Best Action Camera in India (November 2019)

by | Nov 1, 2019

Action cameras have evolved over time, adapting to the trends that people would like to see in a compact form factor.

Nowadays, there are action cameras that can perform everything that a full fledged DSLR can do and then some, albeit in a trimmed down quality.

Choosing the right one for the job may be a hassle in today’s saturated market, but we’re here to help!

This article presents you the sorted list of the best seven action cameras available in the Indian market at present. Read along to find out more!

Best Action Cameras In India

1. GoPro Hero8 BlackOverall Best Pick
 2. Yi 4K+
Runner-up pick
3. Sony HDR-AS50Best in-Body Stabilization
4. SJCAM SJ8 ProBest Value for Money
5. DJI Osmo ActionFeature Rich Action Camera
6. SJCAM SjdashBest Dash Camera
7. Procus ViperHonorable Mention

1. GoPro Hero8 black

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Overall Best Pick
  • Hyper smooth 2.0 stabilization
  • Sharp and vivid visuals
  • Wide range of accessories

GoPro brought the revolution of action cameras to the mainstream market with their Hero devices.

The Hero 8 Black from GoPro is the latest flagship sports action camera from the company which is touted as the best in the business till date.

Design and build quality

The GoPro Hero 8 Black retains the traditional Hero series action camera design but with minor improvements.

The build quality is now a tad bit better with a polycarbonate shell that can withstand minor abuses when dealt roughly.

This action camera is waterproof on its own and doesn’t require a separate clear shell case.

The signature GoPro dual screen is present and accounted for on this model. The back display is a 2-inch IPS LCD which acts as a digital viewfinder and playback monitor.

The front black and white display notifies the resolution, battery and time remaining.

Everything feels durable and the details to the fit and finish of the device are exquisite.

Sensor details

The Hero 8 Black features a 12MP CMOS sensor coupled with the in-house image processing chip, the GP1.

This sensor is the same found in the Hero 7 Black but with the improved chipset and added RAM does perform wonders.

The 12MP sensor is capable of shooting 4K at 60 fs and full HD videos at a whopping 240fps without any struggle.

There is an option to shoot RAW photos that many hardcore photographers would love to use.

The pictures and videos come out extremely good with popping colours and excellent contrast ratio.

Miscellaneous

Well, there’s a lot to speak about this one. The Hero 8 Black supports voice commands which GoPro introduced a couple of iterations before.

Now the mic being more sensitive and offering a sort of noise cancellation effect, you can virtually control the camera just with your voice anywhere, be it a crowded beach or a windy hillside.

GoPro introduces the improved hyper smooth 2.0 image stabilization algorithm with this new Hero 8 Black.

This is a highly advanced form of EIS with the built-in sensors inside the camera with the help of AI predicts the motion and adjusts the frame accordingly.

Dizzying right? Fret not, the videos are extremely smooth and comparable to shots taken with a gimbal.

The Hero 8 Black now supports live streaming over Wi-Fi. You can now broadcast your favourite moments directly to major social media websites.

Battery life

The GoPro Hero 8 Black has a 1220mAh battery powering its internals.

With this battery, you’ll be able to record 4K videos at 60fps for around an hour.

Verdict

Hero 8 Black is the most advanced GoPro yet.

With industry-leading features like hyper smooth image stabilization and live video streaming, this device packs all the features that a content creator deserves.

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Robust build quality

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Streamlined ergonomic design

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8x slo-mo

Q
Average battery life

Specifications

Effective Pixels12 MP
Maximum Video Resolution4K, 60 fps
Display2-inch LCD
Battery1220mAh
Warranty1 Year
Additional featuresHDR, Hypersmooth 2.0

2. Yi 4K+

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Great endurance rate
  • Excellent image and video quality
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity

Yi 4K+ is the GoPro rival that was featured all over the western media for the affordability and image quality prowess.

The Yi 4K+ from Xiaomi delivers excellent quality photos and videos with no compromises on build quality.

Design and Build Quality

The Yi 4K+ sports action camera has a simple yet elegant design that feels outright premium even at the first look of this device.

Made of high-quality polycarbonate plastic, this action camera from Xiaomi feels solid and durable in hand.

In the front, there is a simple Yi branding along with a status indicating LED.

A 2.2-inch touch screen with a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels adorns the back side which doubles up as an electronic viewfinder.

This capacitive touchscreen is very responsive and the navigation through the menu system is easy and delightful.

Unlike other smart action cameras mentioned in this list, the Yi 4K+ doesn’t come with a waterproof case with the box or any other mounts. It has to be purchased separately.

