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The Best Action Camera For Your Hunting Needs

The Best Action Camera For Your Hunting Needs

You're out in the woods with nothing standing between you and the nice future bear skin rug several yards away. A mammoth beast this bear is and you want to get this on camera but your gun requires two hands to operate. No worries- modern technology is here to save the day! Today we are going to compare some of the best options for you to choose from that will be able to capture this glorious moment on camera. By the end of this, you will know exactly which action camera will be best suited for your needs.


GoPro Hero 5 Black: Top tier Hunting action camera

GoPro Hero 5 Black Top tier Hunting action camera


The first and most popular camera we are going to take a look at is the GoPro Hero 5 Black. This isn't the only nor is it the latest model of GoPro (there is a newer Hero 6 and even the Fusion which takes 360 degree videos) but it is by and large GoPro's top seller right now in retail stores.

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Typically, customers have to choose between the Hero 5 Black and the Hero 5 Session. Both of these cameras take 4K, 30 fps quality video, they are both waterproof up to 10 meters, there's also built-in image stabilization (which provides a clearer picture even if the camera shakes), GPS, voice control, and GoPro Plus compatibility. But what's the difference between the two cameras? The Black model has a (touch)screen, a larger battery (thus longer battery life), a replaceable battery, 12 megapixel resolution compared to the Session's 10 megapixel resolution, and a micro HDMI connector. It also allows you to change more options like white balance, shutter speed, and ISO. The Black also gets unmatched fps when you lower the video quality. Both cameras will be compatible with the official GoPro Gun/Rod/Bow mount. If you slap this thing on your bow, you have on less thing to carry up your ladder stand for bow hunting

If you have a shotgun, rifle, or revolver, this mount should be compatible with your gun. The best part about this mount is it has additional stabilization to combat inevitable recoil. The GoPro Hero 5 Black sells for around $300 and the mount costs about $70. All of these features will be very valuable when you are out hunting.


Pros:

  • 4K video resolution
  • High fps
  • 12 megapixel still photo resolution
  • Unmatched battery life
  • Rechargeable/replaceable batteries
  • Customer Service
  • Touch screen
  • GPS
  • Voice Control
  • Image Stabilizer (plus the mount has additional stabilization)
  • Option for manual exposure control


Cons:

  • GoPro Plus costs a $5 monthly fee
  • High price point
  • Only 10 meters of waterproof without special accessory


Who is this product for?


This product is perfect for anyone looking for a versatile action camera that they can use on so much more than a gun, and will provide the least amount of headache regarding accessorizing. GoPros are great for everyone from beginners to experts.


Akaso EK7000: Mid-tier Hunting and sport action camera

Akaso EK7000


The next camera to consider is the much cheaper Akaso EK7000 4K Sports Action Camera which sells for $60-$70 on Amazon.


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While it also takes 4K quality footage, the fps is only 25 and even when you lower the quality of the video, the fps stays low. Fps stands for Frames Per Second and with a high quality video at a low fps, you are more likely to have a blurry or laggy picture. A camera with low fps simply can't catch up to the high quality picture it's supposed to be capturing. This is why when you buy a 4K television, it is recommended that the refresh rate is 120 to 240 hz- it is a similar concept. As far as the battery goes with the Akaso EK7000, it comes with two replaceable and rechargeable batteries similar to the batteries in the GoPro Hero 5 Session (but not as good as the Hero 5 Black). The best part about this camera is that its waterproof feature blows away GoPro's. This camera can go 100 feet underwater without additional casing, compared to GoPro's figure of 33 feet (10 meters). The biggest critique from the reviews I have seen is the horrible image and picture quality in comparison to the competition. The only way to get somewhat decent quality is to lower the resolution to 1080p. Nonetheless, this is a very cheap option most comparable to the Vivitar Action Camera that you may want to take a closer look at.


Pros:

  • 4K Resolution
  • Comes with 2 rechargeable/replaceable batteries
  • Screen
  • Unmatched waterproofing (98-100 feet)
  • Low price
  • 12 megapixel still photo resolution


Cons:

  • Low fps
  • Lack of exposure control
  • Can't use 4K feature with optimal clarity


Who is this product for?


