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.
GoPro Hero3 Black Edition
The WiFi-enabled Hero3 Black may be roughly half the size and 25 percent lighter than the Hero2, but its upgraded resolution, fps rates, and photo modes are meaty. It shoots 15fps with 4k Cinematic (works for slow-pan shots), but running 1080p at 60fps is the real killer – on rainy rides, the Black caught everything more clearly than any other cam. Bonus: It snaps still shots while recording video. [$400; gopro.com]