi 4K and S$489 for the Yi 4K+, these models are more pocket-friendly routes to owning a 4K action camera.

To 4K, or not to 4K: that is the question

Yi HD Action Camera

If you think 4K is not a priority, then the other offering from Yi should fit your needs just right, The Yi HD Action Camera which, like its name suggests, tops out at 1080p at 60fps and retails for only S$119, by far the cheapest action camera.

Not only is it completely capable of Full HD video recording and takes up to 16 megapixel stills, it has time-lapse, slow motion and burst modes, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Furthermore, it comes in this refreshing shade of lime green!

Yi HD Action Camera

So go on, weigh your needs and pick the best action camera in the market right now. Then be on your way to making that epic video that you have always dreamt about! Earn Cashback when you shop for your favourite action camera through Lazada and ShopBack.

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