Drift Stealth 2
A low-profile, weather-resistant full-HD action camera, the Drift Stealth 2 isn't without compromises, but makes up for them in size and usability.
GoPro Hero+ LCD
The GoPro Hero+ LCD isn't exactly a bargain for its entry-level specs, but if you appreciate a streamlined feature set and its built-in touchscreen, it's worth the extra money over the very basic Hero.
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.
Monoprice MHD 2.0 Action Camera
If you're in the market for no-frills, cheap-and-easy point-and-shoot action cam, the Monoprice MHD 2.0 gets the job done.
VSN Mobil V.360°
You'll have to overlook quirks in design and performance, but the VSN Mobil V.360 360-degree action cam offers up some serious wow factor now and potentially even more in the future.
Xiaomi Yi ( White)
The Xiaomi Yi Action Cam's video quality and shooting options are well above other cameras in its class, but you'll need to bring your own accessories.
Kodak Pixpro SP360 Extreme Pack
The Kodak Pixpro SP360's 360-degree video is fun to view and experiment with, while its regular full HD video means you're not stuck with a one-trick camera. The rest of the package could use some fine-tuning, though.
Sony Action Cam FDR-X1000V
Sony's X1000V offers power and performance in a package that goes head-to-head with the GoPro.
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.
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.
HTC Re Camera ( White)
The HTC Re's features might not be as unusual as its design, but it's still a solid little camera that's easier and faster to shoot with than your average smartphone.
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.
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.
Polaroid Cube ( Black)
The eye-catching Polaroid Cube is an inexpensive 1080p action cam with video quality that takes a backseat to design.
Logitech Bemo ( Manhattan Black)
While it's a niche product, the Logitech Bemo is a new spin on the point-and-shoot mini camcorder that makes shooting video and creating short movies accessible to just about anyone.
JVC Everio GZ-R10 ( Black)
JVC's move to offer consumers a durable family camcorder is solid, but the quadproof Everio GZ-R10 on the whole comes up short.
Polaroid XS100i Wi-Fi Extreme Edition
As long as you respect its limitations and keep the camera steady, the Polaroid XS100i is a good easy-to-use budget-friendly option for dabbling in hands-free video.
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.
Dimika Action Cam
A tiny, point-and-shoot, full-HD video camera that's simple and fun to use, the Dimika Action Cam is a very good inexpensive option for situations in which you don't want to risk your more-expensive camera or smartphone.
GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition
If you like GoPro's camera design and just want solid HD video, you might be able to save yourself $100 and get this instead of the $400 Black Edition.
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.
Oregon Scientific ATC Chameleon Action Camera
The dual-camera Oregon Scientific ATC Chameleon is a good idea, but the execution and the overall feature set are lacking.
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.
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.
GoPro Hero3+ ( Black Edition)
Like the Hero3, the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition's strongest attributes are its excellent video quality and impressive list of shooting options. If that's what matters most to you, this is the action cam to get.
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.
Cyclops Gear CGLife 2 1080p HD Video Glasses ( Black)
Lean on features with merely OK video and a design that isn't for everyone, the best part about the Cyclops Gear CGLife 2 HD video glasses is their simplicity.
iON Air Pro 2
One of the better action cam options available, the iON Air Pro 2 improves on the original, while still offering a good value.
Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 ( Blue)
The only thing the Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 seems to have going for it is the low price, but "you get what you pay for" has never rung truer.
Monoprice MHD Action Camera
The Monoprice MHD Action Camera is a very good value. You'll just have to be forgiving of its video quality.