Best GoPro 2017: All Cameras and Alternatives Compared

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GoPro’s range of action cams has been slimmed-down over the past few years, but it can still be confusing to decide which one to buy and there are lots of cheaper alternatives that are worth a look. We compare GoPro cameras and alternatives.

Plus, you can still buy older GoPro models from many retailers, which adds to the confusion even further.

In this article, we explain the differences between GoPro models, to help you decide which is the best action camera to buy. We’ll also outline the alternatives, including some of the clones, as well as some of the other action cams you can buy right now in the UK.

You’ll find our detailed comparison of the GoPro cameras below, but let’s look first at why you should – and shouldn’t – consider the alternatives.

Best GoPro alternatives

The clones

The real-deal GoPro cameras may be pricey, but they’re generally worth more than many of the clones.

As well as being reliable and rugged with good-quality mounts, they also have loud beeps which tell you when they start and stop recording, plus turn on and off, even inside their waterproof housings.

We’ve yet to see a clone with the same feature, which means you’ve no idea if you successfully started recording when the camera is mounted on your bike helmet: you have to start recording, then put on the helmet to be sure.

Apps also tend to be flakey and not nearly as slick and reliable as GoPro’s, while battery life can be worse.

However, these drawbacks aren’t always deal-breakers and are worth trading off for the amazingly low prices. One of the better clone manufacturers is SJCAM, but you have to be careful not to buy a fake as there are also SJCAM clones.

Take a look at SJCAM’s website here.

Live streaming action cams

The latest batch of action cams include models with SIM cards that allow you to stream action live to YouTube and other video sites.

You’ll have to really need the ability to live stream video as these cameras are typically sold by mobile operators just like a smartphone: you pay a monthly contract or opt for a pay-as-you-go package, so they work out much more expensive than a normal action cam.

Best GoPro alternatives

One is EE’s 4GEE action cam, ‘free’ if you pay £12 per month and share the data from your 4GEE phone data plan, but can cost as much as £399.99 if you want to pay everything up front and get a whopping 24GB allowance. It takes 13Mp photos and full HD video.

GoPro Hero 5 Black


GoPro Hero 5 Black

GoPro Hero Session


GoPro Hero Session

GoPro Hero 5 Session


GoPro Hero 5 Session

GoPro Hero4 Silver


GoPro Hero4 Silver

GoPro Hero4 Black


GoPro Hero4 Black

  • RRP: £409 ($499.99), US$499.99

Yi 4K Action Camera


Yi 4K Action Camera

SJCAM SJ5000X Elite


SJCAM SJ5000X Elite

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