While amateur sports photography was previously limited to underwater cameras and shock proof casing, today’s models are sleeker, smaller and more advanced than ever before. Whether you’re into catching waves, hitting high speeds on two wheels or flinging yourself out of planes, a sports camcorder is a must have companion for any contemporary adrenalin seeker. But with so many models out there it can be difficult to choose the one that’s right for you. To help make the decision that little bit easier, we’ve put together this guide looking at the best sports cameras on the market and what they offer their thrill seeking users.

 

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Camileo X-Sports from Toshiba

From the ocean to the mountains, the Toshiba Camileo X-Sports is a fantastic camcorder for any adrenaline loving enthusiast. The device is kitted out with durable waterproof casing which keeps it clean and dry, whatever the environment. Footage is captured in crystal clear HD format which makes it perfect for those who love to turn their sports videos into films or upload them to the internet. Another great feature is the ultra-useful remote control which responds to the touch of a fingertip. For those who want to share their footage with friends and family, the Toshiba WiFi Connect app makes uploading and editing effortlessly easy. Priced at just £179.99, it’s a fantastic option for those on a budget.

 

Sony HDR AS15

This is Sony’s first attempt at a sports camera and the company has done incredibly well. The built in Wi-Fi feature allows users to instantly share footage while the robust waterproof casing and 60m underwater depth range make it ideal for those who love to dive, snorkel and surf. SteadyShot image stabilisation helps to keep images clear and shake free, while a specially engineered smartphone app allows users to easily manage their footage. At £259, this camera falls into the mid-range category.

 

GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

Tough and compact, the latest GoPro really delivers when it comes to sports camera grunt. Thanks to its ability to capture high quality professional-standard footage, the new model is the sports camera of choice for hard-core filmmakers who demand ultra-high definition. With built in Wi-Fi connectivity and great sound capturing capabilities, it offers buyers the whole package. Not to mention the fact that it’s 20% more compact than its 2013 predecessor – great for those who like to travel light. The only downside is the £359 price tag.

 

Polaroid XS7

For those with a limited budget, the Polaroid XS7 is great value for money. The design itself is both quirky and modern which gives users instant street cred. As far as specs go, users enjoy 720p HD video, simple two inch touchscreen and of course, convenient waterproof casing. It’s fun, practical and gets the job done. What more could you ask for?

 

Whatever your needs and budget, there is a sports camera out there for you. The best advice we can give is to assess your needs and choose a model that fits into your lifestyle.