POV action cams. Point and shoot.

Point of View (POV) are the original action cameras. The wide-angle lens allows you to relive your sweetest lines, capture an epic selfie, or take a tight follow shot of your buddy. Not all POV cameras were created equal. Which one is the best?


Top POV Cameras

How They Stack Up...
Hero 11
Osmo Action 3
One RS
Brave 4 Elite
Release Date
September 2022 September 2022 March 2022 April 2023
What Makes it Special?
GoPro's camera for 2022 adds a few technical features that pros will love. DJI went back to the original Osmo Action style and comes in at a lower price than GoPro. Upgraded version of the OneR has a bigger sensor and should fix some flaws of the original New budget action camera from AKASO shoots 4K60 at under $200
Field of View
149° (155° max lens mod) 155° 149°
Maximum Video Resolution
5.3K, 60fps 4K, 120fps 6K 25fps, 5.4K 30fps (1-inch mod) 4K, 60fps
Hypersmooth 5.0 HorizonSteady, RockSteady 3.0 Digital (FlowState) yes, digital
Display Screen
Front & Back (touchscreen) Front and Back (touchscreen) Touchscreen (reversable) Front & Back (touchscreen)
Waterproof Up To (without case)
10 meters 16 meters 5 meters 10 meters
Extra Shooting Modes
HorizonLock, Vertical Mode, Timelapse, TimeWarp (stablized hyperlapse) Vertical Video, Super-Wide, Hyperlapse Hyperlapse, Starlapse, Shot Lab Timelapse, Special Effects
Camera Sensor
1/1.9 inch 1/1.7-inch CMOS 1/2 inch, 1 inch (1-inch mod) CMOS
Maximum Video Bitrate
100 Mbps 100 Mbps
Maximum Slow Motion
240fps (8x) at 2.7K 120fps (4x) at 4K 200fps at 1080p 60fps (2x) at 4K
Yes No Yes no
Camera Weight
153g 145g 125g (163g 1-inch mod) 1.3 pounds
Camera Dimensions (LxWxD)
71 x 55 x 34 mm 70 x 44 x 33 70x49x33mm 10.71 x 4.13 x 2.76 inches
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Dan Pets
I have been using action cameras for nearly 10 years. Challenging myself to capture good footage has increased my enjoyment of sports like skiing, cliff jumping and biking. It also allows me to re-live some amazing experiences!

Dan Pets of ActionCameraResearch.com
What is a Point of View (POV) Camera?

How it Works

Compact Design

Small and light so it can be "mounted" to almost any object.

Highly Durable

Built to withstand being dropped and heavy abuse from impacts.


Can film in wet conditions or even submerged underwater.


Wide Angle Lens

Captures a large perpective making it great for filming up close.

High Quality Video

Take 4K or ultra HD video in up to 240 frames per second.

Point and Shoot

Auto-focus and white balance make it easy to get footage.