Best camcorders and action cameras of 2015


GoPro rules the action cam market and rightfully so: Its Hero4 Silver and Black cameras capture some of the best video you'll get from an ultracompact POV camera. However, there is plenty of competition out there offering features and designs that rival GoPro's cameras and frequently at better prices. Here is a list of the best action cams of 2015 that we've reviewed. All of them have different pros and cons, though, so be sure to check out the full reviews before making a decision.

GoPro Hero4 Silver

The GoPro Hero4 Silver takes everything we liked about the Hero3+ Black -- especially the solid video quality -- and adds in some handy new features including a touchscreen, making it one of the best little action cameras around.

Price: $448.46 - $579.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Hero4 Silver is the best GoPro for the money

Sony Action Cam Mini

A leaner, lighter version of its top POV camera, the Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 puts big performance in a little package.

Price: $499.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

GoPro Hero4 Black

The GoPro Hero4 Silver is still our top choice for most people, but if you need the best video quality with the most shooting options, the Hero4 Black is it.

Price: $544.58 - $675.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Replay XD Prime X

The Replay XD Prime X might not have the name recognition of others in the category, but thanks to its lightweight, ultracompact and waterproof body; solid 1080p video quality and pro-centric features, it deserves a spot on your short list.

Price: $395.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good


After making several improvements and adding a list of new features to its first action cam, JVC's Adixxion GC-XA2 is easily one of the best options for capturing your thrills and spills.

4 stars Excellent

Sony Action Cam AS100V

Built-in image stabilization and high bitrate recording make this Sony's best Action Cam yet, but there are still a few usability quirks remaining.

Price: $426.08 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

iOn Air Pro 3

A fun, flexible action cam, the iOn Air Pro 3 keeps things simple without sacrificing video or build quality, making it an excellent option for those who just want to go out and shoot -- in or out of the water.

4 stars Excellent

Drift Ghost-S Action Camera

Long battery life, solid video quality, and a great all-in-one design make the Drift Ghost-S tough to beat.

4 stars Excellent

Contour Roam3

All the features that make Contour's action cams excellent are here in its entry-level Roam3. While it's not loaded with extras, it's one of the best you'll find for its price.

3.5 stars Very good

GoPro Hero

Though the GoPro Hero is nearly devoid of features, this entry point for GoPro's lineup is just enough to get you started in the world of little, mountable cameras.

Price: $197.00 - $199.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good