Choosing the right action camera used to be simple: Go with GoPro. It’s still good advice. The GoPro ranks high on our list and would be our top pick for most people. But finally, we’ve found a few worthy competitors.
To figure out which camera is the best, we tried them all. We dove with them, climbed with them, biked with them, and handed them to reckless 4-year-olds on scooters. We found a number of great options that will record, and survive, your future adventures.
Updated for October 2020: We’ve added the GoPro Hero 9 Black, dropped the Hero 7, noted some major firmware updates for the Insta360 One R, and updated the prices on everything.