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10 Best GoPro and Adventure Cameras for 2016

Adventure cameras are one-of-a-kind, versatile travel gadgets. These style of camera are designed for capturing the intense moments in travel and exploration that really matter.

Attaching an adventure camera to your helmet, car, board, or pretty much anything else is a remarkable way to capture and share unique travel experiences as they happen. These tough, durable, adventure cameras capture the essence of any wilderness and natural wonder.

GoPro and other similarly designed adventure cameras are small, tough, and inexpensive digital recording devices. Basically the opposite of a traditional digital cameras, which are clunky, fragile, and hard to travel with.

These mobile, flexible digital cameras are fitting travel gadgets for anywhere you go in the world. Frequently such cameras will integrate seamlessly with your smartphone or allow instant upload of your travel exploits to social media followers.

Many people only think of GoPros when they hear ‘adventure camera’. GoPro is the market leader, but there are a large number of other camera options out there. In this travel tech feature we’ll help you see the benefits and drawbacks of each one.

All travelers and explorers should consider what they are looking for in an action camera and the intended purpose. Then weigh the pros and cons of the following cameras and how they cater for your travel needs. These top adventure cameras for 2016 are not listed in any particular order.

Sony FDR-X1000V

Sony FDR-X1000V Adventure Cameras

This camera exemplifies Sony’s exceptional image quality. The video footage it captures is stunning, boasting 4K video in full 1080p.

The Sony FDR-X1000V camera has proven durable in the field and able to handle plenty of fast paced action. The features on this impressive adventure camera include:

  • Waterproof? 10m with waterproof case
  • 4K video? Up to 30fps
  • Weight: 114g
  • Resolution: 8.8Mp
  • Battery: N/A
  • PRICE: From :$398.00

The main drawback is Sony’s persistence in sticking true to its own mounting system, making compatibility with common and popular camera accessories difficult to manage.

Where to Buy the Sony FDR-X1000V

Travelers needing the FDR-X1000V from Sony can locate it along with any desired accessories below.

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Panasonic HX-500E

Panasonic HX-500E Adventure CameraThe Panasonic HX-500E has an unconventional design for this style of camera that proves intriguing and provides great camera quality. However, it restricts usage. By dividing the unit into two different parts, the main unit and the camera, the two parts are connected by a cable running between them. Some of the main features of the Panasonic HX-500E adventure camera include:

  • Waterproof? 3m
  • 4K video? Up to 25fps
  • Weight: 185g
  • Resolution: 8.3Mp
  • Battery: N/A
  • PRICE: From :$289.00

Video quality on the Panasonic HX-500E is excellent, and the camera includes WiFi, but the design is mostly conducive to helmet usage, not giving much freedom in other aspects.

Where to Buy the Panasonic HX-500E

Travelers needing the HX-500E from Panasonic can locate it along with any desired accessories below.

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Olympus TG-4 

Olympus TG-4 Adventure Camera The Olympus TG-4 is not an attachable head camera in the style of a GoPro, but it deserves a place on this list due to its intense capabilities. Extremely versatile and able to handle any adventure situation, it’s deeply waterproof and has impressive zoom quality.

Among adventure cameras this model comes equipped with WiFi capability, GPS, special shooting modes, the list of functions goes on and on. Additionally, there are many attachable lenses that you can buy to improve the camera further. Olympus TG-4 features include:

  • Waterproof? 20m
  • 4K video? Up to 25fps
  • Weight: 247g
  • Resolution: 16Mp
  • Battery: 380 shots, 120 minutes continuous shooting
  • PRICE: From :$328.99

This may be the best underwater camera on this list. However, the obvious drawback is that you cannot attach it to your body in the same way as a GoPro. In that regard this maybe a significant issue for some travelers and explorers researching the best adventure cameras for 2016.

Where to Buy the Olympus TG-4

Travelers needing the TG-4 camera from Olympus can locate it along with any desired accessories below.

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Drift Stealth 2

Drift Stealth 2 Adventure CameraThe Drift Stealth 2 adventure camera gets its name from its incredibly small size. For anyone who wants to mount this camera on an object or a body, this is a very viable choice among the top adventure cameras. Some of the features on this digital camera include:

  • Waterproof? 40m with optional case
  • 4K video? No
  • Weight: 97g
  • Resolution: 12Mp
  • Battery: 180 minutes
  • PRICE: From :$89.99

Despite being small and lightweight, the Drift Stealth 2 also has a 300 degree rotating lens that is nice for capturing everything around you. The battery life is impressive at 3 hours, and can be easily recharged with USB. This camera is very mobile hence is a good choice for bike riders for example.

The downfalls come in the form of video quality, the video quality is not bad, however—there is no 4K video, and recording options are limited to a maximum of 1080p at 30fps. It does however have a relatively low price point.

Where to Buy the Drift Stealth 2

Travelers needing the Stealth 2 camera from Drift can locate it along with any desired accessories below.

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iSAW Edge

iSaw Edge cameraAnother very lightweight travel camera, the iSAW Edge has specs that seem too good to be true. The camera has 4K video with 120fps slow motion at 720p. Footage quality is very sharp, impressing with its capabilities. Some of the features on the iSaw Edge camera include:

  • Waterproof? 40m
  • 4K video? 10fps
  • Weight: 64g
  • Resolution: 16Mp
  • Battery: 120 minutes
  • PRICE: From :$179.99

The iSaw Edge camera is also compatible with most GoPro mounts and accessories, making it very convenient for the buyer. However, the camera does have its limitations in size. It is extremely small, sometimes hard to use, and its 4K video only has capabilities up to 10fps.

