Ruggedized Cameras

By Michael Vatalaro

These video cameras are tough enough to withstand anything you throw at them.

Electronics and water have never played well together, but the latest generation of ruggedized video cameras have turned that dynamic on its head. Now you can record your fishing exploits, watersports, or just a nice cruise by mounting any of these models to your boat — or to yourself — to record from your point of view. Ranging from one-ounce "cigar cams" to full-blown camcorders, it's easy to find a camera that fits your boating style.

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition

The original wearable/mountable point-of-view video camera. Wide-angle, can record full 1920x1080 HD video, plus high-frame rates for slow motion replay. Rugged housing makes it waterproof to 131 feet. Wi-fi enabled to connect to your smartphone or included remote. GoPro.com | $399

Garmin VIRB Elite

Garmin VIRB Elite

Records 1080p HD video. Can film at 120 frames per second for slow-motion replays. Water-resistant. Wi-fi enabled for preview and control from your smartphone. GPS enabled allows "smart" programing like Ski Mode, which automatically records downhill runs, but shuts off when you're standing in the lift line. garmin.com/VIRB | $399

JVC GZ-R70 Camcorder

JVC GZ-R70

A "true" camcorder with a zoom lens and flip-out, touch-panel screen. Waterproof to 16 feet out of the box. Records full 1920x1080 HD video. 4.5-hour battery life and 32GB memory. camcorder.jvc.com | $499

Sony HDR-AS100V

Sony HDR-AS100V

Small, three-ounce point-of-view camcorder. Splash-proof or waterproof to 197 feet, with supplied case. Attaches to tripod or adhesive mounts, or a variety of wearable straps. Wi-fi enabled, available with "Live View" remote. store.sony.com | $398

Panasonic HX-A100

Panasonic HX-A100

Small, one-ounce "cigar-head" camera tethered to a main body that can be mounted just about anywhere, even clipped to your ear. Waterproof/dustproof. Full 1920x1080 HD video. Wi-fi enabled. shop.panasonic.com | $239 

— Published: August/September 2014


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