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Best Rated Wearable and Mountable Action Cam | Reviews and Comparison | 2018-2019

January 2, 2018 by  
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Best-Rated Wearable and Mountable Action Cams – 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.

GoPro Wearable/Mountable Action Cam Models 2018-2019
(Top Rated Action Cam Models)

GoPro Camera 4K HERO7
Black Edition
GoPro Camera 4K HERO6
Black Edition
GoPro Camera 4K HERO5
Black Edition
GoPro Camera HD HERO4
Black 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 78Mbps
4K UHD @ 24p,30p,60p
2.7K Cinema @ 120p
1080p @ 240p
720p @240p
H.264,AAC,.mp4
Waterproof Housing
Mounting Hardware
Black Edition
2019 Model
Bluetooth Enabled
LCD Touch Display
3 Microphones
HyperSmooth
Time Warp Video
Live Streaming
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
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
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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
– – –
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
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– – –
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
– – –
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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Glossary of Terms
GoPro Hero7 Black Edition = The 2019 Hero 7 Black has many new features, including the fantastic HyperSmooth image stabilization, which delivers excellent stabilized video even at 4K60. Time Warp Video, provides time lapse movies that are a lot less shaky. The Hero 7 Black is the first to provide live streaming (at 720p) to social media such as Facebook. Other new features are portrait mode, a self timer, and better sound.
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 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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