Action video cameras are gaining popularity as people want to capture shots like skiing, biking or diving without risking expensive equipment.

Consumer Reports tested two top action camcorders, the GoPro Hero 3, which costs $400, and Sony's $270 Action Cam.

The cameras come with rugged, waterproof casings to protect them from the elements. And, they're loaded with features.

"You can take standard or high-def video. You can also take still photos," said Consumer Reports' Terry Sullivan. "And, you can also, on both of them, take photos and stitch them together into a time lapse."

To see how they stand up to tough treatment, Consumer Reports put them through a tumbler and dunked them in water.  Both kept right on working.

"If you're looking to capture action shots in the great outdoors, either of these camcorders is a good choice," Sullivan said. "The GoPro has a little bit of an edge in the image quality, but either one will get the job done."

Both also have built-in Wi-Fi, making it easy to share your videos on YouTube or Facebook.

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