Even if GoPro has become the market leader for action cameras, is not alone.AliExpress Action Camera Review 2017 will guide you through the best chinese action cameras brands.

No, we do not talk about its more direct competitors like Sony or TomTom but of a lot of manufacturers come from China that have decided to join the category with affordable models with cheap prices and where sometimes they do not have flush in copies the designs of the family Hero .

Best AliExpress Action Camera Review 2017 Table
9.2 Total Score
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8.9 Total Score
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9.5 Total Score
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9.2 Total Score
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9.4 Total Score
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Xiaomi Yi
9.4 Total Score
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Xiaomi Yi Camera
Dimensions65 x 42 x 21 mm
Weight96 grams
Image Resolution12 megapixels
BluetoothYes
Resolutions4K @ 30.25 Ultra Wide 3840x2160
2.5K @ 30.25 Ultra Wide 2560x1920
1440P @ 60.50,30.25 Ultra Wide 1920x1440
1080P @ 120,100,60,50,30,25 Ultra Wide 1920x1080
960P @ 120,100,60,50 Ultra Wide 1280x960
720P @ 240,200 Ultra Wide 1280x720
480P @ 240,200 Ultra Wide 848X480
Battery1400 mAh
AccessoriesYes,Waterproof
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0
Storage microSD


Among the many manufacturers that have Xiaomi action cameras is the one that stands out for the reputation that has already been created with their mobiles. With Yi Camera they were clear that they wanted to compete with GoPro and be a reference in the line of basic models. Of the options in the list is one of the most interesting: decent image quality, ease of use both to take photos and to record video and a correct image stabilization.And a big plus is Bluetooth connection.

The only drawback is that the battery tends to heat up a lot when we have the WiFi turned on regardless of whether we are recording video or transferring files to the mobile. Removing that is one of the best options and you can find in different online stores at a good price.

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SOOCOO
9.2 Total Score
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SOOCOO S60
Dimensions60 x 40 x 25 mm
Weight94 grams
Image Resolution12 megapixels
BluetoothNo
Resolutions4K @ 24fps (2880x2160)
2K @ 30 fps (2560x1440
1080p @ 60fps (1920x1080)
720p @ 120fps (1280x720)
480p @ 240fps (640x480)
Battery1050 mah
AccessoriesYes,Waterproof
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0
Storage microSD


Sports model, the S60 of SOOCOO. Its sensor is capable of recording video at 1080p and 4k. It has an LCD screen on the back and the autonomy is on average compared to other models. The image quality is acceptable but the most interesting of this model we have in the possibility of pairing it with the remote control that is included.

This accessory comes in an adjustable strap that allows us to control the recording and even use a four X digital zoom. Perhaps it is not the most attractive to the naked eye but considering that it is capable of recording video to good quality and does not overheat, it is a good choice if we do not want to spend a lot.

SJCAM
9.5 Total Score
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SJ5000X
Dimensions61×42.4×25 mm
Weight74g (Battery Included)
Image Resolution14 megapixels
BluetoothNo
Resolutions4K @ 24fps (3840*2160 pixels)
2.7K @ 30fps (2704*1524 pixels)
1080p @ 60fps (1920*1080 pixels)
1080p @ 30fps (1920*1080 pixels)
720p @ 120fps (1280*720 pixels)
720p @ 60fps (1280*720 pixels)
720p @ 30fps (1280*720 pixels)
Battery900mAh
AccessoriesYes,Waterproof
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0
StoragemicroSD
PricemicroSD


SJ is the other great brand that along with Xiaomi seeks to fight for the throne to be the best cheap action camera. It has many models in the market and you have to look carefully when we do with one of them because it is easy to find fakes or other cheaper models camouflaged with his name.(check our link for safe seller) Its best known model is the SJ4000 but the most powerful is the SJ5000x or Elite or Plus.

The SJ5000x is ambitious and although it did not start well (firmware 1.4 had many problems) with later updates it has become one of the best options. Good picture quality, decent microphone, lots of recording options ... It still fails in some respects like slow motion recording but removing that, is a highly recommended model. It is not the cheapest,but is best for its money.

Amkov
8.9 Total Score
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AMKOV AMK7000s
Dimensions41*59*21 mm
Weight75g(Battery Included)
Image Resolution12 megapixels
BluetoothNo
Native Resolution4K @ 10fps (3840*2160 pixels)
2.7K @ 16fps (2704*1524 pixels)
1080p @ 60fps (1920*1080 pixels)
1080p @ 30fps (1920*1080 pixels)
720p @ 120fps (1280*720 pixels)
720p @ 60fps (1280*720 pixels)
480 @ 240fps (640*480)
Battery1150mAh (1080p30 1.5 hours, 4K25/2.7K30/1080p60 1 hour)
AccessoriesYes,Waterproof
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0 Bluetooth
StoragemicroSD
PricemicroSD


The Amkov sports camera with wifi (by the way easy to configure, similar to the gopro), records in full hd 1080 at 60 fps, the quality / price is worth your purchase. White balance it is not perfect and the image loses a bit, for naked eye.

