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Camcorders

Airdog ADII Auto-follow Drone

Airdog ADII Auto-follow Drone
$1099+  Pledge Link Comment

The latest version of AirDog’s autonomous action drone has a new 3-axis gimbal that fits the GoPro Hero5, several presets for scenic captures, and a user-friendly but versatile waypoint system where you can also set its altitude and orientation.

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro
$1K  Buy Link Comment

DJI’s new Mavic Pro is the Phantom’s not so little brother. It’s foldable and shoots 4K at 30fps. It has a 3-axis gimbal, the same subject and obstacle detection features as the Phantom 4, a 4.3mi range and a 27-min battery life.

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Olympus Tough TG-Tracker

Olympus Tough TG-Tracker
$350  Buy Link Comment

Waterproof, crushproof, shockproof, dustproof, and freezeproof, this action camera is ready to take on whatever you throw at it, shooting 4K video via a wide-angle F2.0 lens, with 5-axis image stabilization, and built in GPS, compass, altitude sensor, and accelerometers.

DJI Phantom 4

DJI Phantom 4
$1399  Buy Link Comment

The Phantom 4 has tap-to-fly and subject tracking modes with obstacle detection for newbie-friendly flight. It has a range of 3mi, lasts up 28min. per charge, and has a camera that shoots 4K at 24, 25 and 30fps and 1080p at 60 and 120fps.

ProDrone Byrd

ProDrone Byrd

The Byrd drone is the first of its kind to be fully collapsible, folding into a backpack-sized package without disassembly. Its lasts up to 29min. per charge, transmits video from up to 1.2mi away and has hot-swappable camera attachments. Drops 11/15 for $950+.

DJI Osmo

DJI Osmo
$649  Buy Link Comment

DJI leverages what its learned from making quadcopter cameras to make a fully stabilized lightweight handheld camera. The Osmo comes with a 12MP camera that takes 4K videos, but it’s also compatible with the Zenmuse X5 micro four-thirds camera.

GoPro Hero+

GoPro Hero+
$200  Buy Link Comment

GoPro’s lineup is getting a tad confusing, but its entry level cameras do have clear differences. The $130 Hero is the cheapest, the new Hero+ adds Wi-Fi and 1080p/60 video, and the $300 Hero+ LCD gets a touchscreen too. The Hero+ drops 10/4.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard

DJI Phantom 3 Standard
$849  Buy Link Comment

The Phantom 3 Standard is DJI’s most affordable drone yet. It can shoot videos at up to 2704×1520 and takes 12MP stills. You can control it from up to 0.5mi away for up to 25mins, and it has a variety of automated modes.

GoPro Hero+ LCD

GoPro Hero+ LCD
$130  Buy Link Comment

GoPro’s entry-level Hero+ LCD takes 8MP stills and up to 1080p/60fps videos. It has an LCD touchscreen that lets you view and edit shots on the fly, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth and a quick power on and record button.

DJI Phantom 3

DJI Phantom 3
$1,000+  Buy Link Comment

The latest version of the best-selling consumer drone streams live 720p video to your phone, tablet or to YouTube from up to 1.2mi away. Its new remote control has a return home button. Available with a 12MP 1080p or 4K camera.

360fly 360º Action Camera

360fly 360º Action Camera
$499  Buy Link Comment

A compact camcorder that shoots 1504×1504 360º videos at 30fps. It’s water-, dust- and shock-resistant and comes with a flat and a curved mount. Use its mobile app to view videos in real time and share them on Facebook and Twitter.

Sony FDR-AX33 4K Handycam

Sony FDR-AX33 4K Handycam
$1000  Buy Link Comment

The FDR-AX33 is the most compact 4K Handycam yet. It has a 1″ Exmor R CMOS sensor, 12x optical zoom and balanced optical image stabilization. It can shoot 3840×2160 video at 30/24fps and 1920×1080 video at 60/30/24fps.

Sony HDR-AS200V 4K Action Cam

Sony HDR-AS200V 4K Action Cam

A compact, splashproof 4K video camera that shoots 3840×2160 video at 30fps. A powerful Bionz X processor helps overall image quality. Has Wi-Fi for remote control and HDMI for direct connection to 4K TVs. Drops 3/15 for $500.

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DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter

DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter
$2899+  Buy Link Comment

A step above the Phantom, the Inspire 1 comes with a detachable 12MP f/2.8 camera with a Sony EXMOR 1/2.3” CMOS sensor, which can take 4K 2160p/25fps and 1080p/60fps video and is attached to a gimbal for 360º rotation.

Joey 4K 360º Video Camera

Joey 4K 360º Video Camera
$750++  Pledge Comment

Kogeto’s Joey is a panoramic video camera. Its 13mp image sensor captures 360º 3840 x 720 video at 30fps. Kogeto already has its video hosting service running, so you can immediately upload and share your videos online.

