Whether you are on a family holiday and want to document your youngster's first steps on skis, heading to the park to film some friends perfecting their skills or are about to drop into a huge powder line, the new range of action cameras make it easier than ever. The HD cameras come with every attachment you can imagine, from your helmet, to your chest, skis or even specialist poles. The new wave of cameras also offers an incredible standard of up to 4K filming for an affordable budget.
Professional skiers and snowboarders have been using GoPro’s to film sections of their films, including the mega-budget Red Bull sponsored films 'The Art of Flight' and 'That's It, That's All'. So, whether you are filming a family or friends trip to the slopes or a professional athlete, these modern cameras offer an affordable way of taking home professional quality filming — depending on the person using the camera of course!
For all you film lovers who aren’t a fan of post-production, the small and easy TomTom Bandit allows you to edit movies in minutes and with an application that you can directly edit from your phone. The built in motion sensors allow you to track speed, stunts, movement and much more. With the wireless USB charger you can top up the battery at any hotspot allowing for hours of usage. The micro-SD is easy to use for transferring files quickly without having to mess around with cables and plug-ins.
GoPro HERO 4
GoPro has been a big favourite amongst action sport enthusiasts since it was released in 2002. Whether cruising down the mountain mid-winter on skis, charging down the mountain mid-summer on a bike or hitting a huge barrel off Hawaii's coastline, you will see these bad boys in use everywhere.
The latest series is the Hero 4 which comes in 3 editions – The simple HERO Session, the HERO4 Silver and HERO4 Black. The HERO4 Black only weighs 89g (152g with housing) and with the incredible resolution this small lightweight camera allows you to capture stunning sharp images and motion footage. Another feature of the GoPro Hero 4 is that it also allows you to record video and capture time lapse photos all at the same time.
The GoPro Silver and Black popular due to its amazing array of attachments and the waterproof/snow-proof casing you can use. There are easy straps to attach the camera to a helmet, beanie, head, chest or wrist, meaning you can take a whole variety of angles at minimal effort. Ideal for a day on the slopes, there are also attachments for your skis/snowboard and some people even buy the mini ski pole which is great for getting footage of yourself.
Never miss a moment with GoPro - you can take high resolution 12mp photos in intervals as quick as 0.5-60 seconds great for high speed action shots such as biking, surfing and skiing.
This slightly heavier, ready-for-anything action camera is easy to handle with waterproof, shockproof, crushproof and dustproof durability. This ultra-wide lens action camera allows you to film almost anything with its five sensors (GPS, Compass, Acceleration, Barometer and Thermometer) built-in tracking system. The GPS tracking system you can track your progress whilst on the go and if you can’t wait to share your photos with the world the quick and easy import system allows you to do so in seconds.
Rivalling the GoPro Hero 4 is the slightly cheaper Olfi action sports camera. Its anti-shake Gyro stabilising system allows for super crisp images and video footage.
The easy to change high capacity 1600mAh battery gives you enough time to make some awesome ultra-high definition movies. Shooting at a resolution four times greater than the traditional 1080p HD no wonder this Olfi is up there with the GoPro!
Garmin Virb XE
Shooting rich, HD footage this 12MP action camera allows you to capture more than just what’s going on in front of you. Powered by G-Metrix it allows you to track and overlay speed, distance, altitude and much more so you can tell the world just how intense that very moment was.
With a 50 m diving range, it allows you to capture sharp, crystal clear underwater images and video footage with clear audio. Other cool features include wireless connectivity to other Garmin devices, fitness trackers, aviation devices, marine applications, automotive settings and more. This piece of equipment is so much more than a camera and has a right to be up there in the top 5 action cameras this season.