A wearable camera is a digital camera that can be worn on the body. You can strap the camera to your head, chest, or outdoor gear. Some wearable camera models are designed to withstand impacts and submersion in water, while other models are designed for more casual use. Many people use action cameras to keep a digital record of their outdoor adventures, while others use them for blogging, art projects, or or casual photography. If you want to get a wearable camera of your own, there are lots of cool models you can choose from. Whether you’re looking for something rugged (like a GoPro), or something inexpensive (like the Narrative clip-on camera), there’s something on this list that will suit your unique needs.
1. GoPro Hero4 Session
There have been lots of GoPro cameras released over the past few years, and finding the best one for your needs can be a little tricky because of all the variants. We recommend the new GoPro Hero4 Session, which is the smallest GoPro ever. You can take amazing photos and videos of your vacations, and document all of your outdoor adventures. It is waterproof, portable, and built tough, making it hard to beat for those who want a camera that can do both photo and video in the toughest of conditions. It also works with almost all existing GoPro mounts, so you don’t have to buy a whole new set of accessories. You can check out the impressive variety of GoPro mounts, or pick up a GoPro selfie stick to enhance your GoPro experience.
- Waterproof to 33 feet
- Smallest, lightest GoPro yet
- Easy one-button control
- Solid image quality
- Smaller size may make it easier to lose, at least for some people
2. Autographer Wearable Camera
Looking for a wearable camera that won’t see heavy weather or big impacts? Skip the rugged GoPro line and opt for the streamlined Autographer camera. This small digital camera clips on to your shirt or other clothing, and takes photos automatically. A wide angle lens (136º field of view) helps to ensure that you get shots that encompass more of your surroundings. There are built-in sensors and GPS, along with 8GB of internal memory. Mounting options are a little limited with the Autographer, but you can pick up a lanyard or mount adapter to increase the versatility of this wearable camera. This camera is great for people who are looking for a wearable camera to document their travels or daily routine.
Price: $320.07 and up, depending on color selected (Up to 51 percent off MSRP)
- Multiple color options
- Wide field of view
- Compact design
- Shoots continuously for up to 12 hours
- Many users complain of blurry shots
3. Sony 4K Action Cam
Sony’s 4K action cam is the perfect waterproof camera for people who need a compact, high-quality camera. With the optional LiveView remote, you can control your Action Cam (and up to four other cameras as well). The body is splashproof, and the camera can be submerged in up to five meters of water once you have placed it in the optional waterproof case. The body of the camera has a universal tripod mount, which means you can attach to pretty much any tripod or selfie stick.
Price: $498 for the base model, additional costs for accessories
Check out the video above to see how the Sony 4K Action Cam stacks up against the GoPro HERO4 Black.
- Waterproof to three meters
- SteadyShot image stabilization
- Loop recording prevents running out of memory card
- Compact, lightweight design
- Cool accessories cost extra
- Image stabilization can’t be used with highest quality settings
- Some find the menu confusing and hard to navigate
4. Narrative Clip Wearable Camera
If you want a camera that records your day automatically, and costs less than the Autographer, you want the Narrative. You can review your shots from this clip-on camera through a smartphone app, or on your computer. This is a unique way to take candid photos. The camera automatically takes two photos every minute, and the device has enough onboard memory to store 6000 photos. If you want to stop recording, just put it face down to enter sleep mode. Want to make sure you captured a special moment? Just double tap the device. A new version of the Narrative, the Narrative 2, will ship this fall.
Price: $134.47 (10 percent off MSRP)
- Takes photos automatically
- Not the most rugged camera
- Not ideal for people who dislike POV shots
5. Coleman Conquest2 CX16WP+LCD 1080p 60 FPS Full HD 16.0 MP Wi-Fi Helmet & Action Camcorder With Streaming LCD Watch & Mount
Coleman is a noted name in outdoor living, so it’s not surprising that the company that’s famous for tents and camp stoves has also started making rugged, wearable cameras. Under warranty for one year, this camera is bundled with all kinds of accessories to increase your mounting options. You’ll get a camera, LCD watch, underwater case, handlebar mount, flat adhesive socket, curved adhesive socket, flat mount, socket tip adapter, socket tip converter, lens cap, Velcro strap, lithium ion battery, AC adapter/charger, USB cable, instruction manual, and image editing software.
Price: $254.99 (27 percent off MSRP)
Buy the Coleman Conquest2 CX16WP+LCD 1080p 60 FPS Full HD 16.0 MP Wi-Fi Helmet & Action Camcorder With Streaming LCD Watch & Mount here.
- Wider angle lens than some other items on this list
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Waterproof to 200 feet with included case
- 1080p Full HD video resolution at 60 FPS
- Some users criticize image quality in low light
- Some users have reported issues with button failure
Find more Coleman Conquest2 CX16WP+LCD 1080p 60 FPS Full HD 16.0 MP Wi-Fi Helmet & Action Camcorder With Streaming LCD Watch & Mount information and reviews here.
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