Action cams have become steadily more popular in recent time and accordingly to this trend also the market competition has grown and developed new and interesting products. We have tested three of the freshest products to help you a little during the buying decision.
The allround adventurer
The GoPro Hero 4 session is the ideal solution for the casual adventurer who loves to try a variety of different activities and thereby needs to have a handy camera not for specific professional use, but one that can fulfill a wide range of requirements. The only exception are water sports. Although the camera is waterproofed, it works only up to 10 feet underwater.
The touring fan
The Garmin VIRB X is currently certainly one of the best cameras with GPS function. The quality of the video recordings is good and can compete with other cameras, but the strength of the camera is in the error-free GPS records. Garmin has managed to design a truly convincing product for all touring fans whether you are a biker, ski tourer or downhill rider.
The visual athlete
The Sony FDR X1000 offers a simple visual way to control the video shooting and provides a superior image quality. The supplied Live View Remote Kit is a wristband with integrated screen, which aims to help you to easily adjust and control the different shooting angles. As a result you have all shots under full control at any time during your adventures.
As with the GoPro we found some weakness using the cam underwater where the recording quality is suffering. Surprisingly good works the quick release plate on the camera itself and the water casing. According to us the Sony cam is absolutely recommendable to people who like to have full control over their shots and have high quality requirements.
To find out which camera suits you the best depends on many factors. One important factor is to have early a clear idea for what purpose the camera will be used and what expectations it has to satisfy.