Editors' Choice

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

Giroptic iO 360 camera review

With a direct Lightning connection to an iPhone or iPad, the Giroptic iO will have you live streaming in 360 degrees, in mere seconds. See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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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

Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 Review

  • Great image quality
  • Compact size
  • Rugged body without housing
  • Bundle includes remote
  • Short battery life
  • No fine-tuning adjustments
  • High-bitrate requires SDXC card
Our Score 8

VSN Mobil V.360 camera Review

  • Easy, fun to use
  • 360-degree videos and photos
  • Processing done in-camera
  • Works with standard tripods and GoPro mounts
  • Video, photo quality could be improved
  • Lag, long wait-times using mobile app
  • Pricey, early-adopter territory
  • Panoramas aren’t fully spherical
Our Score 5