Whether they’re strapped to a ski helmet, a bike’s handlebars, a surfboard or your chest, these are the best cameras for capturing your next breathtaking adventure.
GoPro Hero6 Black
The GoPro Hero6 Black (US$400) is the go-to action camera for many, and it’s easy to see why this market leader is so popular. Waterproof to 10m without a case, it films in 4K resolution and HDR for eye-popping color and great slow-motion shots. Its two-inch touchscreen makes it really easy to operate, and new to this version is voice-control — so now you can yell, “GoPro, start recording!” It also has excellent image stabilization and GPS functions. What’s not to like? gopro.com
It may look like a traditional camcorder, but the Sony FDR-X3000R (US$520), which is pretty sleek, has some unique features. It can film in 4K resolution, has a “live view” remote control screen you can wear on your wrist and can also be operated via a smartphone app. It’s also got a waterproof case in the box, but the most impressive feature is the image stabilization technology, which makes even jerky, fast motion video look smooth and almost dream-like. sony.com
Its style is much like the Sony, but the Olympus TG-Tracker (US$279) is made from pretty tough stuff. Waterproof to 30m without a case, it works down to -10°C and is even crush-proof to 100kg. A flip-out 3.8-inch screen makes it easy to see what you’re filming in 4K resolution, while GPS and motion sensors add data to your adventures. olympus.com
Is the Yi 4K+ (US$300) the bargain action camera of the year? Almost identical to the GoPro Hero6 Black, this effort from the Xiaomi-linked Yi delivers similar performance, with a bigger touchscreen, at a much lower price. A waterproof case will cost you extra, and there’s no GPS, but with 4K resolution and voice control, GoPro has a serious rival. yitechnology.com
Garmin Virb XE
The Garmin Virb XE (US$400) is smarter than
the average action camera. It’s waterproof up to 50m without a case, and can withstand temperatures down to -10°C. This tough gadget also has enough G-Metrix sensors to record GPS coordinates, compass direction, temperature and even your acceleration. That’s some exciting data to add to your video. garmin.com
This article first appeared in the April 2018 issue of Smile magazine.