If you are into extreme sports or just normal sports, then getting an action camera to record your best moments will let your memories live longer. We reviewed more than 30 different models and were able to come up with the 5 best budget action cameras that you can buy right now. Most of them are pretty cheap and get the job done perfectly. Let’s take a look
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Which Is The Best Budget Action Camera?
5. Apeman A80
Best Entry-Level Action Camera
We are going to start our best budget action cameras list with a great camera from Apemann. The market for action cameras is getting crowded every day with a lot of options coming in with various performances and various prices, the A80 is an incredible 4K action camera from Apeman with a very affordable price. It comes in an attractive package with the battery, mounts, and stands which I’ll dive deeper in this review. A great option for getting into the action camera world.
The Apeman A80 4K action camera impresses with its listed specs, first of all, it has a large enough sensor for capturing 4K video at 24 frames per second, moreover, it can shoot QHD at 30fps, 1080p at 30 and 60fps, and finally 720p at 30, 60, and even 120 fps, on top of all this you have the option of shooting in WVGA in 30fps. The Apeman A80 has a classic action camera look with textured body and a large lens, its control buttons are on the side, and it has an orange button on the front.
The 4K video is captured at 2880×2160 resolution and uses 24MB/s data rate, which is a little low for this resolution, this means that a 32GB micro SD card will be able to record 178 minutes of footage. This camera is also able to capture stills at a 20MP quality with interpolation.
In the package you get tons of accessories which add further value to the product, it has a padded case, a waterproof housing which can handle 30meters of depth, a clip mount with two adhesive plates, a mount specifically designed for tripods, a shirt clip, three different extension arms, clamp mount for bikes or car roll cages, cable ties, batteries and a lot more. The company was very generous in the accessories department, which consumers really appreciate.
The camera has various angle of view options, ranging from 70 degrees to 170 degrees, and through all of the testing, I noticed that for the price the image quality was excellent, with good amount of detail and decent color reproduction.
If you want to buy your first action camera the Apeman A80 4k Action Camera, is your best choice, with its decent 4K quality, and included accessories will get you starting.
4. GoPro HERO+
Best Waterproof Budget Action Camera
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I really fell in love with the case of the iBUYPOWER Elite Slate2, it was aggressive and minimalist at the same time. It has a rectangular boxy shape, with an interesting front panel that has an LED strip and air vents on the side, this gaming PC is edgy and provocative. The front grill is muted and the side panels are very simple and modern, I do not see any gamer not falling in love with this one.
It measures 19.5x9x19.5 making it very roomy for upgrades and general area to work in, and the internal area of the PC is very accessible. Furthermore, this PC comes equipped with tons of ports, with two USB-A 3.0 ports, audio, and headphone jacks, on the front, and many many more on the back.
Performance-wise the iBUYPOWER Elite Slate2 comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 8700 six-core 8th generation processor, with a base clock speed of 3.7GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.7GHz, with 12 threads, 12MB cache, and a 95W TDP. For productivity the iBUYPOWER Elite Slate2 is perfect and you can even take it to your office as it will get through everything, with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a speedy 240GB SSD and a large 1TB hard disc drive for larger files.
It is fully ready with gaming with the Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU with 3GB GDDR5 that is excellent when combined with the aforementioned performances, it can provide 1080p in ultra settings with the highest framerates and even some VR. I tested the system with a range of high demanding AAA games in ultra settings and I didn’t notice any framerate drop or lagging.
The iBUYPOWER Elite Slate2 is a great package and it definitely provides the most value for your hard earned dollar.
3. Runme R3
Best Mid-Range Option
The Runme R3 action camera does everything that its high-end peers do but at an affordable price. It offers 4K Ultra High Definition resolution, a great LCD touchscreen, an amazing casing that makes it fully waterproof, built-in WiFi, and very convenient and useful software that will please you, the Runme R3 is multiple times better than its price would suggest you.
The Runme R3 is a beautifully designed 4K action camera, coming in available in two color schemes black and white, white was my favorite which looked more premium than the black model. It has a rectangular shape built with a nice smooth plastic body and rounded edges, in front of the camera you will spot the lens, which is very large thanks to its huge sensor that provides amazing 4K video. On top of the device you will also locate the power and shutter button which are very easy to find, on the rear you will find the 2.45-inch LCD touchscreen, which is more refined and advanced from its predecessor, as it allows for easy and smooth operation of the control panel, you can access every function easily as the touchscreen was very responsive.
