THRILL SEEK­ERS

Maxim - - CONTENTS - By STAN HORACZEK

Cap­ture your crazy an­tics with these pro-level ac­tion cams.

THE PRO­FES­SIONAL COM­PAN­ION

Gopro Hero4 Black

Don’t call it an ac­tion cam­era. The Gopro Hero4 Black edi­tion is a cin­ema-qual­ity shooter that just hap­pens to mount to your hel­met (or any­where else). Mea­sur­ing 1.6 by 2.3 inches, the lat­est it­er­a­tion of the poly­car­bon­ate-en­cased Hero films in both stan­dard and 4K for­mats and fea­tures a blaz­ing pro­ces­sor that buffs up frame rates. There’s no screen, so you can’t eye your play­back, but the crisp, hic­cup-free footage wowed testers, as did the abil­ity to ad­just ex­po­sure set­tings and film both time-lapse and slow-mo­tion shots. It’s a must for any se­ri­ous adren­a­line junkie. $500; gopro.com

Mount up! The lat­est ac­tion cam­eras are smaller, sharper, and more ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing your ex­treme (or ex­tremely silly) an­tics than ever be­fore.

THE EYE IN THE SKY

360fly

Ev­ery ac­tion cam uses a wide-an­gle lens; only this one cap­tures the en­tire 360- de­gree scene. The easy-tomount four-ounce orb is equipped with an up­ward-fac­ing lens that shoots con­tin­u­ous hor­i­zon­tal and 240- de­gree ver­ti­cal footage, record­ing sharp frames of ev­ery­thing around—and above— you. Trippy stuff. $500; 360fly.com

THE BEGINNER’S BESTFRIEND

Po­laroid Cube

Meet your new knock-around cam­era. Roughly an inch tall, the pocket-size Cube is as ca­pa­ble as many larger mod­els (it shoots 1080p video and holds up to 90 min­utes on a mi­cro SD) but costs a third of the price. It’s sur­pris­ingly durable and mounts eas­ily— a strong mag­net on its base se­cures it to nearly any sur­face. $99; po­laroid.com

THE WIDE-EYED WONDER

Drift Ghost- S

There’s a lot to love about the Ghost-s: It’s small, sharp, and cap­tures scenes at up to 60 fps. But the specs we re­ally en­joyed? The video tag­ging mode, in which the cam­era snags a con­stant loop and lets you save shots with the press of a but­ton, and the lens, which ro­tates up to 300 de­grees for a large field of view. $400; driftin­no­va­tion.com

THE TOUGH GUY

Ri­coh WG-M1

No case needed: Out of the box, this flask-shaped cam­era can sur­vive six-foot drops and un­der­wa­ter depths of 32 feet. In­cluded is an im­pres­sive 14- mp sen­sor as well as a suite of HD cap­ture modes. Testers dug the 1.5- inch LCD screen, which lets you com­pose shots, nav­i­gate menus, and pre­view cap­tured ac­tion. $300; us.ri­coh-imag­ing.com

THE TINY BUT MIGHTY SHOOTER

Sony Ac­tion Cam Mini

Light done right: The Mini weighs less than two ounces, but it’s stocked with se­ri­ous pho­to­graphic fire­power ( 170- de­gree lens, slo-mo, HD footage). Testers loved its size and sim­plic­ity. A must: Opt for the Live View Re­mote, which straps to your wrist and lets you re­view shots in real time. $350 (in­clud­ing re­mote); sony.com

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