5 Best Action Cameras Under $100 (That are Actually Decent) [2018]
Action Camera Under $100

5 Best Action Cameras Under $100 (That are Actually Decent) [2018 Update]

Action Camera Under $100To capture those thrilling, adrenaline-infused moments, you need a solid action camera that can withstand rough handling.

The rugged action cameras are no longer confined to professional photographers.

When you think of action cameras, you probably think GoPro.

The brand has singlehandedly made action cameras popular among not just sports enthusiasts, but pet lovers and homemakers too.

Nowadays, everyone from professional snowboarders to cute pets who can’t stand still wears action cameras to capture breathtaking moments.

Thanks to this widespread popularity, there are plenty of action cameras that are highly affordable for budget users.

You really don’t need to spend more than $100 for a good action camera with great features for home use.

Here is our pick at a glance:

Best Action Camera Under $100 List – 2018

1. Campark ACT74 Action Cam

This rather small action camera can shoot 4k HD video at 30 fps or 1080p Full HD video at 60 fps.

It can take 16MP photos too. The rather powerful resolutions are paired with 170-degree wide angle lens for taking capturing images in panoramic ranges.

It has Wi-Fi which ranges about 10 meters, and comes with a remote controller.

The camera comes with a waterproof casing so you can even take this snorkeling or diving. It also has an HDMI connection.

We found the picture and video quality to be really crisp.

For photos, the camera can achieve resolutions up to 4608×3456, which is impressive.

It also has really high speed functionality. For 720p resolution, the fps is 90! So you can be assured of shooting really smooth footage.

The build is also very compact and lightweight, ideal for travelling.

It also came with a ton of accessories for mounting, fitting, a cleaning cloth, and even an extra battery.

Speaking of battery, the capacity is a disappointing 900mAh, possibly because the camera is small.

It can shoot video on highest settings for perhaps 50 minutes. Depending on your settings, battery can last up to 90 minutes max.

+Pros:

  • Compact for travel
  • Waterproof casing provided
  • Comes with a lot of accessories
  • Full HD video with high speed smoothness
  • High res pictures
  • Wi-Fi remote

-Cons:

  • Small battery capacity

2. AKASO Brave 4

If you are looking for an action camera that will offer up high-quality video and images with amazing detail, then this is the device for you.

With the video, you get to enjoy HD 4K with 24fps and 2K with 30fps recording. The camera can also capture 20MP photos.

This isn’t the only reason that you can get such amazing footage with this camera, though. There are lots of other features that make it easier to capture the perfect shot.

For instance, you can choose from a variety of optional view angles depending on the picture that you are trying to take.

Then, the built-in gyroscope means that you to get to enjoy the ultimate image stabilization and won’t have to worry about any shaking either.

While the visual quality of this action camera is virtually flawless, you will find that the sound quality isn’t as great, particularly when the camera is in its waterproof casing.

Speaking of which, when the camera is in its protective case, it is waterproof up to 30m.

Yet another exciting fact is that the camera is equipped with rechargeable batteries, each that can last up to 90 minutes at a time.

Last but certainly not least, you can transfer media from your camera either with Wi-Fi or an HDMI cable, allowing you to share your pictures and video much more quickly.

+Pros:

  • High-quality video and images
  • Additional features
  • Waterproof up to 30m
  • Great battery life
  • Easy to share media

-Cons:

  • The sound quality isn’t great

3. EKEN H9R

When you’re on holiday or simply doing a bit of exploring, it is difficult to predict the type of scenes that you will stumble onto.

This action camera, however, ensures that you are ready for anything with all of the accessories you have on hand.

It is equipped with mounts, tripods, and more, allowing you to get the perfect shot every time.

To top this off, the camera also has a remote that allows you to control the various functions on the device without actually having it in your hands.

Of course, the main function of the camera is to be able to produce high quality images and this is exactly what this device lets you do.

You can record vide at either 4K at 25fps, 1080p at 30fps, or 720p at 12fps. As for photo resolution, you can enjoy images up to 12MP.

This is also definitely an action camera that you can take anywhere with you. For one thing, it is equipped with a waterproof case that it keeps it protected up to 30m.

Furthermore, the case is incredibly hardy and great for all conditions.

