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Best action cameras

Gopro hero black
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Action cameras are one of those cool yet practical accessories that will transform your shooting style. Unlike filming with your phone, an action camera is built to withstand the drops and dings that come with downhill skiing, jumping off waterfalls, gliding downhill on a skateboard, and following your kids around on the playground. Ready to get in on the fun? These are the best action cameras available this year.

Staff favorite

GoPro Hero8

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GoPro HERO8 Black

Cutting edge technology

GoPro is the reigning leader when it comes to action cams, and their newest iteration, the GoPro Hero8 Black, is no exception. This bundle includes the GoPro and a 64GB microSDHC and adapter. 

The new streamlined design is more pocketable than ever, and mounts are now easier to swap. Other updates we love include Hypersmooth 2.0, Timewarp 2.0, and available mods. If you want gimbal-smooth footage, go with GoPro!

Great value

Campark x30

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Campark X30 Native

An underwater dream

The CamPark X30 shoots 60fps and takes impressive 20-megapixel stills. Anti-shake technology, coupled with electronic image stabilization, equals super-smooth footage. And the whole setup is waterproof! 

You can dive down to 131 feet with the CamPark and snap photos of underwater life or take a video of your kids in the waves. This model is perfect for those who spend time in the water or need high-quality stills from their action cam.

Complete package

AKASO Brave 4

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AKASO Brave 4 4K 20MP WiFi Action Camera

Shoot on land and in the water

The AKASO Brave Ultra HD takes ultra-sharp 4K footage and 20-megapixel photographs. It's also waterproof up to 100 feet and shockproof, so you can go right to the heart of the action without worry. 

Built-in anti-shake technology produces smooth video on land, under the water, or from the handlebars of your bike. The AKASO shoots wide-angle, as well, giving you the ultimate creative control. 

Proper handheld

Sony FDRX3000

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Sony FDRX3000

Great in any weather

The Sony FDRX3000 is the king of underwater shooters! When paired with its included underwater housing, you can drop down 171 feet in the lake or ocean. Awesome! Grab video in any style you choose with the versatile wide, medium, and narrow zooms. Action is captured in 4K at 10fps, and you can also shoot 8.3-megapixel stills. The intuitive ZEISS lens gets clear shots above and below the water. This cam is dustproof, shockproof, and freezeproof.

Spare batteries

Dragon Touch 4K

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Dragon Touch 4K Action Camera

So many accessories

It comes with a 16-megapixel camera and a 170-degree wide-angle lens, and it's known as the Dragon Touch Vision 3. This wallet-friendly camera comes with a remote, two batteries, and a ton of mounting accessories. 

The Vision 3 is a 4K action camera complete with a 4X zoom. When used with the waterproof case, you can take this bad boy down to 100 feet in any body of water without fear. 

Teeny cube

Polaroid Cube Act II

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Polaroid Cube Act II

Extremely affordable

The Polaroid Cube Act II is so tiny that it fits in the palm of your hand. The portable Polaroid is weather-resistant and mountable, so it can join you kayaking, on the slopes, or out on a rainy day.

With marvelously simple controls, you'll never fumble with buttons or worry about whether you got the shot. Other features include quick charge time, a wide-angle lens, built-in stabilization, and a rugged rubberized body.

Capture all your memories

With so many action cameras on the market, which do you choose? For everyday shooting, we can't say enough good things about the GoPro HERO8 Black. From the streamlined design to the available mods to the smoothest shooting experience available today; this is the best all-around camera on the block.

If you want a simpler model that the kids can use too, the affordable Polaroid Cube Act II HD is a steal. It's mountable, weather-resistant, and easy to operate.

Are you planning to film in all kinds of weather? Then you'll want to reach for the Sony FDRX3000. You can go underwater with the Sony, climb mountains, ski slopes, or mountain bike and still get shake-free shots and video.