HERO3 Black Edition

The first and most sophisticated of the personal recording devices, GoPro has set the standard when it comes to getting high-action HD video footage. Everyone from reality TV shows to big-budget moviemakers use the HERO line of cameras when good quality first-person video is needed. The Wi-Fi-enabled HERO3 camera is capable of 1440p, 1080p, and 720p quality HD video capturing and can take 12 megapixel photos as well. It is waterproof to 60 meters and has a full line of attachment accessories and phone apps available for it.



Air Pro Camera

The Ion Air Pro Wi-Fi-enabled HD Action camera weighs just 130 grams and records up to 1080p video resolution with a field view up to 170 degrees. Five megapixel still photos can be sequenced one at a time, three in one second or one photo every 10, 20, or 30 seconds to create step-by-step photo video. The Ion has a seven-hour battery life and is waterproof to 30 feet. An iPhone app is available for easy usage.

$349 //



The smallest of the group is the Replay XD720. This pint-sized recorder captures 720p HD video at 60 frames per second. The Replay XD720 also features a removable front lens bezel to accept Replay’s ProLens 37mm Adapter for aftermarket lens and filter kits. For a recorder this small it also has a nice internal mic along with an external audio option, so you can use other sorts of microphones if need be.



XD 1080 Video Camera

The Replay XD1080 records in 1080p @ 30 fps, 960p @ 30 fps, 720p @ 60 fps, 720 @ 30 fps, and can take time-lapse photos in 1-, 5-, 10-, and 15-second intervals. The XD 1080 can also stream full 1080p HD through the built-in HDMI-out connector, so it can record and stream your video simultaneously or just stream your video straight to an external HD recorder.

$299 //

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