September, 26, 20

9 Best Chinese Action Cameras GoPro Alternatives

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9 Best Chinese Action Cameras GoPro Alternatives

It is 2020 and the GoPro alternatives are popping up everywhere (especially in the Chinese action camera market) and trying to compete with the best in the industry by offering all the cool features but on a budget. People often tend to think that cheaper means lower quality, but WAC Magazine doesn’t do uncertainties - we like to get to the bottom of things.

Let’s be real, we all had a moment in life when we did something extremely cool - a trickshot, a stunt, or other show of skill (or luck?) - and the moment after looked around to see if anyone saw that. No matter the environment or activity, we would all exclaim: “Did you see that? I wish I had that recorded!”
 
GoPro is an industry giant worthy of the renown, with athletes and daredevils recording their stunts and achievements and showing them to the world. The action camera revolutionized the way we can show off our skill, whether we are a hard-core professional or just an everyday Joe like you and me. 
 
How?
 
By offering advanced features that capture fast paced videos in a smooth and easy way, and offering high-quality footage without the additional investment in gear, which is the case with professional cameras. However, this kind of high-end tech comes with a price tag that discourages many from buying. 
 
Luckily, with the Chinese action camera industry booming, we see more and more alternatives to GoPro that offer similar features. The tech companies (Xiaomi, GOTOP, SJCam) saw the opportunity to develop action cameras that they can sell at large and at a reduced price, and by now there are a plethora of different models, each with its own positives and negatives. 
 
So, which one is right for you and your planned adventure?
 
Here’s our list of best Chinese action cameras that will fit your budget AND have the right features for your desired adventure. 
 
Tl;dr: Best Chinese action cameras are legitimate GoPro alternatives that offer some of the giant’s features at a reduced price tag. Try the following action cameras from companies like Xiaomi, GOTOP, and SJCAM:

Insta360 One R 4k Camera Overview

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insta360 one r 4k action camera review

Specs

Max Video Resolution

4K 60/30 fps
2K 120/60/30 fps

Megapixels

12.00

Weight (KG)

0.12

Camera Features

Wireless Connectivity
Mobile App
LCD Display

What if I told you that there is an affordable action camera out there capable of making thrilling wide-angle 4k videos and capturing the perfect 12-megapixel photos no matter how experienced you are with recording action videos? That modular camera’s name is Insta360 One R 4k - a camera that’s constructed from three interchangeable parts and adapts to its owner’s videography skill level. 

SJCAM SJ5000X Elite Camera Review

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sj5000x elite

Specs

Max Video Resolution

4K 30 fps
2K 30 fps
1080P 60/30 fps
720P 120/60/30 fps

Megapixels

12.00

Weight (KG)

0.08

Camera Features

Wireless Connectivity
Mobile App
LCD Display

SJ5000X Elite is a great and affordable option for all the daredevils and action video enthusiasts. Featuring 4K videos shot at 20 frames per second, with gyroscopic stabilization, 12 megapixel lenses, and at a price range at around $125 on Amazon, we can see why the camera is definitely a tempting deal.

For those who can’t help themselves but rush to the backcountry ASAP with their new action camera, here’s tl;dr:

Xiaomi Mi 4K Action Camera Review

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xiaomi mi 4k action camera

Specs

Max Video Resolution

4K 30 fps
1080P 240/120/60/30 fps
720P 240/120/60/30 fps

Megapixels

8.00

Weight (KG)

0.10

Camera Features

LCD Display

At best, Xiaomi Mi 4k is a simple to use action camera with professional features. Let’s start by saying that you get a pretty good set of specifications for the price it is selling (around $100). Keep in mind the features and performance is not spectacular by any means; however, one must take into consideration that this model is a significant improvement in quality compared to the previous ones. 

SJCAMHD M20 Action Camera

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SJCAMHD M20 Action Camera

Specs

Max Video Resolution

4K 30 fps
1080P 60/30 fps
720P 120/60/30 fps

Megapixels

16.00

Camera Features

Wireless Connectivity
Mobile App
LCD Display

The SJCAMHD M20 Action Camera is the newest from the company and features a new and upgraded design as well as some amazing features. Much lighter than the previous versions, this camera weighs just 55 grams with battery. It also features a very different and unique design as it differs from it predecessor the SJCAM M10 and isn’t a square anymore. In fact it’s the first of its kind for SJCAM.

EKEN H6s 4k+ Camera Overview

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eken h6s 4k action camera

Specs

Max Video Resolution

4K 30 fps
2K 30 fps
1080P 60/30 fps

Megapixels

14.00

Weight (KG)

0.07

Camera Features

Wireless Connectivity
Mobile App
Comes With Remote
LCD Display

EKEN H6s 4k+ action camera is a great starting point when it comes to making action videos for the future daredevils as it introduces them to the 4k video recording supported by Ambarella A12 chipset, Panasonic sensor, and gyroscopic electronic image stabilization. Considering the plethora of useful accessories you get in the bundle, the $120 price point feels just about right.

Amkov AMK5000S Wireless Wi-Fi

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Amkov AMK5000S Wireless Wi-Fi

Specs

Max Video Resolution

1080P 30 fps
720P 60/30 fps

Megapixels

14.00

Weight (KG)

0.07

Camera Features

Wireless Connectivity
Mobile App

Accessories In Box

1x AMK5000 DV, 1x Waterproof case (compatible with genuine GoPro case), 1x Helmet Mount Set, 1x USB Cable

While GoPro action and sports cameras are extremely popular with sports enthusiasts, other like the Amkov AMK5000S Wireless Wi-Fi camera make very good and cheap alternatives for the GoPro camera.

Xiaomi Yi Action Camera

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Xiaomi Yi Action Camera

Specs

Max Video Resolution

1080P 60/30 fps
720P 120/60/30 fps
480P 240/120/60/30 fps

Megapixels

16.00

Weight (KG)

0.07

Camera Features

Wireless Connectivity
Mobile App

The Xiaomi Yi Action Camera is capable of recording videos at 1080p and 60 frames per second) and even has a 16 MP camera with Sony’s Exmor R BSI CMOS image sensor. It comes with a memory of 64 GB and weighs 72g with a battery bigger than most of its competitors.

Eyeshot HD Action

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Eyeshot HD Action

Specs

Max Video Resolution

1080P 60/30 fps
720P 120/60/30 fps
480P 60/30 fps

Megapixels

16.00

Weight (KG)

1.08

Camera Features

Wireless Connectivity
Mobile App
Comes With Remote
LCD Display

DJI Osmo Action Review

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Featured image of DJI Osmo Action camera review for WAC Magazine

Specs

Max Video Resolution

4K 60/30 fps

Megapixels

12.00

Weight (KG)

0.11

Camera Features

Wireless Connectivity
Mobile App
LCD Display

Give your creativity a chance to shine and your stunts a shot at becoming viral with the DJI Osmo Action camera! This easy-to-use camera features 4k video recording at 60 frames-per-second and a 12-megapixel lens which produces awesome and still pictures in JPG and RAW formats.

Ivan Slovic
An amateur at being an amateur photographer and videographer.