Best Waterproof Ready GoPro 8 Action Camera Alternatives

Best Waterproof Ready GoPro 8 Action Camera Alternatives

Looking for a dive, surfing, hiking, snorkeling ready action camera like the DJI Osmo Action and the GoPro Hero 8?

You want your action camera to be waterproof ready and go from above the water to below the water without the need of an underwater housing or action camera case.

Here we look at all the options available to you so that you can use the same action camera for multiple sports and without any extra waterproof accessories.

You can think of these cameras as the triathlon ready action camera range.

And if you are looking for other features on top of waterproof ready, make sure to check out our action camera comparison page where you can filter, sort and compare action cameras from the biggest database on the internet.

Waterproof Action Cameras

All of the below waterproof action cameras are ready to dive in to the ocean as well as go on land adventures at depths of up to 5m deep, with most being capable of 10m depths and more without an extra underwater housing.

This means that you can pocket these cameras and just bring them out with no extra accessories needed when you are open water swimming, stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, surfing, kite surfing and wind surfing, mountain biking, hiking and many other outdoor pursuits that have water at the heart of the activity.

Alternative to the GoPro Hero 8 Black

The GoPro Hero 8 Black is waterproof ready, to 10m deep. This means you can go from stand up paddle boarding or being on a boat sight seeing to being in the water at a moments notice.

It will not need any extra accessories added, just the doors need checking and you can use the camera underwater to film video and take photos.

If you want to change settings you can do this still with the touch screen on the surface.

Here we look at other action cameras that can go exactly this, filming beautiful beach scenery one second and in the water the next, without any extra hassle.

The following action cameras are capable of diving down to 5m and deeper without a waterproof case:

  • Paralenz Dive
  • Paralenz Vaquita
  • Panasonic Lumix FT7
  • Nikon Coolpix W300
  • Olympus Tough TG6
  • DJI Osmo Action
  • SJCam SJ9 Strike
  • SJCam SJ10 Pro
  • SJCam SJ4000X
  • Sony RX100 ii Tough
  • 360Fly
  • Insta360 One R Twin
  • Insta360 One R 1"
  • All GoPro Hero 5, 6, 7, 8 action cameras

List of Waterproof Ready Action Cameras

Below we have filtered our database of action cameras and show only those that can go 5m or deeper without an extra underwater case.

We have sorted them by those that dive the deepest and you can see a complete list of waterproof ready action cameras like the GoPro Hero 8 Black.

Cheap Waterproof Action Cameras

There are over 20 waterproof ready action cameras on the market in the year 2020 but not all of them are completely affordable.

Unless you look at an older GoPro Hero action camera, you'll be looking at spending at least £350 or $350 at the time of writing to purchase the latest GoPro.

The good news is, you can come in well under that, and even half that amount and get a fantastic alternative to the Hero 8 Black.

The SJCam action cameras which are waterproof ready are between $170 and $250 which is well under the price of a GoPro Hero 8.

The earlier GoPros, such as the Hero 5 and Hero 6 Black can be bought online for less than $200 new or refurbished which is a fantastic price in our opinion.

And you also have the GoPro Hero 7 White which is a basic version of the Hero 7 but still has the waterproof feature and is dive ready to 10m and only costs about $130 new.

Whatever your price range or feature needs, there is a waterproof and dive ready ocean going action camera waiting for you.

Title Buy Price Depth rating (without case)
paralenz vaquita dive action camera Paralenz Vaquita Dive Action Camera Specs $700 350m
paralenz dive plus action camera Paralenz Dive Camera Plus Action Camera Specs $550 250m
panasonic lumix ft7 tough action camera Panasonic Lumix FT7 Tough Action Camera Specs $350 31m
nikon coolpix w300 compact rugged camera Nikon Coolpix W300 Rugged Compact Camera $400 30m
olympus tough tg 6 action camera Olympus Tough TG6 Action Camera Specs $375 15m
dji osmo action camera DJI Osmo Action Camera Specs $400 11m
gopro hero 9 black action camera GoPro Hero 9 Black Action Camera Specs $449 10m
GoPro Hero 10 Black Action Camera Specs and Features GoPro Hero 10 Black Action Camera Specs and Features $499 10m
gopro hero 6 black action camera GoPro Hero 6 Black Action Camera Spec $169 10m
dji action 2 cube action camera DJI Action 2 Action Camera Specs and Features $399 10m
gopro hero 5 session black action camera GoPro Hero 5 Session Action Camera Spec $150 10m
sjcam sj9 strike action camera SJCam SJ9 Strike Action Camera Specs $249 10m
sjcam sj10 pro action camera SJCam SJ10 Pro Action Camera Spec $250 10m
360fly action camera 360fly 4k Action Camera Specs $140 10m
SJCam SJ4000X Action Camera Spec SJCam SJ4000X Action Camera Spec $169 10m
gopro hero 7 silver action camera GoPro Hero 7 Silver Action Camera Specs $360 10m
gopro hero 7 black action camera GoPro Hero 7 Black Action Camera Specs $329 10m
sony rx0 ii action camera Sony RX0 ii Tough Action Camera Spec $700 10m
gopro hero 8 action camera GoPro Hero 8 Black Action Camera Spec $399 10m
gopro hero 7 white action camera GoPro Hero 7 White Action Camera Spec $129 10m
gopro hero 5 black action camera specs GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera Specs $149 10m
Insta 360 One R 1 Inch Edition Leica Lens Action Camera Insta 360 One R 1 Inch Edition Leica Lens Action Camera $650 5m
Insta360 One R Twin Edition Action Camera Specs Insta360 One R Twin Edition Action Camera Specs $479 5m
gopro fusion 360 action camera GoPro Fusion 360 Action Camera Specs $199 5m
gopro 360 max action camera GoPro Max 360 Action Camera Specs $499 5m

