Best Action Camera for Skiing: My top pick for 2019

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My Top Pick: Go Pro Hero 5

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My Review of the GoPro Hero 5

One of the first actions cam brands and most respected. GoPro is getting better every year and whilst there is some tough competition from Sony and smaller brands –  I choose this as my top pick for the best ski action camera for 2019.

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Why I Picked the Go Pro Session.

Here’s the main difference that separates the Go Pro Hero 5 Session from the rest of the pack:

  • It’s impressively small, lightweight and deliveries 4k footage.
  • It’s fully waterproof without the need for another external case.
  • The GoPro connects to your phone and allows you to live stream the video being captured (you can also move pictures and videos wirelessly to your phone for storage.)
  • Built-in voice control. You can start the camera without pressing a button: simply say ‘GoPro, start recording’.
  • It takes 10MP photos and supports a time-lapse mode.
  • GoPro has put a lot of work into making the app look and work seamlessly, which adds to the power of this camera.
  • It has an easy to use one button system – that you press to record or take a photo. Press to stop and press multiple times for other options.

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Features to look for in a quality skiing helmet cam unit:

  • 4k Video resolution – so its future proof and packs in enough pixels for projecting on larger size TV/Monitor screens.
  • Strong, waterproof and shockproof. The mounts and casing should be able to absorb high-intensity skiing movements without damage.
  • The mount should be easy to attach and detach in a moment. (less than 15-20 seconds).
  • Motion stabilization is a must. The movement in an action cam is what produces immersive, footage, but you do need the minor shakes stabilized to make the footage watchable.
  • Ability to mount easily onto your ski helmet, without being too big or clunky – otherwise you’ll have difficulty getting into chairlifts and pulling the bar down over your head.
  • The camera needs to be lightweight and not put too much weight on your head and neck. The lighter the better.
  • The lens should adjust quickly to changes in light. When you move from the shade to the sunlight, the speed at which the camera’s exposure adjusts will affect the final quality of your footage.
  • The camera should be easy to turn on and off, record footage and stop.
  • Bonus: Easy Bluetooth connection to your phone & strong app interface.
  • Built-in microphone that captures the depth of sound and reduces wind noise.
  • Built-in wide-angle view (ability to cycle through different views a bonus.)
  • Able to handle extreme cold and snow.
  • Wireless.
  • USB rechargeable battery with a long life

Watch footage from the GoPro Hero5.

A day out on the slopes with Jack in Utah. GoPro Hero5 attached to his helmet, he got some epic shots jumping on the piste, and plowing down some fine mountain powder.

One Day in Utah – GoPro Hero 5 Session Skiing

Why you should get a ski helmet action camera

A ski helmet camera is a perfect way to capture yourself and friends skiing down the mountain. By sitting on your helmet with a wide-angle lens, the action camera is able to capture your ski turns, the sky, jumps, powder movement, and the surrounding landscape.

Wide-angle

Built-in stabilizations adjust for shaky movements, but give you an immersive experience that really captures the intensity of the sport.

The camera is mounted on your helmet, so it doesn’t reduce your visibility, but the camera is able to see a wider angle of view than a traditional phone or handheld camera can deliver. It’s wireless, in that you hit record and it can record the footage to an onboard memory card.

Bluetooth

Some models can then connect via Bluetooth to your phone, and then allow you to edit and share photos and videos directly to Facebook or Instagram without even leaving the mountain. You can transfer files to your phone, edit or save them in the built-in app on your phone and then clear the space from your camera for more room.

Small memory cards

The cameras support mini-USB’s which are very tiny memory cards that can usually hold between 8-32GB but can hold up to 128GB in space if you go for a more expensive card. You’ll need what’s known as a Class-10 memory card – which means that it can write and record to the card at the highest possible speed (with no delays).

Move to any mount

Cards are interchangeable with and easily slide in and out, meaning you can keep multiple cards in your backpack and switch them out without much trouble.

I use my helmet camera to film my day and share with friends. It’s also a great way to improve your skiing. You can look back at the footage and see things you wouldn’t normally notice. 

A birds-eye view of your leg movements and ski placements can give you valuable feedback on how to improve.

The cameras easily attach to small mounts, meaning you can share the same camera with someone else that has put a mount on their helmet. That way you can easily swap the position of the camera, to capture unique angles.

Capture everything

Helmet cameras record without the need to physically hold them in your hand. Hit record on your connected phone or on the button on the side and they will begin to capture EVERYTHING in the direction of your gaze.

Advances in technology year on year, mean that ski helmet cameras are getting lighter, recording high-quality images and finding improved ways to deal with stabilization.

Built-in software and post-footage stabilization through the camera’s app, means you can produce the quality of footage that required an entire camera crew just a few years ago.

Capture memories

Helmet cameras are the fun and way to capture memories, view your skiing from a third person and remember your skiing adventures for a lifetime.

The cameras can withstand the cold of the mountain air and usually use rechargeable batteries that can be recharged by plugging in a micro USB charge into your wall socket, laptop or battery pack that you keep in your backpack.

The battery life lasts between 1-3 hours of continuous use.

Author: Simon Naylor

Hi – I’m Simon, I started NewToSki.com to write about everything I wish someone had told me when I started learning to ski.