Over the years, the GoPro has established an undisputed position of market leader when it comes to sports cameras. Still, there are a many other Full HD (1080p) camera models that can be perfect alternatives to immortalize your prowess. Here is a selection of five cameras selected by photographer Patrick Mahony which can be attached to your helmet or directly on your skis or snowboard this coming winter.
To face increasingly fierce competition from other makers, the American manufacturer launched its new line of cameras HERO4 Silver and Black in early October 2014. The new flagship model is able to shoot 4K in all modes. The Black HERO4 is now the most advanced GoPro. It is faster than the HERO3 + and able to shoot in any circumstance in 4K at 30 frames per second with a processor twice as fast as its predecessor. It can also shoot 50 frames per second at 2.7K or 120 frames per second in HD (1080p). For its part, the new Silver HERO4 became the first GoPro with an integrated touch screen, which is able to help users better compose their shots and play their videos.
The new GoPro HERO4 is available from GBP 300 (Silver) to GBP 380 (Black).
The offensive of the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is spectacular. Its first ever sports camera, the RE, is waterproof and has an atypical design. Because of its shape, the RE offers a unique and comfortable grip. Stills can be shot with a single touch of a button, while a longer pressure automatically starts the video. The RE is waterproof (30min at 1m depth) without the need for an additional casing, and can shoot HD video (1080p) at 30 frames per second. RE also has recording functions in slow motion (slow motion) and time lapse (accelerated). RE will be released in late October 2014 at the recommended price of GBP 180.
Sony Action Cam
Presented at the CES in Las Vegas in early 2014, the new Action Cam from Sony is presented as a Full HD, waterproof (up to 60m) camera and theoretically guaranteed to resist to dust and shocks. Its strength lies in its Zeiss optics, especially designed for this model. WiFi and NFC ready, the Action Cam HDR-AS100VR can also be controlled from a smartphone.
The Action Cam HDR-AS100V Sony is available from GBP 230 and is Patrick Mahony’s personal favorite alternative to the GoPro.
Toshiba Camileo X-Sports The Camileo X-Sports camcorder is also equipped with a water resistant body (up to 60m) to capture any type of video. It has a remote control but can also be controlled from a smartphone provided the necessary app is installed. It allows you to take continuous shots and take still photos while filming video simultaneously.
The Toshiba Camileo X-Sports is laready available at a suggested retail price of GBP 200.
Planned for extreme hardship, the GC-XA2BEU JVC is waterproof up to 5m, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof, all without requiring the use of an additional case. It has a wide angle lens with a 5x digital zoom, image stabilization with a gyroscopic sensor provided for fast action scenes, and can transfer data over WiFi.
The JVC GC-XA2BEU is sold at GBP 200. Patrick Mahony believes this might be the winner in terms of value for money.
So whatever your choice may be, have fun and remember to stay safe on the slopes !