What Sports and Activities Benefit from Waterproof Ready Action Camera

There are a myriad of sports that can benefit from using an action camera and that action cameras are perfectly made for them.

Freediving and Spearfishing With a Waterproof Action Camera

If you are a freediver and looking for an action camera that can shoot video and photos underwater, as easily as it can above water, the cameras in this list are perfect for you.

We ourselve's are freedivers and when we are out exploring and not doing specific depth dives, we know that we might not frequently dive down to 10m or more and often find ourselve's between the surface and 6-8m when we are doing shore dives.

This means that every camera other than the two 360 cameras by GoPro and the Insta360 action cameras should suffice for this activity.

Without an extra underwater case, it's easy to attach the camera to your dive mask or just hold it in your hand or even slip it in to your freedive suit around your torso where a two piece wetsuit meet.

If you are looking to get in to underwater photography as well, there are a couple of options, such as the Olympus TG6 which are amazing pocket underwater cameras which can shoot both in macro mode and super wide mode.

Waterproof Action Cameras for Snorkelling

If you're looking in to getting an action camera specifically for snorkelling and a holiday in warmer waters you have plenty of choice.

If you are not going to be diving down and you will be just swimming about on the surface you should be safe with any of the choices in the above list.

There are 360 waterproof ready action cameras, as well as cameras with amazing video and photo modes so that you can save the best holiday snaps you can on your snorkel adventures.

Waterproof Action Cameras for Stand Up Paddleboarding

You might be out of the water more than you are in it, but with SUP and stand up paddleboarding, you may also want to jump in to the water to do some snorkelling or take a photo whilst in the water of something you have seen from above.

With the choices above you will be safe when you tether an action camera to you or hold it on your hand.

With a paddleboard you get a choice of camera mounts, from the end of your paddle stick, to on your chest with a chest strap or just in your hand, ready to point and shoot at a moments notice.

Stand up paddleboarding has a variety of pursuits too, from surfing, through to yoga and even relaxing river touring. With each one you may want to bring a camera with you on your adventures and an action camera that is waterproof ready can be perfect for each adventure.

Waterproof Ready Action Cameras for Open Water Swimming

If you're a swimmer and prefer to bring a camera with you, instead of placing it in your swim buoy, you can just have it attached on the outside or dragged along behind you as you're swimming until you are ready to use it.

Each and every action camera above should be a great accompaniment for your swimming time and will just bob along with you until you are ready to use it to take a photo or video.

We love open water swimming, especially in the ocean and when we see some sealife beneath us on our swim we can simply grab the camera and take a photo or video as we're swimming along.

Waterproof Action Cameras for Surfing

With surfing, the furthest you'll be underwater is about a metre or two when you fall off so each and every camera above should be perfect for your surf trips and outings in the swell.

There are 360 action camera options which are waterproof ready, like the GoPro Max and Fusion, as well as other more affordable options, like the SJCams which can be put in a mouth piece, on a chest strap or attached to your board for amazing surf footage.

As well as surfing, their are other board sports, like kite surfing and wind surfing where you could utilise a waterproof ready action camera and you should have no issues when mountain the camera to your kite lines, sail, board or even yourself.

Whether it's raining and the weather is bad or you fall in a lot, each action camera should work great with your preferred water activity.

Waterproof Action Cameras for Kayaking

Don't worry, if you'e a kayaker you have plenty of options for cameras to record your adventures. You can stick them to your kayak or place them on yourself and if you capsize you know you're camera will be fine.

Some even have voice commands which means you can use them hands free when in the water.

If you want to take pictures whilst doing kayak touring or to create video stories, each and every camera will have the perfect functions for you.

Waterproof Action Cameras for Coasteering

As well as playing in the water, with coasteering you'll be going from dry land and the rocks to in to the drink.

It's an exhilirating experience and something you can capture with most of the action cameras above.

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