Preserving unforgettable moments in or on the water is often done with the use of a waterproof action camera. With new technology and designs available, it is important to consider your options when purchasing your action camera.
What do you intend to use your footage for? Which environments will you be shooting in? What camera fits into your budget? These are all topics to consider when deciding which camera is the right fit for you. Check out these five waterproof, action cameras that are sure to help you show the world what you’re capable of, in and out of the water.
GoPro Hero 9 Black
Waterproof Action Camera: 10m/33 ft
Battery life: 1-1.5 hours of continuous recording
When it comes to internal stabilization, the GoPro Hero 9 Black has definitely set an industry standard. This waterproof camera provides a durable and sleek external design featuring a dual sided display screen and a built-in mount that can attach to any accessory, without requiring external housing. The slow-motion recording capabilities at 240 FPS creates an incredibly smooth shot that is definitely noteworthy for video recording. You can easily download and edit your footage using the GoPro app, Quik, and by subscribing to GoPro Plus, you’ll have unlimited storage and automatic upload capabilities.
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Insta360 Go 2
Waterproof Action Camera: 4m/ 13 ft
Battery Life: 2.5 hours of continuous recording (while in charging case). 30 min out of case
As one of the smallest action cameras on the planet, the Insta 360 Go 2 offers many features to make your videos stand out. The Insta 360 Go 2 works great in varied light settings and has remarkable editing tools in its companion app such as Aquavision, which can help to add contrast and remove unwanted haze with underwater shots. It’s TimeShift Mode allows you to create speedy hyperlapse videos that are up to 6x faster than real life. The Go 2 comes with a charging case which can be used as a remote, handheld grip and a tripod all in one and can also be mounted to your clothing using the included magnetic pendant.
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OCLU Action Camera:
Waterproof: 1M for 30 min (without OcShell, with OcShell up to 165 ft)
Battery Life: 90 min continuous use
The OCLU action camera has a sleek, aerodynamic and hardy design that will stand up to rugged and tough terrains. Its wind reduction capabilities include microphones on the front and top of the camera that drastically isolate the sounds you want from the noise of a windy day. Its exterior housing called OcShell (sold separately) includes hydrophobic coated flat glass that repels water and allows you to shoot in depths up to 165 feet. The OCLU camera itself comes in its own protective case with a spot for its charging cable and battery. So, all your gear is stored in one place.
DJI Osmo Action 4k Camera
Waterproof:11m/ 36.1 ft
Battery Life: 2 hours of continuous recording
The DJI Osmo Action camera has a touch enabled front and back display screen which makes it easier to choose settings and nail your shots. The DJI design includes a lens cap that can be replaced if you are rough with your cameras and tend to scratch your lenses. Its Rocksteady feature at 4k60 provides great stabilization for your videos and its HDR video settings will significantly enhance the dynamic range of your footage, even while shooting in environments with complex lighting.
AKASO V50X Action Camera
Waterproof: 98 ft (in included case)
Stills Resolution: 20MP
Video Resolution: 4k at 30FPS, 2.7K/30fps, 2K/30FPS
Battery Life: 180 min of continuous recording
The AKASO V50X is a great option for an action camera on a budget. The video and sound quality is the best of its price range. This camera provides good definition and color during time lapses and it includes several accessories such as an extra battery. The AKASO V50X is a great option for your first action camera, for beginners or if you need a camera that won’t break the bank.
Good luck out there! Happy shooting.
Written by, Nicole Glasser
About Nicole Glasser:
Nicole Glasser is a Long Beach, NY waterwoman with a healthy obsession for all things stand up paddling related. Whether she’s paddling the glassy bays of Long Island, charging the rapids of the James River, or paddle surfing the waves of La Jolla Shores, one thing for sure is that Nicole loves to travel the world in search of her next paddle adventure.
After graduating Cum Laude from the Fashion Institute of Technology and working as a runway designer for Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren, Nicole left the fashion industry to pursue a career in health care. Nicole is now a licensed Aquatic Physical Therapist Assistant and devotes her career helping others recover from their diagnoses, using the properties of water to assist in the rehab process. She is also a certified yoga and SUP instructor who encourages others to enjoy the benefits of a healthy outdoor lifestyle.
Living three blocks from the ocean, Nicole loves to hike, paint, swim, read, write and play fetch with her dog Ollie in her free time. She enjoys helping others in her community through volunteer work for non-profit organizations and taking photographs of water, nature and her paddling trips. Nicole has been paddleboarding for almost a decade and is stoked to contribute to Standup Journal!