Best action cameras 2016 - reviewed

Capture your sporting life with one of these tiny rugged video cameras

It doesn't matter if you're jumping out of planes, skiing down mountains, or taking your fixie on a joyride through London Fields (you great big hipster) - unless you're recording it, it might as well not have happened.

That's why there's never been a better time to buy an action camera. They're getting smaller, last longer than ever between charges, and a lot of 'em will capture whatever you point them at in glorious 4K. But which one to choose?

There are so many action cams out there, but we've done all the legwork for you. Head on down the page to find our top picks for 2016.

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Tech specs

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition in figures Dimensions: 41x59x29.6mm • Weight: 89g • Video resolutions: 4K (3840x2160) @30fps, 2.7K (2704x1520) @60fps, Full HD (1920x1080) @120fps • Video/Photo modes: Time lapse, looping video, burst photo, • Photo resolution: 12MP • Battery life: 1hr-3hrs • Connectivity: Mini USB, Micro HDMI, microSD • Smartphone app: Yes

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Garmin VIRB XE in figures Dimensions: 77x41x37mm • Weight: 152g • Video resolutions: 2K (2560x1440) @30fps, Full HD (1920x1080) @60fps • Video/Photo modes: 480p slow motion video, Time lapse photo, burst photo, • Photo resolution: 12MP • Battery life: 2hrs • Connectivity: micro USB, microSD, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi • Smartphone app: Yes

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Veho Muvi K-2 in figures Dimensions: 60x40x23mm • Weight: 84g • Video resolutions: 4K (3840x2160) @15fps, 2.7K (2704x1520) @30fps, Full HD (1920x1080) @60fps • Video/Photo modes: Time lapse, burst photo, • Photo resolution: 12MP • Battery life: 3hrs • Connectivity: MicroUSB, microSD, microHDMI, Wi-Fi • Smartphone app: Yes

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Sony FDR-X1000V in figuresDimensions: 24x52x89mm • Weight: 114g • Video resolutions: 4K (3840x2160) @30fps, Full HD (1920x1080) @60fps, 720p (1280x720) @240fps • Video/Photo modes: Slow motion, Live streaming, looping video, burst photo, • Photo resolution: 8.8MP • Battery life: 1hr-2hrs • Connectivity: Mini USB, Micro HDMI, microSD, Wi-Fi • Smartphone app: Yes

Tech Specs

Panasonic HX-A1M in figures Dimensions: 26x26x83mm • Weight: 45g • Video resolutions: Full HD (1920x1080) @30fps, 720P (1280x720) @60fps • Video/Photo modes: slow motion, • Photo resolution: 2.6MP • Battery life: 1hr-2hrs • Connectivity: Mini USB, microSD • Smartphone app: Yes

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