This product is for anyone looking for a great bang for their buck. While this camera lacks a lot of the specs of a GoPro, it is over $200 cheaper. This is great for one's first action camera for the short term.


Spypoint XCEL: Lower Hunting sport action camera

Spypoint HD Hunting Action Camera


The next action camera and the final one of this category is the Spypoint XCEL HD HUNT Action Camera. This is by far the least popular and maybe the worst camera in this category and it still costs almost $200.


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It takes 5 megapixel pictures, compared to 12 from both the Hero 5 Black and the Akaso EK7000. Even the inferior Hero 5 SESSION takes better pictures than this at 10 megapixels. This camera doesn't take 4K video at all. It will take 1080p video at 30 fps (you can get 30 fps on a 4K video from GoPro), 720p video at 30 fps as well (this is atrocious), and 480p video at just 60 fps. The battery life of this camera is the same if not slightly better than the Akaso EK7000. It has the same battery size but it lacks so many features so it shouldn't use up its battery as fast. The Spypoint XCEL doesn't have a screen, whereas the Akaso and the Hero 5 Black do. In all fairness, this camera does have Akaso beat with wifi compatibility, working from 40 feet compared to the EK7000's 33. Aside from the wifi compatibility, this is a horrible camera at a horrible price. The cool thing is it would still be compatible with the High Point Products' bow camera mount. In fact, every camera in this category, including your cell phone would fit on this mount. It is lightweight and has a built in stabilizer. The only real reason to get this mount is if you choose the Akaso EK7000 or the Spypoint XCEL. It costs an additional $50 and it is limited to bows.


Pros:

  • Great wifi compatibility
  • Decent battery life


Cons:

  • 5 megapixel camera
  • No 4K feature
  • Extremely low fps
  • No screen
  • High price


Who is this product for?

This product is really for someone who doesn't care about still photography and is looking for the best wifi compatibility.


ShotKam Gun Camera, 2018 Model: Top tier gun action camera


ShotKam Gun Camera

Now we are going to take a look at 3 more cameras, but these are a specific type of action camera. They are gun cameras and look more like a scope. Let's first look at the ShotKam Gun Camera, 2018 Model.


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This camera will only go up to 1080p but it will record at a whopping 100 fps. At 720p, it records at 180 fps! Expect absolutely no lag and a very clear image from the ShotKam. This camera has a slow motion playback feature and can even keep the crosshairs in the video footage. The rechargeable battery on this camera is the best on the market and will last you 3 years (not to be confused with 3 years per charge). The downside with the battery is you can't buy a replacement from a third party and the replacing of the battery must be done at their warehouse in Florida. So what's the catch? It costs about $700. This is over twice the price of a GoPro Hero 5 Black and about ten times the price of the Akaso EK7000. Is it worth that price? While it does boast very impressive fps and convenient features, that decision is ultimately up to you. I will let you know my personal choice at the end.


Pros:

  • Unmatched fps
  • Very convenient
  • Customer service
  • Great batteries, low cost of replacement ($40)
  • Crosshairs in footage
  • Slow motion playback


Cons:

  • Very high price point
  • No 4K resolution
  • No manual exposure control


Who is this product for?


This product is great for those who are very serious and knowledgeable about filming their hunting experience and can afford to shell out the money. Veterans might appreciate this the most as it is military grade.


Tactacam 4.0: Mid-tier gun action camera

Tactacam 4.0


Next let's look at another one of these gun cameras called the Tactacam 4.0 Hunting Action Camera.


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This camera will shoot at 2.7K, which does beat ShotKam's max out of 1080p, but of course there is a catch. At 2.7K resolution, you get only 30 fps with the Tactacam 4.0, at 1080p, you get just 60 fps (compared to 100 fps from the ShotKam), and at 720p, you get 120 fps (compared to 180 fps from the ShotKam). These numbers aren't horrible or even bad in any way. Especially when you shoot in 1080p, you should experience no problems. However, it is just no match for the ShotKam. There are 3 really cool features to this Tactacam 4.0 gun camera. First, it gets 5x zoom which is better than a lot of action cameras out there. Second is the 360 degree, or in other words "omnidirectional", microphone built in to this puppy. And third is the fact that it is shock resistant. This sells for about $330 on Amazon, making it less than half the price of the far superior ShotKam. This price point is most comparable with the GoPro Hero 5 Black, although it doesn't have comparable specs. The only advantage the Tactacam 4.0 has over the Hero 5 Black is it is more convenient if you don't want the GoPro gun mount.


