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Best GoPro 2020: Action Cameras and Alternatives

With so many action cameras at wildly different prices, it can be confusing to decide which one to buy. Should you go for a cheaper alternative that looks like a GoPro? Or is it better to pay more and get the real deal?

As we explain below, there are some alternative brands that are good value, but on the whole, you do get what you pay for with action cams. The latest from GoPro comes in the form of the Hero 8 Black, but older models are still widely available to buy on sites such as Amazon and are generally cheaper.

Here you’ll find our recommendations for the models that are worth buying and the differences between them.

1. GoPro Hero 8 Black

2. GoPro Max

3. GoPro Hero 7 Black

GoPro Hero 7 Black

4. DJI Osmo Action

DJI Osmo Action

5. GoPro Hero 6 Black

GoPro Hero 6 Black

6. GoPro Hero 5 Black

GoPro Hero 5 Black

7. GoPro Hero 7 White

GoPro Hero 7 White

8. Yi 4K+ Action Camera

Yi 4K+ Action Camera

9. Akaso Brave 7 LE

Akaso Brave 7 LE

10. SJCAM SJ7 Star

SJCAM SJ7 Star

Are GoPro clones any good?

The real-deal GoPro cameras may be pricey, but they’re generally worth the money.

As well as being reliable and rugged with good-quality mounts, they also have loud beeps which tell you when they start and stop recording and turn on and off. Don’t underestimate the importance of this, since once the camera is mounted, it’s often in a place where you can’t easily see it. Plus, recent models have voice control so you don’t have to be able to reach the camera or touch it.

We’ve yet to see a clone with the same features, which means you’ve often no idea if you successfully started recording when the camera is mounted on your bike helmet: you have to start recording, then put on the helmet to be sure.

Some allow remote control but apps tend to be flakey and not nearly as slick and reliable as GoPro’s, while battery life can be worse.

However, these drawbacks aren’t always deal-breakers and are worth trading off for the amazingly low prices. One of the better clone manufacturers is SJCAM, but you have to be careful not to buy a fake as there are also SJCAM clones!

Take a look at SJCAM’s website here.

The other clone to check out, as we’ve detailed above, is the DJI Osmo Action which is an amazing Hero 7 Black rival at a lower price.

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