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.

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From a huge range of action cameras, we've whittled down the list to the five best options available. The results shouldn't surprise you, to be honest — market leading action camera monster GoPro and Sony, whose action cams are more bullet-shaped, are the two big names to choose from if you want a compact and rugged video recorder that captures clean, detailed video at a range of resolutions and frame rates, and that connects to your smartphone or tablet over Wi-Fi for positioning and settings control. Of course, you can also consider some other excellent models like the ShotBox S71 and the HTC Re. And if you don't want to spend so much for a GoPro Hero 4, for example, remember that you can always jump back one generation to the Hero 3+ to save money.


Top 5 Chart

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GoPro Hero 4 Session

Sony Action Cam X1000V

GoPro Hero 4 Black

Sony Action Cam AS100V

GoPro Hero 4 Silver

Scoring Panel
  Gizmodo Australia
86
Gizmodo Australia
85
Gizmodo Australia
82
Gizmodo Australia
80
Gizmodo Australia
80
  DigitalVersus
N/A
DigitalVersus
N/A
DigitalVersus
80
DigitalVersus
80
DigitalVersus
60
  PCMag
N/A
PCMag
N/A
PCMag
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PCMag
70
PCMag
80
  CNET
80
CNET
80
CNET
80
CNET
80
CNET
80
Key Specs
Maximum Video Resolution 1920x1440p, 40fps 3840x2160p, 30fps 3840x2160p, 30fps 1920x1080p, 60fps 3840x2160p, 15fps
Maximum Photo Resolution 8MP 9MP 12MP 12MP 12MP
Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions 38x38x38mm 24x52x89mm 41x59x30mm 25x47x82mm 41x59x30mm
Weight 84g 89g 89g 65g 84g

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