Gadget Bag: Get In The Action

The latest generation of point-of-view cameras offers enhanced still and video recording, plus improved durability

For outdoor sports and photo adventures on the trail or off, action cameras, or “point-of-view” cameras, let you capture high-resolution video and stills while you’re fully immersed in the experience. Clip them to your chest, helmet, or the front of your bike or surfboard—the latest generation of action cameras is lighter and more durable than ever.

Garmin VIRB XE
The VIRB XE has an updated design from the previous VIRB, with a more rugged, compact exterior. This new model is waterproof down to 50 meters without a dive case, and also offers higher image quality than its predecessor, shooting high-definition, wide-angle footage in 1080 HD at 60 fps and 12-megapixel photos at up to 30 fps. With super-slow-mo, time-lapse, assorted zoom levels and image stabilization, the newest action camera from Garmin allows for a plethora of creative shooting options. The VIRB XE also offers a wider range of mounting choices for easier, on-the-go adventures.

Specifications
Angle Of View: 141.2°
Max Video Resolution: 1080 HD
Still Resolution: 12 MP, 7 MP
Still Burst Rate: Up to 30 fps
Time-Lapse: Custom up to 120-sec. intervals
Simultaneous Photo+Video: Yes
Integrated Display: Yes
Remote Control: Optional
Smartphone App: Yes
Built-In Audio: Yes
External Mic: Optional
GPS: Yes
WiFi: Yes
Storage: microSD
Dimensions: 3.0x1.6x1.4 inches
Weight: 5.35 ounces
List Price: $399
virb.garmin.com

Drift Stealth 2
The compact Drift Stealth 2 comes in at half the size of its forerunner, the Drift Ghost-S. The new, lightweight design is splash-proof, with a rotating lens that allows mounting of the pocket-sized action camera almost anywhere. Despite its smaller size, the Stealth 2 has an LCD screen and onboard controls that let you change modes and settings without having to connect to another device. The Stealth 2 does have connectivity options, however, with an optional remote control, as well as a smartphone app and built-in WiFi. The Stealth 2 shoots video at 1080 HD resolution, with a still burst rate of 3 fps, as well as time-lapse photos at intervals up to 60 seconds.

Specifications
Angle Of View: 135°
Max Video Resolution: 1080 HD
Still Resolution: 12 MP, 5 MP, 3 MP
Still Burst Rate: Up to 3 photos/second
Time-Lapse: 3 MP
Simultaneous Photo+Video: Yes
Integrated Display: Yes
Remote Control: Optional
Smartphone App: Yes
Built-In Audio: Yes
External Mic: No
GPS: No
WiFi: Yes
Storage: microSD
Dimensions: 3.15x1.65x1.06 inches
Weight: 3.41 ounces
List Price: $199
store.driftinnovation.com

GoPro HERO4 Session
The new HERO4 Session, coming in at 50% smaller and 40% lighter than their flagship model, the HERO4 Black, is GoPro’s most water-friendly design yet—it doesn’t require any additional housing for waterproofing. While the resolution isn’t quite at the same level as the 4K HERO4 Black (the Session has a max video resolution of 1080 HD at 30/25 fps), the Session still carries many of the great qualities of that model, such as time-lapse and burst photo, which are both accessible through the free GoPro App for smart devices. The tiny Session is compatible with all GoPro mounts, allowing you to mount the camera to bikes, boards and helmets so you never miss the chance to capture your adventure.

Specifications
Angle Of View: 149.2º
Max Video Resolution: 1080 HD
Still Resolution: 8 MP
Still Burst Rate: 10 fps
Time-Lapse: Yes
Simultaneous Photo+Video: Yes
Integrated Display: No
Remote Control: Optional
Smartphone App: Yes
Built-In Audio: Mono
External Mic: No
GPS: No
WiFi: Yes
Storage: microSD
Dimensions: 1.5x1.5x1.43 (approx.)
Weight: 2.6 ounces
List Price: $399
gopro.com

Contour ROAM3
Although Contour went on hiatus after releasing the ROAM2 and CONTOUR+2, they have returned with the waterproof, full HD ROAM3. Unlike the previous models, which were only able to go down to a depth of one meter without a housing, the ROAM3 is waterproof down to approximately 33 feet (10 meters). The ROAM3 also features a rotating lens with laser alignment above the lens to help set up your shot and keep video straight. The ROAM3 offers two options for mounting: Contour’s sliding rail mounts or a tripod mount on the bottom. The design of this model is particularly useful for snowboarders and bikers, since the low-profile design of the ROAM3 fits closer when mounted to a helmet.

Specifications
Angle Of View: 170°
Max Video Resolution: 1080 HD
Still Resolution: 5 MP
Still Burst Rate: Up to 60 fps
Time-Lapse: Yes
Simultaneous Photo+Video: No
Integrated Display: No
Remote Control: No
Smartphone App: Yes
Built-In Audio: Yes
External Mic: Yes
GPS: No
WiFi: No
Storage: microSD/HC
Dimensions: 1.4x2.0x3.9 inches
Weight: 5.5 ounces
List Price: $199
contour.com

Sony FDR-X1000V
Like Sony’s HDR-AS100V, the FDR-X1000V has a splash-resistant, shotgun-style body, along with a flattened base that allows the action camera to stand on its own. This new generation of Sony action cameras can record 4K video, with built-in image stabilization, exposure compensation and white balance control. The X1000V also features loop recording, which allows you to record video footage continuously at a resolution of 1080p, as well as 8-megapixel still images in bursts of 30 fps. Additional features include an optional wrist-mounted remote, a smartphone app, and built-in GPS and WiFi.

