With demand for first-person adrenaline recaps rising, the market for these action cams has vastly expanded. Fresh faces and reputable imprints have largely followed in the footsteps of industry leader , but each new entry offers a different experience that caters best to a specific demographic. Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to narrow down the top offerings based on performance, suitability, features and price. Take a break from planning that next base-jumping adventure and get a closer look at the six best action cameras available now.
At only $81, the Yi Action Camera is a more affordable alternative to the and it boasts similar specs — oftentimes producing a more vivid image. It functions much the same way as a GoPro and bears more than a passing resemblance. No, it doesn’t come with a waterproof case, but one can be purchased separately.
Though not quite as popular as the GoPro, it’s hard to do better than Sony’s new HDR-AS50R. Sony’s newest action cam comes with a wireless remote with an LCD screen that can mount to your wrist. The remote makes it easy to fine-tune the camera angle without having to take it off to adjust. It also features Sony’s SteadyShot image stabilization, which works well to keep your videos from looking shaky while running or through the brush.
The name GoPro has long been synonymous with the best in action cameras. And yes, the Hero 4 Black is no exception. With ultra high resolution video and an innovative night mode that automatically adjust settings for low light conditions, the GoPro is decked out in top-notch features. For “prosumer” enthusiasts, it offers everything you want and more.
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