GoPro isn't the only game in town—action cams have gotten smaller, tougher, and more sophisticated.Start capturing every thrilling minute of your adventures with these 4 pocket-sized dynamos — and make sure you're using these pro tips to use them like a pro videographer.
Pro-Quality Sound: Sony 4K Action Cam
With a compact, splash-proof body, built-in image stabilization, and the ability to livestream your adventures via Ustream, this action cam has some of the most advanced features out there. One thing we were really impressed with was its noise-reduction capabilities—don’t worry about all that wind, engine roar, or whitewater rush—this cam has a built-in mic with “wind reduction” to capture the whoops and hollers you want.
Despite the hype around the cubical HERO4 Session, we still favor GoPro’s waterproof (up to 131 feet submerged) HERO4 Black camera for its superior video quality. Catch every detail of a wave with the latest 4K video recording—four times the resolution of 1080p—and test the limits of GoPro’s SuperView, the best wide-angle perspective in action cams.
This water- and dust-proof model attaches to your head at eye level (key for reducing height when you’re crawling under barbed wire) and has a built-in LCD screen that you can attach to your arm to view the hell you just went through. Wireless NFC sharing lets you put your video on your smartphone or tablet with just a touch.
Pro tip: Attach the A500 for an eye-level view of an adventure race, with no annoying camera sticking out at the top of your head.
Document your favorite downhill with this cam featuring built-in sensors that read GPS, orientation, and accelerometer data to measure speed and acceleration, and shoot it all in stunning hi-res. Connect to your phone to get stats such as heart rate from a fitness tracker, and put it all together with a free desktop editing app.