Best Sports Cameras Of 2018 Comparisons and Buying Guide

The action camera market continues to evolve. After more than a decade of total supremacy of the American GoPro brand , other well-known and lesser-known manufacturers are trying their hand at making a name for themselves in this highly competitive industry. We have chosen for you the best models of the moment. The recent release of the models GoPro Hero 5 (Black & Session) has somewhat upset the established order with cameras even more powerful and compact, we present our update.

Best sports cameras of 2018:


Without further ado, discover the action cameras that best meet performance criteria or value for money.

1: Sony FDR-X1000VR

Sony FDR-X1000VR Details

Sony FDR-X1000VR/W 4K Action Cam and LiveView Remote Kit

Aspect Ratio 16:9
Binding Electronics
Brand Sony
Color White
Creator SONY
EAN 4548736000940
Label Sony
List Price $598.00
Manufacturer Sony
Manufacturer Minimum Age 120
Model FDRX1000VR/W
MPN FDRX1000VR/W
Package Quantity 1
Part Number FDRX1000VR/W
Product Group Photography
Product Type Name CAMCORDER
Publisher Sony
Release Date 2015-03-08
Studio Sony
Title Sony FDR-X1000VR/W 4K Action Cam and LiveView Remote Kit
UPC 027242888654
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  • If you are looking for an advanced action camera, the Sony FDR-X1000VR will surely make you happy. Concentrating advanced technologies, it offers a range of features that make you enjoy an experience worthy of a pro.
  • By opting for this camcorder powered by a BIONZ X processor, you will get results at the height of Hollywood productions.
  • To align its high-end performance, even in low light conditions, the Sony FDR-X1000VR relies on its  Exmor R CMOS sensor and its ZEISS Tessar ultra-wide lens covering 170 ° , which allows you to obtain breathtaking panoramic views. Three times more efficient, the built-in SteadyShot image stabilizer reacts very well and greatly improves the quality of the captures made other than in 4K mode.

If this 4K technology remains the flagship asset of the Sony FDR-X1000VR, we enjoyed the quality of videos recorded in Full HD . The Japanese manufacturer has indeed mounted on board this camcorder, an architecture that improves the sharpness of images and enriches the colors when shooting in Full HD. The fast actions recorded with this mode at 120 p promise great slow motion up to 240 frames / sec . The rate of refreshment is for that high. Capture experiments are even more immersive as you move to 4K, where the results are enriched by dynamic and subtle details.

2: TomTom Bandit


 

TomTom Bandit Details

TomTom Bandit 4k Action Video Camera

Binding Wireless Phone Accessory
Brand TomTom
Color White/Red
EAN 0636926073462
Format Multisystem
Label TomTom
Manufacturer TomTom
Manufacturer Parts Warranty Description 1 Year
Model 1LB0.001.00
MPN 1LB0.001.00
Package Quantity 1
Part Number 1LB0.001.00
Product Group CE
Product Type Name GPS_OR_NAVIGATION_SYSTEM
Publisher TomTom
Release Date 2015-07-15
SKU 1LB0.001.00
Studio TomTom
Title TomTom Bandit 4k Action Video Camera
UPC 636926073462
Warranty 1 year limited
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  • As the first action camera of the TomTom brand, a leading manufacturer of GPS navigation systems, the Bandit model quickly seduced the market with its many advantages . We will first note its unique design that facilitates handling.
  • With a weight of 190 g, it is certainly not the lightest type GoPro camera on the market, but many other points compensate for this slight detail.
  • In addition to its good ergonomics, the TomTom Bandit is one of the few cameras to offer a system to adjust the framing – from horizontal to vertical – and to switch from portrait to landscape mode just by rotating the device on itself.
  • Regarding the quality of the image, the Bandit allows the recording of 4K videos of 15 frames per second or in Full HD of 60 frames per second .
  • This camera must therefore its presence in our top thanks to its value for money very interesting . Not only does the TomTom Bandit allow you to get high quality videos, but it allows you to turn your image sequences into true masterpieces via the Bandit application that can be used on iOS and Android. With the TomTom Bandit Sport Camera, you have the choice between resolutions ranging from HD to 4K, when you shoot, and can take pictures up to 16MP.
  • The high quality of the images makes it possible to dive into the atmosphere of the action and the motion sensors installed on board this camcorder make it possible to obtain professional results. These sensors are able to automatically detect speed, rotation heart rate, gravity or altitude. In other words, they miss nothing of your sudden movements, stunts and other accelerations, which allows you to have a final editing at the height of your imagination.

Thanks to the built-in 1,900 mAh battery, rechargeable via the USB 3.0 port, up to three hours of non-stop film can be achieved with this action camera. In addition, the TomTom Bandit adapts to all conditions of use, when you adapt the appropriate lens cover.

