Best Action Camera Under Rs.10,000 (February 2019)

by | Feb 7, 2019

Action cameras provide an easy and effortless way to document your adventures. With the low-cost data plans available in the country, most of the people have become a viewer or a content creator.

Thus with the increasing demand for content, action cameras play a major role in the ecosystem.

In this article, we bring you the five best sports action cameras priced under Rs.10,000. Cut the chase and start reading to find your pick!

Best Action Cameras Under Rs 10,000

1. YI Lite 97001Overall Best Pick
2. SJCam SJ6 LegendRunner-up Pick
3. Procus Rush 2.0 Value for Money
4. SJCAM Sjdash Best Dash Camera
5. Noise Play 2Honorable Mention

1. Yi Lite 97001

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Overall Best Pick
  • Long lasting battery life
  • Excellent image and video quality
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity

Yi, the sub-brand of Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is packed with features to the brim.

The Yi Lite is a sports action camera that delivers excellent quality photos and videos, thanks to the Sony image sensor inside.

Design and build quality

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

Made of high-quality poly carbonate 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-inch touch screen 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 lite doesn’t come with a waterproof case with the box or any other mounts. It has to be purchased separately.

Sensor details

The Yi lite packs in a Sony IMX206 16MP sensor inside for breathtaking visual clarity and depth in the photos and videos you capture.

This sensor can capture videos with a maximum resolution of 4K at 20fps. However, this action camera delivers its best when shot with 1080p at 60fps 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.

However, EIS is only restricted to a maximum of 1080p and doesn’t work while you are shooting in 4K.

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

Battery is where the Yi lite camera defeats its competition hands down.

This action camera has a 1,200mAh Li-ion battery inside that will last for more than two hours of continuous video recording at 1080p, 30fps.

Verdict

The Yi Lite action camera is suitable for those users who want a solid sports camera with a capable image sensor that delivers good quality image and video output without blowing a hole in their pocket.

The 2-hour+ battery life and the touch screen enhances the joy of using this small and compact action camera.

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Excellent build quality
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Battery life
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Touchscreen display
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No EIS on 4K video

Specifications

Effective Pixels16 MP
Maximum Video Resolution4K, 20 fps
Display2 Inches
Battery1200mAh
Warranty1 Year
Additional featuresTouch Screen

2. SJCam SJ6 Legend

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Wi-Fi enabled action camera
  • Good colour accuracy image
  • Electronic Image stabilization

SJCam SJ6 Legend is a budget sports action camera that brings a lot of exciting and useful features into the budget action camera segment.

With promised software updates over time, the SJ6 Legend from SJCam is one of the trustworthy products that you can bet your money.

Design and Build Quality

The SJCam SJ6 Legend is made of high-quality plastic 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-inch LTPS LCD display comes with 360p resolution and shows the exact preview of what you shot with the camera.

There is a 0.96 inch monochrome display up front to display important informations such as battery percentage and time elapsed as well.

Sensor details

The SJCam SJ6 Legend features a Panasonic MN34120PA sensor which is a 16MP unit capable of capturing photos at a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels.

This action camera from SJCam can capture full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel videos at 60fps with a maximum bitrate of 30mbps and 4K 2880*2160 pixel videos at 24fps.

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 Novatek 96660 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 SJ6 Legend 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

The SJCam SJ6 Legend has a 1100mAh battery powering its internals. This will last for about 120 minutes of continuous usage while shooting full HD videos at 30 fps.

Verdict

The SJCam SJ6 Legend 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.

With regular software updates to fix bugs and adding new features, the SJ6 Legend is a compelling product for purchase under Rs.10000.

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170 degrees FOV
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Responsive buttons
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Powerful CPU
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Cumbersome UI

Specifications

Effective pixels16MP
Maximum Video Resolution4K 30fps
Display2 inches , 0.96 front screen
Battery1100mAh
Warranty1 Year
Additional FeaturesHDMI Out

3. Procus Rush 2.0

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Best Value for Money
  • An exhaustive list of accessories included
  • Two batteries in the box
  • Clean design and good build quality

Procus Rush 2.0 is a budget sports action camera that rivals the likes of SJCam with its build and image quality.

This device comes with an exhaustive set of accessories and add-ons making it one of the best value for money purchase in the sub. Rs.10,000 price bracket.

Design and build quality

The Procus Rush 2.0 is made of plastic and has a rubber finish up front where it houses the lens and power button.

The two-tone colour scheme on this device looks stylish and imparts a personality to this camera.

The sides and the top part is textured to ensure enhanced grip while operating this camera with bare hands, without a tripod.

The buttons located on the sides are placed in a comfortable position and provides great tactile feedback when pressed.

The 2-inch display at the back is sufficiently bright to be able to see it in direct sunlight.

Sensor details

The company uses an unspecified version of the image sensor in this action camera that maxes out at 4K, 30fps.

The image and video quality from this camera is quite good with natural colours and rich details.

This sensor adjusts with the exposure levels excellently and provides good pictures and videos in both daylight and low light conditions.

