Best Drones & Action Cams

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Best Drones & Action Cams

Drones have gone from a novelty to a necessary item for cinematographers to create stunning aerials that used to only be achievable through helicopter rides. The technology that allows them to fly kind of developed at the same rate as the quality of digital cameras. Similarly, there was no such thing as an action cam before GoPro came along and now... they're everywhere. These rugged and compact digital cameras are designed to go anywhere you want while surviving the heat, cold, and all sorts of conditions that would destroy normal digicams. They are the cameras of our extreme athletes and adventures and have followed people from the depths of the ocean all the way up to the edge of our atmosphere.

If you love to hike and bike or surf, or just the great outdoors, check out our list of the Best Drones and Action Cameras or 2017, presented here in alphabetical order!

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DJI Mavic 2 Pro with Fly More Combo Kit

Sensor size: 1" | Resolution: 20MP | Viewfinder: none | Display: 3.0" LCD | Max Burst Shooting: 20fps | Video Recording: 10-bit 4K

PROS: Hasselblad camera, aperture of F/2.8 to F/11

CONS: Hyperlapse limited to 1080p, pricey

If you're looking for the best of the best, at least as far as drones, then the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the dream. Of course, you'll be paying a high price, but that comes with the territory if you're touting a Hasselblad camera that takes high-quality images and 4K videos, and offers an aperture of F/2.8 to F/11, among other things. This aerial baby can zoom, has a 3-axis gimbal, transmit Full HD video from up to 8km, do hyperlapse, and offer a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile for more flexibility when grading your videos. And with the Fly More Combo kit, you're getting a few handy extras including two batteries, each with 31 minutes worth of flight time, and low noise propellers, to name a couple.



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DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo

Sensor size: 1/2.3" | Resolution: 12MP | Viewfinder: none | Display: on remote controller | Max Burst Shooting: 7fps | Video Recording: 4K/30p

PROS: 4K capabilities, portability, excellent environment sensing

CONS: Jerky controls, range needs improvement

It's more than just portability that you're getting with this foldable model of DJI legendary Mavic drone. The Mavic Air holds its own against the other models with nifty features like a 3-axis gimbal, 3-directional environment sensor, ActiveTrack that allows it to sense up to 16 subjects at the same time, and SmartCapture to launch and control it with hand gestures. If those don't get you clicking on Amazon to purchase it, the fact that it takes 32MP sphere panoramas, slow motion clips, and 4K videos just might. It's got its share of things that could be better, but its pros definitely trump the cons.


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DJI Spark Fly More Combo

Sensor size: 1/2.3" | Resolution: 12MP | Viewfinder: none | Display: on remote controller | Max Burst Shooting: 3fps | Video Recording: 1080/30p

PROS: Hand gesture controls, very compact

CONS: No 4K, low resolution, short flight time

Save a little bit of dough if you're on the budget while still getting quality aerial shots with the tiny DJI Spark. Don't underestimate this drone's small size, as it also packs a bit of punch despite its only 16 minutes of flight time, 2km of transmission time, and 2-axis gimbal. To start, it boasts a vision positioning system and a 3D sensing system, allowing it to hover up to 98 feet, sense obstacles up to 15 feet away, and return home on its own. It also allows you to easily control it via hand signals, and offers QuickShot modes. Not too shabby for a tiny little thing.


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GoPro HERO 7 Black

Sensor size: 1/2.3-inch | Resolution: 12MP | Viewfinder: none | Display: 2.0" Touchscreen LCD (920K dots) | Max Burst Shooting: 30fps | Video Recording: 4K/60p

PROS: HyperSmooth, TimeWarp

CONS: Low resolution, battery issues

If you're looking to shoot high-quality stills, this little camera isn't for you. But if you're looking to shoot awesome videos, especially action ones, then this one packs a punch with cool features that will enhance the videos you create without you needing to improve you video skills. Just mount it, and you'll be able to shoot HyperSmooth videos thanks to its enhanced stabilization at 4K/60p as well as TimeWarp videos for hyperlapse effects, take portrait mode stills and SuperPhoto for HDR, and live stream your stuff. And those are just a few features.



Olympus Tough TG-5   

Olympus Tough TG-5

Sensor size: 1/2.3" | Resolution: 12MP | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 3.0" LCD | Max Burst Shooting: 20fps | Video Recording: 4K/30p 1080/120p

PROS: Waterproof, small sensor

CONS: Lens not very long

A point-and-shoot camera for someone who's going to be physically active to the extreme. The Olympus Tough TG-5 is waterproof (50 ft / 15 m), shockproof (7 ft / 2.1 m), crushproof (220 lbf / 100 kgf), freeze-proof (14°F / -10°C), and dust-proof to survive everything from an intense hike to a toddler tossing it in the pool. With its F2.0 high-speed lens, 20 fps burst shooting in RAW, and anti-fog dual pane glass for spectacular images in every environment you'll be sure not to miss any action.


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Sony RX0

Sony RX0

Sensor size: 1" | Resolution: 21 MP still, 15.3 MP (video) | Viewfinder: 1.5" screen on back | Display: 1.5" LCD | Max Burst Shooting: 16fps | Video Recording: 1080p up to 1000fps internal - 4K/60p external

PROS: Large Sensor, Amazing Slow Motion

CONS: No internal 4K, Expensive

The Sony RX0 has a 24mm1 F4 ZEISS Tessar T* lens This large 1" (1.0-type) stacked back-illuminated Exmor RS image sensor with DRAM chip allows 21 MP RAW stills! It's submersible up to 33ft and can shoot epic slow motion up to 1000 fps at 1080p. There is no internal 4K recording, but with the camera's large sensor and lens combined with the ability to time code sync a few of these up and create a VR rig or Matrix style shooting contraption. This is a really powerful little camera that would blow every action camera away if it recorded 4K. Even though it doesn't you can do a lot with the Sony RX0 that you can't do with other action cameras.


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