There’s no doubt over the fact that GoPros are great. The company produces some of the best action cameras around. They are top-notch in terms of image quality, video quality, durability, and extra features like HyperSmooth stabilization. That’s probably why the term ‘GoPro’ has become a generic term. The users often call any action camera a GoPro.
But, all of that comes at a premium. GoPro cameras are not known to be cheap. Therefore, if you don’t have the budget to buy a GoPro, you may consider buying an alternative to GoPro. There are plenty of GoPro alternatives available on the market. In this post, we have covered the five top alternatives to GoPro by its competitors.
Please note that some of these alternatives like the DJI Action 2, and Osmo Action are not necessarily cheaper than GoPros, but they still give tough competition to GoPro action cameras in terms of specs. That’s why these cameras find their place on our list too.
So, let’s get started!
GoPro Competitors: 5 Top Alternatives
Here are the five top GoPro alternatives:
#1. DJI Osmo Action
- Dual Screens: Osmo Action’s dual screens allow you to capture it all with the touch...
- The RockSteady technology combines EIS with complex algorithms, delivering stable,...
- Action camera with 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor, 12MP, wide-angle 145° that allows you to...
DJI’s Osmo Action is, arguably, the most popular GoPro competitor. One of the most striking features in the design of the Osmo Action camera is its dual screens – one each at the front and the back. That’s something you didn’t get on GoPros until the GoPro Hero 9 Black was launched. The front screen of Osmo Action lets you frame yourself effortlessly making it perfect for vlogging & selfies. The back screen, on the other hand, delivers a crystal-clear & hyper-responsive display.
The build quality of Osmo Action is great. It is a solid and rugged action camera. With RockSteady technology – an improved form of Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) – the camera offers buttery stable and shake-free footage no matter how heavy the action is! DJI Osmo Action has a 12 MP sensor that allows you to shoot 4K HDR videos with a wide-angle of 145°. For slow-motion photography, the camera is able to capture every epic move of yours with jaw-dropping clarity and detail with its 8x slomo at 1080p/240fps. And like most of the latest GoPros, Osmo Action is also waterproof (11m).
#2. DJI Action 2
- Notes before Purchase - For a better creative experience, users who have already...
DJI Action 2 is DJI’s follow-up to the original DJI Osmo Action camera. With this camera, the company has completely redesigned how its action camera looks. The DJI Action 2 is a modular camera in which you have one main unit (which can perform on its own too). Plus, you can also attach a battery back or front display module if you need one. These modules connect using magnets and a clip, rather than physical sockets. The maximum resolution you get on the DJI Action 2 is 4K at either a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. The camera’s sensor shoots stills and video at up to 12MP resolution.
On the DJI Action 2, you get an improved version of the company’s Rocksteady image stabilization tech, which is now known as Rocksteady 2.0. It offers visibly smoother footage, thanks to horizon leveling which keeps your footage looking upright even if the camera tilts significantly. When it comes to battery life, the DJI Action 2 lasts up to 70 minutes when shooting at 1080p Full HD resolution (30fps) with the camera brick alone. But, if you have the Power Mod attached, the battery life increases to 180 minutes at 1080p, which is pretty great! Lastly, Action 2 is waterproof at depths of up to 10 meters right out of the box, so that you can capture it all on your aquatic adventures.
#3. Akaso V50 Pro
- SUPERB IMAGE QUALITY: Featuring 4K/30fps and 20MP image, your AKASO V50 Pro action...
- ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZATION: Built-in Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) with...
- OPTIONAL VIEW ANGLE: You can adjust the view angle of this action camera according to...
With a rubberized grey exterior and waterproof housing, the Akaso V50 Pro‘s design looks really appealing. Although it comes at a budget price, the camera’s specs are pretty impressive. It can shoot 4K footage at 30fps, 1080p Full HD at 60fps & 30fps, and 720p at 120fps & 60fps. For shooting stills, you get up to 20MP resolution.