Where to Buy the iSaw Edge

Explorers needing the iSaw Edge camera can locate it along with any desired accessories below.

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Veho Muvi K-Series K2 KPNG

Veho Muvi K-Series K2 KPNGComing out of the United Kingdom, Veho’s cameras have impressive aptitudes. Lesser known, Veho is definitely a contender in the adventure camera market. The Veho Muvi K2 KPNG has a sleek design with multiple mounts. Some of the features of this UK camera include:

  • Waterproof? 100m
  • 4K video? No
  • Weight: 84g
  • Resolution: 16Mp
  • Battery: 240 minutes
  • PRICE: From :$199.00

It is a sturdy digital adventure camera and able to withstand any travel challenge it faces. It is undoubtedly the best camera on this list for diving, with an amazing depth capability of 100 meters. However, the waterproof casing is bulky and the camera is not fully compatible with all GoPro mounts, the most common mounts on the market.

Where to Buy the Veho Muvi K2 KPNG

Travelers needing the Veho Muvi K2 KPNG camera can locate it along with any desired accessories below.

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Garmin Virb XE

Garmin Virb XEGarmin is relatively new to the adventure camera market, but has a quality camera in this model. Unlike many other action cameras, the Virb XE has motion tracking and GPS built into it. Some of the features of the Garmin Virb XE include:

  • Waterproof? 50m
  • 4K video? No
  • Weight: 152g
  • Resolution: 12Mp
  • Battery: 120 minutes
  • PRICE: From :$329.99

Garmin has designed this camera in a box shape like many other action cameras, making it easy for mounting. The video quality is very solid, overall making for a great camera. However, the camera is quite bulky compared to similar competitors.

Where to Buy the Garmin Virb XE

Travelers needing the Virb XE camera from Garmin can locate it along with any desired accessories below.

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GoPro Hero4 Session

GoPro Hero 4 Session cameraDespite being very different from the classic GoPro design, the Hero4 Session provides a welcome change. The design brings action cameras to their most basic and most effective functionalities, a cube design within a frame that can easily capture in all directions.

The GoPro Hero 4 Session camera comes with easy-to-use software to control different modes and operations the camera provides. Some of the features include:

  • Waterproof? 10m
  • 4K video? No
  • Weight: 74g
  • Resolution: 8Mp
  • Battery: 120 minutes
  • PRICE: From :$199.99

Coming from the market leader in GoPro, it is expectably very easy to mount and use in all adventure situations. However, the price is a bit high for the video quality that the camera creates.

Where to Buy the GoPro Hero 4 Session

Travelers needing the Hero 4 camera from GoPro can locate it along with any desired accessories below.

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TomTom Bandit 

TomTom Bandit adventure camerasInitially ousted as a consideration due to its bullet shape instead of a box by some, the TomTom Bandit is an amazing camera that is worth deliberating.

The camera is not only just as easy to mount as a GoPro, it has built-in sensors that record location, speed, and G-force, automatically tagging the footage when they sense something exciting happening. The features on the TomTom Bandit camera include:

  • Waterproof? Only splash proof.
  • 4K video? 15fps
  • Weight: 190g
  • Resolution: 16Mp
  • Battery: 180 minutes
  • PRICE: From :$396.99

There are clever editing features too—with the accompanying app, a simple shake of your phone and the software will automatically edit your footage for you in preparation for upload. One downfall is price—the Bandit will cost you $400.

Also, the camera is quite heavy compared to competitors and it is not waterproof in its factory hardware.

Where to Buy the TomTom Bandit

Travelers needing the Bandit camera from TomTom can locate it along with any desired accessories below.

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GoPro Hero 4 Black   

GoPro Hero 4 BlackGoPro’s masterpiece model, the Hero 4 Black adventure camera is undoubtedly the best action camera on the market, in our opinion. There are seemingly countless accessories, mounting options, and camera features. The features on the GoPro Hero 4 Black include:

  • Waterproof? 40m
  • 4K video? 30fps
  • Weight: 89g
  • Resolution: 12Mp
  • Battery: 120 minutes
  • PRICE: From :$379.99

The video quality on the GoPro Hero 4 Black includes stunning 4K video and a range of 1080p HD frame rates. It is also extremely reliable, and will stand through any test you give it.

The camera is expensive compared to some competitors and may supply some unneeded features for the average videographer, but we see it as one the best options for any traveler looking to purchase adventure cameras for their trips and recoding needs.

Where to Buy the GoPro Hero 4 Black

Travelers needing the Hero 4 Black camera from GoPro can locate it along with any desired accessories below.

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Adventure Cameras – Final Thought

All of these adventure cameras offer a variety of features and excel in one or more different areas. High end cameras such as the GoPro Hero 4 series offer a complete mobile camera experience but at a higher cost. Whereas at the lower end of the price point the Drift Stealth 2 adventure camera provides a more modest and balanced range of features.

These cameras may all be desirable but much comes down to express need. What kind of explorer are you? These amazing adventure cameras for 2016 cater for the aggressive bike rider, climber and underwater diver. While fulfilling the recording needs of the casual traveler and holidaymaker needing to capture walks, beautiful sunsets and nature trails in stunning HD.

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Chris is an avid travel writer who enjoys exploring the globe and writing about his exciting travel experiences. Chris produces some of the in depth travel feature articles and interviews here at Gloholiday.

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