Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in camcorders.

GoPro Hero5 Black review

With voice control, image stabilization, and loads of great new features, the Hero5 Black is the best GoPro yet. See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Review

  • Intuitive and simple controls
  • Comprehensive G-Metrix sensor data
  • Built-in touchscreen
  • YouTube live streaming via mobile app
  • 3-axis electronic image stabilization
  • 4K mode lacks stabilization, other features
  • USB 2 interface is painfully slow
  • Touchscreen doesn’t work well if case is…
Our Score 8

GoPro Hero5 Black Review

  • Rugged and waterproof without housing
  • Great photo and video quality
  • Responsive touchscreen
  • Three stereo mics, with noise canceling
  • Voice control
  • Battery life remains the same
  • Requires some new accessories
Our Score 8

Garmin Virb XE HD Action Camera Review

  • Onboard GPS
  • ANT+ sensor compatibility
  • Automatic Metric Overlays
  • Compatible with all GoPro mounts
  • Waterproof
  • ANT+ sensors drop occasionally
Our Score 8

Kodak PIXPRO SP360 Review

  • Easy, fun to use
  • YouTube support
  • Weather-resistant body
  • Compact, lightweight
  • Good companion app
  • Mediocre image quality
  • Washed out colors
  • Full HD not available in panoramas
  • Can’t view or share using standard software
Our Score 6

GoPro Hero4 Session Review

  • Small and lightweight, unobtrusive
  • Rugged without housing
  • Dual mics deliver good sound
  • Good video and photo quality
  • Compatible with existing GoPro mounts
  • Quality nowhere near other Hero4 cams
  • Limited resolution, settings options
  • Settings changes require smartphone app
  • No Protune fine-tuning options
Our Score 7.5

GoPro Hero 4 Black Review

  • Great picture quality at 4K resolution
  • Ability to capture high frame rates
  • 12-megapixel photos at burst speeds of 30 fps
  • More image control
  • Battery life is inadequate
  • No preview screen
  • Difficult to make menu changes without app
Our Score 8

Drift Stealth 2 Review

  • Compact size
  • Rotating lens
  • Splash-resistant body
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Subpar smartphone app
  • Video resolution could be stronger
  • Time-lapse, burst modes only 3 megapixels
Our Score 5

Sony FDR-X1000V/W 4K Action Cam Review

  • 4K (UHD) video recording
  • Good-looking, smooth videos
  • High 100-Mbps bitrate
  • SteadyShot stabilization
  • Larger than most action cams
  • 4K requires SDXC card
  • Some quality issues in bright light
  • Pricey compared to competition
Our Score 6