Phone cameras have come a long way in recent times, but there is no substituting an action camera for your next outdoor adventure – whether you’re swimming, skiing, skating, skydiving or anything in between.

Drones and DSLR/mirrorless camera are great, don’t get us wrong. But they aren’t built for certain adventures. Bungee jumping? Swimming with sharks? OK, maybe it doesn’t have to be that extreme… but what about surfing or scuba? Action cameras are the perfect companion for an adventure on the water – after you slip-slop-slap, of course. On top of sun safety tips, we have a few hints to get the most out of your action camera on the water.

Introducing: The Insta360 ONE R Twin Edition
The action camera market has been looking for a product like this for a while: a unique, modular action camera for those who are in two minds between shooting 360-degree videos and 4K films. The ONE R’s one-of-a-kind combination of VR-grade video and traditional widescreen footage makes it an enticing investment for videographers.The ONE R is waterproof and shock resistant, with lens guards to take on any conditions – which is impressive, given the modular build. There are a bunch of handy auto-editing and colour grading features for post production, and uniquely, you can track your subject through their voice. Team that FlowState stabilisation for smooth tracking, and you’re good to take on the slopes, hills and skate parks.

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Invisible selfie sticks?!
There is a reason why this camera has won multiple product design awards this year: the modular design and 360 engineering are one thing, but you can complete your kit with an invisible selfie stick. You’re reading that right! Just like a normal extender you’d use on other action cameras, the ONE R compatible selfie stick has automatic detection algorithms to remove the pole from your footage –giving the illusion you have your own personal drone following you around.

 

Zero-X ZX-40
The best way into the action camera market for the budget conscious. Front and rear LCD screens to monitor your footage, 4K Ultra HD footage and multiple camera modes. Don’t let a price tag get in the way of capturing your next holiday.

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Insta360 ONE X2
Your powerful pocket action camera. The unique, slim design has changed the action camera market recently; the 360 camera, offering a huge 5.7K, auto stitching and 10m water proofing with no extra mounting is one of the many reasons these are going into so many new pockets since its release.

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GoPro HERO10 Black
Fresh off the production line, GoPro’s newest entry has taken another giant leap forward. Boasting a huge 23MP for photography, 5.3k video and highly impressive Hypersmooth 4.0 stability system. The Hero10 is now cloud-connected, so your footage is automatically uploaded to the cloud!

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Accessories
If you’re on the water, chances are you’re going to need your hands, and the accessories you use with your camera offer a different perspective depending on your situation: wrist mounts, chest mounts, helmet mounts, board mounts – if you can think of it, it exists. Mix them up for perspective bonus points. Most importantly though, your hands are free to enjoy what you are doing.Wild, Life
Interacting with wildlife is always a challenge, for many reasons. It’s important to capture from a distance, so switching your lens from a wide angle to macro/linear/zoom perspective is crucial. Stay quiet, stay still, respect the wildlife, and enjoy your linear footage of nature’s best.Lick Your Lens
Yes, it sounds strange. But licking the front of your lens before taking it underwater will prevent tiny little bubbles attaching to the camera when submerged, and getting in the way of your footage. It’s an old tip passed to us, that we’re passing to you.

Care for your camera
When the fun is all done, it’s important to wash your camera – especially if you’ve been out in the salt water. We take ours in the shower… but a sink would probably work too, we guess.