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Best Camcorders and Action Cameras of 2017

  • $505.54 at Wild Earth See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
    GoPro Hero5 Black

    Best GoPro to get right now

    There's much to like about the company's new top-of-line GoPro, but being able to control the camera just by speaking to it turns out to be handier than you might think.

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  • YI 4K Action Camera

    Best 4K action cam for the money

    An action cam with a lot of features, excellent video quality and a more affordable price, the YI 4K is undeniably a good deal.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
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  • $799.00 at mwave See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 6 Image qual.
    360fly 4K

    Best single-lens 360-degree camera

    The 360fly 4K is just all-around a better camera than the original, and its excellent mobile app is a definite plus compared to competing cameras. You'll just have to be forgiving of its image quality.

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  • Ricoh Theta S

    Best dual-lens 360-degree camera

    Whether you're looking to create content for your VR headset or just love cool camera gadgetry, the Ricoh Theta S is an excellent way to start creating spherical images.

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    $419.00 at DWI Digital Cameras See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 7 Image qual.
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  • $523.94 at Wild Earth See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
    GoPro Hero4 Silver

    GoPro bargain to beat

    It's been well over a year since the Hero4 Silver hit stores and it's still our top pick for its solid video quality, ample shooting options and built-in touchscreen.

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  • Sony Action Cam FDR-X1000V

    The Anti-GoPro for power users

    Whether you're a pro or just someone who wants the best possible video, the X1000V can go lens-to-lens with GoPro's Hero4 Black, but with features that camera doesn't even offer.

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    $599.00 Typical Price Not Available

    CNET's Rating

    • 8.5 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
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  • $577.00 Typical Price Not Available

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 7 Image qual.
    TomTom Bandit

    Best for fast online sharing

    The Bandit addresses perhaps the biggest complaint with action cams: Editing. It uses built-in sensors to pinpoint the most interesting parts of your videos and assemble them into a sharable clip sent straight ot your smartphone for sharing.

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  • GoPro Hero4 Session

    Best grab-and-go camera

    What it lacks in performance and features, it makes up for in design and ease of use. And thanks to a couple of price drops, this tiny waterproof cube of a camera is now worth buying.

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    $299.95 Typical Price Not Available

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 7 Image qual.
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