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 lowdown on how we test action cameras.
Action cameras continue to improve in video quality and support for wireless connectivity. Add in the ease of smartphone assistance, 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:
List of brands we tested in this review.
Recommended retail, as of January 2017
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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.
Using the camcorder at the highest resolution possible, we measure how long in minutes the camera records before the battery loses its charge.
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The total weight, with battery and any other components required for the action camera to operate.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.