Best Action Camera in India (April 2019)

by | Apr 9, 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 five action cameras available in the Indian market at present. Read along to find out more!

Best Action Cameras In India

1. GoPro Hero7 BlackOverall Best Pick
 2. Yi 4K+
Runner-up pick
3. SJCAM SJ8 ProBest Value for Money
4. GoPro HeroBest Budget Pick
5. Sony HDR-AS50Honorable Mention

1. GoPro Hero7 Black

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Overall Best Pick
  • Hypersmooth image and video stabilization
  • Live streaming support
  • Dual stereo mic

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

The Hero 7 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 7 Black retains the traditional design aesthetics but with some minor improvements.

The build quality is now a tad bit better with 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 black and white front display notifies the resolution, battery and the time remaining.

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

Sensor details

The Hero 7 Black features a 12MP CMOS sensor coupled with the in-house image processing chip, the GP1.

This sensor is the same that you can find in the Hero 6 Black but the improved chipset and added RAM deliver a better output.

The 12MP sensor is capable of shooting 4K at 60 fps 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 7 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 has introduced the hyper smooth image stabilization algorithm with this new Hero 7 Black.

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

The videos are extremely smooth and comparable to the shots taken with a gimbal.

The Hero 7 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 7 Black has a 1220mAh battery powering its internals.

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

Verdict

The GoPro Hero 7 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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Solid build quality
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Out of the box waterproof design
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4K 60fps video
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RAW support
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Average battery life

Specifications

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

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
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Battery life
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Touchscreen display
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Availability issues

Specifications

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

3. 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.

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Dual display

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Powerful image processor

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USB Type C port

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Cumbersome UI

Specifications

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

 

4. GoPro Hero

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Best Budget Pick
  • Affordable GoPro
  • Lot of aftermarket accessories
  • High brand value

The flagship GoPro cameras have been crazily expensive in India from the onset.

Many people who wished to own a GoPro switched their minds and went with the cheap alternatives such as the SJCam instead.

This made GoPro realise their mistake and in 2008 they introduced the budget friendly GoPro Hero model in India that comes with an enticing price tag.

Design and build quality

The physical design of the GoPro Hero is similar to its elder siblings.

The signature dual displays and rubber coated polycarbonate build stays the same with this device as well.

If you own a GoPro product before and has a lot of accessories lying around, rejoice. They are compatible with this device also.

The waterproof design without a separate housing makes this action camera suitable for a quick, out of the box operation.

The 2-inch capacitive touch screen is very responsive and easy to use even for those who have big fingers.

Sensor details

The GoPro Hero has a 10MP pixel sensor that can shoot either in 1440p or full HD at 60fps.

The images and videos from this sensor is excellent for the price. The colours are much more natural and better than the competitors in the same price category.

Time lapse photos option is present and this action camera is capable of burst mode photos of 10MP at 10 fps.

EIS works well with full HD videos and the stabilization works great with minimal degradation to the video quality.

Miscellaneous

The GoPro Hero comes with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The GoPro Quick Stories app lets you create innovative short videos with preset animations and filters in no time.

Voice command support is also present in this cam and can be controlled easily without physically interacting with the device.

Battery life

The 1,000mAh battery inside the GoPro lets you shoot video for more than an hour and a half at full HD resolution.

This battery takes about 2,5 hours to charge from zero to full.

Verdict

The GoPro Hero is a budget action camera well within the reach of aspiring vloggers and other action video enthusiasts.

EIS and support for voice commands make this action camera a compelling product worth purchasing.

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EIS works pretty well
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Build quality
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Easy to navigate UI
Q
No 4K video recording

Specifications

Effective Pixels10 MP
Maximum Video Resolution1440 60fps
Display2-inch LCD
Battery1000mAh
Warranty1 Year
Additional FeaturesEIS

5. Sony HDR-AS50

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Honorable Mention
  • 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 up front 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 really 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 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 definitely 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

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Cumbersome menu interaction

Specifications

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

 

These are the five 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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