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Top 10 Action Cameras 2018

Stick it on your helmet, stick it on your bike, stick it anyplace you prefer and record gorgeous video of your next journey with one in every of these action cameras. good for all outside activities, as well as diving, skiing, drifting, and water sport, these cams can allow you to capture and share gorgeous photos and videos. once users purchase our severally chosen editorial picks, we tend to might earn commissions to support our work.

GoPro HERO6 Black 4K Action CameraSpy Tec Mobius Action Camera 1080P HD Mini Sports CamGarmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action CameraNikon KeyMission 360Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Action CamTomTom Bandit 4k Action Video CameraYI 4K Action and Sports CameraSony HDRAS300/W HD Recording, Action Cam Underwater CamcorderSony FDR-X1000V/W 4K Action CamPolaroid XS100i Wi-Fi Extreme Edition HD 1080p 16MP Waterproof Sports Action

Seeing Everything, Everywhere

They're traditionally very wide-angle focal lengths, which allow you to capture much more of the scene than you otherwise could.

What's more, they all either come with waterproof cases included in the package or the brands have them available to you for purchase.

It's somewhat shameful to admit, but I–a grown man, mind you–still pinch my nose shut and close my eyes when I jump into the water. If something truly amazing were happening beneath the surface, I would need special equipment to see it. The birth of the action cam followed a similar path of logic, that in order to truly appreciate the world around us and our most extreme interactions with it, we had to get a clear set of eyes involved.

Fortunately, all of the action cams you'll find out there is splash resistant in their body design. What's more, they all either come with waterproof cases included in the package or the brands have them available to you for purchase.

Modern action cameras have to fit a lot of high tech photographic equipment in a small space, which means cutting down on the size of the lens. A camera's lens is, more than anything else, what determines the quality of its images. This is the biggest pitfall in using a cell phone to capture video, and it's why such enormous rigs exist to augment the quality of the factory cell lens.

An action cam's lens, though small, packs a punch. They're traditionally very wide-angle focal lengths, which allow you to capture much more of the scene than you otherwise could. They also produce what's called a fish-eye effect, making the edges of your images appear curved toward you. The good news is that, now that so many of these cameras shoot in 4K resolution, you can crop in to eliminate that curved effect by slicing those warped edges away.

Accessories Make The Cameraman

Action cams require much more than just the camera body itself to get you started and figuring out which brand is right for you involves pricing out all the little extras you're going to want and need along the way.

The necessities include a slew of backup batteries and memory cards. These cameras chew through batteries faster than squirrels chew through acorn shells, so you'll want at least two fully-charged batteries in reserve.

Buying the right memory card comes down to its size and its speed.

Buying the right memory card comes down to its size and its speed. If your memory card is too slow, it won't allow you to record at the highest video quality. The higher the video quality, the more space that video takes up, so you need a card that's fast and spacious. For 4K video, you can film about 1 hour's worth of footage on a 64GB micro-SD card if you're shooting for playback in slow-motion. You can get a little over 2 hours out of the card if you shoot for regular motion.

Speed-wise, you'll see two kinds of class ratings on the faces of any memory card. One looks like an over-drawn C or like a circle that didn't quite get close on the right side, and there's a number inside it. This number needs to be 10. Anything less than 10, and you're wasting your time. There should also be a U on the card with a number inside it, usually a 1 or a 3. Go for the 3 if you want to shoot in 4K. Anything less, and you won't be able to reach the heights these cameras offer.

The last thing to consider is the available mounts and accessories for each brand. Some of the other brands out there have done a decent job catching up to the variety GoPro has to offer, but the king is still the king. Ask yourself what kind of footage you specifically want to capture, and make sure the system you might buy has good quality mounting hardware to achieve it.

Poetry In Motion-Capture

The worlds of athletics and poetry rarely collide. Not only are they two very different approaches to the beauty and mystery of life, they also each require a level of dedication that costs the practitioner the time to develop both sensibilities to equal proficiency.

Until recently, this separation of worlds was of great consequence, as those experienced in the thrills and wonders of extreme athletic endeavors had only limited means available to them by which they might impart some sense of their experience on the layman

In the time it took Woodman's company to become the multi-billion dollar entity it has, the rest of the market responded with a slew of competitive products.

Then, in 2002, a surfer-turned-entrepreneur named Nick Woodman got fed up with the deplorable state of surf photography and began designs for what would become the GoPro, our first, and most iconic action cam.

In the time it took Woodman's company to become the multi-billion dollar entity it has, the rest of the market responded with a slew of competitive products. Some of these are direct ripoffs of Woodman's design, so similar in appearance that you might only tell the difference when comparing video quality.

Others sought to improve on Woodman's design shape, fashioning action cams more like the models by Sony and Polaroid, whose elongated designs resemble the spy cameras of the early digital photography era, and claim more ergonomic mounting possibilities than GoPro's square body could achieve.

