“Hands free” and “waterproof” recording are just a few of the features considered for the Top 5 Best Wearable cameras list. Perfect for life bloggers, family vacationers, adventure travelers and more.
The list below includes a variety of cameras with unique features that may be perfect for the contemporary life-stylist.
Chris Spooner, a UK-based blogger, designer and professional video game player shoots and edits videos using a GoPro Hero4. GoPro is the dominant action cam brand on the market. It can shoot in ultra-high resolution at 4K30 (also 2.7K50 and 1080p120). Compared to it’s predecessor, the GoPro HERO4 Black has 2x performance boost in terms of faster frame rates and image quality. The 12MP Burst photo option captures moments if the shutter button is out of reach. The Time Lapse mode can capture photos every 0.5 to 60 seconds. Night Photo and Night Lapse modes grabs nighttime photos or time lapses as well. And it has a built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The Garmin Virb Elite is a basic, no frills action cam with an attractive smart film process. The action camera aims to allow a user to film longer, in short, it’s a 1080p HD action cam with a Chroma display and 3 hour battery life and is water resistant. The Virb has the unique ability to connect with other Garmin products to record heart rate, cadence and outside temperature making it a great fitness/ lifestyle camera. The Virb also has an accelerometer, altimeter and GPS. And the Chroma display (color 1.4″ screen) shows exactly what is being filmed.
The Narrative Clip is billed as the world’s most wearable camera. It doesn’t record video, but it does take photos in a completely new way—without your involvement. Simply clip the device onto clothes, bag, bike, etc. and let it do it’s thing. It will take photos throughout the day automatically. It’s great for capturing spontaneous moments or for life-blogging. The Narrative Clip 2 works with smartphones to make viewing and sharing photos simple and easy.
The Contour ROAM3 bills itself as “the world’s easiest-to-use” action camera. The Contour ROAM3 is actually waterproof up to 30ft. It snaps photos in addition to taking video, there’s a Quick Photo Mode that is easy to use. The Contour ROAM3 has a lens that can rotate 270 degrees which makes it quite versatile while mounted. It features a laser leveling system to ensure straight shooting. Battery life is 3-3.5 hours.
The Sony Action Cam uses Sony’s advanced BIONZ X image processor in combination with a ZEISS lens for beautiful footage for travel adventures. The wide-angle lens makes capturing panaramic scenery possible while the SteadyShot technology gets rid of any bumps and blurs. This camera offers live-streaming with moving POV footage. There is also a benefit from the 120fps and 240fps speed for free-frame and edit. What’s more, slo-mo still records the audio. Sony also offers accessories like the Live-View remote which allows for 5-camera shooting and hands-free monitoring.
Price: $269.99 (including Live View remote)