Despite being very small, you can review your photos and videos from that screen easily as it provides excellent detail.
When you pair it with the included waterproof package the Runme R3 becomes a great underwater camera that can go as deep as 30M without any damage to the device. Moreover, in the package, you will get the charger for the rechargeable batteries that are also included in the bundle, which doubles the fun as you can take two batteries, in case one runs out of power.
Thanks to its lens the Runme R3 is capable of recording video and photo in 4K 170-degree wide view, which makes for excellent footage of landscapes. This is a perfect camera for action lovers, as it provides excellent and smooth footage and image even in extreme movements, thanks to its built-in electronic image stabilization with a 3-axis gyroscope, which can be activated before starting the recording.
With it is built-in WiFi and the OKCAM app you can connect the device to your phone easily to share your moments instantly.
2. Campark X20
Best Budget Waterproof Action Camera
Since the GoPro first introduced the action camera concept, tons of Chinese manufacturers have put their designs for sale, and most of them have been not so good. However, this changes with Campark, also a Chinese company, has produced an affordable and excellent action camera, with touchscreen, 4K resolution and an awesome set of features that provide the best value for its price in this list.
In the package of the device, you get some accessories including a carrying pouch, the waterproof casing that allows the camera to go up to 30meters deep in the water, two 1050mAh batteries, a variety of mounts so you can mount it on your helmet, or bike and many more places. Interestingly in the package, there was also a remote control which is also waterproof and is a convenient tool to have and just adds to the fun.
The built quality of the Campark X20 is decent, it is made out of hard textured plastic, and it doesn’t feel cheap. On the front of the device, you can find the lens and a small display that shows the recording time, and a power/mode button. On the rear, you will spot the 2-inch touchscreen, which has a better sensitivity than its price would suggest, and provides good control to the interface of the camera, but if you don’t want to use the touchscreen you have small physical buttons to navigate.
You can connect the camera with your smartphone via WiFi and once connected you can control your camera from your smartphone, its app is available for both Android and iOS devices. It also has amazing image stabilization that can be used at 4K with 24fps, 2K with 30fps, and 1080p at 60fps, and throughout testing it worked perfectly.
Its image quality is excellent as its CPU records great interpolated 4K footage in wide angles, it may not be native 4K but it is still excellent for that price, with good sharpness and good color reproduction and it was exceptional during day time.
If you want the most value for your product then only Campark X20 can please you.
1. Akaso EK7000
On top of our list, we have an excellent product designed and manufactured by Akaso that will not burn a hole in your pocket and will provide you an awesome action camera experience that you will get on high-end models, the EK7000. This camera is able to shoot footage at 4K resolution, capture stills at 16MP, has tons of extra accessories in the package, is easy to use, and it is extra affordable, it really doesn’t get better than this.
With a simple and generic action camera design, the Akaso EK7000 doesn’t aim standing out with its looks, the company has done a great job of reducing the costs on the design department to give an excellent overall package. The camera has four buttons in total the shutter button, the enter button for the menu, the mode button which switches between shooting modes such as video, photo, burst, time-lapse and settings, the mode button also functions as a back button in the menu, and a set of up and down buttons for navigation through the menu. In the package of the device you will find the waterproof casing that works pretty well, but without the device is not even splash proof so beware.
The camera is pretty easy to use with similar controls to other action cameras that we are used to now, and are very convenient. The Akaso EK7000 also has built-in WiFi that can be enabled via the settings menu easily and once enabled the remote that is also included in the package provides control of the device.
The device is able to capture footage in different resolutions such as 1080p at 60fps and 30 fps, 4K at 25fps, 2.7K at 30fps, and 720p at 120fps and 60fps, and switching between them is very easy and quick.
The overall quality of the footage taken with the Akaso EK7000 is very good indeed, it provided sharp 4K image with good amount of colors, also it was capable of shooting great wide-angle photos and videos, the audio quality captured by the Akaso EK7000 was also pretty good for its price, however, with the waterproof casing installed it sounded muddy.
Without a doubt, one of the best budget action cameras.
Hello! I am Bryan Nelson. I am a tech enthusiast, writer and i love everything tech related!