When you talked about action cameras a few years ago, it would be synonymous with talking about a GoPro. Today, they are still making top action cameras, but there is now more competition with a bigger target market. There are now several brands that have decent cams for capturing your ride through a pipe, a breathtaking jump from a tower, your crew’s antics on a ramp, or your pet’s adventures around the neighborhood.
GoPro Hero4 Silver
Simple to operate, powerful, waterproof, durable, and a brilliant LCD are only some of the reasons why this remains the top favorite. The Hero4 Silver is an all-around action cam that can survive harsh conditions and has a huge assortment of accessories and mounts so you have a lot of flexibility when shooting. It has a touch screen LCD that shows a live-view image, allows you to view content much more quickly, and adjust settings more conveniently. You can take photos up to 12MP and videos up to 4K at high framerates.
Garmin Virb XE
With GPS and motion sensors built into the camera’s pie, you can get data such as your speed and heart rate while you’re speeding down a slope. Just use the cam with Garmin’s ANT + sensors so you can use the health and fitness products and information with your video footage. The Virb XE is also waterproof and compatible with GoPro mounts, so you can use it with a variety of accessories. Video quality is good with 1080 at 60 fps, although not as impressive as the Hero4 series.
GoPro Hero4 Session
It makes sense to include another camera from the masters of action cams, particularly this device that has a super compact waterproof design. It measures 1.5 inches and can you can use it up to 10 meters deep, carrying a battery life of two hours. It is simple to use with a one-button system and adjustable mount for multi-angle filming. Video capturing is up to 1440p resolution and it can shoot 8MP images with excellent quality. You can connect it to your smartphone to change any settings.
This cam produces 4K Full HD videos with great quality. Its high bit-rate recording and ZEISS lens will give you sharp footage that is free from glare. Its Steady Shot systems result to less vibrations, and a built-in measure for reducing wind noise produces videos with nice and clear audio. It may be more expensive and larger than other action cameras, but it is a good price to pay for a no-fuss cam that lets you capture high-quality videos.
This unique, cylindrical shaped camera is waterproof and has a built in media server. This means you can process captured videos in-camera without having to transfer it to a computer first. The shape may make it challenging to mount in certain filming situations, but it goes with an adapter that makes it compatible with GoPro accessories. The Bandit also has GPS and motion sensors that allow you to find and tag moments based on acceleration, altitude, G-force, heart rate, and speed.
With several brands releasing one product better than the other, the battle for the best action camera continues.