Here’s a category that’s come on leaps and bounds since the days when getting footage on the hill involved packing a JVC camcorder – one that took MiniDV tapes if you were lucky– in your backpack. It’s almost impossible to keep up – indeed, between our photoshoot/testing session and the publication of this guide, new GoPros have been announced.
All the models on this list still have the edge over your mobile phone though, and even more so when you take their durability into account. For stress-free, hassle-free filming on the mountain, nothing beats an action camera.
“Whichever action camera you get, it’s worth practicing at every opportunity”
The quality varies quite a bit, but like with any product it’s pointless to spend extra wedge on bells and whistles that you don’t need. The functions of each differ quite a lot too, so think carefully about what you want to use yours for.
Whichever action camera you get, it’s worth practicing at every opportunity. Our guide on how to use a GoPro properly is a good starting point, after which you should have a proper sit-down with your magic box and get to grips with all its functions.
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All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi – click any image to enlarge
Production: Tom Copsey / Andrew Duthie / Tobias Grünwald / Sam Oetiker / Sami Tuoriniemi