BUYER’S GUIDE: Action Video Cameras!

The current popularity and success of multiple social media platforms has proven video is where it’s at. Action cams are all the rage, as what could be cooler than showing the world firsthand what you really do? With the exploding popularity and technology, multiple new models and even completely new brands have hit the market recently. Wearable camera platforms were incredibly low tech just years ago, but today, the market is literally flooded with unbelievably good HD cameras that are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. This diverse list of action camera options proves that there is one waiting for just about any budget.



DRIFT GHOST “S” ACTION SPORTS CAMERA

Recording modes: 1080p @ 60fps or 720p @
120fps
Photo modes: 12MP with Sony CMOS sensor
that produces excellent low-light capability with a
dynamically adjusting shutter. 10 photos-per-second
photo burst and time lapse.
Lens speed/field of view: 160 degrees
Waterproof: Resists submersion to 3 meters for 30
minutes. Available waterproof case for 30-meter
protection at additional cost
Size/weight: 4.1x2x1.3 inches/5.9 ounces
LCD screen: 2-inch TFT screen Corning Gorilla glass
for setup, preview, playback
Cool features: The screen is flat, a 300-degree
rotatable lens captures HD video from any angle, video
tagging captures action from the past, external mic
plug, continuous-loop recording option, 10x zoom
Battery: 3.5 hours recording 1080p video
WiFi: App coming soon to connect to Android or
Apple device for live streaming, remote-control
functionality, and social media upload
Remote: 2-way remote with 30-foot range
Kit-included accessories: Wristwatch-type remote
control, 1/4-20 tripod-style mounting plate, curved and
flat surface mounts, goggle mount
MSRP: $400
Contact: www.driftinnovation.com or your local
dealer through MTA catalog



REPLAY XD 1080 MINI

Recording modes: 1080p @ 30fps
or 720p @ 60fps
Photo modes: 5MP/time lapse/
CMOS sensor
Lens speed/field of view: f/2.8/120
degrees
Waterproof: 3 meters (10 feet)
Size/weight: .9×3.3 inches/2.1 ounces
LCD screen: Accessory 4.3-inch LCD
“ReView” field monitor $189
Cool features: Smallest and lightest 1080p
camera on the market, quality AGC internal mic and
option for external mic, 360 degrees of available
camera rotation, tons of trick optional pro mounts.
Battery: 130 minutes record time/rechargeable
lithium-ion internal battery
WiFi: None
Remote: None
Kit-included accessories: LowBoy mount
(fixed) and HeimLock mount(Swivel/Tilt) “Flat
SnapTray, curved SnapTray, 1/4-20 tripod
SnapTray”
MSRP: $199
Contact: www.replayxd.com or (805) 480-9800


ISAW Extreme HD

Recording modes: 1080p @ 60fps/30fps or 1200p @
60fps/30fps or 720p @ 120fps/60fps/30fps or 60fps slow motion, 4x
zoom
Photo modes: 12MP Sony Exmor sensor, Tri Mode 12MP,
8.5MP, and 7.2MP single, time-lapse, 11-shot bursts
Lens speed/field of view: f/2.4
Waterproof: 60 meters with standard case or 100 meters with
optional aluminum dive housing
Size/weight: 2.4×1.3×1.7 inches
LCD screen: Built-in 2-inch LCD viewfinder included
Cool features: Wide, medium and narrow field of view. Very
complete kit, uses GoPro-type mounts.
Battery: 125 minutes
WiFi: Yes, connects to Android and Apple products
Remote: Optional, $99
Kit-included accessories: Two flat and one curved mount,
quick-release mount, vertical mount, three-way pivot arm, tripod
mount, surfboard mount, open-frame housing
MSRP: $350
Contact: www.isawcamera.us or call (561) 923-8200



WASPCAM GIDEON ACTION SPORT CAMERA

Recording modes: 1080p @ 60fps/30fps or 960p @
60fps or 720p @ 120fps
Photo modes: 16MP, 12MP, 8MP, 5MP CMOS
Sensor
Waterproof: 196 feet when installed in included
waterproof case
LCD screen: In wireless wristwatch remote live view
Cool features: Live-view wristwatch remote,
auto-looping feature
Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion
WiFi: Yes, connects to iPhone or Android for live
viewing, recording and sharing online
Remote: Wireless wrist remote with live-view screen
connects via radio frequency
Kit-included accessories: Flat, curved adhesive
mounts, wireless wrist remote, waterproof camera
casing, swivel T-tip mount
MSRP: $375
Contact: www.waspcam.com or call (905) 683-3785



POLAROID XS100I EXTREME EDITION HD ACTION CAMERA

Recording modes: 1080p @ 30fps or 960p @ 30fps or
720p @ 30/60fps w/slow motion
Photo modes: 16MP, 5MP, 3MP or 10x burst and time
lapse
Lens speed/field of view: f/2.8/135 degrees
Waterproof: 10 meters (30 feet)
Size/weight: 4.8 ounces
LCD screen: No
Cool features: Many included mounts, entry-level pricing,
WiFi
Battery: 2.5 hours
WiFi: Built in, remotely adjust settings, watch or share
video, compatible with Android or IOS
Remote: None
Kit-included accessories: Helmet and handlebar mounts
included
MSRP: $179 for WiFi model, $129 without (get the WiFi)
Contact: www.polaroidstore.com



ION AIR PRO 3
Recording modes: 1080p @ 30/60fps or 720p @ 30/60/120fps
Photo modes: 12MP single or 10-shot burst, time lapse
Lens speed/field of view: f/2.8/160 degrees
Waterproof: 15 meters (49 feet)
Size/weight: 37mm x 107mm/5 ounces
LCD screen: No
Cool features: One-touch function, microphone with built-in ACG and
external 3mm external mic jack
Battery: Lithium, 2.5-hour life, rechargeable
WiFi: With included Wi-Fi PODZ
Kit-included accessories: Ball-joint mount, tripod, cam lock, helmet
mount
MSRP: $349
Contact: www.usa.ioncamera.com

