Top 8 Best Cheap GoPro Alternatives

October 2, 2016
March 2017

Take a look at our recentBest Action Cameras under $150article for an updated list of cheap GoPro alternatives.


GoPro action cameras are arguably some of the best on the market for their durability and picture quality. Unfortunately, these great cameras can be out of the budget for many people, and especially those who just need an action camera for occasional use.

Thankfully, there are some inexpensive GoPro alternatives that work really well and feature similar durability against the elements. We’ve made a list of the top 8 best cheap GoPro alternatives to help you navigate the flooded market of sports action cameras.

Our Pick: YI 4K Action Camera

YI 4K Action Camera

YI 4K Action Camera
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$169.00 on amazon.com

Our favorite on the list is the YI 4K Action Camera , which also happens to be the most expensive, but is still a fraction of the price of its direct rival, the considerably more expensive Hero4 Black It shoots great 4K video at a full 30fps, offers extensive features, as well as the most user-friendly and high-quality LCD screen on the list.

DBPOWER Waterproof Action Camera

GoPro Alternative: Hero4 Silver $343.01

DBPOWER Waterproof Action Camera

DBPOWER Waterproof Action Camera
From
$75.99 on amazon.com

For just around $50 (in the US), this is one powerful little camera. Its frame rate is a little slower than the Silver, at 1080p 30fps and 720p 30fps, but so long as you don’t want slow motion video, that will be enough to record excellent HD footage. This camera is waterproof down to 30m (90ft) and is equipped with a wide 170-degree fisheye lens so you won’t miss any of the action. With outstanding battery life of up to 3 hours, we highly recommend this camera as functional Hero4 Silver alternative.

Pros

Cons

Image Quality

Video Quality

General Features

Durability

  • Great battery life

  • Wide, 170-degree fisheye lens

  • Comes with 16 accessories to help you mount this camera almost anywhere

  • Only supports microSD cards up to 32GB
  • 1080p maxed out at 30fps (though to be fair this is pretty decent at that price range)

  • Heavy at 1.1lbs and a bit bulky in its case

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YI 4K Action Camera

GoPro Alternative: Hero4 Black $274.99

YI 4K Action Camera

YI 4K Action Camera, Our pick for best cheap GoPro Alternative
From
$169.00 on amazon.com

This is the most expensive alternative on our list, but that’s because the YI 4K  is directly competing with the Hero4 Black. It still represents a significant savings over the GoPro model, without losing any of the features you love. Record in 4K at 30fps, 1080p at up to 120fps for HD slow-motion, or even 720p at a blazing 240fps. With the waterproof case, you can go up to 40m (131ft) underwater, and your camera will be freeze-proof down to -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit).

Pros

Cons

Image Quality

Video Quality

General Features

Durability

  • Highly resistant inside of waterproof housing

  • Great 4K video at 30fps and HD slow-motion

  • Gorilla Glass 2.19” LCD touch-screen

  • Doesn’t come with many accessories

  • Not very durable outside of housing

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Vikeepro Action Camera 4K

GoPro Alternative: Hero4 Black $274.99

Vikeepro Action Camera

Vikeepro Action Camera
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$84.99 on amazon.com

This dainty camera can be taken with you anywhere once its sealed in the included waterproof housing. It’s rated for up to 30m (90ft) depth underwater, and is dust-proof to keep out sand and dirt. 4K recording starts at 24fps, but there’s also a 2.5K option at 30fps, and you can get full HD at 60fps. This camera comes complete with almost everything you need to get started, including several mounts, a micro SD card, RF remote, and of course, waterproof housing.

Pros

Cons

Image Quality

Video Quality

General Features

Durability

  • Comes with tons of accessories, including 7 mounts and 32GB card

  • WiFi and included RF remote

  • Wide, 170-degree lens

  • No slow-motion

  • Not freeze or shock proof

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Lightdow LD6000

GoPro Alternative: Hero4 Silver $343.01

Lightdow LD6000 Action Camera

Lightdow LD6000
From
$43.99 on amazon.com

This fun camera is amazingly affordable and comes in several bright colors. Don’t let this camera’s exterior fool you though, it has plenty of great features. Starting with stills at 14MP resolution, you can also achieve 1080p30 video recording. Enjoy image stabilization, time-lapse recording, waterproofing down to 30m (98ft), and even a whole year’s warranty to fully replace your camera if anything goes wrong.

