For our packrafting adventures I am always looking for the latest action camera developments for 2018.

Obviously, there are two models which are currently hot on the market - the GoPro Hero 4 and the Sony FDR-X1000V.

Now the questions evolved which of those two action cameras should be a replacement for our old GoPro Hero 3+. Here is our camera comparison table.

Best Outdoor Action Camera for 2018

To answer the question I am just going to compare the specifications of the cameras.

Of course, if you are used to the GoPro Software to edit videos then you are most likely tempted to get the GoPro Hero 4.

Sony, however is a market leader in developing camera sensors and since action cameras have the highest market share in the camera business it’s quite obvious that Sony is going to stay here.

Our packrafting video taken with a GoPro Hero 2 camera in Sarek National Park.

Best Outdoor Action Camera for 2016 - 2017

Specification GoPro Hero 4 Sony FDR-X1000V
Weight 89 grams 89 grams
4K Video yes yes
Wi-Fi yes (& bluetooth) yes
Image Stabilization no yes
GPS no yes
Picture Resolution 12 MP 8.8 MP
Microphone Input Adapter needed for Stereo Stereo Minijack
Internal Microphone Mono Stereo
Aperture F2.8 F2.8
Sensor Size 1/2.3 1/2.3
Angle of View 170 170 or 120

Looking at the Specs, I am more tempted in getting the Sony FDR-X1000V action camera.

8.8 MP sensor should deliver better image quality in low light situations and image stabilization is also nice to have.

Another feature which I found quite interesting is that you can control up to 5 cameras with the Sony.

The only concern I would have with the Sony is its shape. I would need to have the camera in front of me and the GoPro would fit better.

Alternatively, I have to look for a helmet adapter for the Sony. Alternatively, as I don’t really need 4K that much, the GoPro Silver would be a great camera too. I could save 100 USD and also get an LCD screen with it.

The Sony FDR-X1000V looks like a camera which can be easily mounted on the site of a helmet

Sony FDR-X1000V

The GoPro Hero 4 looks more like a camera which fits better on the front of your body.

GoPro Hero 4

If you need a smaller camera then the GoPro Hero Session is probably the best pick. Hopefully, we will see the GoPro Hero5 and the GoPro Drone Karma this year as well. There are rumors that the new GoPro Hero5 will have better connectivity features.


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