Top 5 Best Action Cameras for Broke Travellers

MJ Mendoza

The Philippines is an amazing country to travel into. From the windy islands of Batanes to the colorful seas of Sulu, every part of the country is definitely travel- and Instagram-worthy. Wide-angle shots taken from a GoPro are very much the “in” thing. But, not everyone can afford one let alone travel the country. GoPro or not, you can still take those amazing photos with these five action cams in the Philippines.

Xiaomi Yi Action Camera

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Perhaps one of the most popular action cameras in the Philippines, the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera is one affordable sports cam with powerhouse specs. It has a 16-MP wide-angle lens camera with three recording modes; Daily Mode: 1080p at 30fps, High-Speed Mode: 720p at 120fps, and Speed Mode: 480p at 240 fps. Placing the price between PHP3,000 and PHP6,000, this is one camera every broke traveller must have.

Xiaomi Yi Action Camera ₱ 2,360.00
Xiaomi Yi Action Camera White ₱ 3,299.00


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Like the Yi action camera, SJCAM is also making rounds among budget gadget lovers. The SJCAM M20 is an all-purpose camera with some people even using it as their CCTV! It has a 16.35-MP wide-angle lens camera that records in full HD in various frame speeds. With a price range below PHP7,000, this action camera is one for those who are on a tight budget.

SJCAM SJ4000 ₱ 2,799.00
SJCAM SJ4000 Wifi ₱ 2,799.00
SJCAM SJ6 Legend ₱ 5,198.00
SJCAM M20 ₱ 3,899.00
SJCAM SJ7 Star ₱ 5,499.00
SJCAM SJ5000x Elite ₱ 4,599.00
SJCAM SJ6 Legend Silver ₱ 5,490.00
SJCAM SJ5000 WiFi ₱ 2,990.00
SJCAM SJ5000 Plus ₱ 6,699.00
SJCAM SJ4000 Wifi Black ₱ 2,899.00
SJCAM SJ5000 ₱ 3,549.00
SJCAM SJ7 Star Black ₱ 9,186.96
SJCAM M20 Silver ₱ 4,599.00
SJCAM X1000 ₱ 5,113.87
SJCAM SJ4000 Black ₱ 2,999.00

LG 360 Cam

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While LG is mostly known for their smartphones and home appliances, this action cam is one underrated contender. The camera boasts dual wide-angle lens so you can capture 360-degree pictures and record 2K videos. Another distinct feature of the LG 360 Cam is its flat body which deviates from the standard rectangular counterparts. If you want to spice up your vacation snapshots without spending a lot, then the LG 360 Cam is for you.


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It’s not a list of most affordable action cameras if there is not one, but two SJCAM cameras! As the famous SJCAM SJ4000’s predecessors, the SJ5000 is a heavy-hitter in specs without burning a hole in your pockets. The SJCAM SJ5000 has a 14-MP wide-angle lens camera that allows you to shoot videos in Full HD at 1080@30fps. Never go on an adventure without the SJCAM SJ5000 within reach. Like the rest of SJCAM’s repertoire of cameras, the SJ5000 is priced around PHP3,000 to PHP5,000.

HTC Re Camera

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Another sports camera that defies the standards in terms of ergonomics, the HTC Re Camera is an innovative and unique action cam. First look at this bad boy is how the camera is designed. Instead of a rectangular frame, the camera has a cylindrical shape with a slight curve at the top for the lens, like a periscope. Spec-wise, the camera features a 16-MP camera and can shoot in full HD capturing 1920 x 1080 pixels of video and photo. The HTC Re Camera is priced in between PHP4,000 and PHP6,000, making it a must-have for broke travellers!

Best Action Cameras in the Philippines

GoPro HERO5 Black ₱ 9,067.80
GoPro HERO4 ₱ 6,849.00
GoPro HERO7 Black ₱ 14,989.56
GoPro HERO6 ₱ 21,789.00
GoPro HERO Plus ₱ 19,399.00
GoPro HERO3 Plus ₱ 9,030.00
GoPro HERO7 Silver ₱ 10,154.06
GoPro HERO7 White ₱ 12,494.00
DJI Osmo Action ₱ 18,990.00
Xiaomi Yi Action Camera ₱ 2,360.00
SJCAM SJ4000 ₱ 2,799.00
SJCAM SJ4000 Wifi ₱ 2,799.00
SJCAM SJ6 Legend ₱ 5,198.00
GoPro HERO5 Session ₱ 51,451.00
EKEN H9R ₱ 1,859.00

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