The Best Action Camera in Singapore 2022
By Amirah Zakiyyah
Published June 2022
If you love adventure and travelling, you need good gadgets to accompany you. But how do you record every moment while sightseeing and especially over rocky terrains without stumbling? The answer lies in the small, rugged action camera designed to capture immersive shots.
#1 Best Overall: GoPro Hero 10 Black
The most recent addition in the GoPro action cameras line-up, the Hero 10 Black tops our list as the faster processor improves everything in it.
Fans of water sports will be pleased to know the lens of the GoPro Hero 10 Black is harder than ever with a water-repelling hydrophobic coating. When put to the test under a running tap, it repels water so you don't have to worry about water droplets obscuring your view. It's also waterproof down to 10 metres and has greater scratch resistance.
The GoPro Hero 10 Black has opted for a more natural style in terms of the default video settings instead of the saturated look adopted by its predecessor. On top of colour settings such as the 'GoPro' and 'flat' colour profile, you can also choose from the 'Natural', the newest addition. The Hero 10 Black gets a boost on the noise reduction front but it's more pronounced in dimly-lit videos. Another improvement is local tone mapping which enhances contrast to bring out more detailed textures in specific areas of the video.
Thanks to the new processor, the GoPro Hero 10 Black has improved frame rates for 4K and 5.3K footage and can shoot 1080 video at 270 fps, producing impressive slow-motion video. This processor also drives the software video stabilisation system, Hypersmooth 4.0. Apart from letting your footage appear stabilised when you're on the go, you can use the Hypersmooth 4.0 to shoot videos on 5.3K, and smooth out shakiness before cropping it into a 4K video. Moreover, the Hero 10 Black has increased the Horizon Level tilt limit from 27 to 45 degrees.
Shop the GoPro Hero 10 Black here.
#2 Best for 360 Camera: Insta360 ONE RS
If you want a tool that has the versatility of an action camera and a 360 camera, the Insta360 One RS gives you something the GoPros don't.
The Insta360 One RS is waterproof up to 5 metres in depth. The coolest thing about this action camera is its reversible design. This means you can see the preview image whether you're shooting the traditional way or in a vlog. At 1.5 inches, Insta360 One RS's screen is a tiny thing and feels more like a tool to check the angle and framing rather than a sense of how the video is likely to look.
As mentioned, the Insta360 One RS lets you have two cameras in one. The idea is that you can simply swap out the various components so you don't have to carry around a 360 camera and action camera separately. The One RS uses the new 4K Boost and a larger 0.5-inch sensor, producing clearer, sharper video and allowing for 48-megapixel still images. What's cool is that the Insta360 One RS’s stabilization has room for customisation with 'default' and 'high' modes.
With fine features to boot, the ONE RS's smartphone app lets you take creativity to the next level. Other than basic editing tools like tweaking filters, colours and contrast or adding music, you can also speed up or slow down a section of your video and even take a picture of a specific moment with Snapshot. There's even subject tracking which ensures individuals are kept within the centre of your frame and Freeze Frame where you can freeze the video for 5 or 10 seconds as the viewpoint changes.
Shop the Insta360 ONE RS here.
#3 Best for Budget: Akaso Brave 7 LE
A budget alternative, the Akaso Brave 7 LE is an all-rounded option, especially for vloggers.
The Akaso Brave 7 LE has screens on its front and rear, allowing the flexibility to switch depending on how you're shooting. Although the front-facing screen is smaller compared to the rear camera, the Akaso Brave 7 LE is still perfect for vlogging. What's neat is the rear screen which has a touchscreen ability but there are also buttons to control the settings. The camera comes with a bonus waterproof case that's easy to attach and remove. Popping it on means it's waterproof up to 40 metres underwater.
For a budget camera, the Akaso Brave 7 LE impresses. Firstly, it captures high-quality video under bright and light conditions. Next, you have the option to pick nine different manual combinations of frame rates and resolutions. You can also choose between four different zoom options depending on how much of the scenery you want to capture. Additional shooting modes include burst photos, looping videos, fast and slow motion and time-lapse of both photos and videos.
The Akaso Brave 7 LE uses 6-axis stabilisation which gives videos a smooth finish. While it's not as crisp of quality, the image stabilisation knocks off shaky and wobbly edges making videos appear more watchable. Reviewers praised the excellent built-in microphone but recommend having the camera mounted and the wind-reduction setting turned on if you're filming outdoors.
Shop the Akaso Brave 7 LE here.
#4 Best for Selfies: DJI Osmo Action
Featuring a front-facing camera for selfie enthusiasts, the DJI Osmo Action has powerful functions and lets you take professional-level footage.
The most talked-about feature is Osmo Action's front screen. The colour-coded display is great for vloggers or those who frequently partake in activities which require the camera to be focused on them. Since the front camera is intended for regular use, DJI has equipped it with multiple options for easy toggling. In addition to giving the QuickSwitch button on the side of the Osmo Action a long press, you can also use a voice command or tap the rear screen twice. Another welcome bonus is that the DJI Osmo Action is waterproof for up to 11 metres without the need for a case.
Videos shot with the DJI Osmo Action appear sharp and vibrant in good light, especially with 4K resolution. There are also slow-motion options between 8x and 4x speeds and you can even pick either 1080p, 720p, or both. You'll get decent, colourful shots in still photos mode so long as you have good light and the subject is not too close to the camera.
The image stabilisation in the DJI Osmo Action is tops. Called RockSteady, the smoothes panning or movement from the camera and eliminates jittery shakes as a result of walking or running with it. Reviewers quipped you're getting the same quality as if it's shot on a Gimbal.
Shop the DJI Osmo Action here.
#5 Best for Action: Tough TG-Tracker
The flip-out display makes the Tough TG-Tracker bulkier than other cameras on our list but its size and heft come with their own benefits.
Just like a camcorder, the TG-Tracker has a foldout display which houses key features such as the ability to watch what was recorded and video or image playback. The rugged camera casing means it's waterproof and withstands falls and temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.
Filming on the Tough TG-Tracker feels intuitive. The TG-Tracker adjusts both exposure and colour balance quickly while moving between light to shaded areas. Its 4K video footage highlights plenty of fine details. The camera has a 204-degree field of view, capturing a unique fish-eye perspective. Keep in mind that the sharpness quality drops considerably towards the edges.
Thanks to a backscatter illumination (BSI) CMOS sensor, the TG-Tracker shoots decent low-light still images. The Tough TG-Tracker goes beyond capturing amazing videos, it also tracks a whole range of metrics: temperature, elevation, depth, latitude/longitude, distance travelled, barometric pressure and speed. An image stabiliser is built-in the system and does a fantastic job of reducing vibrations.
Shop the Tough TG-Tracker here.
The best action cameras make capturing photos and videos in a way traditional cameras or smartphone cameras can't. Though these are a fraction smaller than your average cameras, action cameras are just as capable.
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