5 Best Video Head Cams
Never before has it been so easy to record your latest adventures thanks to the plethora of action cameras to enter the market. Whether you’re skiing, mountain biking, surfing or running, thanks to the every growing camera accessories, there’s no excuse for you not capturing that epic moment. Keep your hands free and stay focused on your adventure while recording it for later with head cameras build to get jostled, bumped or soaked and keep capturing the fun! Here are five of what we consider to be the best head- or helmet-mounted action cameras on the market in 2014.
GoPro HERO 3+ Black Edition
The Hero 3+ Black Edition is the top of the line action camera from head cam supremos GoPro. This brand new 3+Plus Black Edition is smaller and lighter than previous models by an impressive 20% and is currently the most powerful GoPro ever produced. It gives the widest and most immersive filming angle, plus new Auto Low Light gives super-fast frame adjustment. Weighing in at just 74 grams (2.6 oz), with 30% improvement on battery life, the Hero+ Black Edition lets you control up to 50 GoPro cameras at a range of almost 600 ft! Also compatible with iPhone or Android phone app.
Garmin Virb Elite
The Virb Elite is the newcomer from GPS specialists Garmin and launches with a self-contained ‘ruggedized’ unit, so no need for waterproof housing, unlike some of its rivals. With a lengthy recording battery life of three hours at 1080p and a 1.4” chroma screen, this neat little sports camera lets you frame shots, review footage and change settings easily. Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi make this high-quality, sophisticated Garmin technology.
iON Air Pro 3
Compared to some, iON is a relatively new player in the head cam market, but they’re already on the third edition of their Air Pro. The Air Pro 3 is waterproof to 15m (without the need for a case), has built-in Wi-Fi, can record up to 60fps in Full HD and even has an anti-fog lens. But what sets this camera apart is that it can shoot 12 megapixel stills - a match for point and shoot cameras. They offer 8GB of free cloud storage.
The Ghost-S is Drift’s top of the line sports action camera offering 60FPS at 1080p Full HD and a whopping 120FPS at 720p. It’s packed full of features including a 12MP CMOS sensor, a 300˚ rotatable lens, an external mic socket, a two-way remote control and best of all, low light sensitivity. But what really makes this head camera stand out is that it’s waterproof straight out of the box - just make sure you have the hatch closed.
The Contour +2 is a premium head cam packed full of some great features: laser alignment to ensure you’re pointing in the right direction, GPS tracking that you can overlay in your video, lens rotation and an external mic jack. It comes with a waterproof case, unlike its baby sister, the Contour ROAM2, which is waterproof even without a case. This action camera shoots in Full HD 1080p at 30fps, but for those great slow motion shots, it can record an impressive 120 fps at 854 x 480.
Image of mountain biker by Rishad Daroowala