In recent years, the range of GoPro is magnified (and thinner) !
To help you choose the camera sports made for you, we have compared the different models of the famous californian company.
Our selection also includes some action-cams of other brands of which we explain the catactéristiques in our buying guide.
1. GoPro Hero7 Black .
The Hero7 Black is the latest creation from GoPro, eti has been launched at a more affordable price than its predecessors.
This action camera has, like the Hero 6, a photo sensor of 12 Mp and can also capture video in 4K at 60 fps.
What is it that distinguishes it from its predecessor ? Its native functionality HyperSmooth, which allows to stabilize images, except those in 1080p and 2.7 k at 120 fps .
It is also the first GoPro with which you can broadcast your videos on Facebook Live, Youtube Live, Twitch, Vimeo, etc, However, you are limited to 720p.
Find the Hero7 Black on Amazon, Fnac, Darty and Cdiscount.
2. DJI Osmo Action .
The DJI Osmo Action is a rival in size to the GoPro Hero 7 Black. It is waterproof up to 11m, can record video HDR and features an innovative design with dual screen.
Thanks to the latter, you can film in 4K/60 fps and 100 Mb/s, to the front and rear. DJI also includes a stabilization technology called RockSteady for a great clarity and image quality that is breathtaking.
You can customize your settings (backup, exposure..) and choose a few different shots already recorded. It is through its button Quick Switch as you enter your parameters and your methods quickly. To be free of your movements, it is the same with 5 voice commands.
To the sea or the mountain, in summer as in winter, it will be a companion ideal adventure.
3. GoPro Hero 6 Black .
The GoPro Hero 6 Black is in appearance identical to the Hero 5, but only in appearance. The technical aspect, it has been completely redesigned, and it is for this reason that it is one of the action cameras the most expensive that there is.
In a few words, this GoPro is the first to operate with a processor developed to-measure (and not a company Ambarella), which has enabled the brand to make numerous improvements. For example, the Hero 6 can shoot in 4K at 60 fps or in 1080p at 204 fps.
It gives much better results when shooting in low light and it has a wider dynamic range. In addition, its stabilizing three-axis works in 4K (but not with 60 fps).
For photos, we are pleased that the Hero 6 features a true HDR mode that combines three images. Note also that, thanks to the Wi‑Fi 5GHz, the time of transfers of videos and images has been divided by two, and it is very simple to edit and share them via the app Quick.
The touch screen has also been improved on, such as voice control, which allows you to turn on the camera remotely.
4. GoPro Hero 5 Black .
If the video format is always 4K up to 30 frames/second (maximum), the image of the Hero 5 Black has been improved thanks to the presence of a stabilizer electronic (resolution 2.4 k) and the increase in the number of i/o captured in low resolution. In 1080p, you can record 120 fps, which you are guaranteed of excellent replays.
The Hero 5 Black has other strengths, such as its water resistance (up to 10 meters, without a subwoofer), its robustness (especially in comparison to the Hero 4 and the 3) or its three microphones separate.
In addition, it has a touch screen (enabling the access to menu options), GPS, and responds to voice commands.
5. GoPro Hero 7 White .
The Hero 7 White is the GoPro is the least expensive of its range. On the design side, it is similar to the model Black, as its touch screen it has a resolution of 320 x 487 capable of capturing full HD videos.
It is reliable, durable, and completely waterproof even without a case. It has three microphones that switch automatically if the wind noise is present too , which allows you to get a better sound during your sessions.
It connects easily to the application QuikStories of GoPro, who does an excellent job of editing your clips, and which also allows you to control it remotely from your phone.
6. Yi 4K+ Action Camera .
The camera Yi 4K+ is a real alternative to the GoPro, it has a nice design and many features.
This is not cheaper than some offerings from GoPro, but it can shoot in 4K up to 60 frames/second, and has a good touch screen 2.2 inches.
Unlike the previous version, which was limited to 30 frames/second, it has a tripod mount which makes it much more convenient. However, it is not as rugged and waterproof as the range of the GoPro or the DJI Osmo Action.
7. SJCAM SJ7 Star .
The onboard camera SJ7 Star is a quality product with “small” price. It has a clean design in aluminium and it is equipped with a touch screen of 2 inches.
It captures your images in 1080p / 60fps in 4K at 30fps and its objective Sony IMX117 12 MP has a field of view at 166°. The video quality is excellent with a superb colour reproduction.
The point regrettable is that the SJ7 Star is not waterproof. However, a plastic housing is provided with so that you’re shooting up to 30 m depth, or in the rain, without any fear.
Alternatives to the GoPro ?.
In the world of cameras sports, there are the GoPro and the other.
For the time being, the u.s. company retains its title as the market leader, for good reason. The GoPro are distinguishable in term of battery, ease of use and application. These are cameras solid, reliable, and possess features that are not found elsewhere.
For example, only the GoPro signal the start and end of a recording by a beep. As obvious as this may seem, this detail allows you to be confident that you’re filming without having to check the screen or the application of the camera.
Where competition exceeds the u.s. firm ? The cost. In fact, there are more and more brands which provide good action-cams, small prices as SJCAM.
Live broadcast of the video stream (live stream).
The latest generation of cameras sports includes models, with a SIM card, which can broadcast their live video stream on the internet.
Before you are seduced by this new feature, make sure you truly need it. In fact, the cost of these models are connected is much higher than the average.