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The Top 5 Action Cameras of 2020 – The Cameras that get you in Action

Action cameras are very popular with adventurists and other sports enthusiasts who want to capture their own footage while on the move. Of late, they have also been getting popular with vloggers and content creators because of their portability, and some features like water-proof and high end video recording capabilities. Keeping this in mind different brands have been introducing vlogger oriented features as well in the action camera.


For an action camera to be good enough and versatile, it should check atleast the following boxes
right:

- Compact and water-proof body
- Touch Screen LCD preferable on both sides
- Ability to shoot at 4K 30p
- Good Image Stabilisation
- Good low light performance
- Good audio quality
- Ability to stream live on social media
- Features like Timelapse, Hyperlapse, Slow-Mo etc.
- Bundled with accessories and mounts

These are broad features one must be look at while making a decision. However, you may have your specific requirement which will always weigh more than other features.


Here is our choice of Top 5 Action Cameras. Pls. note we have not considered GoPro Hero9 Black in this because its entry in India has been delayed and we have not been able to test that.

1. GoPro Hero8 Black

Great All-Round camera with good value for money


Video Resolution (Max): 4K at 60 fps | Photo Resolution (Max): 12MP | Touch Screen: Yes | Battery Life in Single Charge: 158 minutes | Water Proof: Yes, up to 33 feet | Size: 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.1 inches | Weight: 119 GMS

Reasons to Buy

  • One of the finest Stabilization
  • Folding Fingers (Mounting Arms)
  • High Quality Audio
  • Different Mod

Reasons to Avoid

  • Fixed non removable lens
  • Poor low light performance
  • Small Screen

Though there is now a GoPro Hero9 in market, Hero8 is still a formidable and feature laden choice of action camera. I fact now it becomes more affordable and still offering best in class features. Unique features like HyperSmooth 2.0 and TimeWarp 2.0 enhance its functionality. Optional GoPro Mods transform it into a cinematic camera. Introduction of FoldingFingers ensure ease of use without having to use the waterproof casing to mount the camera.
Another unique feature is its 4 digital lenses viz SuperView, Wide, Narrow and Linear, making shooting simple and seamless.

2. GoPro Hero7 Black

Flagship of 2018, Entry Level of 2020 – Quite a Formidable Option


Video Resolution (Max): 4K at 60 fps | Photo Resolution (Max): 12 MP | Touch Screen: Yes | Battery Life in Single Charge: 158 minutes | Water Proof: Yes, up to 33 feet | Weight: 119 GMS

Reasons to Buy

  • Wonderful 4K video and image quality
  • HyperSmooth is very useful and effective
  • Waterproof that too without housing

Reasons to Avoid

  • Struggles with voice commands
  • Screen sometimes gets unresponsive

Once a flagship camera of 2018 has now positioned itself firmly as a formidable entry level action camera in GoPro’s rejigged line up. What makes it gain entry in Top 5 despite being an old camera is its affordability and great value for money with its features like HyperSmooth and being water proof without the housing. With a video quality of 4K at 60p its certainly a war horse even after the launch of Hero9.

It was the first camera to introduce both HyperSmooth and TimeWarp which is another reason to get your hands on this one.

3. SJCAM SJ6 Legend

Power packed budget action camera


Video Resolution (Max): 4K at 24 fps | Photo Resolution (Max): 16 MP | Touch Screen: Yes | Battery Life in Single Charge: 70 minutes | Water Proof: Yes, up to 33 feet | Weight: 83 GMS

Reasons to Buy

  • Affordable. Suits everyone
  • Gyro Stabilisation for super smooth videos
  • Waterproof up to 10 mtr
  • 4K at 24P


Reasons to Avoid

  • No true 4K
  • Poor battery life

In a market ruled by GoPro, this SJCAM has been creating its own market with their affordable yet feature rich action cameras. And this SJ6 Legend has features like Gyro Stabilisation, 4K, waterproof body and dual screen camera have made it very popular with masses. It offers multiple mounting options which makes it highly flexible.

 4. Insta360 One R Twin Edition

Unique modular, yet impressive 360 Action Camera

Video Resolution: 4K at 30 fps, 5.7K at 30 fps, 1080 at 200 fps | Photo Resolution (Max): 18.5 MP | Battery Life in Single Charge: 70 minutes | Water Proof: Yes, up to 5 mtr with bracket | Weight: 130.5 GMS

Reasons to Buy

  • Unique modular design for extreme flexibility
  • 360-degree camera with 4K making it unique action camera
  • Waterproof up to 5 mtr
  • FlowState offering great stabilisation

Reasons to Avoid

  • Very Small Screen
  • Poor battery life

Insta360 is one unique action camera offering 360 degrees and 4K footages, both of extreme high quality. Its modular design makes it \easy to switch between lenses easily. Option of Leica 1” Wide Angle Lens/Sensor combo ensures you get best in class low light image quality.
While it offers 3 different camera options, does it actually deliver? We can easily say Yes. With Leica 1” option it ensures you get great detail in low light., making it one unique action camera to do that.

