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Top 5: The Best Action Cameras

Do you have an action-packed lifestyle? Do you spend every waking hour doing something so extreme that you just have to share it all with your friends? Then you need an action camera. There are a bunch of different action cameras out there that do a lot of different things, but they all capture video and make it easy to share. Here are the five best action cameras we’ve tested as of July 24, 2015.


GoPro Wants To Help You Turn Awesome Videos Into Cold, Hard Cash

Do you create stunning videos with your action camera? Videos where you careen through a canyon at death-defying speeds, or “ride” your tiny model trains? GoPro wants to licence those videos to advertisers looking for premium footage, and pay you for the privilege.


The Hero+ LCD Is GoPro's New, Cheaper Touchscreen Action Cam

Well, colour us surprised: GoPro has a new camera in the middle of the year. It’s called the Hero+ LCD. It’s basically a hybrid of the entry-level Hero camera and the higher end Hero4 Silver, which was GoPro’s first camera with a built-in touchscreen. Here’s what you get for $429 (Australian RRP).


GoPro's Making Spherical Camera Mounts For VR Video (And Drones Too)

GoPro’s CEO Nick Woodman has announced that his company is making a new spherical camera mount which swallows six action cameras in order to record video footage for virtual reality experiences. GoPro is also making a drone, which it plans to sell in the first half of 2016.


Panasonic's HX-A1 Action Camera Has A Night Vision Mode

Action cameras are all the rage right now — and the little HTC Re proved that you don’t have to have a huge video-recording heritage to make a miniature camcorder that is fun to use. Along those lines, Panasonic’s little bullet-shaped HX-A1 action camera is cheap and cheerful, and can even record in the dead of night.


I Think GoPro Is Building A Virtual Reality Camera

This is a “what if” scenario. I have no proof. But I think it’s pretty damn likely that GoPro is building a virtual reality camera. A GoPro that captures your adventures in 360 degrees — and lets people experience them as if they were right there with you.


Garmin VIRB X And XE: One Of Our Favourite Action Cams Is Levelling Up

The Garmin Virb Elite was one of our favourite action cams a year ago, which was a big surprise from a company known more for navigation and sports watches. It had some unique features and impressively sharp optics. It was big and bulky, though, and it topped out at 1080p/30fps, so it couldn’t hang with the big boys. Well the second generation of this camera is coming, and we’re pretty excited about it.


This Xiaomi Action Cam Beats A GoPro Hero On Specs And Only Costs $82

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has today launched its first action camera. Aimed squarely at GoPro, it beats the Hero on specs and price — although it’s not yet clear if you’ll be able to buy one in the US or Australia.


Sony's New 4K Action Cam Has A Dedicated Drone Mode [Video]

This is seriously pretty cool. The latest version of Sony’s Action Cam comes with an advanced image-stabiliser that was especially designed for use with RC drones. The result is silky-smooth aerial shots instead of the ugly juddering that drone footage is infamous for. Check out this side-by-side comparison video for a taste of the results.


Sony 4K Action Cam Hands-On: Giving GoPro A Run For Its Money

It’s been a hard fight for Sony (and everyone else) who is trying to get a slice of that action camera pie GoPro is so effectively hogging. Sony has had some solid cams that offered best-in-class audio, but they have always fallen just a bit short beating GoPro on image quality and ease of use. Sony brought me out to Colorado to get some hands-on time with the company’s forthcoming flagship, the 4K Action Cam X1000V. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s very impressive.


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