Pros

Cons

Image Quality

Video Quality

General Features

Durability

  • Great features like time-lapse and image stabilization

  • Up to 14MP stills

  • Vibrant 2” screen

  • Poor battery life

  • Weak warranty protection

  • No external mic compatibility

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Polaroid Cube HD

GoPro Alternative: Hero4 Session $289.99

Polaroid Cube HD

Polaroid Cube HD
From
$62.50 on amazon.com

This is our only Session alternative on the list, but that’s because it’s the best and least expensive on the market. For about half the cost of the Session, you still get 1080p and 720p running at a respectable 30fps. This camera is incredibly compact, at just 35mm x 35mm x 35mm, it even beat the Session out by a hair. It’s not waterproof without a case, but is splash resistant, weatherproof, and shockproof out of the box.

Pros

Cons

Image Quality

Video Quality

General Features

Durability

  • Smaller and lighter than the Session

  • Fairly resistant without additional housing

  • Magnetized bottom for easy mounting on metal surfaces

  • 6MP sensor

  • Poor battery life

  • No wireless compatibility

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ActionSavvy Inspire 4K

GoPro Alternative: Hero4 Black $274.99

This compact camera is a good contender for the best Hero4 Black alternative. Unlike the Hero4 Black, the ActionSavvy Inspire 4K comes with a 2” HD screen, and can run 4K at 25fps, only slightly less than the Hero4 Black. Waterproof down to 30m (96ft) with use of the included waterproof housing, and even features settings specifically for underwater filming. It has many useful features, including slow-motion recording and time-lapse, and comes with all the accessories you’ll need to get started.

Pros

Cons

Image Quality

Video Quality

General Features

Durability

  • Very small and lightweight

  • Comes with 12 accessories including several mounts

  • Burst, time-lapse, and slow-motion at 720p

  • Built-in WiFi
  • Very poor battery life

  • Poor audio quality

  • The companion mobile app is prone to crashes

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VicTsing Sports Action Camera

GoPro Alternative: Hero4 Silver $343.01

VicTsing Sports Action Camera

VicTsing Sports Action Camera
From
$98.98 on amazon.com

This camera is a solid contender among the rest, and as affordable as it is, the image and video quality are excellent. Expect decent 1080p30 video, and enjoy the use of the 12MP sensor for still shots. We particularly like the saturation levels on the VicTsing , which make everything look rich and vibrant. It comes with many accessories, but not as many mounting options as others. Luckily, if you already have a GoPro, this camera is compatible with those high-quality accessories.

Pros

Cons

Image Quality

Video Quality

General Features

Durability

  • Compatible with GoPro accessories

  • 1-year warranty

  • Excellent construction quality

  • Poor low-light performance

  • No sound with waterproof case

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DBPOWER EX5000

GoPro Alternative: Hero4 Silver $343.01

DBPOWER EX5000

DBPOWER EX5000
From
$46.99 on amazon.com

For an extra $10-$12 you can upgrade the standard DBPOWER camera to this slightly revamped version which adds a couple megapixels to photographs as well as WiFi, though unfortunately keeps the same 30fps as the cheaper version.  Like the others on this list,  The EX5000  is safe in its housing up to 30m (90ft) underwater, and is dust and weatherproof. The best part about this camera, however, is its stunning still shots. The 1080p30 video looks good, too, but the photos you take with this camera may surprise you for its price. Battery life is pretty poor, but packaging includes two batteries to make your experience a little easier.

Pros

Cons

Image Quality

Video Quality

General Features

Durability

  • 14 MP sensor

  • Wide, 170-degree lens

  • WiFi enabled

  • Comes with 12 accessories including several mounts
  • Superb color reproduction

  • Screen can be difficult to read in certain settings

  • Poor battery life

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Conclusion

This list should get you started on the best cheap GoPro alternatives available today. While GoPro may beat these cameras out individually in all-around quality, the cameras on our list are strong contenders, with many features which outright beat their GoPro rivals.

If you have any questions about the products on our list, or any questions about these sports action cameras, let us know in the comments below.

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