Like most GoPro Enthusiasts, I am patiently anticipating the official specs of GoPro’s new Hero 5 camera, which we’ve been expecting to be released at end of 2016… I know I'm ready for a new GoPro! The GoPro alternatives out there come in all different shapes, sizes, specs, and prices, but how do they stand up to the predicted features of the soon-to-be-released Hero 5? Honestly, I’ve never considered buying a non-GoPro action camera, but these are some of the alternatives that get high ratings among action cam enthusiasts.
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In the meantime, we’ve been discussing alternatives to GoPro cameras over in the GoPro Enthusiasts Facebook Group, and comparing them to current GoPro specs and predicted Hero 5 features (based on Mashable’s Hero 5 rumors). After doing some research, here's this week's video on what I found for GoPro alternatives. Be sure to check out the full specs on the manufactures' websites. This post contains affiliate links to GoPro alternatives on Amazon.
Sony HDR-AS50 (HD) and Sony X1000 (4K)
Sony has a great reputation in the electronics industry, and Sony action cameras are known to produce great looking, high-quality footage.
Image source: sony.com
Image source: sony.com
These sony action cameras are a possible alternative to a GoPro. The AS50 and shoots up to 1080 with 60 frames per second, and the X1000 shoots up to 4K. Among other features, both cameras have SteadyShot™ image stabilization technology, which is something we’re definitely hoping for on the GoPro Hero 5. As far as pricing goes, it’s about the same as a GoPro Hero 4 Black or Silver, depending on the model you buy.
HDR-AS50 Price: $200 for body + waterproof housing (see: http://amzn.to/2qkWhlU)
X1000 Price: $398 for body + waterproof housing (see: http://amzn.to/2qkRb9m)
AS50 Full Specs: http://www.sony.com/electronics/actioncam/hdr-as50/specifications
X1000 Full Specs: http://www.sony.com/electronics/actioncam/fdr-x1000v-body-kit/specifications
Garmin VIRB® Ultra 30
The newest VIRB shoots up to 4K, and has an LCD Touchscreen, image stabilization, voice control so you can start and stop recording with voice commands, and a built-in GPS, which allows you to do something really cool, like overlay your speed, your distance and your elevation directly onto your video. Yikes… the GPS and voice activation features are predicted for the Hero 5, which would both be a welcome addition to the already-stellar GoPro specs. But the VIRB here certainly a worthy alternative to any GoPro.
Images source: garmin.com
Price: $499 (http://amzn.to/2p1173F)
YI 4K Action Camera
Made by Chinese tech company, Xiaomi, the Yi Action Camera looks a lot like a GoPro, but it’s nearly half the price. It records up to 4K, has image stabilization, offers a battery life of 2 hours, and has a built in touch screen display for previewing your shot and changing settings. See the complete rundown of specs compared to the GoPro Hero 4 Black edition on Yi’s website: http://www.yitechnology.com/actioncamera/index/id/5/status/1.html
Images source: yitechnology.com
Here’s hoping the Hero 5 will be able to compete with some of these things, like battery life and image stabilization…
Yi 4K Price: $275 with waterproof housing (http://amzn.to/2po1S9N)
This is a cute little camera that looks a lot like GoPro’s Hero Session camera (or the Session looks like the Cube…) and it shoots up to 1440p. It does have image stabilization, but it’s not waterproof, so you’d have to buy an extra case for it. If what you’re looking for is a small, cute camera, the Polaroid Cube+ might be for you, but it doesn’t fully compare to the GoPros when it comes to the specs.
Price: $149 (http://amzn.to/2pnF4qK)
GoPro is by far the leader when it comes to popularity and brand recognition, but these GoPro alternatives offer some great innovations that make the Hero 4 look less than “the best”. But one thing I didn’t compare here is actual image quality, which is one of the things that tends to place GoPro in a class of their own. Since I don’t own any of these alternatives to GoPro, I can’t compare image quality, but I’m certainly open to it if I had an action camera to compare my GoPro to.
What do you think? Do these cameras offer an image quality that rivals GoPro? Will the Hero 5 live up to the rumors? Will GoPro’s new camera exceed our expectations? Leave a comment below and let's hear what you think.
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