4: GoPro Hero 5 Black

GoPro Hero 5 Black Details

GoPro HERO5 Black

Aspect Ratio 4:3
Binding Electronics
Brand GoPro
Clothing Size One Size
Color Black
Creator GoPro
Department mens
EAN 0818279018066
Is Adult Product 0
Is Autographed 0
Label GBKD9
Legal Disclaimer NA
List Price $399.00
Manufacturer GBKD9
Media Type Micro SD
Model CHDHX-502
MPN CHDHX-502
Number Of Items 1
Package Quantity 1
Part Number CHDHX-502
Product Group Photography
Product Type Name CAMCORDER
Publisher GBKD9
Release Date 2016-10-02
Size Camera Only
Studio GBKD9
Title GoPro HERO5 Black
UPC 818279022100
Warranty GoPro products and accessories are guaranteed against manufacturing defects one (1) year from the original date of purchase. GoPro's sole obligation in the event of such defects during this period is to repair or replace the defective part or product with a comparable part or product at GoPro's sole discretion. Except for such repair or replacement, the sale, processing or other handling of this product is without warranty, condition or other liability even though the defect or loss is caused by negligence or other fault. Damage resulting from use, accident, or normal wear and tear is not covered by this or any warranty. GoPro assumes no liability for any accident, injury, death, loss, or other claim related to or resulting from the use of this product. In no event shall GoPro be liable for incidental or consequential damages relating to or resulting from the use of this product or any of its parts. Because of possible user resealing error, this product is not warrantied against waterhousing leakage or any resulting damage. Please review and follow the instructions carefully when sealing the waterhousings! Returns or replacements of parts and/or products may be subject to shipping, handling, replacement and/or restocking fees.
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The flagship camera of the famous American firm ranks just at the foot of the podium of our top 11 but it does not demerit absolutely, it is a monster of technology and especially the most successful product from GoPro.

5: Sony HDR-AS50

Sony HDR-AS50 Details

Sony HDRAS50/B Full HD Action Cam (Black)

Binding Camera
Brand Sony
Color Black
Creator SONY
EAN 0027242895737
Label Sony
Legal Disclaimer as-is
List Price $179.99
Manufacturer Sony
Model HDRAS50/B
MPN HDRAS50/B
Package Quantity 1
Part Number HDRAS50/B
Product Group Photography
Product Type Name CAMCORDER
Publisher Sony
Release Date 2016-02-21
Studio Sony
Title Sony HDRAS50/B Full HD Action Cam (Black)
UPC 027242895737
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  • In the full HD action cams range available on the market, few are able to compete with this Sony HDR-AS50. It makes you enjoy the quality Sony at affordable price . Without spending a lot, you will find in this camcorder the perfect equipment to showcase your talents as an action star and impress your audience
  • The HDR-AS50 combines a SteadyShot image stabilizer, an Exmor R CMOS sensor and Zeiss Tessarnet lens for crisp, crisp images . The combined action of these components gives images free of blurs and jerks. You’ll also enjoy minimal noise reduction, even for fast and demanding scenes. Actions on breaking waves, rocky trails or uncontrolled slips are recorded with all the details, when you use the capture mode at a refresh rate of 120 fps in HD.
  • This Sony camcorder focuses advanced technologies, which ensure a high quality rendering, regardless of lighting conditions. With its intuitive user interface, making movies with the Sony HDR-AS50 is childishly simple. You can select the different modes and functions, but also adjust the settings with ease from the menus.

6: Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Details

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera

Binding Sports
Brand Garmin
Color Black
EAN 0753759160975
Label Garmin
List Price $399.99
Manufacturer Garmin
Manufacturer Parts Warranty Description 1 Year
Model 010-01529-03
MPN 010-01529-03
Package Quantity 1
Part Number 010-01529-03
Product Group Wireless
Product Type Name GPS_OR_NAVIGATION_SYSTEM
Publisher Garmin
Size 1.75
Studio Garmin
Title Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera
UPC 753759160975
Warranty 1 Year
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  • With the Garmin – VIRB Ultra 30 camcorder, you will make wonderful montages with your sporting achievements. Delivered with the Fenix ​​3 multisport GPS watch , the many features allow you to miss any moment of your training sessions.
  • To go back to the actual cam action, it has all of a last generation pro hardware. It films in Ultra HD 4K at 30 ips and integrates a stabilizer with 3 axes for the normalization of the oscillation of the images.
  • Better, like the other action cams from Garmin, the VIRB Ultra 30 incorporates a GPS and sensors, which converge to accurately determine information such as altitude, distance and speed . It allows you to build the best possible proof of your achievements during your outdoor sports adventures, nautical, air or winter. With the Garmin – VIRB Ultra 30, you will have fun combining your passion for the sport with your talents as an action filmmaker.
  • Easy to use, this camcorder has a 1.75-inch color LCD touch screen that sends you real-time images captured by both the camera and the watch included in the purchase. The screen and its buttons remain accessible even when you install the Garmin – VIRB Ultra 30 in the waterproof case up to 40 meters that accompanies it. We also welcome the integration of voice commands , which allows you to control the recordings while keeping your hands free. The live streaming and HD feature is finally a great way to share your movies instantly on various platforms like YouTube.

