Go Pro Hero3
GoPro has become ubiquitous when it comes to action cameras. The company’s lineup of Hero and Hero2 cameras have been used for everything from professional adventure video shoots to amateur youtube projects. GoPro has been the action camera to get, whether you want to share that gnarly climb and descent you do on the weekends or if you just want to keep record of your commute home should any unforeseen accidents occur. With serious competition on the horizon, GoPro recently released the Hero3. With three flavors to choose from – starting with the top of the range Black ($399) which is able to shoot 4k video (limited to 15fps) and 1080 at up to 60fps to the Silver ($299) and White ($199) which shoot 1080p at 30fps. Silver shoots slightly higher resolution stills than the white, but all three models include built-in wifi to connect to an app on your smartphone or an available remote.
The GoPro gets our nod as the goto action cam gift not only for it’s specs, but for the abundance of mounts available for the lineup. There’s a ton of mounts for any conceivable situation you’d ever want to shoot GoPro video with.
Like we mentioned, there’s stiff competition in this space. Recently Contour announced their latest camera the Countour+2. The Countrour+2 retails for $399 and can shoot 1080p video at 30fps. For super slow-mo fans the camera can do 120fps in 480p as well. Built in GPS and bluetooth make it easy to connect to your smartphone or tablet to view video live and map your video.
Sony Action Cam
Also available is the Sony Action Cam, priced at just $199 for the base model and $279 for a wifi enabled model. The Action Cam is able to shoot 1080p video in 30fps or 720p in 120fps. Like the Countour and the GoPro you do have a choice of Field of Vision as well. The Sony comes with a ruggedized waterproof housing as well as two adhesive mounts.