Best Action Camera Under Rs.5,000 (April 2019)

by | Apr 9, 2019

Action camera is the craze nowadays.

Unlike bulky DSLRs, these compact cameras can be carried anywhere in rains and dust without the fear of damaging the hardware while capturing your perfect moments.

With the prices coming down like a rocket, the action cameras now serve as an important recipe in a travellers backpack.

In this article, we bring you the curated list of best five action cameras priced under Rs.5,000 in the Indian market.

Best Action Cameras Under Rs.5,000

1. Noise Play Overall Best Pick
2. SJCam SJ4000 Runner-up pick
3. Mobimint Action Camera Cheapest Action Camera
4. Yi 2K Action Camera Best Value for Money Camera
5. ALRIA 4K Action Camera Honoruble Mention

1. Noise Play

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Overall Best Pick
  • All weather camera
  • Time Lapse video feature
  • 720p 120fps slow motion

Go Noise is an Indian company specialized in marketing consumer durables such as smartwatches and headphones.

The Noise play is a first generation budget action camera that gives a bang for buck deal in the sub Rs.5000 segment.

Design and build quality

The Noise Play action camera has a minimal looking design 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. The display resolution is decent for the price but a bit dim for our liking.

Sensor details

The Noise Play features a 16MP CMOS sensor inside. This sensor can shoot pictures with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and 4K videos up to 30fps.

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. There is no form of image stabilization, however.

This results in shaky videos if not used with a gimbal.

Miscellaneous

The Noise Play 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 casings.

This action camera has an inbuilt microphone to record voice during vlogging.

Battery life

The Noise Play action camera is powered by a 1050mAh Li-ion battery. It will last for about 2.15 hours if used for recording videos continuously.

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

Verdict

The Noise Play is the best action camera that you can avail under a budget of Rs.5,000 in the Indian market.

The build quality and the optional 4K 30fps along with the full-blown 1080p 60fps recording makes this device a compelling purchase.

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Solid build
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1080p 60fps video
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Decent battery life
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Average low light image quality

Specifications

Effective Pixels 16 MP
Maximum Video Resolution 4K, 30 fps
Display LCD 2-inch
Battery 1050 mAh
Warranty 6 Months
Additional features Time Lapse

2. SJCam SJ4000

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Wi-Fi enabled action camera
  • Good colour accuracy images
  • Can be used as a dash cam

SJCam has been a major player in the action camera segment in India for a while.

The SJCam SJ4000 is the budget offering from SJCam that is priced just around Rs.5000 that offers great visuals accompanied by a ton of extra useful features.

Design and build quality

The SJCam SJ4000 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 clicky, responsive and offer good tactile feedback.

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

The 2-inch LTPS LCD display comes with 360p resolution and shows the exact preview of what you shot with the camera.

Sensor details

The SJCam 4000 features an AR0330 CMOS sensor which is a 12MP unit capable of capturing photos at a maximum resolution of 4032 x 3024 pixels.

This action camera from SJCam can capture full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel videos at 30fps.

The Novatek 96650 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 degree field of vision to capture more subject, especially when dealing with panoramic shots.

Miscellaneous

Available in a different set of attractive colours, the SJCam SJ4000 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.

Battery life

The SJCam SJ4000 has a 900mAh battery powering its internals. This will last for about 90 minutes of continuous usage while shooting full HD videos at 30 fps.

Verdict

The SJCam SJ4000 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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170 degree Field Of View
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Responsive buttons
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Powerful CPU
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No 60fps full HD video capture

Specifications

Effective pixels 12MP
Maximum Video Resolution Full HD, 30 fps
Display LTPS LCD 2-inch
Battery 900 mAh
Warranty 6 Months
Additional Features Wi-Fi

3. Mobimint Action Camera

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Cheapest Action Camera
  • 1-year warranty
  • Wide angle lens
  • Waterproof Casing

Mobimint Action is a budget action camera priced under Rs.1000 which is capable of shooting full HD videos at 30fps.

This budget GoPro clone camera has an excellent CMOS sensor for the price which takes awesome quality still images in favourable lighting conditions.

Design and Build Quality

Made of plastic, the Mobimint Action Camera has an average build quality for an action camera priced under Rs.1000.

The design of this action camera is no different from other budget devices available in the price range.

The buttons on the device feel tactile and offer good click response.

The 2 inch LCD on the back has the standard 360p resolution.

Sensor Details

This Mobimint Action Camera has a 16MP sensor that is capable of shooting full HD videos at 30fps.

There are a lot of intermediate resolutions available to choose according to your liking.

The videos can either be recorded in mp4 format or in h.264 format.

H.264 allows recording lossless video with better audio quality at a reasonably low memory footprint.

The still images taken by this camera has a lot more details and close to natural colour palette making this device one of the best still photo capturing action camera priced under Rs.1000.

Miscellaneous

The Mobimint action camera has an 8GB inbuilt flash memory for taking photos and videos out of the box.

There is an SD card slot which accepts cards up to 128GB which is more than sufficient to save longer duration full HD videos.

Battery Life

This action camera is powered by a 900mAh battery inside which will last for about 75 minutes of continuous video recording at full HD resolution.

This battery gets juiced up with 2 hours worth of charging and can be even charged from a power bank on the go.

Verdict

If you are in search of a budget action camera for taking high quality still photos and occasional videos, the Mobimint action camera is a good choice.

