What Features to Look for in Your Fishing Action Camera

Handheld cameras are loaded with technology to record your fishing adventures.

Affordable prices on today’s high-tech action cameras mean more and more fishermen are bringing cameras along on their fishing trips. Anglers with videography and editing skills are also posting action-camera content on YouTube channels and turning a profit. Even if you have no interest in YouTube, action cameras allow you to shoot photos and video to share with your friends, family and social media followers.

Modern action cameras have enough features to differentiate themselves from smart phones. Plus, no one wants to lose their phone to the bottom of the ocean after accidentally dropping it in the water. So, leave the phone in a safe place and use the action camera to capture your day of fishing, with features like 4K video, image stabilization, slow-motion, and different frame rates allowing anglers to really tweak and edit their videos.

The action cameras of today are handheld models, often shot from the perspective of the angler. Common camera mounts include on the head, on the chest, in a rod holder, on a center console or even on a pole-mount in the water. With each new year, cameras are advancing with new features, like multiple view screens on the camera, so you can see exactly what video you’re capturing, even if the camera is facing you. Check out the action cameras highlighted below. The features available today on modern action cameras are impressive.


Action Cameras Don’t Have to be Expensive

AKASO Brave 4 4K 20MP WiFi Action Camera
Action cameras don’t have to be expensive to shoot good video. AKASO

The Akaso Brave 4 Action Camera is the perfect action camera for anglers new to mobile action cameras. Priced at under $100, the Brave 4 still has impressive features like 4K video at 24 frames per second, 2K at 30 frames per second, and 1080P at 60 frames per second. When not recording video, the camera shoots 20 MP still photos. The camera handles underwater video, able to go as deep as 100 feet. Other features include built-in gyroscope, adjustable angle, time lapse and 5X zoom. Take the plunge into action cameras without breaking the bank.

Innovation in Action Cameras

DJI Osmo Action Camera with 2 Screens
Use this camera to capture the excitement on the water while fishing. DJI

DJI is not just a drone company. The company also produces the Osmo Action camera, a great option for fishermen and boaters. The Osmo Action has two screens, a 1.4-inch front screen (300 PPI) and 2.25-inch back screen (325 PPI). The front screen allows you to see exactly what video is being recorded if the camera is facing you. Shooting video selfies, to put it in millennial terms. RockSteady technology stabilizes videos that can be distracting if the action is too erratic, like boating in nasty sea conditions or running around the boat to leader a fish. The camera shoots in detail at HD 4K video at 60 frames per second and slow motion under 1080P at 240 frames per second. You won’t be disappointed in this action camera

Image Stabilization in Action Cameras

GoPro HERO8 Black — Waterproof Action Camera
Action cameras have come a long way. And yet, they’re still affordable for the angler. Ritz Gear

The GoPro HERO8 action camera is loaded with features to take your fishing videos to the next level. Besides being waterproof and incorporating a microphone that takes good audio, the camera has numerous other settings that are worth exploring. The action camera has three levels of stabilization under the Hyper Smooth 2.0 settings, working with all resolutions and frame rates. The Time Warp 2.0 setting stabilizes time lapse videos of an angler doing an activity like fishing, casting, or rigging. Slow-motion and live-burst features allow anglers to get artistic with their video and photos. The HERO8 is a vlogger’s dream camera, but it also works just as well for a fisherman looking to capture his day on the water.