Top Popular Action Cameras of 2017

Action Cameras

Even though conventional digital cameras exist, people have been purchasing digital action cameras capable of capturing up to 4K images and videos. You can now purchase a wide range of 4K-enabled action camera from various e-commerce stores based in China such as Gearbest, Banggood, Geekbuying, and Tomtop. Initially, the action cameras were manufactured without touch display but companies have been integrating touch screens on budget action cameras. Going forward, we expect a huge growth of action cameras because of its size, portability, and price.

MGCOOL Explorer 3

MGCOOL Explorer 3 features a 2-inch touchscreen, Native 4K support, iCatch V50 processor, Panasonic 34112 sensor with a 7G sharp lens with the ability to shoot 4K videos at 30fps. You can also capture images up to 14MP. It is also possible to shoot FHD and HD videos at 60fps and 120fps respectively. The 170-degree wide angle sensor helps you to focus wide objects. Powered by a 1100mAh battery, the MGCOOL Explorer 3 provides support for H.264+ compression technology. The camera helps you to shoot 4K videos at 30fps for about 75 minutes. The integrated 5V/1A adapter included with the camera is capable of charging up to two hours. The camera is also water-resistant up to 30m.

Price: $89.99


The SJCAM SJ7 STAR provides support for Native 4K with a 2-inch touchscreen, Ambraella A12S75 processor, Sony IMX117 sensor with the capability to shoot 166-degree wide angle. Moreover, you can shoot up to 16MP and also includes support for Gyroscope. It is possible to capture shake-free images. The camera is water-resistant up to 30 meters. A 1050mAh battery supplies the required power for the handset. The camera also provides support for an external microphone, wireless remote coupled with storage up to 128GB.

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Price: $159

MGCOOL Explorer Pro 2

The MGCOOL Explorer Pro 2 is equipped with a 2-inch touchscreen, Pega S350 processor, Sony IMX179 sensor coupled with 6G 170-degree Shark-eye HD lens. With the help of the camera, it is possible to shoot 4K videos at 25fps and images up to 16MP. Like all other MGCOOL cameras, the Explorer Pro 2 is also water-resistant up to 30m with H.264 compression. The 1050mAh battery is capable of shooting 4K videos for 100 minutes. You need to insert a memory card to work with the camera.

Price: $53.99


The EKEN H9R features a 2-inch display, Sunplus 6350 processor, an OV4689 sensor with the ability to shoot 170-degree captures. With EKEN H9R, you will be able to shoot 4K videos at 25fps and 2.7K videos at 30fps. When it comes to the images, it is possible to capture pictures up to 12MP starting from 4MP. Powered by a 1050mAh battery, the H9R is water-resistant up to 3m. You can extend the storage up to 32GB using a memory card.

Price: $42.95

Xiaomi Mijia Mini Camera

The Xiaomi Mijia Mini camera offers a 2.4-inch display, Ambarella A12S75 processor, Sony sensor powered by a 1450mAh battery. The disadvantage of the camera is that it provides support for 145 degrees wide angle, which is less than other competing cameras. With H.264 support, the Xiaomi Mijia Mini Camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps. It is also possible of snapping images up to 8.3MP, which is also significantly less when compared to other action cameras. The camera provides support for anti-shake functionality, camera timer, time lapse in addition to autofocusing.

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Price: $129.99

If you navigate to Gearbest, Banggood, Amazon and other sites, you will find plenty of action cameras. The market is competitive and you need to verify the features and specifications offered by the various cameras before taking a decision to purchase. The traditional digital cameras such as Canon and Nikon are still popular but action cameras will help you to shoot beautiful panoramic images and videos. The features included with action cameras are more than offered by conventional digital cameras. Moreover, people prefer 4K-centric cameras because they can be handled easily since they are normally light in weight. You can also carry them in your pocket because the overall size will be that of a small square.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at