time for an ac­tion re­play

Australian T3 - - RATED -

In the high-oc­tane, big-budget car chase that is this ac­tion cam­era group test, there are no to­tal wipe­outs. Ev­ery cam­era here has the abil­ity to record your most dar­ing of ex­ploits. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a cer­tain amount of mild jeop­ardy, so let us take you through the ac­tion again, blow by blow.

First, let us in­tro­duce the star, all squared jaw and machismo: the Go­Pro Hero 3+ Black Edi­tion. Edg­ing out the Garmin Virb Elite in a nail-bit­ing neck and neck bat­tle, the Go­Pro leads the pack thanks to its top-notch video and au­dio, plus its scene-steal­ing range of ac­ces­sories. Garmin’s plucky new­comer has all the tricks, in­clud­ing a built-in ac­celerom­e­ter and GPS, but its bulkier build and lack of fi­nesse when shoot­ing in low light means it’s re­duced to the role of wing­man.

Sony’s HDR-AS30V, a slightly wimpy side­kick, per­forms well in the day, but dis­ap­points when the lights are out. In con­trast, the pow­er­fully built Drift Ghost-S boasts both the brains and brawn, but doesn’t quite have the video qual­ity for a star­ring role.

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