Specifications
Angle Of View: Up to 170°
Max Video Resolution: 1080 HD
Still Resolution: 8 MP
Still Burst Rate: 30 fps
Time-Lapse: Yes
Simultaneous Photo+Video: No
Integrated Display: Yes
Remote Control: Purchased separately
Smartphone App: Yes
Built-In Audio: Yes
External Mic: Optional
GPS: Yes
WiFi: Yes
Storage: microSD/HC/XC
Dimensions: 1.0x2.0x3.5 inches
Weight: 3.14 ounces (without battery)
List Price: $499
store.sony.com

Ricoh WG-M1
The rugged Ricoh WG-M1 is intended to withstand the elements. Its compact design is dustproof, waterproof to depths of 32 feet, shockproof at drops of up to 6.5 feet and cold-resistant at temperatures down to 14°F. The WG-M1 can capture still images at up to 14-megapixel resolution at a burst rate of up to 10 fps, plus full HD 1080p video at 30 fps. The camera also offers a choice of four angles of view: Wide (160° in photo, 137° in video), Medium, Narrow and Underwater. The WG-M1 includes time-lapse recording, a motion-detection feature that automatically starts recording when it detects movement, and Face Detection autofocus to help keep the people in your pictures and videos clear and correctly exposed.

Specifications
Angle Of View: Up to 160°
Max Video Resolution:
1080 HD
Still Resolution:
14 MP
Still Burst Rate:
10 fps
Time-Lapse:
Yes
Simultaneous Photo+Video: b
Integrated Display:
1.5 inches
Remote Control:
Via app
Smartphone App:
Yes
Built-In Audio:
Stereo
External Mic:
No
GPS:
No
WiFi:
Yes
Storage:
microSD
Dimensions:
3.5x2.6x1.7 inches
Weight:
6.7 ounces
List Price:
$299
us.ricoh-imaging.com

Kodak PIXPRO SP360 Action Camera
The Kodak PIXPRO SP360 Action Camera’s unique cube design allows for a 360º viewing range, with 1080 HD video and a still burst rate of 10 fps. The PIXPRO’s design not only is shockproof, but freeze-proof, dust-proof and splash-resistant, as well. The PIXPRO has built-in WiFi, and offers a smartphone app that lets you control the camera remotely. The tiny action camera also features time-lapse capture, plus loop recording, which will record video in 5- or 10-minute segments. A motion-detection setting will start filming when it senses movement.

Specifications
Angle Of View: 214°
Max Video Resolution: 1080 HD
Still Resolution: 10 MP, 5 MP, 2 MP
Still Burst Rate: 10 fps
Time-Lapse: Yes
Simultaneous Photo+Video: Yes
Integrated Display: Yes
Remote Control: Via app
Smartphone App: Yes
Built-In Audio: Yes
External Mic: Yes
GPS: No
WiFi: Yes
Storage: MicroSD/HC
Dimensions: 1.61x1.96x1.49 inches
Weight: 3.63 ounces
List Price: $299
kodakpixpro.com

Prime X
Prime X is the fourth generation of the Replay XD HD cameras, featuring improved low-light performance with noise-free blacks, allowing you to shoot high-quality video up to 1080p at 60 fps, as well as 4K time-lapse sequences. The Prime X also comes with a new sensor, which allows for 33% less power consumption and better battery life. The Prime X is designed around a high-capacity 1700 mAh battery, boosting usage to 3.5 hours on a single charge for extended recording times.

Specifications
Angle Of View: 140°
Max Video Resolution: 1080 HD
Still Resolution: 16 MP
Still Burst Rate: Up to 30 fps
Time-Lapse: Yes
Simultaneous Photo+Video: No
Integrated Display: No
Remote Control: Via app
Smartphone App: Yes
Built-In Audio: Yes
External Mic: Yes (requires adapter)
GPS: No
WiFi: Yes
Storage: MicroSD/HC/XC
Dimensions: 1.2x1.2x3.9 inches
Weight: 3.5 ounces
List Price: $299
replayxd.com

iON Air Pro 3
Although the exterior design of the iON Air Pro 3 isn’t drastically different from previous models, some internal updates have made this a more durable and adaptable model than its predecessors. The Air Pro 3 is now waterproof down to 49 feet without a housing, unlike the Pro 2, which maxed out at 30 feet. The Air Pro 3 has excellent shooting quality, with video resolution of 1080 HD, at 60 fps or 120 fps for slow-motion video. The Air Pro 3 also includes 8 GB of free cloud storage for backup and sharing, as well as the WiFi PODZ, which enables you to pair your camera with the iON app for remote control and sharing functions.

Specifications
Angle Of View: Up to 160°
Max Video Resolution: 1080 HD
Still Resolution: 12 MP
Still Burst Rate: Up to 3 fps
Time-Lapse: Yes
Simultaneous Photo + Video: No
Integrated Display: No
Remote Control: Via app
Smartphone App: Yes
Built-In Audio: Mono
External Mic: Optional
GPS: No
WiFi: Yes (via WiFi PODZ)
Storage: MicroSD
Dimensions: 4.1x1.6x1.6 inches
Weight: 5 ounces
List Price: $349
usa.ioncamera.com

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