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Wearable and Mountable Camcorder Reviews and Comparison 2015-2016

June 5, 2015 by  
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Wearable and Mountable Camcorders – This is a roundup of a specialized group of camcorders made for sharing your active lifestyle on video. These “action” camcorders can be worn on your person, or mounted to your bike, helmet, or even surfboard, depending on the accessories included. They are used by motorsports professionals and race teams. These camcorders are shockproof and water resistant, ready for rugged environments. They have wide angle lenses to get all of the action. See the wearable camcorders below and compare by price, reviews, imager size, and features. A glossary of features (lower on the page) will explain the features listed.

Top of the line Wearable/Mountable Camcorders 2015-2016
(Best rated with the best features and largest imagers)

GoPro Camera HD HERO3+
Black Edition
GoPro Camera HD HERO4
Black Edition
Sony HDR-AS100V
POV Action Cam
Sony HDR-AS30V
POV Action Cam
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Wide Angle 170°
MicroSD Cards
High Definition
1/2.3-inch Imager
12 megapixels
External Mic Jack
f/2.8 Lens
Built-in Wifi
Records at 45 Mbps
4K Cinema@ 15 fps
2.7K Cinema @ 30 fps
1440p @ 48fps
1080p @ 60fps
960p @ 100fps
720p @ 120fps
H.264,AAC,.mp4
Waterproof Housing
Mounting Hardware
Black Edition
2014 Model
WIFI Remote incl
Wide Angle 170°
MicroSD Cards
High Definition
1/2.3-inch Imager
12 megapixels
External Mic Jack
f/2.8 Lens
Built-in WiFi
Records at 60 Mbps
4K Cinema@ 30 fps
2.7K Cinema @ 50 fps
1440p @ 80fps
1080p @ 120fps
960p @ 120fps
720p @ 240fps
H.264,AAC,.mp4
Waterproof Housing
Mounting Hardware
Black Edition
2014-2015 Model
Bluetooth Enabled
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Wide Angle 170°
Uses MicroSD
High Definition
1/2.3-inch Imager
13 megapixels
External Mic Jack
f/2.8 Lens
WiFi with NFC
Records at 50 Mbps
Built-in GPS
1080p @ 60fps
1080p @ 30fps
720p @ 60fps
720p @ 120fps
720p @ 240fps
H.264/AAC .MOV
Sony Steadyshot™
Carl Zeiss Lens
2014 Model
+TimeCode for synching cameras
+Live View WiFi Wrist Controller
Wide Angle 170°
Uses MicroSD
High Definition
1/2.3-inch Imager
12 megapixels
External Mic Jack
f/2.8 Lens
WiFi with NFC
Built-in GPS
1080p @ 60fps
1080p @ 30fps
720p @ 60fps
720p @ 120fps
H.264/AAC .MOV
Sony Steadyshot™
Carl Zeiss Lens
2013 Model



Glossary of Terms

SD and MicroSD = This refers to the way the camcorder records video. These wearable camcorders record to either SDHC (SD) cards, or the smaller MicroSD cards.
Built-in WiFi = WiFi allows you to share your videos/pictures online or to your computer/phone/tablet, view and control your camcorder with a smart phone or tablet. The Sony HDR-AS100V has a wrist controller which gives you a live view of the camera by WiFi.
Sony Steadyshot™ = Sony is well known for its excellent Steadyshot™ image stabilization. This is especially important for an action cam, since they are subjected to a lot of movement and vibration. This technology can reduce or eliminate unwanted artifacts such as the “jello effect” that you can see with cameras without image stabilization. We believe that Sony has the definite edge in this regard, and the AS100V for 2014 has an improved Steadyshot designed for this action cam.
Imager Size = This refers to the Imager of the camcorder, where the light hits from the lens. This is like the retina of the eye. The larger the imager, the better the quality of the video and better low light performance. High end camcorders generally have a larger imager. Larger is better. A 1/2.6-inch imager is double the size of a 1/5.2-inch imager. GoPro uses a 1/2.3-inch Imager, which is excellent for low light.
Wide Angle 170° = This refers to the field of view in degrees. The 170 means a 170 degree field of view which is extremely wide and will get most of the action in front of you recorded onto the video. This is accomplished with a wide angle lens. The Hero2 cameras also allow you to set to 127° and 90° fields of view.
F2.8 Lens = Larger and faster lenses allow more light in for greater low light sensitivity. Lenses with low f stop specifications are considered fast lenses. The camcorders on this page all have fast low light lenses with an f stop of f2.8
Megapixels = This refers to the camera function in the camcorder. This is the amount of megapixels available to take a snapshot picture while using the camcorder.
1080p 720p 30fps 60fps video = camcorders can record video at various resolutions. Many can record at several different rates. 1080p is the current highest (blu-ray quality). 720p has about half the resolution of 1080p. Also keep in mind the frame rate of the video. Normal video is shot at 30fps (frames per second). Some camcorders can shoot at 48fps, and 60fps which will make the movie much smoother and later can be used for slow motion as well.
Built in GPS = This function can tag your video, showing where you were when the video was shot.
External Mic Jack = This means that this camcorder is equipped with an external microphone jack or terminal to input an external microphone. There are a wide range of external microphones to choose from including wireless, surround sound, and others. An external microphone will improve the sound recording of your video. It bypasses the built in microphones.
Live View WiFi Wrist Controller = The Sony HDR-AS100V kit includes a wrist live view controller that allows you to see out of up to 5 different cameras, to check that the cameras are set up correctly, and to start/stop the video of each camera. It works wirelessly through WiFi.


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