Pros:

  • 2.7K resolution (best in its category)
  • Good resolution
  • 5x Zoom
  • 360 degree/omnidirectional microphone
  • Shock resistance
  • Competitive price


Cons:

  • No 4K resolution feature
  • Lack of features like crosshairs in footage or exposure control


Who is this product for?


This is a great product for anyone, beginner or expert alike, looking to film their hunting experience. It has really good specs for its price, and even has the best resolution of the gun action cameras.


OHO 16 GB 1080 HD IP66: Low tier gun action camera

OHO 16 GB 1080 HD IP66


Finally we have come to the final action gun camera on our list. This one is called the OHO 16 GB 1080 HD IP66 Waterproof Gun Camera. Honestly this camera is the worst of the three in this category by far but it does sell at just $40 which is the only reason to put it on your watch list.


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This camera takes 1080p resolution video at just 30 fps and doesn't have any of the customizability or convenient features we see in any of the other five cameras we see on this list. There is only one upside to this camera and it is its 15 megapixel still photo resolution, which beats out every single camera here INCLUDING the GoPro Hero 5 Black. This camera compares to the ShotKam and Tactacam the same way the Spypoint camera compared to the GoPro and Akaso EK7000. This is easily the worst, however the difference between this camera and the Spypoint cameras are as follows. The OHO has 15 megapixels, compared to the 5 megapixel camera on the Spypoint. It is also more convenient as it sits on the gun like a scope. And most importantly, it costs 80% or five times less. This would be a great camera to put on an air rifle for squirrel hunting.


Pros:

  • 15 megapixel still photo resolution
  • Lowest price point


Cons:

  • No 4K resolution
  • VERY low fps, even after decreasing resolution
  • Lack of customizability


Who is this product for?


This product is suited for either beginners who are looking to get their very first gun action camera or anyone looking to spend next to nothing on it. Still photo enthusiasts would absolutely love this camera because of its unmatched 15 megapixel still photo resolution. The only mainstream action camera on the market who can beat that is the GoPro Hero 6 Black which costs twice as much as the Hero 5 Black.  


Conclusion: Best Action Camera For Hunting


From all of the information above, there are two cameras that stand out above the rest. The GoPro Hero 5 for the sport action camera category and the ShotKam for the gun action camera category. In the middle tier, we have the Akaso EK7000 for the sport action cameras and the Tactacam 4.0 for the gun action cameras. And the lowest tier consists of the Spypoint sport action camera and the OHO 16 GB 1080 HP IP66 gun action camera. If you are looking for the cheapest possible option, you either want the Akaso EK7000 which you can get for about $63 or the OHO for $40.

By far the Akaso is superior to the OHO, so if price is the biggest concern, that is my recommendation. If price is not a concern whatsoever, then I would have to recommend the ShotKam which costs about $700. It is the best action camera for hunting on the market. This camera takes SUPER high quality footage and is extremely convenient- it is military grade as well. If you are like me and are looking for the best quality at the best price, then the GoPro Hero 5 Black at $300 dollars is for you. This is the most popular and highly reviewed option on the table, with the highest specs in quality.

It boasts a touch screen, amazing battery life, a great still image camera (12 megapixels), insane customizability, image stabilization, and most importantly, customer support. You also don't have to worry about finding accessories because GoPro brand accessories can be found pretty much wherever GoPros are sold. It can be beat in megapixels only by the otherwise lowly OHO camera. It can be beat in depth of waterproofing only by the Akaso. It is the most convenient of the sport action cameras and has its own brand name gun mount that even works on rods and bows.


With your new action camera attached to your gun, you'll be able to show your friends and family the exact scenario when you took down that bear rug in the living room, or the deer head mounted on the wall. Due to the micro-HDMI cables these cameras are compatible with, you can even display this on your television or laptop! You should now be able to tell exactly which camera you want to buy for your specific needs and price range.

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