Combining everything great about the Hero4 cameras and then some, the GoPro Hero5 Black is a no-compromise capture device for the ordinary and extraordinary.
Along with seven updated models, Sony's 2014 lineup includes a very nice-sounding top-of-the-line HD camcorder.
With full manual controls and its BOSS image stabilization, Sony rolls out another traditional 4K camcorder at a lower price.
This cheap and largely mediocre camcorder isn't entirely without merits. Picture quality isn't among them, however, so we'd struggle to get too enthusiastic about the Toshiba Camileo H30, whatever the price.
At its best, the Canon Vixia HF M3x series--composed of the M300, M30, M31, and M32--delivers a very good blend of video quality, features, and performance for the money, but some people may find the touch-screen interface extremely frustrating to use and the battery life painfully short. Plus, you really need to bump up to the highest bit rate quality. Of the series, the HF M300 is the best deal.
With a big zoom, a small size, and a decent price, the Canon Elura 100 is a great choice if you plan on steering clear of low-light situations.
This extremely compact, nicely designed camera should please technophiles who want both photo and video capabilities and can afford to splurge.
Like its sibling the HF10, Canon's flash-based Vixia HF11 delivers excellent HD video quality and performance in a tiny package. However, the HF11 delivers a bit more value for its lower price.
A decent pocket camcorder that's also a makeshift snapshot camera, the Canon Optura S1 is not an optimal choice for indoor shooting.
While its predecessor had prosumer aspirations, the Panasonic PV-GS500 is strictly for casual videographers who want top-notch video on autopilot.
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.
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 Caidrox CD-3000 drive recorder combines a good deal of information about on-road incidents that would come in handy for determining fault in a crash, but it helps to be computer-adept to use its viewer software.
This year's models deliver minor tweaks over last year's.
Sony's Handycam DCR-SR68 (and larger-capacity SR88) offers up ample storage and a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.
Not only did the company announce a first for the action cam category at the show, but it brought its folding high-speed tricopter drone along for the ride.
The GoPro Hero5 Session brings top-notch features to an already great design.
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.