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Best camcorders and action cameras of 2014

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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 2014 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: $399.95 - $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: $248.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

JVC ADIXXION GC-XA2

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.

Price: $247.00 - $299.99 Check prices

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: $218.00 - $299.00 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.

Price: $269.99 - $349.00 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: $332.83 - $378.00 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: $199.99 - $209.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Monoprice MHD Sport Wifi

An inexpensive option for capturing your exploits for YouTube, the Monoprice MHD Sport Wifi offers just enough value to make it an entry-level action cam worth considering.

Price: $139.99 - $199.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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