For many regular adventurers, an action camera is the best companion you can ask for. In the modern age of “Pics, or it didn’t happen,” it is an especially sound investment for every adrenaline junkie who wants to share a slice of their lifestyle with the rest of the world. However, if your camera keeps dying on you on your adventures or is only capable of low-resolution videos, it might be time for an upgrade as we step into 2020.
If you are looking for an action camera that will bring up the production quality of your action footages in the New Year, check out this list of the best 4K action cameras that you can get for 2020. These cameras are sure to deliver superb quality footage and make your adventures much more memorable.
Top 10 Best 4K Action Cameras you can buy in 2020
1. GoPro Hero8 Black
It is only fitting that we start our list with an offering from GoPro. Perhaps the most famous of the best 4K action camera manufacturing brands, GoPro consistently delivers superb quality action cameras. Though GoPros are considerably pricier than other action cameras, the Hero8 Black is one that can shoot videos in 4K at 60fps. Many other cameras on the market are capable of 4K, but only at 30 fps.
One of the more budget-friendly offerings on the market, the AKASO V50 pro offers good value for your money. The touch-screen and included accessories in the case are a nice addition. Unlike many budget cameras, the AKASO V50 pro can capture stabilized 4K footage without any compression artifacts.
3. Sony RX0 II
This water-proof, drop-proof, and crush-proof rugged action camera can deliver some of the most stunning shots that action cams can produce – although with a few caveats. It can only shoot 4K video at 30 fps, and its narrow field of view means it is difficult to get more of the view in the frame at shorter distances. Be prepared to carry around a selfie stick at all times with this camera.
4. Yi 4K+
If you do not wish to splurge too much cash on your adventurist hobbies, the Yi 4K+ offers a very budget-friendly camera with truly impressive features. Unlike other budget offerings, the Yi 4K+ is capable of shooting 4K video at 60fps. The ability to capture RAW images is an added benefit. This makes the 4K+ a serious contender for the GoPro throne. However, the absence of a GPS and water-resistance rating cuts it just short of us crowning it as the best 4K action camera. Make sure to buy an external waterproof case if you want to take this camera scuba diving.
5. GoPro Hero7 Silver
The Hero7 Silver is an excellent option for those who want to go the GoPro route but do not wish to dish out the cash for a Hero8 Black. The Hero7 silver features the same rugged build of the Hero8, but the video capabilities are not quite the same. This camera can shoot 4K video, but only at 30 FPS. However, the stabilization features and picture quality is on par with the Hero8 Black.
6. DJI Osmo Action
The DJI Osmo Action is an action camera that is capable of very steady and jitter-free video recordings. The standout feature on this camera is its two screens, one on either side of the camera. This makes it an ideal choice of camera for vloggers.
Their proprietary ‘RockSteady’ technology allows you to shoot extremely stable footage at 4K60fps. However, there is a noticeable display lag on the screen when you activate this feature. Although this issue does not affect the footage produced, this might concern some potential buyers.
7. SJCAM SJ8 Pro
The SJ8 Pro not only captures 4K footage at up to 60 fps, but it also does so while eliminating any jitters from the frame, thanks to its six-axis image stabilization. It features GoPro mounts to connect your favorite accessories easily. However, this camera is not perfect; the waterproof housing is clunky and the companion app for smartphones is very basic.
8. Olfi One.Five 4K
The One.Five comes with an external case that makes it ideal for recording water sports. This camera features a robust build while delivering exceptional picture quality for the price. Video quality, on the other hand, takes a bit of a hit. This camera can record at 4K resolution, but only at 24fps. If you want to shoot in slow-mo, you will have to dial down to 720p to get a video with 120fps.
The Brave 6 is one of the newer cameras to join the family of AKASO’s tough cameras. With a host of features including water resistance, voice command support and Electronic Image Stabilisation, the Brave 6 can capture breathtaking footage in a plethora of settings. However, it too falls victim to the 24fps trap when capturing 4K footage. To increase the smoothness of the video playback, you will have to dial down on the resolution.
10. Campark X15
If you are looking for a dirt-cheap camera that can shoot at 4K, the Campark X15 will fuel your foray into the world of action cams. At this price point, you can expect Campark to cut a few corners on the quality. This camera can get the job done but lacks many features of its pricier counterparts.
However, there are a couple of added perks with this camera. Removable batteries, waterproof casing, and its support for smartphones all came as a pleasant surprise to us.
A multitude of manufacturers is claiming to offer the best 4K action camera on the market, but only a few come close. All this competition is good for consumers (you) and no matter how much you are willing to spend on your action camera, you are sure to find one tailored exactly to your budget.