Magazine article Variety

Cutting Edge

Magazine article Variety

Cutting Edge

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GoPro Hero4 Black and Silver

GoPro.com I $500 (Black); $400 (Silver)

Aimed squarely at professional filmmakers, the Hero4 Black is GoPro's most powerful mobile action camera, boasting twice the power of its predecessor inside a tiny lighter-shaped package. The camera records up to 4K resolution at 15fps, 2.7K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps, and now includes night modes. Wi-Fi connects to mobile devices through a much-improved touchscreen.

Sony Action Cam Mini

Store.Sony.com | $250

Not to be left out of the action that's been dominated by GoPro's cameras, Sony's HDR-AZ1 is itself a nimble player. It's 30% smaller than its previous version, and records full 1080p HD video, while impressively handling slow-motion and action footage via a Zeiss lens that offers 170 degrees of view, and SteadyShot stabilization technology. A new Live View Remote accessory includes wrist controls. The device also provides live streams, through Ustream.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung.com I around $400 ($300 for the Note 4), with a two-year contract

The world's largest handset maker has given its biggest smartphone a fully functional side display that curves over the 5.6-inch touchscreen like an infinity pool. The screen is more functional than gimmick, able to provide quick access to apps and texts, stock, weather or sports updates, while the main, front screen is powering another activity, even playing video - making it perfect for the multi-tasker. …

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