The cameras featured in this shootout are the Contour+2, the GoPro Hero3 Black, the JVC Adixxion, the Sony Action Cam, the Replay XD1080, and the Drift HD Ghost. There are a lot of POV cameras on the market now, with prices ranging from less than $100 to over $500. Rather than compare them all, we chose what we think are the best and most popular current cameras and compared them back-to-back, in a format that clearly shows the difference in video quality. For testing, I built a really stupid, but effective helmet rig that can accommodate all six cameras. That way I could shoot the exact same shot with all the cameras at the same time. In the video below, you’ll see all six videos running next to each other along with a little bit of analysis from me. Please pause and compare wherever you see fit. The more you look, the more you’ll notice the differences.
POV Action Camera Shootout Video Comparison
If you want to take a closer look, all the full HD videos are available on the next page. Although each of the cameras has multiple resolution and frame rate settings, to keep this test simple, establish a baseline, and keep the emphasis on video quality, all the clips were shot at 1920 x 1080 (full HD) at 30 frames per second at the widest lens setting offered, with no image stabilization (the JVC and Sony have built-in image stabilization). No adjustments or corrections of any kind were made while editing. The goal here was to provide sample video on as equal a platform as possible so you could judge the quality for yourself. I did my best to make sure all the cameras were pointed in the same direction, but there is some variation. You’ll also notice some angle-of-view differences – most notably, the Replay’s 135° lens; the Contour, which has a 125° angle-of-view in full HD; and the JVC, which I’m honestly not sure about. It’s supposed to have a 170° lens but that obviously isn’t the case.
Go to the next page for more information on each camera as well as the original full HD videos I used to create the comparison video here. If you want to discuss other POV cameras or share your own camera experience, you can discuss all POV cameras and techniques on our Videos and POV Cameras Forum; or write your own review in our Video Cameras User Review section.