You will find it quite easy to transfer video and images as this camera can manage this either with Wi-Fi or an HDMI cable.

The only real downside is that the rechargeable battery may not last as long as you would like but there is fortunately an additional one provided.

+Pros:

  • High quality capturing and imaging features
  • Waterproof up to 30m
  • Lots of additional accessories
  • Remote
  • Quick transfer of media

-Cons:

  • Battery doesn’t last very long

4. AKASO EK7000

If you are someone who tends to be quite active and always engaged in adventurous sports, then you will need a camera with a more hands-off approach.

Well, if this is what you are looking for then, this action camera will fit the bill well. See, the camera comes equipped with a wrist remote control.

Therefore, you can easily change from one format to another and even switch modes with the remote. This allows you to control the recording more easily.

This is also camera that offers up really great image and recording quality.

You can record in 4K at 25fps or 1080p at 30fps. The camera lets you capture 20MP images as well.

The downside of this high quality is that the battery doesn’t last too long while recording. So, although you are provided with an additional rechargeable battery, this can be rather frustrating.

The good news, though, is that the camera comes with a hardy, waterproof case. As a result, you can take it up to 30m with you underwater.

Last but certainly not least is the fact that the camera has built-in Wi-Fi which makes transferring media an absolute breeze.

You also have the choice of relying on an HDMI cable for this process if you want to.

+Pros:

  • Great quality images and video
  • Waterproof up to 30m
  • Easy to transfer media
  • Remote control

-Cons:

  • Short battery life

5. Dragon Touch

This is definitely a versatile camera. Not only is it durable, it also boasts a lot of different features, ensuring that you can capture images the way that you want to.

As for the quality, this isn’t bad either. Now, you can select from 4K at 30fps, 2.7K, at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps when recording.

However, it is best to stick with 1080p as the higher quality recording bitrate isn’t great. Thus, the resulting video isn’t as smooth as you would like it to be.

Regardless the 16MP images are great and you can see beautiful details in the images.

Another one of the perks with this camera is that it is simple to use, even during adventurous activities. This is largely thanks to the wireless remote that lets you control the camera from a distance.

To add to this, this camera has an excellent waterproof case. This means that even when you are 30m beneath the surface of the water, the camera will function perfectly.

With the Wi-Fi feature, you can transmit the images and recordings that you have captured quickly and with limited hassle.

Finally, this camera comes with two rechargeable batteries so that you can enjoy prolonged usage while on your adventures.

+Pros:

  • Good video and images
  • Waterproof up to 30m
  • Good battery life
  • Easy to transfer files
  • Remote accessories

-Cons:

  • 4K quality isn’t great
Not feeling these action cameras? Check out our list of Action cameras under $200

How to Buy an Action Camera with a $100 Budget

When people think of the best action cameras, they think GoPro. This is not the only brand available out there.

So, be open minded and be willing to learn to get a good action camera under $100 that suits your needs.

Do not discriminate based on the brand name. Discriminate based on the features offered against the price.

Video resolution is very important when buying an action camera. Otherwise, you can do with just about any smartphone camera.

Currently, 4K is the highest action camera resolution available. Next come 1080p and 720p resolutions.

To stream top-quality 4K video, you need compatible TVs or a computer.

If you don’t, go for the 1080p and 720p resolutions, which is compatible with almost all TVs and computers.

Size and shape of the camera also matter. For example, box-shaped action cameras are the best for chest mounting. Bullet shaped ones are the best for helmet mounting.

If you need a highly portable action camera, choose the most lightweight one.

Most action cameras have rugged exteriors to last long. However, do pay attention to features on offer like waterproof and weatherproof.

If you plan on taking your action camera near a body of water, make sure it doesn’t require a waterproof casing.

Field of View and Other Factors

The field of view (FOV) offered in action cameras matter when it comes to how a moment is captured.

Action cameras offer wide angle, medium and narrow FOVs.

Wide angle is the most common, but it alco commonly causes distortions in the angle.

You need to consider the megapixel level offered by the action camera to take still photos.

The higher the MP is, the better the photo resolution will be, just like in smartphones.

Expect that battery life will depend on usage level. If you shoot high-res videos, have Wi-Fi on, the battery will drain faster.

