GoPro HD Motorsports Hero 1080
If you want a camera that can be attached to a bike or boat, the GoPro HD Motorsports Hero 1080 ticks all the boxes. It shoots in 30 and 60 frames per second - the latter delivers super slow-motion playback - and the lens can take in 170˚ of action (120˚ in HD). It works underwater to a depth of 55m and its plastic casing will survive your worst crash.
Contour HD 1080P
This high-end helmet cam couldn't be simpler to use - there's a button to turn it on and a slider to start filming. When it's on, expect a visual feast: the Contour HD 1080P films in resolutions all the way to 1,920x1,080, can shoot at 60fps for super slo-mo, has a 135˚ wide-angle lens and lasers to let you aim accurately at what you want to shoot. It's not as durable as other HD cameras but it's shockproof and water-resistant enough for snowsports.
The ATC5K has a my-first-action-camera feel. It's easy to use but lacks some of the killer features of the others here. Its highest resolution is VGA, which is adequate for YouTube but not genuine high quality, and the price reflects the build quality - it's far less robust. However, its LCD monitor screen is as big as the Drift HD170's and it has 4GB of recording space (two hours of recording time).
Drift Innovation HD170
The feature-packed Drift Innovation has a rotating lens, meaning you can mount the camera on handlebars or a helmet at whatever angle delivers the best footage, and a night mode. The 4X digital zoom means you can create a sense of drama by zooming in and out as you hit jumps. The lens is super wide - 170˚ - and there are enough mounts that you can secure it to almost anything you're riding, driving or wearing.
Nick Hutchings worked for Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Nick worked as digital editor from 2008 to 2011, head of content until 2014, and finally editor-in-chief until 2015.
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