POV Action Cam Shootout – Which Camera Is The Best?

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Contour+ 2 POV Action Video Camera

Features:

  • MSRP: $399
  • Resolution Options: 1080p at 30, 25 FPS; 960p at 30, 25 FPS, 720p at 60, 50, 30, 25 FPS
  • Lens: 170° rotating wide-angle lens
  • Still photo resolution: 5 megapixels
  • Built-in GPS
  • Time lapse mode
  • Bluetooth remote control with mobile app for iOS and Android

The biggest benefit of Contour is it feels like a real camera. It’s an electronic device that has a machined case, nice big glass lens. It’s a little big but it feels good and ergonomic specially when hand-held. The big downside is the form factor and lack of mounts. That’s where GoPro dominates with their Hero series as their camera can be mounted practically anywhere in their robust little case…

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Drift HD Ghost POV Action Video Camera

Features:

  • MSRP: $399
  • Resolution Options: 1080p at 30, 25 FPS; 960p at 25, 30, 48, 50 FPS; 720p at 25, 30, 50, 60 FPS; 800×400 at 25, 30, 50, 60, 100, 120 FPS
  • Lens: 170° rotating wide-angle lens
  • 2-inch color LCD display for composing and playback
  • Still photo resolution: 11 megapixels
  • Time lapse mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control unit and iOS mobile app

The Drift Innovations HD Ghost is a rugged outdoor sports video camera, that is easy to use, has a long battery life, and includes a 11 megapixel sensor, built-in Wi-Fi, and two-way remote with indicator lights, and a unique video tag/loop recording function. It has an excellent usage and form factor, combining loud indicator beeps for mode changes, the remote, an intuitive menu system, a fully rotatable lens and a useful LCD screen…

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GoPro Hero 3 Black POV Action Video Camera

Features:

  • MSRP: $399
  • Resolution Options: 1080p at 60, 48, 30, 24 FPS; 960p at 100, 48 FPS; 720p at 120, 60 FPS; 800×400 at 240 FPS; 4k at 15 FPS; 2.7k at 30 FPS
  • Lens: 170° wide-angle lens
  • Still photo resolution: 12 megapixels
  • Time lapse mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control unit and mobile app for iOS and Android
  • Only POV camera with a chest mount option

The GoPro HERO3 Black Edition has quite a few excellent features on top of its already outstanding functionality, the most prominent being the 12 megapixel sensor, which is accompanied by a sharper glass lens, both of which result in photos and videos with increased clarity and sharpness and more vibrant colors. It has built-in Wi-Fi, a wearable Wi-Fi remote with an LCD screen and buttons to emulate the camera, and Wi-Fi smartphone App capabilities, which give full camera control and scene preview…

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JVC Adixxion POV Action Video Camera

Features:

  • MSRP: $299
  • Resolution Options: 1080p at 30 FPS; 960p at 30 FPS; 720p at 60, 30 FPS; 854 x 480 at 30 FPS
  • Lens: 170° wide-angle lens
  • 1.5-inch color LCD display for composing and playback
  • Still photo resolution: 5 megapixels
  • Digital zoom
  • Digital image stabilization and rolling shutter suppression
  • Time lapse mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with mobile app for iOS and Android (requires hot spot)

The main things that make the JVC Adixxion different are its “Quad Proof” design (shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, dustproof), 5x digital zoom and 1.5-inch color LCD display for composing shots and reviewing your videos. Like other high-end POV cameras, the JVC has full 1920 x 1080 full HD video and a 170-degree wide-angle lens. It can also take 5-megapixel still photos and it has built-in Wi-Fi with a mobile app so you can use your Smart Phone or tablet to compose shots and change settings…

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Replay XD1080 POV Action Video Camera

Features:

  • MSRP: $299
  • Resolution Options: 1080p at 30, 25 FPS; 960p at 30 FPS; 720p at 60, 30 FPS
  • Lens: 135° wide-angle lens
  • Still photo resolution: 5 megapixels
  • Time lapse mode

The XD1080 is a small, light and compact video camera, which is easy to use and has a simple interface for video resolution changes. It has an excellent usage and form factor, combining two sharp tactile buttons (power and record) with distinctive vibrating mode changes, and a tiny cylindrical camera body. The rugged and water resistant camera records in a wide array of high-definition video resolutions up to 1080p, and have proven itself to take excellent footage with great clarity and realistic colors…

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Sony Action Cam POV Video Camera

Features:

  • MSRP: $249
  • Resolution Options: 1080p at 30 FPS; 720p at 120, 60, 30 FPS
  • Lens: 170° Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens
  • Sony SteadyShot optical image stabilization
  • Still photo resolution: 2 megapixels
  • Time lapse mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with mobile app for iOS and Android

What makes the Sony Action Cam different from other POV cameras is the Carl Zeiss lens and built-in SteadyShot image stabilization. Also, unlike most POV camera manufacturers, Sony has a long history of making cameras, lenses, and camcorders and that should give them a leg up on the competition. They’ve also been kicking some serious ass in the camera world over the past few years and it seems like when they decide to do something, they do it right…

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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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