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GoPro HERO (2018 model)

GoPro has long been a leader for action cameras -- the company's 2018 announcement isn't designed to lead the pack but to offer an affordable entry into the waterproof action cameras.Unlike the $499 GoPro HERO6, there's no 4K on GoPro&...

Grade: B+ Price: $179.00

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Xaiomi Mi Sphere

Chinese tech company Xaiomi is jumping in on the 360 game. After first launching in international markets, the Xaiomi Mi Sphere is coming to the U.S. as an affordable, portable 360 camera.The Mi Sphere uses two 16 megapixel Sony-manufactured senso...

Grade: B- Price: $278.00

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GoPro HERO6 Black

The original action camera now has more competition than ever, but GoPro is staying in the game with the launch of the GoPro Hero6 Black, with enhancements across the board.The big change is the step up to 60 fps 4K, a much faster frame rate for k...

Grade: A Price: $369.00

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Nikon KeyMission 360

Camera giant Nikon took everyone by surprise when they launched not just their first action camera, but their first 360 video camera — the Nikon KeyMission 360. Using two lenses and internal stitching software, the KeyMission 360 puts immers...

Grade: B- Price: $497.00

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Nikon KeyMission 80

The Nikon KeyMission 80 is an odd camera -- though that's not necessarily to say that it's a bad camera. Shaped more like an old voice recorder, the KeyMission 80 uses two cameras, a front and rear facing option much like a smartphone, of ...

Grade: B- Price: $277.00

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Nikon KeyMission 170

Nikon's entry into the action camera market with the KeyMission 360 earlier this year took most by surprise -- but apparently they weren't done. In September, Nikon introduced two more action cameras, each named for the angle of view their...

Grade: B+ Price: $117.00

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GoPro HERO5 Session

The original GoPro HERO Session was designed for portability, skipping out on a few key features to become the action camera giant's budget option. And while the new GoPro HERO5 Session follows the same body style, it doesn't follow the sa...

Grade: A- Price: $200.00

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GoPro Hero 5 Black

GoPro promised their best action camera yet -- and they certainly delivered with the GoPro Hero 5 and the addition of several new features.The GoPro Hero 5 Black ditches the typical GoPro housing, waterproof to 33 feet without it. While not the fi...

Grade: A Price: $269.00

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Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 wraps up everything you'd expect from a company that also manufacturers GPS units, and then some. The action camera includes several built in sensors, including a GPS, altimeter and speedometer, and embeds the details ...

Grade: A Price: $400.00

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Olympus TG-Tracker

If Olympus' first action camcorder is anything like their tough cameras, the TG-Tracker should be an excellent performer. Taking the "TG" name of still cameras like the TG-4, the TG Tracker is named for the load of equipment it carri...

Grade: A- Price: $269.00

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GoPro Hero Session

The leading action cam manufacturer is going big--with a tiny camera. GoPros have stuck with a similar exterior for several years, but the new GoPro Hero4 Session is completely different, with a cube-like design and a teensy, tiny weight of just 2...

Grade: B+ Price: $184.00

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Sony HDR-AS200

Amid the buzz over Sony's 4K action cam, the manufacturer also quietly introduced a modest upgrade to their HD action cam, the Sony AS200. Though it doesn't pack in the 4,000 pixel resolution, the AS200 offers a good handful of features fo...

Grade: B- Price: $8.00

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Sony 4K Action Cam (FDR-X1000V/W)

Sony has been leading the industry in 4K resolution--and while the Sony FDR-X1000 isn't the first mountable camcorder with 4K, it's certainly set up to compete with the likes of the GoPro Hero 4 Black.At just four ounces, it certainly does...

Grade: A Price: $498.00

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Ricoh WG-M1

Coming from a manufacturer with a history of rugged cameras, the Ricoh WG-M1 looks to compete with the likes of the Go Pro and Sony action cams. The WG-M1 has an unusual design to say the least, but unlike most action cams, it still manages to fin...

Grade: A- Price: $200.00

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GoPro HERO4 Silver

GoPro has become a household name for action cams. The GoPro Hero4 Silver takes a few of the line's faults—like the lack of a screen—and turns it around. The first GoPro with a touchscreen, the Silver also has a more attainable pri...