AirDog Auto-Follow Drone

AirDog Auto-Follow Drone
$1,195++  Pledge Comment

The AirDog is a quadcopter that can automatically follow and film a moving subject, thanks to its wearable tracker and remote control. It can also be controlled manually. Works with GoPro Hero 3/3+ cameras.

Autonomous Drone Camera

Autonomous Drone Camera

Next Level Aerial Filming claims it has developed an autonomous video camera system that works with a variety of aerial drones. Users will specify how they want the shot to be framed and the drone will follow the subject on its own.

Zoom Q4 Camera

Zoom Q4 Camera
$370  Buy Link Comment

Targeted at musicians, the Zoom Q4 captures 1080p/30 HD video, and high quality sound (up to 24-bit/96kHz) via X/Y stereo microphones. Its built-in LCD screen can be flipped around or removed, and it can even live-stream via USB.

Sony FDR-AX100/B 4K Camcorder

Sony FDR-AX100/B 4K Camcorder
$2K  Buy Link Comment

The FDR-AX100/B shoots at up to 3840×2160 resolution. It has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 12x optical zoom, a 1″ Exmor R CMOS sensor, optical image stabilization, OLED electronic viewfinder and 3.5″ LCD screen.

Sony DEV-50V Binoculars

Sony DEV-50V Binoculars

You might not mind the bleachers with Sony’s new DEV-50V binoculars. They sport a much sleeker design, are 30 percent lighter than the DEV-5 predecessor and can record and play HD video in stereoscopic 3D. Out 6/13 for $2K.

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Mophie OutRide

Mophie OutRide
$150  Buy Link Comment

Attempting to steal some thunder from dedicated action-cams, the OutRide adds a wide-angle lens, protective case and mounts for your iPhone 4/4S, and a companion app for instant online sharing.

Zeal Optics iON HD Goggles

Zeal Optics iON HD Goggles
$399  Buy Comment

Instead of slapping an add-on camera onto headgear, the iON is an 8mp/1080p HD camera built into a slick pair of impact and fog-resistant goggles. Its controls work through thick gloves too.

Sony Action Cam

Sony Action Cam
$200-$270  Buy Link Comment

The Action Cam weighs just about 0.20lbs and can take clear 1080p videos thanks to its backlit Exmor R CMOS sensor, SteadyShot stabilization and ultra wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens. Available with Wi-Fi.

JVC Adixxion Camcorder

JVC Adixxion Camcorder
$350  Specs Link Comment

Aimed squarely at GoPro, the oddly-named GC-XA1 ADDIXION is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof, captures video at 1080p/30 or 720p/60, and offers Wi-Fi connectivity.

Nikon D4

Nikon D4

Aiming to be the new king of the DSLR hill, the D4 has a jumbo 16.2MP sensor, broadcast quality 1080p video, uncompressed HDMI output, and an ISO range of 50 to 204800. Price? Around $6k.

Drift HD Action Camera

Drift HD Action Camera
$369  Buy Comment

An intriguing alternative to the ubiquitous GoPro, the aerodynamic Drift HD shoots 1080p video, has a small screen for reviewing footage and a wrist-worn remote. Offers a variety of mounting options.

GoPro HD Hero2

GoPro HD Hero2
$300  Buy Link Comment

Offers 2x faster image processing, captures wide angles up to 170-degrees in 720p or full 1080p HD. Shoots 120fps slow-mo 800×480 footage, 11mp stills and time-lapse. Wi-Fi option, too.

Replay XD1080 Action Cam

Replay XD1080 Action Cam

The latest incarnation of Replay’s tiny, durable XD action camcorder shoots 1080p full HD footage at 30fps, wind-resistant audio and offers a ton of mounting options. Video demo footage here.

Sony NXCAM Pro Camcorder

Sony NXCAM Pro Camcorder
$6550  Buy Link Comment

Sony’s interchangeable lens pro camcorders have a new 35mm EXMOR image sensor that’s designed to shoot 1080p video with a film-like depth-of-field and captures incredible low-light images.

JVC GC-PX1 Hybrid Camera

JVC GC-PX1 Hybrid Camera

Combining the best of still and video cameras, it shoots full 1080p60 full HD videos, 10 megapixel stills, 300fps high-speed shots and has a 10x optical zoom lens. Arrives in Japan first.

Panasonic AG-AF100 Camcorder

Panasonic AG-AF100 Camcorder

This micro four-thirds camcorder is for serious video pros, with interchangeable lenses and a mirrorless design. It shoots full HD at 1080/60i or 1080/30p, and stores up to 12 hours of video.

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