There is a whole range of matured accessory market behind this device custom made for enhancing the overall usability of this camera.

Sensor Details

The Yi 4K+ packs in a Sony IMX377 12MP sensor inside for breathtaking visual clarity and depth in the photos and videos you capture.

The Ambarella H2 image processor inside works very well to ensure smooth operation of this camera.

This sensor can capture videos with a maximum resolution of 4K at 60fps. Furthermore, this action camera delivers its best when shot with 1080p up to 120fps for videos.

The rich details and colour accuracy is excellent and the images appear sharp and crisp.

There is support for Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) to reduce shakes while capturing videos without the use of a gimbal.

Miscellaneous

This sports action camera from Xiaomi packs in a lot of features that you won’t find normally in any other competitor models.

The capacitive LCD touchscreen is very responsive and the menu structure is equally intuitive.

Powered by Bluetooth v4.1, you can connect and send files, or use accessories such as a remote shutter for operating this camera.

Dual-band Wi-Fi support makes it easy for high-speed data transfer between the camera and other gadgets like smartphones and laptops.

Battery Life

The battery is where the Yi 4K+ camera defeats its competition hands down.

This action camera has a 1200mAh Li-ion battery inside that will last for more than two hours of continuous video recording at 1080p 60fps.

Verdict

The Yi 4K+ is a well-built action camera that delivers on both visual and build quality.

With an affordable budget, this device offers features and performance that are matched only by a few brands out there

The more than two-hour battery life and the touch screen enhances the joy of using this small and compact action camera further.

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Excellent build quality
R
Battery life
R
Touchscreen display
Q

Availability issues

Specifications

Effective Pixels12 MP
Maximum Video Resolution4K 60fps
Display2.2-inch LCD
Battery1200mAh
Warranty1 Year
Additional FeaturesBetter low light photos

3. Sony HDR-AS50

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Action Camera With in Body Stabilization
  • Electronic steady shot feature
  • Built-in stereo mic
  • 4K time-lapse mode

Sony is known for its prowess in the camera back from the days of cyber shot mobile phones.

Sony sensors are used almost in the majority of smartphones and action cameras that we see in the market.

Sony might have thought why to stay quiet when I have the power with me. That’s how the HDR-AS50 saw the light.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony HDR AS50 has a unique design in the world of copycat action camera clones.

This sports action camera from Sony resembles a miniature version of the old school camcorders.

The elongated body with a lens upfront and the display at the side will bring back nostalgia to some shutterbugs for sure.

Construction of this camera is of high-quality plastic which feels solid in hand.

The buttons are located on the top side of the chassis and can be easily accessible while using the device, even with a single hand.

Sensor Details

The Sony HDR AS50 features the coveted EXMOR R CMOS 11.2 MP sensor.

Known for its low light sensitivity and improved image clarity, this is one of the best action camera sensors available in the Indian market.

This outstanding quality sensor is supplemented by the Bionz X image processing unit that renders superior details in no time.

This action camera can record full HD videos at a maximum of 60fps. There is also slow-motion capability at a decent 120fps.

The images and videos appear clean, crisp and close to the natural colours.

Image stabilization is excellent on this device and provides silky-smooth video footage without any reduction of quality.

Miscellaneous

The Sony HDR AS50 comes loaded with a software-based steady shot feature which is a fancy name for EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation).

There are a stereo mics for recording high-quality audios with this device. It also automatically detects wind and blocks the resulting sound distortion.

Battery life

The 1100mAh battery inside the Sony HDR AS50 lasts for about an hour and a half of continuous video recording in full HD resolution.

This is to be expected as the device is quite a juice hungry with the powerful sensor and the optical image stabilization motors.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the budget, Sony HDR AS50 is an excellent sports action camera for recording your memories or shooting excellent quality wide-angle photos on the go.

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Camcorder form factor

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EXMOR R sensor

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Zeiss Tessar lens

Q
Cumbersome menu interaction

Specifications

Effective pixels11.2MP
Maximum Video Resolutionfull HD 60fps
Display1.3-inch black and white Display
Battery1100mAh
Warranty1 year
Additional FeaturesOptical steadyshot

4. SJCAM SJ8 Pro

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Best Value for Money
  • Native 4K at 60fps
  • RAW photo mode support
  • High-resolution rear touch screen

SJCam SJ8 Pro is a premium sports action camera that brings a lot of exciting and useful features into the budget action camera segment.

The SJCam SJ8 Pro is one of the few action cameras that gets regular bug fix updates and features in this category.

