The GoPro Hero3 Silver and White editions are strong contenders in the sports camera market, but the faster, more powerful Black Edition is head and shoulders the best sports camera on the market today.
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.
This action camera is a cheap and cheerful alternative to the more expensive GoPro models, ideal for those who want an all-in-one package with a glut of mounting options.
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.
The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 is an excellent 2D camcorder, with a host of useful, creative features -- most of which are lost when you opt to film in 3D. Thankfully, these limitations fail to undermine the novelty of lensing in the third dimension. If you have a 3D TV, it's probably worth the premium.
The Sony Handycam DCR-SR100 is a solid hard-drive-based option, especially if you like Sony's touch-screen interfaces.
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.
The R1 Pro's video looks good, but the lack of telemetry information about speed and location limit this dashcam's output for litigation, and US insurance rules more generally lessen the need for this type of evidence.
The CX130 is an impressive camcorder within its price range, featuring a stylish exterior and large LCD screen, though its image and video quality don't quite live up to the aesthetics.
With a good zoom, a reasonable array of features and ease of use for both novices and more experienced users, the Samsung VP-DC163i would be a suitable camera for anyone looking for a decent camcorder option on a reasonable budget.
As long as you don't do a lot of low-light shooting, the Q10 is a cute little full HD camcorder designed for left- and right-handed users.
Panasonic's dual-hard-drive/SD card camcorder delivers average quality. It's not a terrible camcorder, but it's not one that stands out, and the lack of HD recording is a notable omission.
The Flir Duo and Duo R are two GoPro-sized thermal cameras designed to be used on drones.
Despite an attractive price and some decent features, the frustrations of the Samsung SC-HMX10 outnumber its rewards.
The Panasonic VDR-D310 produces good-looking home movies without much hassle.
JVC's move to offer consumers a durable family camcorder is solid, but the quadproof Everio GZ-R10 on the whole comes up short.
Though their geotagging capabilities are mostly novelty and their interfaces could use a complete overhaul, the top-notch video quality, performance, and consumer-friendly feature sets of the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V and HDR-XR520V make them worthy camcorder options. Both are overpriced, but since 14 hours of recording time is plenty--especially if supplemented with flash media--the HDR-XR500V is the better deal of the two.