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Best action cameras from GoPro, Drift, Sony

Cnet has picked GoPro Hero4 Black as one

Cnet has picked GoPro Hero4 Black as one of the best action cams. Credit: CBS Interactive

All action cameras are definitely not created equal. Here are four of our favorite models to help you select the right one to capture all your adventures.

The following CNET staff contributed to this story: senior editors Joshua Goldman, Lexy Savvides and Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit

GoPro Hero4 Silver

CNET RATING (Out of 5)

4 stars (outstanding)

THE GOOD Great video and abundant resolution and frame-rate options will satisfy beginners and experienced shooters. The built-in touch screen makes previewing and reviewing and changing settings a breeze.

THE BAD It still needs a housing to be waterproof. Battery redesign means you can't use your old batteries.

THE COST $392.19 to $399.99

BOTTOM LINE Everything we liked about the Hero3+ Black -- especially the solid video quality -- is here plus handy new features including a touch screen.


Sony Action Cam FDR-X1000V

CNET RATING (Out of 5)

4 stars (outstanding)

THE GOOD It boasts a ton of useful features for action lovers, including built-in image stabilization, exposure compensation and white balance control. On top of that, it records great quality 4K video.

THE BAD Slow menu response times when tweaking camera settings; the lens casing gets smeary and droplets cling to the front when you shoot in and out of the water.


BOTTOM LINE Power and performance that can go head-to-head with the GoPro.


Drift Ghost-S

CNET RATING (Out of 5)

4 stars (outstanding)

THE GOOD A great assortment of features including built-in 2-inch LCD and Wi-Fi and a wireless remote. You also get a broad set of shooting options for normal and high-speed video.

THE BAD The back hatch, covering the battery and microSD card slot among other things, is tough to remove.

THE COST $265-$275

BOTTOM LINE Long battery life, solid video quality and a great all-in-one design make the Drift Ghost-S tough to beat.


GoPro Hero4 Black

CNET RATING (Out of 5)

4 stars (outstanding)

THE GOOD It delivers high-quality video and has a wide assortment of mounting options.

THE BAD Battery life can feel painfully short and due to a redesign you can't use older batteries with the Hero4. It also doesn't have an option for in-camera digital image stabilization and it still needs a housing to be waterproof.

THE COST $448.95 to $499.99

BOTTOM LINE Still the top choice for most people. The Hero4 Black offers the best video quality and the most shooting options.


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