Design and Build Quality

The SJCam SJ8 Pro is made of polycarbonate outer shell and feels durable in hand. There is no flex or creeks on the chassis.

This device comes with a mini HDMI out for direct connection with your TV or laptop for previewing the shots and videos.

The buttons are click and responsive and offer good tactile feedback.

The waterproof casing and plethora of mounts make this action camera an all-weather, all-terrain usage device.

The 2.33-inch LTPS LCD touchscreen display has a resolution of 720 x 480 pixels and shows the exact preview of what you shot with the camera.

There is also a secondary 0.96-inch OLED display in the front that displays battery level and the recording resolution along with the timer.

Sensor details

The SJCam SJ8 Pro features a Sony IMX323 CMOS sensor which is a 12MP unit capable of capturing photos at a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels.

This 7 piece glass lens improves light sensitivity and focus quality.

This action camera from SJCam can capture 4K videos at 60fps with a maximum bitrate of 30mbps.

Bitrate is defined as the rate at which one bit is transferred from a memory location to the other. More the bitrate, smoother will be the video.

The Ambarella H22 chipset inside this camera processes the image and video to make it look more natural looking with precise colour reproduction and noise reduction.

The camera sensor has a 170 degrees field of vision to capture more subject, especially when dealing with panoramic shots.

Miscellaneous

Available in a different set of attractive colours, the SJCam SJ8 Pro is one of the trendy looking cameras of the bunch.

This device comes with inbuilt Wi-Fi that will let you transfer photos and videos to a laptop or a smartphone without any wires or cables.

You can also control the camera directly from your smartphone via the SJCam app as well.

Battery life

This sports action camera has a 1200mAh battery powering its internals. This will last for about 90 minutes of continuous usage while shooting 4K videos at 60 fps.

Verdict

The SJCam SJ8 Pro is the perfect companion for you if you like to have a feature-rich action camera with Wi-Fi on board.

With a lot of aftermarket mounts available, this device can be installed on your bike or car and can be doubled up as a dash cam.

R

Dual display

R

Powerful image processor

R

USB Type C port

Q
Cumbersome UI

Specifications

Effective Pixels12 MP
Maximum Video Resolution4K 60fps
Display2.33-inch IPS retina
Battery1200mAh
Warranty1 Year
Additional FeaturesDual display

 

5. DJI OSMO Action

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Feature-Rich Action Camera
  • 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 240fps
  • Excellent rocksteady stabilization
  • Voice-activated controls

It’s here! The action camera competitor to GoPros and Sony FD series cameras from DJI has hit the shelves recently.

The DJI OSMO action is a Go pro like compact action camera on steroids with several tricks under its sleeves to impress you.

Design and Build Quality

The DJI OSMO action camera looks a lot similar to the GoPro Hero 7 camera. The side-mounted camera lens and the secondary screen looks very familiar.

The similarity ends there. There is a blinking LED on the front side that will let you know when it’s recording or when the battery is low.

The buttons on this device are very clicky and responsive. The DJI OSMO action comes with an extra multi-function button which you can map to an action of your choice.

This action camera comes with a USB type C charging port and has a micro SD card slot that will take up to 256GB cards without any problem.

Sensor details

The DJI OSMO action camera features a ½.3 inch 12MP CMOS sensor with an ISO range between 100-3200.

This sensor is capable of recording 4K videos at 60fps and 1080p videos at a whopping 240fps without any issues.

The pictures and videos turn out to be crisp and clear with vivid and accurate colours.

Another important feature worth mentioning is rocksteady stabilization technology. This feature lets you capture smooth gimbal like footage without the need to invest in an actual gimbal.

This works very well and offers butter smooth videos similar to that of GoPro Hero 7.

Miscellaneous

The DJI OSMO action camera, as we earlier said comes with dual screens. The 2.25-inch LCD panel on the rear is touch-sensitive and supports gesture navigation.

Swiping on this display with two fingers turns on the secondary small colour display on the front. This will be very helpful especially when you are vlogging.

Battery Life

The DJI OSMO action camera can shoot full HD videos comfortably over an hour and a half at a single charge.

With some sort of proprietary fast charging technology, this battery gets charged fairly quick from empty to full within one and a half hours.

Verdict

If you are a DJI fanboy and wants an action camera that performs on par with the likes of GoPro Hero 7, OSMO action will fit the bill perfectly.

