The Ultimate Action Cameras for Shooting at Night

Action cameras are an exciting way to incorporate your love of photography into your action-packed life! Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a nature-lover, or just a major photography nerd, an action camera is the must-have device.

The entire point of an action camera is its versatility. What’s the point of an action camera that only works during the day?

That’s why we have put together this handy guide to the best action cameras for low light conditions, and what to look for when buying a camera for night-time photography.

Low Light Photography Tips

Man Camping at Night

There are several things to look out for when choosing any camera for the purpose of low light photography. These are some of the key things to consider when making your decision.

Sensor size is something everyone should check out before buying a camera. The larger the sensor, the larger your pixels, which means the camera captures more light, which means a clearer and better the image.

Photography is all about light, and at night-time, for some reason, there’s just not as much! So it’s important to capture as much light as possible.

Action cameras are so compact that they tend to have smaller sensors. Most action camera sensors are 1/2.3 inch in size. It’s a good idea to check out the specifications before buying any camera, especially since camera technology advances so quickly.

The ISO sensitivity is the measure of how sensitive your sensor is to light and how much it can capture. Ideally, you want to be able to control this setting.

Turning up the ISO setting will give you more sensitivity, and allow you to capture more light, but it will increase the amount of noise, or distortion.

So, it’s a trade off, but as every situation is different, it’s good to have the option to tune your camera settings to suit your needs. There are plenty of action camera accessories that can help you improve your night-time action photography.

A tripod will help you stabilise your camera which means your low-light photos will be crisper. Another good action cam accessory is external lighting, like the Qubie.

Great Action Cameras For Low Light Photography

GoPro Hero5 Black

GoPro Hero5 Action Camera

GoPro is the most well-known action camera brand. Their latest flagship camera, the Hero5 Black is one of the top action cameras available.

It offers the avid adventurer the ability to shoot 4K video, on land, underwater, or when combined with a drone, in the sky!

The Hero5 is great for photographers looking for an action camera appropriate for night photography. It offers photographers the ability to adjust the ISO settings and has a stills resolution of 12 megapixels.

Olympus TG-Tracker

Olympus TG Tracker

The Olympus TG-Tracker has an ultra wide lens and a ½.3 inch CMOS sensor. It even comes with a built-in LED video light to make shooting in low light easier.

It comes with a range of cool features, including GPS, a compass, a barometer, thermometer, and an acceleration sensor. It shoots in 4K, 1080p and 720p.

Sony FDR-X3000

Sony 4K Action Camera

This Sony action camera is a great option for photographers who want a camera that can go anywhere. It has some exclusive features, including built-in optical image stabilisation.

It shoots video in 4K, and the Balanced Optical SteadyShot (aka BOSS) improves the image overall. If shake is causing issues for you, this feature could really help to improve your low light video.

Ricoh WG-M1 Action Camera

Ricoh WG M1 Action Camera

The Ricoh WG-M1 is waterproof and shock resistant like any great action camera, but this one comes a 14 megapixel CMOS sensor. It’s ultrawide lens will help you get everything in frame.

The LCD screen is 1.5 inches, which makes it easy to see what you’re shooting when it’s dark. It also gives you the options to adjust settings depend on your filming conditions.

Looking for more expert advice? Check out the Camera House blog for more helpful articles. You can also visit us in-store to have a chat with our knowledgeable staff. Find action cameras, photography equipment and much more in the Camera House online store.

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