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HD action cameras take a real beating, so it's important to find one that can keep up with you. That's where our comprehensive lab testing comes in - we'll help you find the best performers on the market. Not sure what you need? Try our HD action cameras buying guide, and get the down low how we test action cameras.
Action cameras continue to improve in video quality and support for wireless connectivity. Add in the help of smartphones and they're now a user-friendly proposition, even if your skills are in the 'beginner' category.
You'll no doubt want one that shoots high-quality footage of your thrills (and spills), and one that's great value for money. That's why we've lab tested 18 models to answer the burning question: is it still all about GoPro?
Our expert reviews and lab tests will help you find the best action cameras for:
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List of brands we tested in this review.
Recommended retail, as of November 2015
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The GoPro Hero 4 Black and Silver editions can record at 4K resolution, as can the Panasonic HX-A1 and Sony FDR-X1000V. While the TomTom Bandit and AEE S71 technically captures 4K video it will only do so at 15 frames per second.
Lets you start, stop and pause a recording and may also allow you to stream the video live online.
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A three-person panel evaluates the sharpness, resolution, colour, exposure and contrast of footage shot under daylight conditions.
A three-person panel evaluates the sharpness, resolution, colour, exposure and contrast of footage shot under low-light conditions.
A three-person panel evaluates the sharpness, resolution, colour, exposure and contrast of footage shot under artificial lighting conditions.
We score the still shots on technical aspects like sharpness, dynamic range and colour accuracy.
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