5 awesome GoPro alternatives

GoPro has dominated the action camera market for what seems like forever now, and through years of innovative product development has earned a solid reputation as the ‘go to’ brand for action sports fans world over.

But if you’re thinking of buying an action camera don’t assume that GoPro is your best and only option, because alternatives are available.

So before you go out and buy a new GoPro, consider these 5 alternatives:

UPDATE, NOVEMBER 2014:  Drift recently launched the Stealth 2 – the smallest and lightest Drift camera yet. 

For a full tech spec check out, or buy it now (£199) via Amazon.

If you have arrived here looking for some cheap GoPro alternatives, check out this post.

1. Drift HD Ghost-S

drift_ghost_sTwice as powerful as it’s predecessor (the Drift Ghost HD) and just as stylish, the Ghost-S boasts super long battery life, Wi-Fi connectivity and a whole host of features that allow for sweet HD action straight out of the box.

Quick specs:

  • Rotating lens to 300°

  • Waterproof to 3m from the box without additional casing

  • Two-way remote included as standard

  • Drift WiFi App available on iOS and Android

  • Photoburst / Time-lapse modes featuring up to 11mp photos
  • Price: £329.99 via Action Cameras

2. Replay XD1080


Small, sleek but incredibly powerful. The XD180 has all you’d expect from an HD helmet camera, all contained within a shell so small you can mount it virtually anywhere. Rain, dust or snow, the XD1080 is up to the challenge.

 Quick specs:

  • Full 1080p HD Recording

  • 135° FOV (field of view)

  • Live Video Streaming Capability

  • Weighs just 81 Grams

  • Photo Timer Mode (every 1, 3, 5, 15, 30 seconds)

  • Price: £244 via Amazon

3. Contour Plus 2


Combining the key features of its popular predecessors, the Contour Plus and Contour Roam the Plus 2 is one of the most advanced pieces of kit on the market. GPS tracking, check. 1080p recording, check. WiFi compatibility, check. Not only does the Plus 2 pack a technical punch, it looks damn good too.

 Quick specs:

  • Full 1080p video resolution @ 30fs

  • GPS receiver for speed, elevation, distance video overlays

  • 60m Waterproof Case included

  • 170° wide angle lens, rotatable 270°

  • Adjust video settings via your mobile device
  • Price: £323.99 via Halfords


4. Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V


It was only a matter of time before the big boys jumped on board the action camera wagon, and the Action Cam HDR-AS30V does not disappoint. This highly advanced camera has all the characteristics of an action camera, bolstered by some cool features that only Sony can offer.

 Quick specs:

  • Full 1080p @ 60fps video recording

  • Wi-Fi connectivity and smartphone control

  • 5m Waterproof Case

  • GPS geotagging

  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar wide angle lens

  • Price: £174.99 via Amazon


5. Garmin VIRB Elite


Garmin are probably best known for their satellite navigation and GPS systems, but this camera could be about to change all that. Boasting one of the sharpest screens on the market and built in GPS tracking, the VIRB Elite is one of the finest debut helmet cameras to ever grace the market.

 Quick specs:

  • Full 1080p @ 30fps video recording

  • Built-in GPS

  • 1.4” Chroma display

  • ANT™ connectivity to other Garmin devices

  • Wi-Fi connectivity and smartphone control

  • Price: £309 via Amazon

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Matt B

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