7: GoPro Hero 5 Session

GoPro Hero 5 Session Details

GoPro HERO5 Session

Aspect Ratio 4:3
Binding Electronics
Brand GoPro
Clothing Size One Size
Color Black
Department Mens
EAN 0818279016680
Is Autographed 0
Is Memorabilia 0
Label GoPro Camera
Legal Disclaimer GoPro Authorized Online Dealer
List Price $199.99
Manufacturer GoPro Camera
Model CHDHS-502
MPN CHDHS-502
Number Of Items 1
Package Quantity 1
Part Number CHDHS-502
Product Group Photography
Product Type Name CAMCORDER
Publisher GoPro Camera
Release Date 2016-10-02
Size CHDHS-501
Studio GoPro Camera
Title GoPro HERO5 Session
UPC 818279016680
Warranty GoPro products and accessories are guaranteed against manufacturing defects one (1) year from the original date of purchase. GoPro's sole obligation in the event of such defects during this period is to repair or replace the defective part or product with a comparable part or product at GoPro's sole discretion. Except for such repair or replacement, the sale, processing or other handling of this product is without warranty, condition or other liability even though the defect or loss is caused by negligence or other fault. Damage resulting from use, accident, or normal wear and tear is not covered by this or any warranty. GoPro assumes no liability for any accident, injury, death, loss, or other claim related to or resulting from the use of this product. In no event shall GoPro be liable for incidental or consequential damages relating to or resulting from the use of this product or any of its parts. Because of possible user resealing error, this product is not warrantied against waterhousing leakage or any resulting damage. Please review and follow the instructions carefully when sealing the waterhousings! Returns or replacements of parts and/or products may be subject to shipping, handling, replacement and/or restocking fees.
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  • The little sister of the GoPro Hero 5 black does not have much to envy the best action cameras on the market, with its high-end performance at affordable prices. It’s without hiding it any longer for one of our favorites at the editor.
  • Its performance almost equal to the GoPro Hero 5 black and its perfect design make us the ideal camera to take away on the road or during your sessions. With a price much lower than its big sister (approximately 330 €), it is the ideal compromise for the 4k video of this quality.
  • What appeals particularly to this GoPro Hero 5 session is the quality of the video stabilization which allows to capture striking videos even at high speed or camera in the fist. After testing many low-end 4k cameras, we can certify that this is where everything is played: the fluidity of images when you are moving. The other interesting point lies in the vocal control of the beast which allows ultra-easy hands-free use, we think especially of athletes who can not release a hand to trigger.
  • Clearly, this camera is perfect for all those who do not need a built-in screen because this is his only dark spot: a compact design and a lighter price requires the removal of the touch screen present on the Black version. Between us, a screen is good but it is rare that we use it in practice. Everything will depend on your use!

8: Olympus TG-Tracker

Olympus TG-Tracker Details

Olympus TG-Tracker with 1.5-Inch LCD (Black)

Aspect Ratio 16:9
Binding Electronics
Brand Olympus
Clothing Size One Size
Color black
Creator OLYMPUS
Department unisex-adult
EAN 0050332190498
Label Olympus
List Price $349.00
Manufacturer Olympus
Model V104180BU000
MPN V104180BU000
Number Of Items 1
Package Quantity 1
Part Number V104180BU000
Product Group Photography
Product Type Name CAMERA_DIGITAL
Publisher Olympus
Release Date 2016-06-22
Size One Size
Studio Olympus
Title Olympus TG-Tracker with 1.5-Inch LCD (Black)
UPC 050332190498
Warranty 1 year
Price Disclaimer

  • As with the TomTom brand, this is Olympus’ first adventure in the world of action-cams. However, with the TG-Tracker, the Japanese company Olympus defends itself rather well against its competitors. In this product, we particularly appreciate the great maneuverability and its handling of a great simplicity.
  • Equipped with seals, the sports camera TG-Tracker allows a total immersion up to 30 meters deep under water . It even resists a shock of 100 kg, a drop of just over 2 meters and a temperature up to – 10 ° C .
  • Nothing to say also in terms of the quality of the images. The Olympus TG-Tracker indeed offers a 4K definition for video recordings at a rate of 30 frames per second and also allows you to shoot in Full HD at a frame rate of 60 frames per second. The particularly wide range of the field angle however reduces the fidelity of the camera to the edges.

