Best camcorders and action cameras of 2016


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: $319.00 - $399.99 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: $148.00 - $219.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Action Cam FDR-X1000V

Sony's X1000V offers power and performance in a package that goes head-to-head with the GoPro.

Price: $398.00 - $498.00 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: $369.00 - $499.99 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: $225.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

GoPro Hero4 Session

GoPro sheds its housing for the Hero4 Session, an excellent POV camera that's ready to capture what the day brings -- in or out of the water -- at the press of a button.

Price: $199.95 - $329.00 Check prices

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.

Price: $275.00 - $284.95 Check prices

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.

Price: $124.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Xiaomi Yi

​The Xiaomi Yi Action Cam's video quality and shooting options are well above those of other cameras in its class, but you'll need to bring your own accessories.

Price: $83.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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