Choosing the right action camera used to be simple: Go with GoPro. That’s still good advice, in that the GoPro ranks high on our list and is our top pick for most people, but we’ve finally found a few worthy competitors.
To figure out which cameras are the best, we dove with them, climbed with them, surfed with them, and handed them to reckless 10-year-olds on bikes. We found a number of great options that will record, and survive, your future adventures.
Updated November 2022: We’ve added the GoPro Hero 11, Insta360 X3, and DJI Osmo Action cameras, and removed the GoPro Hero 9, which is no longer widely available.
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