9: Garmin VIRB X

Garmin VIRB X Details

Garmin Virb X

Aspect Ratio 16:9
Binding Wireless Phone Accessory
Brand Garmin
Color black
EAN 5269692857056
Is Adult Product 0
Label Garmin
List Price $199.90
Manufacturer Garmin
Manufacturer Parts Warranty Description Parts
Model 010-01363-01
MPN 010-01363-01
Number Of Items 1
Package Quantity 1
Part Number 010-01363-01
Product Group Wireless
Product Type Name GPS_OR_NAVIGATION_SYSTEM
Publisher Garmin
Studio Garmin
Title Garmin Virb X
UPC 753759134310
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  • Garmin’s other action cam also targets sports fans who develop a passion for action movie production. With this Garmin VIRB X, you certainly do not have the right to the 4K of the previous model, but the HD capture and editing experiences are also rewarding.
  • Under the hood of this camcorder, the manufacturer has installed orientation sensors, GPS or Force G, for professional quality.
  • Adopting a compact and lightweight format, the Garmin VIRB X is nonetheless a camera that adapts to use in the most demanding conditions. Able to withstand dust, splash, and a dive of up to 50 meters, unprotected , this camcorder follows you everywhere. Its all-round design includes a flat, hydrophobic glass lens, making it ideal for nautical adventures.
  • At a time when advanced technologies like 4K lead the dance, we would be tempted to think that the HD resolution of the VIRB X is outdated, but it is not, since everything has been done so that you have good quality pictures. With an intuitive gesture, this Garmin camcorder can shoot at 12MP and keep up to 10 frames per second . The videos are also not good in terms of quality. With this action camera, the promise is that you will be able to capture your exploits with precise details and a comfortable corner cover.

11: Garmin VIRB Elite

Garmin VIRB Elite Details

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera

Binding Sports
Brand Garmin
Color Black
EAN 0753759160975
Label Garmin
List Price $399.99
Manufacturer Garmin
Manufacturer Parts Warranty Description 1 Year
Model 010-01529-03
MPN 010-01529-03
Package Quantity 1
Part Number 010-01529-03
Product Group Wireless
Product Type Name GPS_OR_NAVIGATION_SYSTEM
Publisher Garmin
Size 1.75
Studio Garmin
Title Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera
UPC 753759160975
Warranty 1 Year
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In position 8 of our selection of action cameras, there is another jewel signed Garmin. Once again, it is the athletes who will rub their hands. One of the special features of the Garmin VIRB Elite is its enhanced GPS features. Thus, you will make your recordings according to your profile, for which the engineers of the Garmin house have previously studied the best settings.

Inside the VIRB Elite camcorder, a 16-megapixel CMOS image processor combines with a powerful stabilizer to make you experience 1080p HD video recording differently. As is customary with Garmin’s on-board cameras, different sensors are on hand to make your captures a real success. The importance of the GPS and the barometric altimeter are to be emphasized, as they provide valuable data for takes worthy of the name.

Everything in the design of this action camera with robust and ergonomic aerodynamic design has been planned so that making films of your exploits becomes a real pleasure for you. Easy to use, the Garmin VIRB Elite is equipped with a 1.4-inch Chroma color display with good brightness, which allows you to easily control the various functions and configurations of the camcorder. To support the performance of the VIRB Elite, Garmin has chosen a rechargeable lithium – ion battery that can record for 3 hours in HD – 1080p.

Mentionworthy flagship models

GoPro Hero4 Silver


The GoPro Hero4 Silver marks a new milestone in the design of GoPro products. Indeed, launched at the same time as the Hero4 Black, this is the first model to have a touch screen on the back, an improved version of the Hero3 + Black Edition.

Despite a rather minimalist grip, this product is much more compact than the models that preceded it. Its LCD screen is there to give us a framing easier and much more accurate. Thus, for the choice of the field angle, it is easier to switch from ultra-wide mode to medium or narrow in a few gestures.

In terms of image quality, there are 4 additional modes namely 4K / 15p, 2.7K / 30p, 1080p / 60p and 720p / 120p . All this makes it possible, even with a sealing case, to film videos of a very good quality.

GoPro Hero4 Black

A flagship product of GoPro’s high-end offerings, the Hero4 Black is the ultimate in action cameras available on the market. If it’s not the main focus of the camera, you can still rely on superior image quality in 4K (30 to 15 frames per second), 2.7K and HDTV formats . In other words, the camera is suitable for both professional and personal use. In terms of speed, the GoPro Hero4 Black offers in HDTV 1080 ( 50 frames per second ) a rate of 30Mb / s. Same for a speed of 25 frames per second. During the tests, the action camera recorded crisp, high-quality images with good exposure and dynamic all that is most satisfying. In addition, it allows to adjust the framing on the same plane when zooming images.