The best action cams 2015 - reviewed

To test the toughest action cams you need the toughest of tests...

There’s no point taking the world’s toughest action cameras on a family orienteering trip.

That's why we subjected them to two super-rigorous tests. The first took place at Lee Valley White Water Centre, the course where Team GB struck canoeing gold in London 2012. Four of the centre’s most experienced kayakers each took an action cam for several wild rides through the course’s rapids, drops, holes and eddies. You can see our behind the scenes video below, or check out the raw footage from each action cam on its dedicated test page.

After their thorough dunking in the frothy stuff, we mounted the cameras in a variety of positions from helmets to handlebars and chest mounts while out riding bikes. This helped to test their capabilities in fast-­moving situations and in quickly changing light conditions. Each one was tested at 1080p at various frame rates, and at up to 4K where available.

After tucking our exhausted action cams into bed, we analysed their footage and editing software before crowning our champion...


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