Grade: A- Price: $272.00

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GoPro HERO4 BLACK

The GoPro HERO4 BLACK is likely the best mountable camera on the market in terms of video quality--though, albeit, the most expensive. Introduced with the GoPro HERO4 SILVER, which is the only GoPro to include a touchscreen, it has the highest vid...

Grade: A- Price: $173.00

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Sony AS20

Sony's highly reputable action cam line has seen it's latest addition with the Sony HDR-AS20, a $200 1080p HD camcorder that packs in quite a few features for the price. Among the list of features is a battery that can record up to 150 min...

Grade: B Price: $100.00

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Panasonic HX-A500

4K has taken the world by storm--and now it's coming to wearable camcorders. The Panasonic HX-A500 shoots in 4k video at 30 fps (The Go Pro Hero 3+ shoots at just 15 fps in 4K). But perhaps even more exciting (especially if you don't own a...

Grade: A- Price: $490.00

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Sony AS100V

Sony's Action Cam line offer solid video quality at a reasonable price. The new AS100 uses a redesigned splash-proof body that doesn't require any extra housing to stay safe from the elements. For an extra $100, you can also get the bundle...

Grade: B+ Price: $170.00

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GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition

The most popular mounted camcorder has added a plus to their name--but it's a pretty significant upgrade. The GoPro HERO3+ is about 20 percent smaller than the original HERO3. The manufacturer claims a 33 percent improvement in sharpness and r...

Grade: A- Price: $170.00

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Sony AS15

Sony's HDR-AS15 features a rugged, portable exterior for action videos. The wearable camcorder also has Wi-Fi for faster sharing, image stabilization, a wide angle lens and a CMOS sensor with improved low-light capabilities.

Grade: B- Price: $135.00

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Panasonic HX-WA03

Panasonic's rugged travel cam is designed for consumers with active lifestyles with its portability and all-weather design. Initial reviews are strong for the pistol-grip style camcorder with 18x zoom and a variety of creative effects. This mo...

Grade: C+ Price: $349.00

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Panasonic HX-A100

The HX-A100 has our curiosity up with a unique design for the wearable/mountable camcorder category. The different design looks like this model will be easy to wear for action shots, plus it's waterproof, fairly rugged and weighs in at about a...

Grade: B+ Price: $125.00

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GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro has long been setting the standard for wearable and mountable action cams. The manufacturer is continuing their rep with the number one seller in the camcorder category on Amazon, the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition. Over the previous model, the H...

Grade: A Price: $340.00

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Contour ROAM2

Contour is one of the top sellers when it comes to action cams and their latest ROAM2 has been met with positive early reviews. This cam shoots at 60 fps and doesn't need any add-ons to become water resistant. Plus it's lightweight and low...

Grade: B- Price: $236.00

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JVC GC-XA1 Adixxion

JVC's Adixxion is a mountable camcorder with everything included in the four ounce body, unlike the more popular GoPro that offfers an LCD screen and GPS only as an add on. Ready to go right out of the box without any extra casing, this camcor...

Grade: B Price: $119.00

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Sony GW77V

Sony's 2012 all-weather pocket cam features 1920x1080 full HD video with 20.4 megapixel stills. Sony claims the Exmor R CMOS sensor allows for better low light shots with a smaller sensor, based on relocating it within the camera and customer ...

Grade: B Price: $867.00

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Samsung W300

Samsung's W300 is a compact, rugged model. This model has been applauded for the simple interface and the small size; however the sensor size is just 3 megapixels and the only zoom is digital, not optical. But for someone looking for a compact...

Grade: B- Price: $344.00

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Panasonic HM-TA20

We’ve seen a lot of gimmicks tacked on to pocket cams before. Manufacturers try 3D capture, rotating lenses, and trendy filters to make their shooters stand out from the pack. But how about a gimmick that’s actually useful, one that yo...

Grade: B Price: $255.00

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Kodak PlaySport Zx5

Kodak hasn't produced new camcorders in a few years, yet the Playsport Zx5 is still a popular option. Here's what we had to say about the Zx5 when it was first released:The Kodak Playsport Zx5 is the world's first truly rugged pocket c...

Grade: C Price: $290.00