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The Best Low Light Action Cameras in 2020

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 a 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?

It’s not always easy finding an action camera that performs well in low lighting conditions so we’ve put together this handy list of our favourite action cameras for low light conditions.

Our top pick for low light action cameras in 2020

GoPro Hero8 Black

gopro hero8 black action camera

Easily the most recognisable action camera brand, it’s no surprise GoPro’s HERO8 action camera is one of the top picks out there. 

As with the past few models, the HERO8 offers the avid adventurer the ability to shoot 4K video, on land, underwater or, when combined with a drone, in the sky!

The Hero8 is easily the best GoPro camera for low light conditions. The HERO7 improved on the brand’s night-time photography capabilities with an improved Night Photo mode, Night Lapse mode, and Auto Low Light settings. 

Just beware that the low light modes don’t have stabilisation so they’re not best if you’re moving quickly. 

But the HERO8 provides a markedly improved performance in low light, with less noise at higher ISOs. 

Shop the GoPro HERO8 action camera. 

Sony FDR-X3000

Sony 4K Action Camera

Even in 2020, this Sony action camera is one of the best options for photographers who want a camera for low light shooting. 

Built-in optical image stabilisation works even when you’re shooting at 4K (though it’s best to reduce the frame rate so the camera has more time to collect light). If camera shake is causing issues for you, this feature could really help to improve your low light video.

Importantly, the Sony FD-X3000 has a longer battery life than most action cameras so you can continue recording your adventures for longer. 

A superior CMOS sensor combined with the optical image stabilisation makes this a fantastic action camera for low light photography. 

Shop the Sony FDR-X3000 action video camera.

Sony HDR-AS50

sony hdr-as50 action camera

This slick action camera is renowned for producing high-quality stills and excellent 1080p 60fps footage. 

As with the FD-X3000, the Sony HDR-AS50 comes with fantastic built-in SteadyShot electronic image stabilisation for video, making it a great contender as a low light action camera. 

Combined with underwater housing, this action camera is waterproof to 60m, as well as shockproof, dustproof, and sand-proof. 

Shop the Sony HDR-AS50 action video camera. 

DJI Osmo Action 

dji osmo action camera

One of the best alternatives to the GoPro HERO series, the DJI Osmo Action is a striking camera with a front and back facing screen. 

With an 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor and a wide f/2.8 lens, DJI Osmo Action features RockSteady image stabilisation technology to ensure your footage remains smooth, no matter the action.

The HDR Video shooting mode facilitates transitions between light and dark scenes and helps record details more clearly and with greater contrast in otherwise darker scenarios. 

Shop the DJI Osmo Action camera.

Panasonic Lumix FZ300

panasonic fz300 action camera

The rugged Panasonic FZ300 compact camera features 4K video capabilities and a 12.1 MP sensor that delivers excellent low light image quality.

A wide f2.8 lens will help capture more light, while the 25-600mm zoom means you can capture more than ever before. 

Finally, the five-axis hybrid optical image stabiliser, HyperSmooth video stabilisation, and level shot function means you’ll get smoother, clearer videos and stills. 

Shop the Panasonic Lumix FZ300 action camera. 

Have you found your ideal low light action camera?

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