Action cameras

These little cameras are small and tough, but you wouldn’t want to use one as your main camera. You can mount them on bikes, helmets, cars, your body, or even animals.

Most of them don’t have screens. The more expensive ones let you monitor the image with a wireless monitor or an iPhone or Android app.

The best is probably the GoPro Hero 5, with its ultrawide lens: it has voice control and stabilisation, and can record 4K Ultra HD, or 1080p HD at up to 4x slow motion.

The most affordable GoPro is the tiny Hero Session, which can shoot 1080p60 HD.

If you’re considering an action camera, you should also look at the DJI Osmo handheld stabilised camera. 


  • Small, tough, robust


  • No viewfinder
  • Basic sound

Good for

  • sports and outdoor activities
  • science experiments and product testing
  • news and documentaries