Action cameras capture crisper footage than ever before – and now offer wider lenses and hands-free controls. We tested five of the latest to find the best. After familiarizing ourselves with the cameras' features and functionality, we mounted them to everything from handlebars and helmets to our own bodies for such activities as bumpy singletrack rides, rain-soaked runs, and slop-spattered Tough Mudder events. At test's end, we ranked the cams on overall features and in-field ease of use and settled on the four top ones featured here.
Aspiring filmmakers will dig the +2's wide-angle lens, full video customizability, and clear HD resolution – but not its 5mp stills and standard-def slow-mo. Still, its rugged casing kept it safe during Tough Mudders and singletrack rides, and its slider button both turns it on and starts recording (smart), so we didn't miss a second. Bonus: Bluetooth lets your phone double as viewfinder and remote. [$400; contour.com]