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Affordable

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Good quality still images

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Bundled with accessories

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Average build quality

Specifications

Effective Pixels 12 MP
Maximum Video Resolution Full HD, 30 fps
Display 2 -inch LCD
Battery 900 mAh
Warranty 1 Year
Additional Features w/ mounting accessories

 

4. Yi 2K Action Camera

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Best Value for Money Camera
  • Powerful Ambarella A7LS processor
  • High-quality Sony IMX206 sensor
  • Decent battery life

Yi is a Chinese camera related equipment manufacturer with the backing of the smartphone giant Xiaomi.

The Yi 2K is the entry-level action camera from the company which comes packed with a powerful Ambarella A7LS image processor.

Design and Build Quality

The Yi 2K has a plastic construction as expected in this price bracket, but with no noticeable weak points in the chassis.

The fit and finish of this action camera are exquisite with gentle lines and comfortable button layout.
The textured chassis is easy to hold and offers excellent grip, preventing accidental falls from the hand while operating the camera.

The power button is located at the front of this camera, adjacent to the lens. There is no LCD display on the back of this device.

Instead, the battery compartment and the connectivity ports are placed at the rear.

The Yi 2K camera is not waterproof as it is, but with a separate casing available for purchase, it can operate up to a depths of 40m underwater without any problems.

Sensor Details

The Yi 2K camera comes equipped with a 16MP Sony IMX206 Exmor R sensor.

This sensor along with the best in class Ambarella A7LS image processor delivers excellent quality still images and videos at a fraction of the price of other premium action cameras.

As you might have guessed from the name itself, this camera can capture 2K videos at 30fps. But the main USP of this device is the 1080p 60fps butter-smooth video recording capability with a lot of details and excellent colour accuracy.

Be it for the use in vlogs or for casual uses, this camera produces some of the finest quality videos for action cameras priced under Rs.5,000.

The 155-degree wide angle lens captures detailed images with excellent dynamic range. Unlike certain low-priced action cameras in the market, there isn’t any blurs or smudges at the corners of the images.

Miscellaneous

The Yi 2K has a built-in dual-channel microphone for audio recording. This works relatively well in silent, non-windy conditions.

We’d earlier mentioned that this camera doesn’t come with an LCD display at the back. Instead, the camera uses the smartphone app for real-time preview of pictures and videos via the Wi-Fi connection.

Battery Life

The Yi 2K camera is powered by a 1010 mAh Li-ion battery.

This battery is rated to last for about 90 minutes of continuous full HD, 60 fps video recording and for about 350 -400 still images.

There is a multi-colour LED indicator to indicated the charge status of this battery.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the lack of an LCD display at the back, the Yi 2K action camera is the best purchase for a budget under Rs.5,000.

The powerful image processor and the capable Sony Exmos R sensor is a great combination resulting in best quality images and videos.

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Elegant design

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Solid build quality

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Battery power indicator

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No rear LCD screen

Specifications

Effective Pixels 16 MP
Maximum Video Resolution 2K at 30fps , 2304 × 1296 full HD, 60 fps
Display
Battery 1010 mAh
Warranty 1 Year
Additional Features Wide range of accessories

5. ALRIA 4K Action Camera

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Honorable Mention
  • IP68 water resistance
  • Stunning underwater images/videos
  • 1-year warranty

The ALRIA 4K action camera is an SJCAM action camera clone.

This device priced under Rs.3000 provides value for money features making this deal worth checking out.

Design and Build Quality

The ALRIA 4K action camera is made of a mix of rubber and plastic. The front section of this camera is made of soft rubber and feels very clean to look at.

The chassis is made of plastic and has been given a textured finish at the sides. Making it easy to hold and offers a good grip.

The buttons are conveniently located on the sides and the main power button is seen on the front, just like other action cameras in the market.

This budget action camera comes with a plethora of mounts and accessories including a waterproof casing and stickers.

Sensor Details

The ALRIA 4K action camera features a 16MP sensor that can record videos up to 4k 30fps.

There is 1080p recording at 30fps and 720p at 60fps as well.

What’s missing is the 1080p 60fps recording which would have made this device a much more compelling product to buy.

The wide-angle sensor can be used to take selfies without cropping subjects from the frame.

The photos appear sharper in daylight and decent at night. Surprisingly the low light video is perfectly usable and is excellent for a budget camera.

Miscellaneous

The loop recording mode on this action camera can be made used to convert this device to a dash cam or a surveillance camera according to your needs.

With the supplied waterproof case, this action camera can be used to shoot underwater scenes with no fear of damage.

Battery Life

With a 900mAh Li-ion battery inside, this device lasts for an hour of continuous video recording.

In normal usage, you will get more than a couple of hours of infrequent photo and video taking sessions.

Verdict

The ALRIA 4K action camera is a versatile device which can be used for a multitude of this such as dash cam, webcam or even surveillance camera.

Improved low light video capture is one of the USP of the device at this affordable budget.

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4K video recording

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Built-in Wi-Fi and HDMI

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2-inch LCD screen

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No 1080p 60fps video

Specifications

Effective Pixels 16 MP
Maximum Video Resolution 4k, 30 fps
Display LCD 2-inch
Battery 900 mAh
Warranty 6 Months
Additional Features Accessories included
The search for the best five sports action cameras priced under Rs.5,000 concludes here.

The selection was pretty tough as the majority of the models available in this budget are clones of a single Chinese product.

However, we have made our best efforts to bring you the best, as always. If you loved our content and want more such gadget guide, please consider subscribing to our weekly newsletter. Thanks for your time and have a great day!