Apart from 4K, this camera can also do full HD videos at 60fps.

Miscellaneous

The Procus Rush 2.0 comes with a lot of accessories bundled inside the box.

It has the most number of accessories that you can get with a budget sports action camera in the Indian market.

This device has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and both of them works well to get this camera connected with other gadgets wirelessly.

The company provides an RF Bluetooth remote in the box that can be used as a shutter button to click the exact moment that you cherish to record with this camera.

Battery life

The Procus Rush 2.0 is powered by a 1050mAh battery.

This battery will last for about 90-100 minutes of continuous video recording in full HD resolution.

Verdict

Procus Rush 2.0 offers the best value for money deal with the abundant supply of accessories including a highly useful RF remote shutter button.

The image and video quality are comparable to famous brands at this price range as well.

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RF remote shutter button
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Decent battery life
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Good image and video quality
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No EIS

Specifications

Effective Pixels16 MP
Maximum Video Resolution4K 30fps
Display2 Inches
Battery1050mAh
Warranty6 Months
Additional FeaturesTwo batteries, One remote included

4. 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 ‘dash cam’ action camera that is solely designed to cater to the needs of those users who require an always-on camera in their vehicle to record their commute.

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. The SJ Dash is specifically targeted at this use case.

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 SJ Dash is made of plastic for the most part but comes with a metal bracket around the chassis which makes it feel even more solid.

There is a large 3 inch LCD display 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 over saturated.

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 has a dedicated app for controlling the camera 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 and convenient for a dash cam.

Verdict

If you’re specifically looking for a dash camera to record road footage while in transit, the SJCam SJ Dash is the best action camera under Rs.10,000. Period.

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Elegant design
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Solid build quality
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Stabilized footage
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No 4K

Specifications

Effective Pixels2 MP
Maximum Video Resolution2.7K 30fps
Display3 Inches
BatteryCapacitor Based Charging
Warranty1 Year
Additional FeaturesDash Camera

5. Noise Play 2

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Honorable Mention
  • Made for vloggers
  • 3-axis gyro stabilized footage
  • External 3.5mm mic port

The Noise Play 2 is one of the latest action cameras introduced in the Indian market by the company Go Noise.

This sports action camera comes retrofitted with many vlogger centric features that will enable a content creator to unleash his true potential.

Design and Build Quality

The Noise Play 2 action camera has a minimal looking design similar to its younger sibling with a predominant Noise play branding in the front.

This device has a rubbery silicone coating in the front and textured rubber casing at the sides.

The control buttons and connectivity ports are located at the sides and are easily accessible.

The construction of this action camera feels solid in hands. The buttons are tactile and responsive as well.

There is a 2-inch LCD display in the back for previewing the photos and videos has a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels.

The Noise Play 2 sports action camera comes with a 3.5mm mic jack where you can plug in an external high-quality mic to capture crisp and clean audio that will compensate your visuals.

Sensor Details

The Noise Play 2 features a 16MP CMOS sensor inside. This sensor can shoot pictures with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and 4K videos up to 24fps.

There is support for 1920 x 1080 pixel full HD videos at 60 fps which is the normal resolution for most of the Youtube videos.

You can also shoot slow-motion videos up to 720p at 120fps which is decent enough for an action camera at this price.

The images and videos appear sharp and detailed in favourable lighting conditions.

The built-in 3-axis gyroscope helps you capture smooth footage with no shakes.

With the Noise Play 2 camera, you can capture cinematic style free flowing videos even without a gimbal.

Miscellaneous

The Noise Play 2 action camera has all the feature sets available in the more expensive action cameras in the market.

Burst mode shots help you take pictures of fast-moving subjects with relative ease.

There is also a time-lapse mode that lets you take stunning hyper lapses of sceneries.

Inside the box comes a lot of different accessories such as bike mounts and waterproof casing etc.

There is an HDMI out port on this action camera to connect with the TV or laptop to enjoy your visuals on a monitor sized display.

Battery Life

The Noise Play 2 action camera is powered by a 1200mAh Li-ion battery. It will last for about 2.45 hours if used for recording videos continuously.

You can conveniently charge this device via a micro USB from a power bank for an AC outlet.

Verdict

The Noise Play 2 is one of the best action camera that you can avail under a budget of Rs.10000 in the Indian market.

The build quality and the optional 4K 24fps along with the full blown 1080p 60fps recording makes this device a compelling purchase.

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Solid build quality
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1080p 60fps video
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HDMI out
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Dim LCD display

Specifications

Effective Pixels16 MP
Maximum Video Resolution4K 30fps
Display2 Inches, 320 x 240
Battery1000mAh
Warranty1 Year
Additional Features3 Axis Gyroscope
The list of the best five action cameras under the budget of Rs.10,000 concludes here.

If you wish to see a product that’s not listed in the article above but feels like it is a strong contender to the top spot, please inform us in the comments below. We will review the product and respond asap.

We have also covered the best action cameras in India and the best action cameras under Rs.5,000 separately. So do check them out as well. Cheers!