Top 5 Action Cameras for the Perfect Christmas Gift

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No adventure is complete without some great action shots. Unlike regular digital cameras and mobile phone cameras, action cameras are easily mounted (on a helmet, bike, skateboard, or other surface) for hands-free filming, taking action to the next level. Action cameras should be small and easy to mount, with straightforward controls. Durability is a necessity, as is a good image stabilizer, and water resistance is preferred. This is a gadget that even the "person that has everything" very well might not have, making it a great Christmas gift for the those who are hard to shop for. Think of an action camera as a compact camera that is ultra-portable. A good action camera will sell for around $400, but if you know where to look, you can find one for less. Because of the wear-and-tear most of these cameras take by design, it's a good idea to buy a new one with a warranty. The following are five great options for gift giving this Christmas.
The Contour ROAM2

The Contour ROAM2 The super-compact, tube-shaped ROAM2's simplicity has made it one of the most popular action cameras on the market. It takes full HD video up to 1080p and 5 megabyte still photos. It's fully waterproof without a case, so it can be used to take underwater footage, and features laser alignment. The two included mounts (one Profile, one Rotating) attach easily to helmets, bikes, or skateboards.

The Rollei Bullet

Like the Contour ROAM2, the Bullet is small and streamlined, with HD capabilities and a 9 megapixel still camera. It's waterproof up to 10 metres, has a fisheye lens feature, and comes with four mounts, including a Pad Mount, Universal Mount, and a Roll Bar Mount.

The Sony Action Cam

The Sony Action Cam Although Sony's Action Cam looks like a regular camcorder, it's still compact and streamlined, and includes Wi-Fi, Smartphone Pairing, and a 13.5 megapixel still camera. It also has an optional wireless remote, so a second person can view the action on their wrist. While the Sony Action Cam is not waterproof, it comes with a clear waterproof case that keeps it functioning at up to 5 m.

The Drift Ghost

The Drift Ghost While the Ghost can be mounted to a helmet, its larger size and remote system make it a good choice for mounting on objects - you can even synchronize up to 4 Ghosts for simultaneous use. With built-in Wi-Fi, the Ghost has a continuous looping feature, making it great for live streaming and as a dash cam. It's waterproof up to 3 metres without a case, but add the waterproof case, and you're good to go at up to 60 metres.

The GoPro Hero 3

The GoPro Hero 3 With a rectangular shape and a look reminiscent of a point-and-shoot digital camera, the Hero 3 doesn't look like much, but it is consistently rated as one of the top-of-the-line in action cameras. It's tiny, highly versatile in terms of mountings and wearing options, and delivers top-notch video and audio. It's Wi-Fi compatible has an optional Wi-Fi remote, an app that allows you to access controls from your phone, and a waterproof casing that keeps the Hero 3 functional at up to 60 metres.

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