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.
Drift HD Ghost
The Ghost's two-inch color LCD screen makes previewing footage and tweaking settings on the fly a snap, while its wrist remote lets you start/stop from up to 30 feet away. Submersible to nine feet, the WiFi-enabled cam aced wet runs and bike rides, nabbing HD video and big 11mp images. It's by far the most user-friendly, too. Killer app: video tagging, which made it easy to find our best clips. [$400; driftinnovation.com]