Whether it’s for vlogging, filming, or getting some unique shots, action cameras are great little devices that can help you get the right angle for the perfect shot. The action camera market at the moment is huge. You can go to Best Buy or online to Amazon and find hundreds of different action cameras all of which supposedly shoot HD, however, not all of them will be capable of being faithful to you in terms of quality and durability. Here are the top five action cameras we recommend you look for when purchasing your action camera this year.
Polaroid Cube+: Best for your Budget
The Polaroid Cube+ is the upgraded version of the original Polaroid Cube. A tiny, fun, versatile camera, it is weatherproof and shockproof straight out of the box. The Cube+ allows the user to record in 1440p HD and capture 8MP images. Equipped with WiFi, you can connect it to it’s app in order to stream live, edit and/or print your images. It’s built in battery and image stabilization allows you to gather 90 minutes of crisp, clean, stable footage and for only $149.99 it’s a great place to start.
GoPro Hero 5 Session: Most Compact
The GoPro hero 5 Session is the best action camera you can get at its size. Waterproof for up to 10 meters without a case and equipped with one button action, this camera is as versatile as it is easy to use. WiFi capabilities allow you to use the app on your phone to control the camera and shoot 4K video at 30fps as well as use voice commands for complete control. The GoPro Session features built in image stabilization as well as a built in GPS allowing you to not only keep record of where you’ve been, but also stable footage of your adventures.
Sony FDR X3000: Best Image Stabilization
This camera alone features freeze proof and splash proof qualities. When you put it in its case you introduce dustproof, shockproof and waterproof qualities for up to 60 meters to the mix. On top of all that it has been rated as one of the steadiest action cameras on the market. With similar 4K capabilities as the GoPro the Sony FDR X3000 has a sensor that allows you to get quality footage in low light situations and its remote controller allows for easy operation of the camera even when not in hand. Sony is quickly improving the photographic and video capabilities and is becoming a top choice among competitors.
Garmin Virb Ultra 30: Best for Data Tracking
For those active and fit explorers, the Garmin Virb is the ultimate action camera. Equipped with 4K video at 30fps and voice controls the Garmin Virb does an excellent job at keeping track of how far, how fast, and how high you are. It also allows pairing with other garmin devices to monitor your heart rate and other fitness measurements. It offers image stabilization in HD video below 4K and has a highly sensitive microphone to ensure you don’t miss a moment.
GoPro Hero 5 Black: Best Overall
GoPro has done it again and has ranked as one of the overall best action cameras available. While the GoPro hero 6 has caused some controversy the GoPro Hero 5 black does not disappoint. It features a 12 megapixel HD camera, 4K recording at 30fps, a touchscreen LCD screen and waterproof capabilities with no case. It’s image stabilization mechanism permits the recording of clean footage and it’s WiFi and bluetooth capabilities allow you to share those moments instantly with friends. The built in GPS lets you keep track of your adventures and GoPros massive amounts of accessories and attachments almost guarantees that you’ll be properly equipped for any venture.
Let 2018 be your year and choose the action camera that is right for you! Which camera is in your bag?