While many people will be looking forward to nothing more taxing than a good book, white sand between their toes and a waiter service that extends as far as the water's edge, others will be in search of adrenaline rather than relaxation and whether it's white-water rafting, bungee jumping, mountain bikes, rock climbing, surfing or scuba diving this summer, these cameras will be able to capture a permanent record of all your exploits, no matter how hair-raising.
The IronX HD Camcorder $249.99
First up is a comparatively new kid on the block. Fully wearable with a waterproof casing -- offering protection at depths up to 60 meters and a wrist-mounted remote, the IronX can stream to a smartphone or tablet and can also be remote-controlled via an app when necessary. It offers four different types of mounts for true hands-free recording -- whether it be clamped to handlebars or the deck of a skateboard, shoots in full HD at up to 30 frames a second and can take 5-megapixel stills. It comes with 2GB of built-in storage (which can be expanded via MicroSD card) and supports wifi.
ContourROAM2 Sportsman Edition $229.99
Unlike IronX, Contour is a comparatively well-established brand in this still emerging market and its ROAM and Contour+2 cameras are designed for ease of use. In particular their slide-to-activate button is simple enough to pull back and release with a gloved hand while its small form factor makes it ideal for mounting on a helmet or clamping it straight to your head.
The ROAM2 Sportsman Edition combines this simplicity with a range of camouflaged skins for those who want to disguise their cameras. And as with all Contour cameras it shoots in full HD, has up to 3.5 hours of battery life and a 270° rotating lens, meaning that no matter how the device is mounted, a quick turn of the lens ring makes sure the images will be the right way up when recording starts. What's more it has a built-in GPS receiver so that when footage is being assembled, either on a computer or via the smartphone app, graphics, charts and info from sources such as Google Maps can be overlaid based on the geotagging data. Pretty cool.
The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition $399.99
The GoPro Hero, which most credit with inventing the market, recently went through its third refresh. The wifi-enabled Hero 3 Black Edition can capture full HD at 60 frames a second, take 30 12-megapixel stills per second and can even film in ultra high definition (if only at 15 frames per second) for ultimate detail. It also ships with a free wifi remote control as standard. It's also waterproof to 60m thanks to its protective casing and weighs only 75g.
Supporting the camera's heavyweight performance are built-in wifi, a bundled remote control and waterproof case and a smartphone app that serves as a second remote control and remote viewfinder. Also available are a myriad selection of mounts and mounting accessories so that it can be fitted to a helmet, the tip of a snowboard or to your chest via a harness, depending on how and where you want to shoot.