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What to Look for in an Action Camera

These days just about anyone can shoot photos and videos like a professional action photographer, with pro-level cameras at hobbyist prices.

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April 12, 2021
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Capture the moment without limits. Unsplash/Toa Heftiba

In 2002, GoPro was founded by entrepreneur Nick Woodman, who was inspired during a surfing trip to Australia but wasn’t able to obtain good action shots due to amateur photographers not being able to get close enough to the action, or even having access to quality equipment. In the years that have followed, photo and video capturing technology has evolved eons–with modern cameras boasting features such as voice control and social media video streaming.

GoPro HERO7 Black - E-Commerce Packaging - Waterproof Digital Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos Live Streaming Stabilization

Easy to Use

This reliable option remains a trusted name in photo and video technology. GoPro

Waterproof cameras have the ability to be submerged up to 33 feet underwater without a protective housing–perfect for snorkelers and scuba divers. Plus, hyper-stabilization delivers insanely smooth video footage even without a gimbal.

DJI Pocket 2 - Handheld 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with 4K Camera, 1/1.7” CMOS, 64MP Photo, Pocket-Sized, ActiveTrack 3.0, Glamour Effects, YouTube TikTok Video Vlog, for Android and iPhone, Black

Compact Size

Small but mighty. DJI

In addition to standard accessories such as adapters, charging cables, and covers–an accessory bundle can take your video and photography skills to the next level with features like pocket gimbals, action camera adapter mounts, tripods, memory cards, and more. The DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo has it all.

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Insta360 ONE X2 360 Degree Waterproof Action Camera, 5.7K 360, Stabilization, Touch Screen, AI Editing, Live Streaming, Webcam, Voice Control

Luxury Upgrade

Record the fun from any angle. Insta360

Take stunning 360 degree videos with Insta360 ONE X2. For the sickest action shots, FlowState stabilization takes the editing process to the next level by providing the ability to create smooth pans across footage for exporting to more standard vertical and wide-angle formats. Create dynamic camera angle changes that mimic filming in real time with a standard video camera.

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