POV Action Cam Shootout – Which Camera Is The Best?

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This article originally appeared on Mtbr.com.

Point-of-view (POV) cameras are hot. They aren’t just a specialty item for extreme sports athletes anymore. Indeed, they’re everywhere – including on bikes. Mount one on your helmet and show off you’re favorite singletrack. Attach one to the back of your seatpost, and show the world how you rode away from the competition at a local cyclocross race. Or even clip one to your road bike’s handlebars, and provide that bird’s eye view of Alpe d’Huez or your favorite neighborhood climb.

Just as the number of uses has grown, so have the POV camera options. GoPro, Contour, Sony, JVC and Drift are all making POV models. But how do you know which camera is the best? Read on and find out.

Go to the next page to watch the POV camera comparison video, or use the navigation below to check out information on the cameras or go straight to the conclusion:

POV Camera Comparison Page »
Camera Descriptions, Specs & Full Size Sample Videos »
POV Camera Shootout Conclusion »

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About the author: John Shafer

John Shafer, a.k.a. Photo-John, is a photographer, cyclist, skier and general outdoor lover. He’s happiest when he’s on his bike or skis, taking pictures in the backcountry. He’s been on the Mtbr team since 1999 running PhotographyREVIEW.com as well as contributing photos and articles on Mtbr. John has been taking pictures since college and believes everyone can be a good photographer if they just learn a few simple rules. He loves big mountains, rocky singletrack, powder days, 6-inch trail bikes, coffee and tacos. Look for him pushing his bike uphill, carrying an inappropriate amount of camera gear in an overloaded backpack.


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  • DrSmile says:

    Thanks for the awesome review! What a great test setup! You convinced me to spend the extra cash on the GoPro!

  • Billy_B says:

    Interesting review. It looks almost like the Sony and GoPro have the same sensor with regard to color and exposure performance. The GoPro does have a great picture and an awesome collection of mounts but when a POV camera is put to that actual task of being a POV camera for a cyclist, skater or skier it can’t be ignored that the GoPro is possibly the most awkward of the bunch. It’s either way up on top of your helmet amplifying any head movement with the added weight or or mounted like a miner’s light dangling over your forehead. In that position is tends to swing the helmet around when looking quickly to either side. The camera position adds inertia to the movement and it continues after you stop your head. I can see how the GoPro dominates with image quality but selling tons of mounts doesn’t make it any less awkward. The Sony and the Contour seem to have balanced form-factor and performance most effectively.

  • ACP says:

    Where’s the Midland Radio offering? How does it compare?

  • 2mc says:

    A crucial element missing in this review is the total record times in both HD and SD formats. Sure one can have the best sharpest video but if it only does so for 1hr or so then its no good for me. I like to be able to be on a 3-4hr+ ride and have it completely recorded and do my edit to shorten it for better viewing later

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