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21. Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 Best for: Travel vlogging, Best for: At home vlogging

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Pros Cons
20 megapixel 1/2.3 inch CCD sensor, 24–240mm f/3.0-f/6.9 lens, 10x optical zoom No 1080p Full HD video mode, no flip screen

Verdict: 2.75 out of 5

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 is a budget version of the ELPH 360.

Video quality is far, but the 190 can only shoot 720p HD videos at 30 frames per second. That’s a little behind by 2017 standards, considering most mid to high end compacts now shoot at 1080p Full HD at 60 frames per second. Videos shot using this camera won’t reach the quality, or feature the smooth movement, found using more expensive compacts.

Furthermore, the battery life is pretty short, and low screen resolution (without the added convenience of a touch screen) can make usability difficult.

Overall, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 is a camera made for budding photographers, but may not be the greatest if your interest lies in filming top-notch videos. The portability and addition of advanced features, though, make this an ideal camera for new vloggers and selfie lovers.

20. GoPro HERO5 Session Best for: Travel vlogging

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Pros Cons
4K resolution at 30fps, 1/3.2-inch sensor, f/2.8 lens, voice control, waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters), Wi-Fi No color LCD screen

Verdict: 3 out of 5

The GoPro HERO Session was the first action camera I ever bought, and I was frustrated by how grainy my footage looked even in only slightly dim environments.

The GoPro HERO5 Session makes this list because it is essentially a smaller, cheaper version of the brilliant HERO5 Black that keeps all of the most critical features that make that camera so good.

This Session, unlike the last, can shoot in 4K at 30 frames per second, and 1080p at 90 frames per second. Video looks almost as good as it does on the HERO5 Black, and it even adds digital image stabilization, which works just as well as it does on its big brother.

The Session understands voice commands, too, but by paying $100 less, you do lose out on a few great features like the color LCD touch screen, and the ability to switch out the batteries. Battery life is a little shorter than the HERO5, too, at about 90 minutes.

If you’re looking for an action camera, but you can’t afford one of the big boys, the GoPro HERO5 Session is the best budget action camera out there.

19. GoPro HERO5 Black Best for: Travel vlogging

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Pros Cons
4K video resolution at 30fps, 1/2.3-inch sensor, f/2.8 lens, voice control, GPS, LCD touch screen, waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters), Wi-Fi No flip screen

Verdict: 3 out of 5

The GoPro is probably the most famous action camera in the world, but the brand have begun to fall behind in the last couple of years, as competitors like Garmin, Sony, and Olympus released some truly awesome devices.

The latest GoPro changes that.

With the HERO5, GoPro essentially merged the HERO4 silver, with its touch screen LCD, and the HERO4 black, with its ability to shoot 4K at 30 frames per second, and 1080p at 120 frames per second.

The HERO5 does one better, though, by coming picked with digital image stabilisation. And it works pretty well, too, giving stability to even the shakiest footage.

Another huge plus on the HERO5 is a setting that removes the camera’s fisheye effect, meaning your surroundings won’t appear to bend at the top and bottom of the screen. If you like the fisheye look, you can still shoot in that mode, but having the option is a huge benefit, and means this GoPro is the most versatile ever.

The HERO5’s battery life is slightly lower than the HERO4, but you’ll still get around two hours fifteen minutes of continuous shooting time. You can remove the battery, so there’s also the option to buy a replacement for when you run out of juice.

GoPro have also caught up with the pack by adding voice recognition, and it’s better than on most action cameras, with a bunch of different recognisable phrases, including the option to add a bookmark when you say either “oh shit!” or “that’s sick.” You’ll only see these bookmarks if you edit using GoPro’s own software, though.

There’s not much to dislike about the HERO5. While videos don’t look remarkably better than the HERO4, there’s enough new features here to justify an upgrade. It also retails for less than the HERO4 did at launch.

18. Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Best for: Travel vlogging

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Pros Cons
40K video resolution at 40 fps, f/2.6 CMOS sensor, LCD touchscreen, waterproof to 131ft in waterproof housing, GPS (speed, elevation), Wi-Fi No flip screen

Verdict: 5 out of 5

Garmin has pivoted from a GPS manufacturer to become one of the most impressive action camera makers out there.

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 is one of the first action cameras that has threatened to throw GoPro off its pedestal as the premier producer of the high-octane vlogging camera.

These two devices are really similar: Both come with 4K video, and can shoot 1080p at 120 frames per second, too. They both have voice recognition, and they’re both similarly priced.

Like the GoPro HERO5, the Virb Ultra 30 comes with GPS, but what sets the Virb Ultra 30 apart is how Garmin utilizes this feature.

The Virb Ultra 30 records your elevation, ground speed, and can even be hooked up to other sensors to measure your heart rate. This data can then be overlaid during editing by using Garmin’s own editing software. Alternatively, you can export this data add them via another editing program.

With this feature, the Virb Ultra 30 sets itself apart from the GoPro HERO5 (interestingly, the HERO5 came out after the Virb Ultra 30, so Garmin either knew what the guys over at GoPro were up to, or got lucky.)

17. Nikon Coolpix AW130 Best for: Travel vlogging, Best for: At home vlogging

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Pros Cons
16 megapixel 1/2.3 inch sensor, 24mm f/2.8-f/4.9 lens, 5x zoom, sand/shock/dust proof, waterproof (100ft), Wi-Fi, optical image stabilization No flip screen

Verdict: 3 out of 5

When it comes to rugged, durable, made-to-last cameras, the Nikon Coolpix AW130 is one of the best in its class. It is waterproof up to 100 feet, which is more than most similar cameras. It retains a shockproof ability up to 2.1 feet, is dust proof and is still fully functional as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The body of the camera is one of its best features. It has a slippery aluminum exterior with the added convenience of a grip to make sure that dropping isn’t a concern you need when using the camera.

The camera can shoot at 1080p Full HD at 60 frames per second, and the quality is impressive, and makes this camera so much more versatile than just a travel vlogging camera. The camera even performs well in low light thanks to its low aperture, which means it has a wide lens that can take in lots of light. That’s unique for a compact of this size and caliber.

The Nikon Coolpix AW130, overall, is a fantastic camera for rugged use. The ability to film 1080p Full HD video, along with the variety of playback speed options, make filming almost anything completely possible and all of its combined features make it a truly practical, all-in-one camera.

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