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Action Camera of the Year 2015

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The Winner! -DJI Phantom 3

Packing its Pro sibling's punch and plenty of clever tech, but without the painful price tag, this is high-flying aerial action shooting for the smartphone-toting masses. Superb fun.

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GoPro has taken a leaf out of Apple’s Big Book of Hyperbole with its latest campaign, declaring of the Hero4 Black Edition: “2x the performance, yet again. Simply the best”; and calling it the “most advanced GoPro ever”.

The camera itself seems a lot more modest about its superiority. With only minor physical tweaks, the Hero4 Black looks little different from its predecessor – but inside it packs professional features and greater processing to justify its position as the top-of-the-line GoPro, priced a full £300 more than its most basic sibling.

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DJI’s 4K-filming Inspire 1 might be the poster drone for our new airborne overlords but Parrot’s Bebop is the one you’ll more realistically see taking off from a back garden near you.

It’s essentially a supercharged version of 2010’s AR.Drone, with built-in GPS and a better camera, now capable of shooting 14MP stills and Full HD video – and at £430 it’s within the reach of most wallets.