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Capture Summer Adventures in a New Way

Forget the 4x6 prints or the boring cell phone video, amp up your summer family vacation with a new video action camera this year. Read about them here.

If you plan to take your family on an epic adventure this summer, you need the right tools to capture all the action. Just a few years ago, there was really only one good option for action cameras that could ride along on a surfboard, fly through a forest canopy or mount to your bike handlebar, but these days your options have expanded. Here are a few of my favorites:

First and foremost, you can’t go wrong with a GoPro. The HERO 4 may not be as intuitive as some of the other cameras, but it still shoots some of the best video, has a huge list of available accessories and captures the kids like nothing else. The newest GoPro, the Session, packs the same power in a smaller, waterproof package and comes in at just $200.

You may not hear about Sony much when it comes to action cameras but they have a long list of options that start at just $150. Sony cameras connect to your smartphone with Wi-Fi and offer built-in image stabilization. The video and picture quality looks great. I like the price and I think the video looks as good as a GoPro.

If ruggedness isn’t as important to you, but you need something super simple that can also go underwater, I really like the HTC RE Camera. Originally priced at $200, you can easily find it under $100 online. It looks like a tiny periscope, but despite its weird appearance, it fits perfectly into your hand. One press of the button takes a picture; hold it down and it records video. The RE Camera is the easiest to use of the bunch and it takes awesome pictures and video for a sub-$100 price.

Forget the 4×6″ prints or the boring cell phone video, amp up your summer family vacation with an action camera this year. You”ll capture memories that I promise will put your parent’s VHS “palmcorder” to shame.

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