Pick the Right Action Camera for Your Fishing Trips

Professional video and photo capabilities in an affordable package.

More and more anglers want to capture their days on the water when fishing. That means bringing along a camera that can shoot still photos and video. While the newest smart phone probably handles photos and video for social media posts, a separate action camera is the best option if you want to edit your videos for viewing on today’s massive TV screens, or even a YouTube channel.

Action cameras offer a first-person point of view, with the angler or boater recording on camera the perspective they’re seeing. Increasingly, action cameras are now built with view screens on the front and back of the camera, allowing the operator to see what’s being recorded, whether they’re facing the camera or shooting away from themselves.

The newest action cameras are loaded with features, able to perform underwater, shoot 4K video, and shoot at different frame rates. Slow-Mo options, image stabilization, and other features available on current camera models. Check out the action cameras highlighted below. Which features do you want in your next action camera?

A Budget Action Camera

AKASO Brave 4 4K 20MP WiFi Action Camera
Action cameras are available for under $100.AKASO

The Akaso Brave 4 Action Camera is priced to sell at under $100, but still has the impressive features of more expensive cameras. Shoot in 4K at 24 frames per second, 2K at 30 frames per second, and 1080P at 60 frames per second, or shoot 20MP still photos. Adjust the view angle of this action camera to 170, 140, 110, and 70 degrees. Take the camera as deep as 100 feet underwater too. WiFi connectivity and HDMI port are also included. This is the perfect beginner model for someone new to action cameras. Learn what today’s action cameras can offer without major financial investment.

Vlogging Cameras

DJI Osmo Action Camera with 2 Screens
View screens on the front and back make this camera conducive for vlogging.DJI

DJI, known for its drones, released the Osmo Action Camera to compete against the GoPro Hero 7. The two cameras have similar specifications and features. The Osmo Action has a 1.4-inch front screen (300 PPI) and 2.25-inch back screen (325 PPI). RockSteady stabilization technology gets rid of the extra motion in videos that can be distracting or even nauseating. The camera shoots in detail at HDR 4K video at 60 frames per second, slow motion under 1080P at 240 frames per second, as well as utilizing bit rates up 100 megabits per second. Other good accessories for anglers to incorporate with this camera are the 128 GB micro SD card and helmet strap mount that often come packaged with the camera.

Image Stabilization in Action Cameras

GoPro HERO8 Black — Waterproof Action Camera
Hyper Smooth keeps everything stabilized.Ritz Gear

The GoPro HERO8 action camera wanted to get serious about image stabilization. The camera has three levels of stabilization under the Hyper Smooth 2.0 settings. Even better, Hyper Smooth works with all resolutions and frame rates, and features horizon leveling. A Time Warp 2.0 setting records super stabilized time lapse videos while doing an activity like casting, fighting a fish, paddling or leadering a fish. Time Warp automatically adjusts speed based on motion, scene detection and lighting. Slow-motion and live-burst features allow anglers to get artistic with their video while fishing. The HERO8 has all the features and video quality necessary for a fishing action camera.