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Best GoPro Action Camera-Camcorders | Reviews & Comparison | 2017-2018

January 10, 2018 by  
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GoPro Action Cameras

Best GoPro Wearable and Mountable Cameras: This is a roundup of a specialized group of GoPro cameras 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 proof (to 60m), ready for rugged environments. GoPro Cameras have been used on TV shows (such as Gold Rush, The Bachelor, Deadliest Catch), to film unique perspectives. The latest models have built-in WiFi, and 4K Ultra HD Resolution. They all have wide angle lenses to get all of the action. See the top GoPro models below and compare by price, reviews, imager size, and features. A glossary of features (lower on the page) will explain the features listed.

Best GoPro Wearable/Mountable Action Cams 2017-2018
(Best rated with the best features and largest imagers)

GoPro Camera 4K HERO6
Black Edition
GoPro Camera 4K HERO5
Black Edition
GoPro Camera HD HERO4
Black Edition
GoPro Camera HD HERO4
Silver Edition

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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 & GPS
5 Ghz Wifi
GP1 Processor
Records at 60 Mbps
4K UHD @ 24p,30p, 60p
2.7K Cinema @ 120p
1080p @ 240p
720p @60p
H.264,AAC,.mp4
Waterproof Housing
Mounting Hardware
Black Edition
2017-2018 Model
Bluetooth Enabled
LCD Touch Display
3 Microphones
Video Stabilization
up to 4K

Voice Control
Wide Angle 170°
MicroSD Cards
High Definition
1/2.3-inch Imager
12 megapixels
External Mic Jack
f/2.8 Lens
Built-in WiFi & GPS
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Records at 60 Mbps
4K UHD @ 24p,30p
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2.7K Cinema @ 60p
1080p @ 120p
720p @ 240p
H.264,AAC,.mp4
Waterproof Housing
Mounting Hardware
Black Edition
2016-2017 Model
Bluetooth Enabled
LCD Touch Display
3 Microphones
Video Stabilization
up to 2.7K

Voice Control
Wide Angle 170°
MicroSD Cards
High Definition
1/2.3-inch Imager
12 megapixels
External Mic Jack
f/2.8 Lens
Built-in WiFi
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Records at 60 Mbps
4K Cinema@ 30p
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2.7K Cinema @ 50p
1080p @ 120p
720p @ 240p
H.264,AAC,.mp4
Waterproof Housing
Mounting Hardware
Black Edition
2014-2015 Model
Bluetooth Enabled
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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
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Records at 45 Mbps
4K Cinema@ 15p
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2.7K Cinema @ 30p
1080p @ 60p
720p @ 120p
H.264,AAC,.mp4
Waterproof Housing
Mounting Hardware
Silver Edition
2014-2015 Model
Bluetooth Enabled
LCD Touch Display


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Glossary of Terms

GoPro Hero6 Black Edition = The Black Edition is GoPro’s best camera. The Hero 6 has a new GP1 processor which will give you better colors, and picture quality, as well as higher framerates. Also introduced on the Hero6 is 5GHz Wifi, for up to 3x faster throughput.
MicroSD Card Slot = This refers to the way the camcorder records video. GoPro cameras record to MicroSD cards.
Built-in WiFi = GoPro cameras have built-in WiFi capability to use with accessories. The range of the remote is up to 600 feet. The camera can be controlled by iOS smartphones and tablets running the GoPro App*. The GoPro App enables full camera control and scene preview on any compatible iOS smartphone or tablet. An Android App is available at the Google Play store.
5Ghz Wifi = The GoPro Hero 6 introduces 5Ghz Wifi band, which will provide about 3x the WiFi speed of previous models.
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.
H.264 Capture = The Black Edition GoPro Hero5 and Hero6 Camera supports a bit rate up to 60 Mbps high video bitrate capture (H.264 compression). The higher the bitrate, the better the quality of video.
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. You can change the angle 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.
4K, 2.7K, 1080p 720p 30fps 60fps video = camcorders can record video at various resolutions. Many can record at several different rates. 4K and 2.7K are resolutions higher than Full HD. 1080p is blu-ray quality and is Full HD. 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, 60fps, 120fps, and even 240fps which will make the movie action much smoother and later can be used for slow motion as well. 60 fps is also expressed as 60p or 60 progressive frames/second.
External Mic Jack = This means that this camcorder is equipped with an external microphone jack or terminal to input an external microphone. It bypasses the built in microphones.


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