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Top POV Cameras for Sports Photography

Updated on August 22, 2013

Capture Every Moment with POV Cameras

Looking for a hands-free way to capture images of your sports activities? Try a POV (point of view) camera that can be mounted on your gear or worn on your helmet, an armband or a chest harness. These cameras have become very popular in the past few years, and this page has compiled three of the best POV cameras for sports photography to help you decide which one is right for you.

(Image of GoPro POV camera mounted on a helmet provided by amazon)

The Most Popular POV Camera: GoPro Hero3 Black Edition - Get professional 4k cinema video

If you're looking for the most popular and best-rated POV camera, look no further than the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition. This versatile sports cam is currently the bestselling camera in Amazon's Hands-Free Action Camera category. It comes with a variety of mounts and straps so you can take it just about anywhere. It's waterproof to 197 feet, as well as shockproof, and can shoot both still images and professional HD video. It's also the only POV camera currently to offer professional quality 4K Cinema 15 fps video, so if you're looking for the highest POV video quality, this is the camera to own.

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition
GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

Product features:

- Professional 4K Cinema 15 fps / 2.7K cinema 30 fps / 1440p 48 fps / 1080p 60 fps / 960p 100 fps /720p 120 fps and more video capture

- Professional quality HD video & 12MP photos with 30 fps burst

- Built-in Wi-Fi enables remote control via included Wi-Fi Remote or live video preview and remote control on smartphones and tablets running the free GoPro app.

- Compatible with LCD Touch BacPacTM and second generation Battery BacPac

- New advanced camera settings: Looping video, Continuous Photo, Manual White Balance control, Protune Mode, allows to shoot photos while recording video and more


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Contour+ Camera - A truly "connected" POV camera

Contour calls its Contour+ sports cam is the "most connected POV camera ever." The camera is Bluetooth-enabled and is capable of live streaming via HDMI and an external transmitter. If the ability to stream your video live or to connect quickly and immediately share your adventures with others is a priority to you, the Controur+ can do the job. Below are some more specs on this action cam.

Contour+ Plus Camera
Contour+ Plus Camera

Product features:

- Bluetooth Enabled+ Use your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th Gen) as a viewfinder+

- Custom Wide-Angle Lens+ 6 Element Glass Lens, 170 FOV, F2.8HD Video+

- GPS Enabled

- Manually set white balance, exposure, and sharpness

- Removable Rechargeable Battery

- Stream video, audio, and view your videos Microphone Plug+ Connect an external microphone

- 3 Resolutions and 2 frame rates or 5MP still photo mode

- Configurable+ Manually set white balance, exposure, and sharpness


Drift Innovation HD170 Stealth Action Camera - HD video in a small package

This little camera can shoot both 720p or 1080p HD video, and has an RF remote to easily operate the device while you're wearing it or it's mounted on your sports gear.

Drift Innovation HD170 Stealth Action Camera with HD Recording, 4x Digital Zoom and 1.5-Inch LCD Screen (Black)
Drift Innovation HD170 Stealth Action Camera with HD Recording, 4x Digital Zoom and 1.5-Inch LCD Screen (Black)

Product features:

Highest quality professional HD video in 720p or 1080p with 170 degree wide-angle lens

Integrated LCD screen so you can line up the perfect shot, preview footage and share with friends

RF remote turns camera on and off while on your helmet or outside your vehicle. Saves batteries, memory and edit time

Night mode for optimal low-light performance. Digital 4X zoom

Ability to shoot in 60 frames per second for buttery smooth, professional quality slow motion video


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What Do You Think is the Best POV Camera for Sports Photography? - Share your thoughts

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      swecs123 5 years ago

      The new Drift cameras are even better than the HD170 you have listed. Check out this article about how much better than GoPro they are now.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I think it depends on what you want the camera for as to which one is the best. I currently have the Drift Innovation HD170 Stealth Action Camera which suits my versatile needs very well as it can attach to all my bikes and helmets as well as all sorts of other mounting points pretty quickly and easily. The quality of it is good (when it works) but I feel the GoPro is probably a better quality camera, but it is more cumbersome to set up.

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Already got my Hero! awesome video from paintball ;) next venture will be zip lining ;) Nice lens

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      POV cameras seem to be all the rage these day.