Best action camera 2020: the 10 top rugged cameras for video adventures
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The best action cams for outdoorsy adventures
Searching for the best action camera you can buy? You've come to the right place. Whether you're looking for a GoPro or a more affordable alternative, we've tested all the latest models and have boiled down all of our findings into this in-depth guide.

Smartphones may now be capable of shooting some impressive 4K video, but action cameras still certainly have their place – particularly when you want to shoot video or stills somewhere that isn't a suitable environment for a glass slab that's home to your entire digital life.

The latest models, like our current top pick for the best action camera – the GoPro Hero 8 Black – combine impressive 4K video with excellent stabilization that's designed to remove the judder and shake from even the most rock-strewn mountain bike trail. That GoPro is also waterproof, shockproof and comes with a new wind-resistant microphone.

Some action cameras have leaped beyond common tricks like shooting moving timelapses (or Hyperlapses), too. If you're tired of having to predict where you should be pointing your action came to catch the crucial moments, then 360-degree models like the GoPro Max and Insta360 One R could be for you.

These action cameras capture the whole scene around you, then let you 'punch' into certain parts of it so you can create a standard 'flat' movie that contains all of the highlights. If you're prepared to take a slight hit in quality, they're a great new option.

Of course, you might not want to spend big bucks on the latest tech, so we've also included older action cams like the GoPro Hero 7 Black and Olfi One.Five Black, which continue to offer great value. Particularly if all you're looking for is a cycling safety camera to stick on your helmet or handlebars.

Whatever kind of tough video shooter you're looking for, here are the best action cameras you can buy today.

Best action cameras 2020 at a glance:

GoPro Hero 8 Black GoPro Hero 7 Black DJI Osmo Action Insta360 One R GoPro Max GoPro Hero 7 Silver Yi…
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