Despite the increase in competition, GoPro's name recognition and a significant head start in both the camera itself and the design of its various mounts keeps it at the top of the action cam market. You see them almost everywhere you go, capturing not only the most unthinkably dangerous extreme sports, but also the mundane, quotidian, poetic details of our lives.

#10.Polaroid XS100i Wi-Fi Extreme Edition HD 1080p 16MP Waterproof Sports Action Video Camera With Full Mounting Kit Included

The Polaroid XS100i Action Camera is the most exciting and most Pro Action Camera offered by Polaroid yet! Are you ready to jump off a cliff or a plane? How about surfing, skiing, biking, rafting etc? Then this is the camera you want! The Functions, Quality, and Durability equal and in some features (G Sensor, Dual File Recording, Vibrates, Ultra Light)even surpasses the cameras offered by other brands in the professional market.

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#9.Sony FDR-X1000V/W 4K Action Cam

Grab pro-level footage in gorgeous 4K resolution, with advanced image stabilization to counteract vibration and 240p recording for super slow-motion HD video. All in a splash proof body with manual controls, stereo mic with wind noise-reduction and built-in Wi-Fi. You can even edit your best moves into one video with included Highlight Movie Maker software.

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#8.Sony HDRAS300/W HD Recording, Action Cam Underwater Camcorder, White

See how Action Cam opens spectacular new vistas with mesmerizing, with Full HD and steady action. Take POV action movies to a new level and capture your best moves with Full HD resolution. Capture stable images and video as never before with Balanced Optical SteadyShot. Shoot anywhere with Action Cam real-world rugged design.

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#7.YI 4K Action and Sports Camera, 4K/30fps Video 12MP Raw Image with EIS, Live Stream, Voice Control - Black

I got this in Aug 2016 and aside from a BT pairing issue, loved it. Ignored the issue until late Feb 2017 and out of the blue decided to ask for tech support if there was a fix to the issue. Cannot imagine that I would get such great assistance. In a slew of emails in a day. They decided that I got a defective unit and gave me a replacement. Hats off to Tyler & Duy in Tech Support for their excellent service to their customers.

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#6.TomTom Bandit 4k Action Video Camera

producing the TomTom Bandit Action Camera - just shake to edit. The TomTom Bandit is the first ever camera to come with a built-in media server, eliminating the need to download footage before being able to edit it. The camera works with a companion app, making it possible to create and share videos in a matter of minutes, simply by shaking a smartphone. The TomTom Bandit Action Camera is equipped with in-camera motion and GPS sensors to automatically find and tag exciting moments based on speed, altitude, G-force, acceleration, and heart rate.

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#5.Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Action Cam with Explorer Pack 14 MP Water/Shock/Freeze/Dust Proof, Full HD 1080p Video, Digital Camera and 1.5" LCD Screen (Yellow)

Capture all your adrenaline-filled adventures in Full 1080p HD video with an ultra wide-angle lens and 14MP CMOS sensor. Rugged, compact and ultra versatile the KODAK PIXPRO SP1 Digital Action Cam easily mounts to helmets, boards, handlebars and just about anything else you can imagine. Waterproof up to 32' and shockproof up to 6.5', this action cam can keep you with your non-stop life and go where others cannot.

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#4.Nikon KeyMission 360

Join the revolution of immersive storytelling. Imagine being able to capture not just the view in front of your eyes, but the entire world around you, in every direction, as lifelike 360° 4K Ultra HD video. You'd be able to tell stories that make your friends and family feel like they were there. key mission 360 opens a new world of richly immersive 360° experiences that can be viewed and shared on a smartphone. Compact, lightweight, waterproof and wearable, it frees you to follow your storytelling instincts, wherever they may take you. Welcome to the future.

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#3.Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera

Longtime GoPro user was using a Hero4 Black and have also owned both prior Garmin VIRB models. This camera has all of the bells-and-whistles, like 4K/30, GPS, advanced photo/video settings and stabilization modes. Recording or photo taking can be initiated through physical buttons (like your traditional camera), on the LCD display or through the mobile app or remotes found on other Garmin products like Edge or Vivosmart. The touch-screen works really well, even though the hard case, which is really convenient.

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#2.Spy Tec Mobius Action Camera 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam Wide Angle Edition C2 Lens Records in Loop Recording

Whether you’re riding atop a mountain bike or skiing down a mountain, the Mobius Action Camera 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam Wide Angle Edition with C2 Lens preserves your experience in gorgeous Full HD video with audio. A proven leader in rugged yet lightweight construction, this camera will meet all your sporting needs.

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#1.GoPro HERO6 Black 4K Action Camera (Certified Refurbished)

HERO6 Black transforms your adventures into incredible QuikStories right on your phone (1). With its all-new GP1 chip, next-level video stabilization and 2x the performance (2), looking good has never been so easy. Add voice control and a durable waterproof design, and HERO6 Black is the ultimate GoPro for sharing life as you live it.

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