If you have ever been looking to purchase an action camera for yourself to document all your crazy parkour stunts or diving you’ve probably stumbled upon a brand called GoPro, right? Well, there are a lot of other alternatives to GoPro cameras. It all depends on what you plan on using them for.
If you’ve got a limited budget but want a good entry level camera, there are quite a few to choose from. One that I can recommend is the Intova Sport HD II. It’s a really great camera and can be compared to the GoPro Hero 3 Silver. In terms of specs, they are quite similar. The Intova Sport HD II can film 1080p@30fps and 720p@60fps. A very good thing about this camera is that the battery life is better than on the GoPro. Something else, is that you get some things you wouldn’t normally get with a GoPro. For example, there is a waterproof case included with the Intova, and you also have a built in LCD screen for live view and preview of footage. The reason you’ve only heard things about GoPro, and not other action cameras, is because they spend a lot of money and time on marketing.
With this said, I don’t mean that GoPros are bad. The quality is really great, and they are durable. Something else that is great about the GoPro is that since a lot of people own GoPros, anyone on the internet can help you with any troubles you may have. However, if you are on a budget, you might want to consider a cheaper action camera brand and begin from there.