The advancements made recently in the world of visual recording have opened up a whole new world of possibilities for amateurs and professionals alike, particularly when it comes to compact digital cameras. It used to be that in order for your camera to go all the places you wanted to go, you would need to acquire a special housing that would protect it from the elements and shock impact. But today, a nice variety of compact action cameras allow you to record footage of your adventures even in the most extreme conditions, with the added bonus of being completely hands-free if you choose. Here are three of the hottest compact action cameras on the market today, all of which you can find at SunnySports.
The GoPro HD HERO2 is quickly emerging as the front runner in the compact digital camera market. The camera comes securely encased in a waterproof housing, which will allow you to take the HERO2 underwater to a depth of almost 200 feet! One of the best features of the GoPro, outside of its sturdy casing, is the sheer number of mounts available. Forget about always having to hold the camera to record footage, because The HERO2 comes with a vented helmet strap, a head strap, 3-way pivot arm, 2 curved surface adhesive mounts, and 2 flat surface adhesive mounts, giving you plenty of options for mount locations right out of the box. You can purchase wrist, chest, handlebar, surfboard, and a variety of other mounts to get just the right hands-free perspective. The GoPro captures both video and stills, and the video footage can be recorded in various time lapses. The GoPro HERO2 is a superb option for any outdoor activities you want to record.
Coming in as the HERO2′s strongest competitor, the Drift Innovation HD camera is another high-quality compact camera that is made to withstand the elements and go the distance. The really neat feature about this action camera is the remote control, which allows for complete hands-free control of the camera while in operation. Designed with action sports in mind, this HD camera can take up to 9MP still photos, and has a photo burst mode for catching those quick moments. A night mode allows for better exposure in dusky or dark conditions, and the rotating lens allows you to mount the camera in virtually any position and still have a clear, level shot. Although you can’t take this one underwater, it will withstand the blood, sweat, and tears that come with any physically challenging activity, and it’s even covered by a limited 12 month warranty!
And last, but certainly not least, we have the 1080 True HD wearable action camera from Midland. This camera only records video, but does so at a rate of 30 feet per second in 1080 HD resolution with a 127 – 170 degree wide angle, fixed-focus lens, making for fantastic widescreen footage. A slide switch activates the camera, making it easy to turn on and off, even with heavy gloves. Four mounts are included with this camera, including goggle and helmet mounts, as well as a handlebar mount and 3 universal adhesive mounts, giving you plenty of hands-free options. This camera also comes with a car charger, which is a nice feature to have when you’re using it on the go.