GARMIN VIRB ELITE
Recording modes: 1080p @ 30fps,
960p @ 48fps, 720p @ 30/60fps
Photo modes: 16MP, 12MP, 8MP
CMOS photo burst and time lapse
Waterproof: Water-resistant to
incidental immersion 1 meter up to 30
minutes Optional dive case protects to
50 meters.
Size/weight: 4.7×2.2×1.6
inches/6.2 ounces
LCD screen: 1.4-inch high-res color
viewfinder screen
Cool features: High-sensitivity GPS
monitors speed, altitude and location
Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion
battery lasts three hours
WiFi: Yes to Android or Apple
devices
Remote: Available as an accessory,
or ANT+ connectivity lets you control
the Virb with other Garmin devices, or
WiFi allows you to control, view and
upload/share via smartphone as well.
Kit-included accessories: Curved/
flat surface mount, right-angle link,
adapter to GoPro mount
MSRP: $399
Contact: www.buy.garmin.com



LIQUID IMAGE EGO +WIFI

Recording modes: 1080p @ 30fps or 720p @ 60fps
Photo modes: 12MP with continuous photo
mode
Lens speed/field of view: f/3.2 /135
degrees
Waterproof: Water-resistant or to 40
meters (130 feet) with $40 case
Size/weight: 1.3×1.5×2.5 inches/ 2.4
ounces
LCD screen: Small one for control
functions/no playback
Cool features: Impressive battery life
and WiFi in a $200 camera
Battery: 130 minutes of recording,
built-in rechargeable lithium-ion
WiFi: Yes, connects to smartphone
or tablet to view photos, control camera
functions or upload footage.
Remote: No remote, but smartphone
controls functions via WiFi.
Kit-included accessories: Clear
protective face cover, flat mount bracket,
MSRP: $199
Contact: www.liquidimageco.com

GOPRO HERO 3+
Recording modes: 1440p @ 48fps, 1080p @ 60fps,
960p @ 100fps, 720p @ 120fps
Photo modes: 12MP 30fps, photo bursts and time lapse
Lens speed/field of view: f/2.8 / ultra-wide angle
Waterproof: To 40 meters (131 feet)
Size/weight: 4.8 ounces with housing
LCD screen: LCD Touch backpack sold separately, $79
Cool features: Super-sharp lens
Battery: 2 hours or 1 hour, 50 minutes with remote
WiFi: Yes, with GoPro app
Remote: Included WiFi remote can control up to 50 cameras from
up to 600 feet
Kit-included accessories: 40m waterproof housing, WiFi remote,
flat and curved mount, three-way pivot arm
MSRP: $399
Contact: www.gopro.com

EPIC HD 1080P
Recording modes: 1080p @ 30fps, 960p
@ 30fps, 720p @ 60/30fps, WVGA @ 60fps
Photo modes: 8MP, 5MP, 3MP
Lens speed/field of view: 168-degree
diagonal view angle
Waterproof: To 20 feet with waterproof
case sold separately, $30
LCD screen: Epic viewer previewer sold
separately, $80
Cool features: Simple to use
Battery: 3 AAA-cell batteries
WiFi: None
Remote: None
Kit-included accessories: Strap mount,
two straps, two contoured adhesive mounts,
elbow mount, lithium batteries
MSRP: $199
Contact: www.epicstealthcam.com

SHIMANO CM-1000 SPORT CAMERA
Recording modes: 1080p
Photo modes: 16MP
Lens speed/field of view: f/2/135 or 180 degrees
Waterproof: To 10 meters
Size/weight: 71mm x 44mm x 30mm/3 ounces
LCD screen: No
Cool features: Waterproof without a case, dual-lens mode
with standard and super-wide angle.
WiFi: Yes, controllable via smartphone or ANT+ wireless
technology, live-view playback, etc.
Remote: No
Kit-included accessories: Helmet and an adhesive mount
MSRP: $299
Contact: www.bike.shimano.com

EGO LS MODEL 800
Recording modes: 1080p @ 30fps or 720p @
60fps
Photo modes: 8MP with continuous photo mode
Lens speed/Field of view: f/3.2/ 135 degrees
Waterproof: Water-resistant up to 40 meters/130
feet with case
Size/weight: N/A (comparable to GoPro Hero 3)
LCD screen: Small one for control functions/no
playback
Cool features: Impressive battery life (up to six
hours), Bluetooth-enabled 4G for live streaming, plus
low-frequency RF allows it to stay in standby mode
for up to 24 hours without draining battery
Battery: 360 minutes recording, built-in
rechargeable lithium-ion
WiFi: Yes, connects to smartphone or tablet to
view photos, control camera functions or upload
footage.
Remote: No remote, but smartphone controls
functions via WiFi.
Kit-included accessories: Clear protective case,
flat-mount bracket, USB cord
MSRP: TBA
Contact: www.liquidimageco.com



SONY ALL-ACTION POV WITH WIFI

Recording modes: 1080p @ 60/30fps, 720p @ 30/120fps
Photo modes: 11.9MP
Waterproof: Included housing waterproof to 197 feet
Size/weight: 1.9x1x3.3 inches/2 ounces
LCD screen: Monochrome LCD
Cool features: Impressive battery performance
Battery: 2.5 hours
WiFi: iOS and Android device can control, viewfinder, share
images
Kit-included accessories: Dive housing
MSRP: $299
Contact: www.sony.com