Akaso V50 Pro features built-in electronic image stabilization (EIS) for smooth and shake-free footage. It also has an adjustable field of view – Super Wide, Wide, Medium, and Narrow. Plus, you also get an external waterproof housing in the package, which protects the camera down to 98 feet underwater. There’s also built-in Wi-Fi in the camera that lets you connect to the partner app for iOS or Android. What’s more, you get a box full of accessories for mounting your camera and more.
#4. Akaso EK7000 Pro
- UPGRADE SERIES OF AKASO EK7000: AKASO EK7000 Pro action camera delivers 4K/30fps,...
- INTUITIVE UI DESIGN: Ultra 2 inch IPS touch screen shows everything crystal clearly...
- ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZATION: Built-in Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)...
Another cheap GoPro alternative by Akaso – the EK7000 Pro is a great camera overall. It shoots impressive 4K footage at 60fps and 1080p Full HD at 60fps. For shooting stills, you get a maximum resolution of 16MP. Upon using the camera, I felt that its sensor struggles a little in low light, but otherwise does a decent job. But, it’s hard to complain considering the price you get this camera for.
With the included case on, Akaso EK7000 Pro is waterproof down to 40m. The camera also sports a handy 2-inch touchscreen. However, you can’t use the touchscreen when the camera is in the waterproof case. Coming to the battery life, you get around 90 minutes of runtime, which is pretty decent. Please note that Akaso EK7000 Pro doesn’t come with an SD card. So, if you don’t have one, you’ll need to buy it separately.
#5. Insta360 One R – Twin Edition
- 5.7K 360 + 4K Wide Angle: ONE R Twin Edition transforms on the fly from a 360-degree...
- FlowState Stabilization: FlowState achieves gimbal-like image stabilization without...
- Super 5.7K: The Dual-Lens 360 Mod raises the bar with Super 5.7K resolution,...
The Insta360 One R – Twin Edition is a highly innovative GoPro competitor. It has an unconventional look, with two cameras in one – that’s where it gets its name from (twin edition). The Insta360 One R – Twin Edition features two lens modules that can be swapped whenever you want to. One is a 360-degree camera. The other one is a 4K/60fps action camera. With AI-powered shooting modes, you get real flexibility out in the field.
This camera has a built-in image stabilization feature known as FlowState Stabilization for gimbal-like image stabilization so your footage stays clear and steady even in low light. Insta360 One R is IPX8 waterproof to 5m when you use it with the included Mounting Bracket. You can also use the Dive Case (sold separately) to keep your camera protected in rough water conditions, for example, while surfing.
GoPro Competitors: FAQs
Here are the answers to some common questions that you might have regarding GoPro competitors:
Q.1: Who is GoPro’s biggest competitor?
A: When it comes to popularity and overall specs, China’s DJI has, undoubtedly, emerged as the biggest competitor to GoPro action cameras. Its Osmo series action cameras offer some top-notch specs like dual-screen, super slo-mo in HD, and RockSteady stabilization, which gives neck-to-neck competition to even the latest GoPro cameras like Hero 9 & 10 Black.
Q.2: How has GoPro differentiated itself from its competitors?
A: GoPro action cameras have several features that have given them an edge with technological innovations. These cameras are waterproof right out of the box and the latest models are capable of capturing high-quality 5K videos with a 360-degree view. The company’s HyperSmooth image stabilization tech is best-in-segment. GoPro has also differentiated itself from its competitors by focusing more on the customer experience. It has an app that helps users get their videos right on their smartphones.
All these things make GoPro action cameras really stand out when you compare them with the competition.
Q.3: Is the iPhone a GoPro competitor?
A: No, not really! Although both GoPro & iPhone are capable of capturing some great shots, they don’t necessarily cater to the same user. An iPhone simply isn’t as rugged. It’s not designed specifically for recording sport, action, and underwater videos like GoPro cameras.
- For more information on GoPro vs iPhone, have a look at this article: GoPro vs iPhone: What Is the Best Camera for Travel & Vlog?
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