By M. W. Byrne

The 9 Best Action Cameras  For All Circumstances

From BASE jumping to soothing ocean shots, these are the 9 supreme action cameras for getting it all on the go.

TomTom Bandit

Though it’s a nice little 4K item, what gives it a shot in the arm is the action sensing software that automatically detects when the camera is seeing or experiencing a high degree of activity.  Purchase: $150


Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack

A built-in LCD lets you review the photos and footage you shoot, and it can handle recording in 4K, though only up to 30 fps. Purchase: $197


Yi 4K Action Camera

Similar in size and quality to most of the standard GoPros you’ll find, but coming in at about half the price, there’s plenty of quality to be had here, even if they go lean on the fluff and accessories. Purchase: $200


GoPro Hero Session

Fun and cheap, anyone who wants to go with the real GP brand, but isn’t looking to cash in all their chips to afford it can grab the tiny Hero Session. Purchase: $200


Sony HDR-AS50R

The AS50R comes with an LCD touchscreen remote that fits on your wrist allowing you to be your own camera person.  Purchase: $318


Sony FDR-X3000

What’s striking about video shot by the X3000 isn’t merely the quality look, but the smoothness of movement, thanks in part to the BOSS optical stabilization. Purchase: $398


GoPro Hero5 Black

The most notable addition to this model is the waterproofing, which allows it to handle shots and excursions that previously required a case for the GoPro, or a massive investment. Purchase: $399