If you are looking for a new camera on a budget, consider one of these alternatives to the popular GoPro camera.
Recording our outdoor activities is more and more popular these days. That popularity has led to some great camera footage that, in some cases, has gone viral all over the web. However, a GoPro camera will cost you in the range of $300-400 depending on the model you choose.
If you just want to record your hunting and fishing trips, that price point probably seems high.
Luckily, there are cheaper alternatives that will offer you many of the same features as a GoPro camera. Whether you want to simply record your outdoor activities for your own pleasure or want to start a YouTube channel of your adventures, one of these GoPro camera alternatives will suit you well.
Polaroid Cube, $99.99
With a price just below $100, the Polaroid Cube is a great alternative to a GoPro. The Cube offers a 90 minute recording time and captures video in either 1080p or 720p. It can take 6 MP still shots, and features a magnetic base so attaching it to the various mounting options (sold separately) and anything metallic is a snap. Other features include a microphone, a 124-degree viewing angle, and its splash-resistant capability, with the option to purchase a waterproof and shockproof shell.
Xiaomi Yi $81.99
If you don’t mind taking a risk on a lesser-known company, the Xiaomi Yi action camera is a great option. It comes in at barely over $80 and has some impressive specs. It weighs in at only 2.64 ounces and can capture video in a multitude of formats including 1080p in 60 frames-per-second. The memory can be expanded up to 64 GB with a separate MicroSD card. While it does not come with any accessories, there is a combo package of all the accessories you could ever need on Amazon for around $30.
Barnacle Action Camera $155
The Barnacle Action Camera is a recent Kickstarter success story and attempts to reinvent the action camera. The main draw of this camera, outside of the lower price point, is that it is sleek while still maintaining great specifications. The company wanted to eliminate the bulky mounting systems that are associated with GoPro cameras. While the Barnacle can use traditional mounts, it is also light enough to employ a variety of mounting options like double-sided tape or Velcro strips. Not a bad option for those looking for more versatility.
Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition $129.99
Polaroid makes the list with another GoPro camera alternative with the XS100 Extreme Edition. This tube-shaped camera boasts some pretty impressive features for the price. The aerodynamic design cuts down on wind noise for recording while moving. This camera can record in 1080p, 960p, or 720p, and can take 16 MP still shots. The two best things about the XS100 are that it features image stabilization and includes extras in the original purchase, such as several mounts, a carrying pouch, and an HDMI cable.
Garmin Virb Elite $196.86
While the Garmin Virb Elite is the most expensive camera on this list, it still comes it at under $200. It has all of the features that you would want in an action camera, including an extra-long three hour battery life while recording at 1080p. Some of the other impressive features of this camera include built-in GPS, an onboard screen to line up shots accurately, and a slow-motion mode. In addition to all of those features, the Garmin Virb Elite also allows users to superimpose different information over their videos including things like speed, heart rate, and GPS location. How cool would it be to have your heart rate in your video of that huge buck walking under your stand?
Today’s camera technology means that you don’t have to break the bank to have the ability to record all of your hunting and fishing action. Any one of the cameras on this list would be a great addition to your gear arsenal.
Once you start recording your hunts and fishing trips, your buddies will have no choice but to believe you the next time you tell them about a huge buck or big fish.