Without a doubt, GoPro has conquered the video filming industry by storm and has changed the way photo buffs create their selfies. It is a state-of-the-art camera packed with advanced features, such as Wi-Fi connectivity, waterproof capacity and impressive video recording specifications. It is also the camera of choice among drone-flying hobbyists and professionals.

It is a common notion that the more premium the model is, the pricier it becomes. There are those who seek premium features in their camera but hesitate in buying one because of the steep price. However, there are now action cameras on the market, which offer the same high-end features but are priced much less.

Here are the best GoPro alternative cameras that are available on the market today.

iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi Action Camera

The iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi is a well-designed action camera that delivers a fantastic image quality. As the name suggests, the user can connect to the camera through Wi-Fi from an iOS or Android app or through the web. Browser connection only allows basic functions such as accessing the camera's memory card in order to copy and delete data. Using the iOS and Android apps is an easier way to share content to social media. It's sold at $239 in Amazon.

Contour Roam3 Action Camera

Just like the Roam 2, the Contour Roam 3 Action Camera can capture 1080p video at 30fps. It has a 270-degree rotating lens that delivers a 170-degree field of view, which can be adjusted through the laser level. It is built with the capacity to survive 30 feet underwater with no external case needed. One notable feature is the camera's instant-on record switch, which allows the camera to begin recording once it is turned on. Priced at $199 in Amazon, the camera also includes an 8GB memory card.

Replay XD Prime X Wi-Fi Action Camera

The Replay XD Prime X is one of the lightest, smallest and full HD waterproof camera that's available on the market today. It features a 16MP CMOS sensor, Hyperion CinePrime Lens, 3 to 3.5 hr battery life and Wi-Fi. It's capable of recording videos of up to 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps. It can also capture cinema settings for 24 and 48fps. Amazon retails the camera for $279.

Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera

Measuring at 4.7 x 2.2 x 1.6 inches, the VIRB Elite looks like a cross between a wine stopper and a flashlight. The camera is covered almost entirely in a rugged and rubberized coating. It has a waterproof design that allows it to tolerate water of up to one meter deep for half an hour. It's also resilient against drops. The waterproof feature is only good for "accidental" submersion. For those who are keen on recording an underwater video, they can get hold of the camera's optional dive case worth $40. While it does not come with a Wi-Fi remote just like the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition, the VIRB Elite can support Wi-Fi communication with one's tablet or smartphone for remote manipulation. It is sold on Amazon for $238.

Drift HD720

This camera is noted for its sleek and lightweight build. It features a 1.5 inch LCD screen, radio frequency remote and 4X digital zoom lens capable of 300-degree rotation and wide-angle capturing of 130 degrees. It's also capable of capturing time lapse video and can handle 60 fps. Other features include a built-in microphone, rechargeable battery and the Drift mounting system. There's also a waterproof casing available as an accessory for the camera. Amazon sells it at $121.90.

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