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But it's becoming increasingly difficult to be a cynic - with ridiculously high resolutions and features you might not even find on a decent DSLR, action cameras look like they're set to be a permanent feature in the 'extreme'-sports landscape.

So, despite our contempt for the 'radical unicorn' look (credit to Whitelines' Chris Moran for that one), we're taking a peek at some of the latest and greatest cameras in their field - and a few that were just so strange that we couldn't leave them out either.

While you're watching, don't forget to turn up the resolution on each player for maximum POV cam stokage.

[part title="GoPro HD Hero 3+ (Black Edition)"]

gopro

Price: €499.95

Max Resolution: 4Kp

Weight: 74g/136g (with housing)

Battery Life: 2hrs

Selling Points

  • 4 x the Wifi connection speed of previous models
  • 12MP still photography at 30fps
  • High resolution and high frame rates - up to 1440p@48fps, 4Kp@15fps or 1080p@60fps
  • 'Superview' wide angle
  • App with full remote controll and Live view
  • Improved audio
  • Auto low-light modes
  • 720p @120 fps for slowmo
  • Remote included with black edition

What's The Downside?

  • Battery life is average
  • You probably won't be able to afford more than one...

The End Result:

[part title="iON Air Pro 3"]

ion air pro 3

Price: $350 (European pricing tbc)

Max Resolution: 1080p

Weight: 142g

Battery Life: 2.5hrs

Selling Points

  • Waterproof casing and microphone built into the body
  • Free cloud storage
  • Shoot/Share to social media via wifi
  • Controllable with one hand
  • Custom built anti-fog lens
  • Versatile aerodynamic bullet-style body
  • Full HD 1080p@60fps
  • 720p@120fps for slow mo

What's The Downside?

  • No 1440p or 4K

The End Result:

[part title="Drift HD Ghost"]

drift ghost hd

Price: €299

Max Resolution: 1080p

Weight: 167g

Battery Life: 3hrs

Selling Points

  • Video tagging and continuous record
  • Inbuilt LCD display
  • Includes two way remote
  • Wifi connect to drift app
  • 3m waterproofing without casing
  • 720p@60fps for slowmo

What's The Downside?

  • Heavier than competitors
  • Lower frame rate at 1080p - 30fps

The End Result:

[part title="Contour Plus 2"]

contour +2

Price: €350

Max Resolution: 1080p

Weight: 156g

Battery Life: 2.5hrs

Selling Points

  • 270° rotatable lens
  • GPS receiver
  • Use Contour Connect to connect to app
  • Customisable video - adjust white balance, contrast, sharpness and more via your mobile device
  • 720p@60fps or 480p@120fps for slowmo

What's The Downside?

  • No 4Kp or 1440p

The End Result:

[part title="Garmin Virb Elite"]

garmin virb elite

Price: €360

Max Resolution: 1080p

Weight: 177g

Battery Life: 3hrs

Selling Points

  • Hi-res colour screen with live view and menu display
  • Can be paired with other Garmin products e.g. heart rate monitors
  • Includes accelerometer, altimeter and high-sensitivity GPS
  • Wifi connect for smart phone control
  • Oversized switch for easy manual control
  • Longer battery
  • 16MP stills
  • Image stabilisation

What's The Downside?

  • It has low fps for high res photo burst
  • Heavy

The End Result:

[part title="Sony AS30v"]

sony as30

Price: €279

Max Resolution: 1080p

Weight: 65g

Battery Life: n/a

Selling Points

  • Super lightweight
  • GPS and NFC (near field communication) for speedy device pairing
  • Remote control live view (sold separately)
  • Image stabilisation
  • 720p at 120 fps

What's The Downside?

  • 1440p and 4k video

The End Result:

[part title="Replay XD 1080"]

replay xd 1080

Price: €276

Max Resolution: 1080p

Weight: 85g

Battery Life: 2hrs

Selling Points

  • Wide angle with no fisheye distortion
  • 360° mounted rotation
  • Capable of live streaming
  • Robust bullet shell

What's The Downside?

  • Only 5MP stills
  • No fisheye (if that's what you were after)

The End Result:

[part title="Midland XTC 400"]

midland xtc 400

Price: €260

Max Resolution: 1080p

Weight: 140g

Battery Life: 5hrs

Selling Points

Massive battery life

Wifi and app connectivity

270° Lens rotation

1080p - 30fps

Image stabilisation

What's The Downside?

Fairly weighty

Only 5MP stills

The End Result:

The End Result:

[part title="Liquid Image Apex HD + WiFi"]

liquid image apex hd

Price: €330

Max Resolution: 1080p

Weight: n/a

Battery Life: 2hrs

Selling Points

Wifi smartphone connection and app.

12MP stills

Looks like a James Bond gadget (errr...)

Saves suitcase space.

What's The Downside?

Looks like a James Bond gadget.

Limited to shoot exactly what you see.

Only really useful if you didn't already have a pair of goggles.

The End Result:

[part title="Rollei S-50 Wifi Ski"]

rollei bullet 5s

Price: €299

Max Resolution: 1080p

Weight: 105g

Battery Life: 2.5hrs

Selling Points

  • Removable display
  • 1080p @60fps
  • 7x multilayer coated glass lens - 99% translucency
  • Image stabilisation and noise reduction
  • 10x digital zoom
  • Shoots well in low light
  • 14MP stills

What's The Downside?

  • Fairly bulky body

The End Result:

[part title="Oregon Scientific ATC Chameleon"]

oregon scientific chameleon

Price: €145

Max Resolution: 2 x 720p (1080 total)

Weight: 124g

Battery Life: 2hrs

Selling Points

  • Two video cameras in one - each can be angled independently
  • Both lenses shoot 720p to merge into one 1080p split screen
  • We've always really wanted to see the cameraman's face on follow-cam runs...

What's The Downside?

Everything else...

  • It's large, has no Wifi connectivity/app, and doesn't take stills.
  • Because of the dual lenses, the video quality suffers.

The End Result: