The Best Action Cameras in 2021

24 November 2021

When it comes to thrill-seeking and adventure, most of us fall into two camps; those that enjoy taking in the sights from the sidelines and those of us that live to get amongst it. No matter which of these categories you fall into, there is a range of portable and powerful action cams that are keen to get front-row seats and help you relive the action for years to come.

To help you sort through this range and identify which action cam is right for you, here is our roundup of the best adventure cameras in 2021.


 

 

The latest top-of-the-line offering from GoPro, a name most of us think of when it comes to adventure, is this GoPro Hero 9 Black. The Hero 9 Black is set to take the adventure world by storm with its new 26.3MP image sensor, which is capable of exhilarating 5K video. As well as a touch-sensitive rear display, which is great for navigating menus and features, the Hero 9 features a front-facing display so you can accurately frame your exploits without taking your framing by chance.

 

The GoPro Hero 9 is capable of smooth footage, no matter how fast-paced the activity is, thanks to its improved HyperSmooth 3.0 stabilisation system. It is also easy to produce more professionally appearing videos, thanks to the in-camera horizon levelling feature. A host of separately available mods have been announced to help you get the most out of this action camera, which in unison with a longer-life battery and Full HD live-streaming abilities, make the Hero 9 a real contender amongst the many vlogging-friendly cameras on the market.

 


 

Upon release, the GoPro Hero 8 Black broke new ground, with its 4K resolution video, ease-of-use and its advanced stabilisation. The stabilisation system is called Hyper smooth 2.0 and it includes 3 different modes of stabilisation, so you select the right option for your current shooting scenario and always enjoy smooth and steady video results.


The GoPro Hero 8 can be controlled via the touch-panel at the back, as well as by voice with a selection of simple commands. As well as more advanced built-in features such as 8x Slo-Mo recording, the Hero 8 comes alive when paired with its range of optional accessories, such as the GoPro LED Light Mod and GoPro Media Mod, which help users obtain a higher quality of lighting and audio recording in their movies - great news for anyone trying to the Hero 8 for Vlogging and live streaming purposes. The GoPro Hero 8 is waterproof to 10 meters. If you need to dive deeper than that, pick up the dedicated housing.

 

 

 

The main competitor of the GoPro hero range comes from DJI, a brand most will recognise from their range of drones. This adventure camera is called the DJI Osmo Action, and like the GoPro offerings, this camera is portable and full-featured. DJI has used their experience gained from creating drones and gimbals when at the design table putting together the Osmo Action, resulting in a premium level of Image Stabilisation to keep footage smooth and shake-free.


The DJI Osmo Action can record 4K resolution video, it features dual screens to help you frame your footage with accuracy no matter what type of action you are in the midst of, and it can live stream to Facebook and YouTube so you don’t have to wait to share your adventures with family and friends. The DJI Osmo Action is 11m waterproof and -10 degrees temperature resistant.

 

 

 

Released alongside the GoPro Hero 8, the Hero Max sets itself apart by allowing you to choose from standard GoPro style views and brilliant 360-degree footage. To capture audio that matches the 360-degree footage of the Max, GoPro has included 6 microphones. Thes features will both come in handy if you are looking for a unique and high-quality camera that can be used to live stream footage to online platforms, which this camera with built-in WiFi connectivity is capable of.

The brilliant video footage captured by the Hero Max is in 5.6K resolution and it is smooth and steady, thanks to GoPro’s hyper smooth stabilisation. In a traditional action camera setting, the Max is a great choice, thanks to its slim design, ability to be controlled with voice commands, and 5m waterproof rating.

 

 

 

Although all the buzz recently has been about the newer Hero 8 and 9 cameras, the GoPro Hero 7 Black still brings enormous power and usability in a compact and affordable package. The Hero 7 Black provides 4K resolution video and 12MP stills, so you are sure to find the right medium to represent your most exhilarating moments. This reliable action cam can Live Stream, so you waste no time when sharing the action with your friends, while you can stress less about your files being secure, as the Hero 7 Black features auto backup to the GoPro Plus cloud.

 

Hyper smooth video stabilisation provides steady and blur-free results, which mimics the appearance of Gimbal setups, without the weight and bulk. The GoPro Hero 7 Black is easy to use when in the midst of the action, with a 2-inch touch LCD screen and voice command control. While it is rated as 10 meters waterproof as it is, you can venture to greater depths with this GoPro action camera with the addition of a separately available housing.

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When it comes to thrill-seeking and adventure, most of us fall into two camps; those that enjoy taking in the sights from the sidelines and those of us that live to get amongst it. No matter which of these categories you fall into, there is a range of portable and powerful action cams that are keen to get front-row seats and help you relive the action for years to come.

To help you sort through this range and identify which action cam is right for you, here is our roundup of the best adventure cameras in 2021.


GoPro Hero 10 Black

  • Front & Rear-Facing LCD Displays
  • HyperSmooth 4.0 Stabilisation
  • 23.6MP Image Sensor
  • 5.3K 60FPS Video & 2.7K 240FPS SLow-Mo Videos
  • 10M Waterproof


The latest top-of-the-line offering from GoPro, a name most of us think of when it comes to adventure, is this GoPro Hero 10 Black. Home to a brand new image sensor, the Hero 10 Black is capable of superior image quality than previous Hero models - this is particularly evident in low-light scenarios. With its 23.6MP image sensor on board, this camera can capture stunning 5.3K 60FPS video, and to ensure the footage captured is smooth and pleasing to view on playback, HyperSmooth 4.0 technology has been included.