5. GoPro Max 360

Dedicated 360-degree camera

Video Resolution: 360 degree 5K at 30 fps | Photo Resolution (Max): 18 MP | Battery Life in Single Charge: 90 minutes | Water Proof: Yes, up to 5 mtr without case | Weight: 154 GMS

Reasons to Buy

  • Dedicated 360-degree camera shoots at 5K 30 fps
  • Waterproof up to 5 mtr without casing
  • In Camera video stitching

Reasons to Avoid

  • 2D footage at extreme low resolution
  • Poor low light performance
  • No 4K option
  • Stitching is poor showing stitch lines

This is good 360-degree action camera from GoPro. Though it does offer good 360 footages, if you want equally good non 360 footage, then look elsewhere. Its unique 6 microphone design ensures you get top notch audio. It steals features like TimeWarp, FloatingFingers from Hero8, which again makes it a good action camera option.
The biggest downside is its inability to shoot 4K which makes Insta360 One R Twin Edition take a formidable lead over this. Also it really disappoints with its low light performance where it even struggles to stabilise.

SJCAM SJ6 Legend Action Camera Review

Of late there has been quite an influx of action cameras. With everyone looking to create something different, action cameras are gaining popularity way beyond the sports and adventure buffs wanting to record their adventures. And price war, unique specs are again ruling the roost. One brand SJCAM quietly but with firm footing made their entry and very soon made their mark with their feature laden action cameras which were easy on pocket as well.

 

One action camera which offers features that can be segmented into top action cameras is SJCAM SJ6 Legend. Before we get into its review, lets first take a look at its specifications.

 

Specifications

 

  • Chipset: Novatek 96660

  • Sensor: Panasonic MN34120PA

  • Video resolutions: 4K (4:3) 24fps; 2K at 30fps; 1080p at 60/50/30/25fps; 720p at 120/60/30fps; 420p at 240fps

  • Bitrate: 60Mbps

  • WiFi, 2″ LCD touchscreen 

  • Digital Image Stabilization

  • External Microphone

  • Dimensions: 59×41×29mm / 2.3×1.6×1.1″

  • Weight: 83g 

  • 166° Field of View

  • 16MP Still Photo

  • Modes: Single Shot, Time-Lapse, Burst, Video+Photo, Car Mode, Underwater mode

  • MiniUSB, MicroHDMI, MicroSD card slot ports

  • Memory: MicroSD Class 10 and SDXC cards with max capacity of 128GB

  • Battery life: 70 minutes with 4K at 24fps, 65 minutes with 1080p at 60fps

  • Remote Control Supported

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Camera Design

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In appearance it looks like just another action camera available in market. It feels good to hold. Its small measuring just about 1.6(H) x 2.3(W) x 1.1(D) inches and weighs just 83 gms. Its outer body is plastic which is not waterproof unless enclosed in a waterproof housing which is rated to almost 100ft. This housing is included in the box. 

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The camera has 3 different control buttons. Record button is easy to press and is positioned on top of the camera. You have two smaller buttons on right side – Power and Menu. On right side itself there are ports like MicroSD, MicroHDMI and MicroUSB ports which help you in external connectivity. There is also a built-in speaker and Mic.

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Bottom of the camera has standard tripod mount which we feel is a unique feature and it does make this camera versatile.

It has LCD screens both at the back and front. The front LCD screen shows information like video modes, battery power and recording details etc. Back screen is a larger 2” LCD touch screen. This is where you can view all recording while in action. This back screen makes the interface and use very intuitive. It shows you the mode you are using which you can change using touch screen itself. The menu options visible on screen are large enough for you to be able to tap on them to make necessary changes. 

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Connectivity

It has a built-in WiFi which helps you connect with the free SJCAM app. This app is available both for Android and iOS and using this you can easily operate the camera.

 

Battery

It has a detachable battery unit which has a rating of 1000mAH. It can record upto almost 70 mins with 4K settings. When you use 1080p at 30fps this goes upto 113 mins which is quite impressive. It gets fully charged in 2 hrs time.

 

Video and Photo

The SJ6 boasts of 4K video quality. It can record video at 4K at 24 fps at a bit rate of 25Mbps. It is important to note that this 4K video is not true 4K quality. It basically shoots at 2K resolution and creates additional required pixels to give 4K video. Its evident that because of the same reason, you may never find the video shot at 4K to be as good as the same shot by other more expensive action cameras but still it’s a great feature considering the price bracket.

Video quality is awesome when used in daylight condition. Quality however tends to go down in low light, which actually is a problem with most action cameras except for the high end action cams.

The SJ6 has one unique mode – Car Mode. When you use this mode, it gets converted into a dashboard camera and enables the movement detection.

It captures images at 16MP resolution and shoots both in JPEG and RAW. Details are great if used in normal angle of view. However, with wide angle, images tend to get softer and show loss of details when used in wide angle mode. 

 

Conclusion

The SJ6 is a solid built action camera which delivers 4K at quite an affordable price range. Considering the price point, it is feature loaded and delivers quite a punchy performance as well. So if you are the one looking for an action camera which has all the features you can ask for and still doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket, then go ahead own it now. As negatives, we would have liked it to offer true 4K but then that might have made it more expensive. 

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