R

Solid build quality

R

Dual display

R

Type C charging port

Q

Expensive

Specifications

Effective pixels12 MP
Maximum Video Resolution4K 30fps
Display2.25 inch LCD
Battery1100mAh
Warranty1 year
Additional FeaturesFullHD 8x slo-mo

6. SJCAM SJ dash

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Best Dash Camera
  • Suited for recording road footages
  • Full-fledged mobile app
  • Capacitive charging

SJCAM SJ dash is a dashcam model action camera that is solely designed to cater to the needs of those who require an always-on camera in their vehicle to record the road in front.

Usually, people tend to buy a normal action camera and somehow fix it in their vehicle, which is OK for the most part but tends to get damaged easily on prolonged use.

Design and build quality

The SJCam SJ dash has a very attractive and pleasing design. This camera in the first look feels like a miniature version of a point and shoot camera.

The protruding lens and the focus ring like textured casing look aesthetically pleasing.

The SJCam SJ dash is made of plastic for the most part but comes with a metal bracket around the chassis which makes it feels even solid.

There is a large 3 inch LCD at the back to playback the recorded content.
The four capacitive buttons below the display provide an easy way to navigate through the menus.

Sensor details

The SJCam SJ dash has a Sony IMX323 2MP sensor inside controlled by a Novatek NTK96658 chipset.

This 2MP sensor is capable of recording videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30fps.

The video output is quite good but the colours feel a bit oversaturated.

Even though the company doesn’t provide any info on image stabilization, the video seems stabilized up to a certain extent.

Miscellaneous

The SJCam SJ dash camera has a dedicated app for controlling this gadget directly from your smartphone instead of scouring through the menus on the small 3-inch display.

The suction mount for installing this dash camera on the windshield of your vehicle is included in the box and the installation is easy and quick.

Battery

Unlike other action cameras, the SJCam SJ dash does not have a built-in battery to power up the device.

Instead, it has a capacitor charging technology where power is directly drawn from the battery of your vehicle.

This is ideal for a dashcam as a battery when charged continuously will get damaged easily.

Verdict

If you want a dashcam for your vehicle to record all the road footage while in transit, the SJCam SJ dash is one of the best in the business.

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Elegant design

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Solid build quality

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Stabilized footage

Q

No 4K

Specifications

Effective pixels2M P
Maximum Video Resolution Full HD 60fps
Display3 inches
BatteryCapacitor based charging
Warranty1 year
Additional FeaturesIntelligent driver assist

7. Procus Viper

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Honorable Mention
  • 4K @ 30fps video recording
  • Supports HDMI and Wi-Fi
  • Decent battery life

Procus is an Indian marketing company popular for its budget lineup of action cameras, dash cams and headphones.

The Procus Viper is an entry-level action camera capable of 4K recording priced very aggressively under Rs.4000 in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Procus Viper has a clean and minimalistic design which feels elegant and premium.

There are no fancy visual makeovers on the chassis but practicality has given importance over the visual aesthetics.

The textured hard plastic chassis feels tough and durable for everyday use. The buttons are clicky and responsive as well.

The Procus Viper camera comes with the standard set of accessories such as waterproof casing, tethers and tripod mounts.

Sensor Details

The Procus Viper features a 16MP CMOS sensor capable of shooting 4K at 30fps and full HD videos at 60fps.

The powerful processor inside is capable of high frame rate recording providing you with buttery smooth videos with sharp details.

The 140-degrees wide-angle lens has minimal distortion along the sides, which is a characteristic downside of many of the cheap action cameras in the market.

Miscellaneous

The Procus Viper comes with a 2-inch LCD in the rear to review your videos and photos. This LCD screen has ample brightness to be used outdoors under direct sunlight.

This camera is rated for operating outdoors under rainy conditions and can withstand immersion up to 30m underwater.

The Procus Viper action camera has in-built Wi-Fi for connecting with your smartphone to act as a remote shutter and viewfinder. You can also browse files directly from your phone.

Battery Life

The Procus Viper is powered by a 900mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery inside.

This battery will last about two hours of video recording in full HD resolution at 60fps.

Verdict

The Procus Viper is a feature-rich budget action camera capable of 4K video recording.

The decent battery life plus the quality of the images and videos make this purchase well worth your hard-earned money.

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Minimal yet elegant design

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A bright 2-inch LCD

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Powerful processor

Q

Firmware updates are hard to come by

Specifications

Effective Pixels16 MP
Maximum Video Resolution4K 30fps
Display2-inch
Battery900 mAh
Warranty6 Month
Additional Features140 degrees wide angle lens

These are the seven best action cameras that you can purchase in the Indian market at present.

If you have a tight budget and prefer a less expensive model, do read our best action cameras under Rs.10,000 and Rs.5,000 post.

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