Good value for money. For the price of the camera the quality is correct, saving one aspect: in conditions of great light, in automatic, everything goes excessively white. The lacquered color of the front button of the camera is "peeled" with the use of the waterproof housing. If it were not for the accessories(poor quality) I would give it 5 stars, after 5 minutes of diving the waterproof case began to tarnish (point for the seller who offered me check to buy another case).

There is more and more and being so affordable is inevitable that they have managed to attract the attention of the public. Among this avalanche of cameras are some very interesting models and many others are expendable. With this shopping guide we want to help you separate the grain from the chaff because even though you have heard that it “records as well as a GoPro and is worth less than half”, do not listen it. This is all you need to know.

Basic characteristics of chinese action cameras:

When we begin to see action cameras the first thing that will catch our attention will be resolution. For some time, this number does not mean much because having more pixels in the sensor does not translate into better image quality. It’s easy to find what model each carries: Sony, OmniVision, Panasonic …

Of the specifications that we can see at a glance in an action chamber there are two aspects that should interest us. On the one hand the battery: important to look carefully at how much capacity each model has. The autonomy is very variable and will depend a lot on how we record video: if we do in Full HD will last a little less than HD 720p, if we do with the WiFi on we can use it for less time …

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On the other hand we have the compatibility with the accessories. Many manufacturers have decided to copy the hitch system that uses GoPro to use different accessories. From water proof cases to protect it from water and the selfie stick and supports of all kinds. The normal thing is that in most of the cameras that we see come with manufacturer accessories. Look carefully because having variety will mean using the camera more and being able to give it more uses.

Other AliExpress Action Camera Review 2017 details, such as the aperture of the lens or the type of slot used for the cards, should be taken into account. If we want to know the real quality of these cameras we will have to look beyond the technical specifications because although the manufacturers promise us sensors of much resolution, there are many important details that are not reflected with the naked eye.

And the native resolution to which it records? In the models we will see today in AliExpress Action Camera Review 2017, almost all the standard is Full HD at 60 frames per second. Some go up to 2K with 30 fps but none are still on UHD 4K. That remains the exclusive territory of the top of the range, at the moment.

As we said, not everything is sensor in these cameras and the quality of image will only see it thanks to videos recorded by other users. At the moment no manufacturer has managed to put a good sensor in these models and this means that what we record can have a quality far from what we expected at first. So our first advice when we are interested in a particular model is that we see some sample shots.

Great attention must be paid to compression artifacts. In digital photography are very common but today most of the sensors we use in cameras or mobile phones do not create many distortions. In low-cost action cameras it is easy to find these artifacts, that is, images that lose a lot of quality, fuzzy details, colors are not shown in a natural way …

Another important aspect that we sometimes overlook is image stabilization. We have an action camera, ergo we are going to move a lot and therefore we do not want the image to come out very trepidated or that when we mount the device in a fixed place (a helmet, the handlebars of a bike …) the video we record Vibrate and not allow us to enjoy a smooth image. Again: important that AliExpress Action Camera Review 2017 we review videos recorded with each model because in some cases the stabilization shines by its absence thus killing part of the grace of using one of these cameras.

If you look at the outside of the cameras, most opt ​​for a fisheye type lens that allows us to take photos and record video with a wide angle. It also allows us the option to maintain the proportions but not all the cameras make a similar cut. Look carefully in AliExpress Action Camera Review 2017 because in some models you will see that much image is left behind when we move from one mode to another.

There is an aspect that tends to fall into oblivion when we record with an action camera and that is the audio. All cameras come with built-in microphone but not all capture the sound just as well. In some models, a lot of noise is shed to little wind blowing and in others it barely captures anything that is far away. Usually all make water and only a few give good results.

Special mention to the mobile application used by each manufacturer. This element will be the link that expedites the transfer of video and images to our smartphone so we can share directly with our friends and not have to pass the content through a computer and a USB cable. There are some who do very well as Xiaomi or SJ but others are quite disastrous.

AliExpress Action Camera Review 2017 small summary: look at specifications such as battery and compatibility with accessories. The sensor is an element that at first sight does not tell us much and it is best that we watch videos to check elements that are not seen by the naked eye: compression artifices, image stabilization, natural representation of colors … The application Mobile, without being a key piece, should work well so the experience of transferring files is not frustrating.

 

 

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