So, don’t take the battery life on the label too seriously as it can vary depending on usage.

To avoid jerky footage, get an action camera with high memory capacity and fast writing speeds. A Class 10 memory card is enough for average needs.

You may need to buy extra accessories to use your action camera for certain activities.

For example, if you need surfing footage, you will have to buy a special mount to fix the camera onto a surfing board. Not all cameras can be accessorized in that manner.

So, before you buy, carefully consider your needs. When buying, make sure the camera can be accessorized the way you want to for special needs.

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Philippe Oubre - April 13, 2017

Hello, so I’m currently looking for a sports action camera. I’ve been doing a lot of research on them but am really confused on which one to buy. I want one under $100, but doesn’t have to be dirt cheap. I obviously want as good as quality as I can for my money. I will be using it mainly for snorkeling and other activities like that. After comparing a bunch and watching side by side videos, I narrowed it down to 4, this includes looking at accessories, battery life, video quality, and overall durability. Also, I stopped looking at the YI because I want an LCD camera on the back and WIFI connection. The 4 are; the Akaso EK7000, the APEMAN, the Lightdow LD4000, and the EKEN H9. I’m leaning towards the Akaso or the EKEN. I love both of their video quality and accessories. Especially that they are compatible with Gopro ones. This website was extremely helpful, but do you have any advice that could push me one way or another? I would love your help. I’m definitely no expert. Anyway, let me know what you think! Thanks!

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    Philippe Oubre - April 13, 2017

    after more research its between the Akaso EK 7000 or the Soocoo C30. One reviewer said the Soocoo is much better than the Akaso. He mentioned that the Akaso gets reviews by giving people a gift with a good review. other than that is a pretty bad option in this price range. Now im scared. Should I be? lol

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      ConsumerHelp Guide - April 18, 2017

      Hi Philippe,

      I guess I need to go claim my gift then 😉 Jokes aside, quality-wise I think they’re both good products for the price point. I need to take a closer look at the Soocoo C30 (http://amzn.to/2ojLBQd). One issue with the AKASO is that it saves clips in 10-minute files. While it can be easily put together using a free program, it can be kind of a hassle. So it may be something to think about. With the Soocoo the biggest complaint is battery life. Akaso’s battery life isn’t great either but it’ll last a little longer than the Soocoo.

      Not sure if you’ve already made your purchase. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks for stopping by!

      Eduardo

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        Philippe Oubre - April 19, 2017

        I have not made my purchase yet. I’m still deciding. I guess, my only question is that if you personally would buy one now with snorkeling/diving in mind for the most part, what one would you get? Anyway, thanks for your advise!

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          ConsumerHelp Guide - April 19, 2017

          Hi mate,
          I would go for the Akaso. On paper, all the cameras in the range are the same in terms of features, so I’d go based on customer feedback. Akaso has 4000+ reviews and is #1 on Amazon for underwater photography. So that’ll be my choice.

          Eduardo

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        Paolo Garancini - June 5, 2017

        Well, 10 minutes chunks is relevant. I suggest you promote this info in the main article.
        Is this a limitation common to many action cameras or just this one?
        I’m looking for one at the moment, of course don’t want to spend much on the purchase but at the same time I dont want to do any kind of post processing on the videos.
        I’m not planning on filming more than 10 minutes a time, but that could still occasionally happen.
        I’m also not that interested in 4K as I currently don’t own any output devices capable of that resolution, but your second pick offers “only” 30 fps @ 1080p.
        Also what about that novatek chip? Are the improvements notable on image quality?
        Would you still recommend the asako even after all these concerns?

        Thanks

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          ConsumerHelp Guide - June 18, 2017

          Hi mate,

          There are quite a few new models available on the market. We are currently reviewing them and we should have an updated list by tomorrow. Splitting video into chunks tends to be a limitation of a few cameras in this range.

          Regards,
          Eduardo

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Manual - April 25, 2017

I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz respond as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. thank you

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ash - June 21, 2017

if you wanted a action camera mainly to take still photos outdoors, but also take some hiking videos here and ther (mostly photos tho) in mountainy areas and other wilderness settings which of these would you pic

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