Without a doubt one of the best action cameras with low-light performance and the smoothest footage, the GoPro Hero 10 is ready for adventure straight out of the box. It’s 10m waterproof, which can be enhanced by the use of a separately available housing. A reliable livestreaming action camera, the Hero 10 can also be used to create astonishing time-lapse videos and can even be scheduled to start recording when you aren't physically present to press record.  It includes both a front and a rear LCD screen, which is also touch-sensitive, for easy framing, no matter if you are in front of or behind the lens. Users can subscribe to enjoy unlimited uploads to the GoPro cloud, while pairing the camera with the GoPro Quik App makes it surprisingly simple to create and share world-class cinematic masterpieces.

GoPro Hero 9 Black

  • 5K Video
  • 23.6MP Image Sensor
  • New front display & Rear touch-sensitive LCD screen
  • Built-in mounting fingers
  • 10m waterproof with no housing


The GoPro Hero 9 Black took the adventure world by storm with its 26.3MP image sensor and exhilarating 5K video recording capabilities. Couple that with a touch-sensitive rear display and a front-facing display for accurately framing your action camera exploits, and you've got one of the best action cameras for beginners.

The GoPro Hero 9 is capable of smooth video recording, no matter how fast-paced the activity is, thanks to its improved HyperSmooth 3.0 stabilisation system. Plus, with the in-camera horizon levelling feature, it's now even easier to produce professional and cinematic videos. Alongside a host of separately available modifications and accessories, the Hero 9 is a great action camera for vlogging and a real contender amongst the best vlogging cameras on the market.

GoPro Hero 8 Black

  • 8x Slo-Mo
  • Touch-sensitive 2-inch LCD screen
  • Hyper Smooth 2.0
  • 10m waterproof
  • 4K 60FPS

Upon release, the GoPro Hero 8 Black broke new ground with its 4K resolution video, ease-of-use, and, most importantly, its advanced stabilisation called Hyper Smooth 2.0. Featuring 3 different stabilisation modes, the GoPro Hero 8 offers smooth and steady video results in various situations.

The GoPro Hero 8 features various advanced built-in features such as 8x Slo-Mo recording, which comes alive when paired with its range of optional accessories, including the GoPro LED Light Mod and GoPro Media Mod, which help users obtain a higher quality of lighting and audio recording in their movies. Great news for those looking for an action camera for livestreams or vlogs. Of course, it is still a GoPro and is waterproof up to 10 metres, making it a fantastic action camera for diving. If you want to dive deeper than 10 metres, you'll need to pick up a dedicated housing.

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DJI Osmo Action

  • Dual screens
  • RockSteady Stabilisation
  • 4K/60fps Video
  • Livestream to Facebook & YouTube
  • 11M Waterproof & -10 degrees temperature resistant

The leading contender to the GoPro Hero range comes from DJI, a brand most will recognise from their excellent range of drones. The DJI Osmo Action is a portable and full-featured waterproof action camera (up to 11m) that can resist temperatures as low as -10 degrees. Using their experience from creating drones and gimbals, DJI ensured a premium level of Image Stabilisation to keep footage smooth and shake-free when putting together the Osmo Action.

The DJI Osmo Action can record 4K resolution video and features dual screens to help you frame your footage with accuracy. Plus, you can live stream directly to Facebook and YouTube, so you don't have to wait till you're at a computer to share your adventures with family and friends.

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DJI Osmo Action 2 - Power Combo & Dual Screen Combo

  • RockSteady 2.0 Image Stabilisation & Horizon Levelling
  • 4K/120fps Video
  • 12MP RAW stills
  • 155 wide-angle FOV
  • 10M Waterproof

        Available in 2 kits, the DJI Osmo Action 2 is an excellent little action camera that makes every adventure look effortless. The DJI Osmo Action 2 Power Combo includes a power module for increased shooting times, and the DJI Action 2 Dual Screen Combo features dual screens for better POV performance. Both versions are 10m waterproof, feature a unique magnetic mounting system for quick and easy mounting of accessories, and have 155 wide-angle FOV to ensure things aren't slipping out of frame.

        Both versions of the DJI Osmo Action 2 feature DJI’s improved RockSteady 2.0 Image Stabilisation and horizon levelling features to ensure you can capture the most incredible footage of your adventures. This impressive action camera is packed with features to encourage your creativity, including built-in Slow-Motion and Time-Lapse creation. Last but not least, the compatibility with the DJI Mimo App makes it easy to edit and share your films.

        Take a closer look at the DJI Action 2


        GoPro Max

        • 16.6MP
        • 5.6k 30FPS
        • Max Hyper Smooth
        • 5m waterproof
        • Live Streaming
        • Intuitive touch screen

        Yup. Our last one on the list is another GoPro. Released alongside the GoPro Hero 8, the Hero Max sets itself apart with brilliant 360-degree footage. To capture audio that matches the 360-degree footage of the Max, GoPro includes 6 microphones, making it ideal for live-streaming thanks to its built-in WiFi connectivity.

        Capturing brilliant 5.6K resolution video that is smooth and steady across all 360-degrees thanks to GoPro's Hyper Smooth stabilisation. The Max is an excellent choice, thanks to its slim design, voice commands, and 5m waterproof rating.

        Take in all of the action with the GoPro Max


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