For those of us who are cheap, the GoPro action camera is a bit rich at $200 to $400 US. I decided to try an alternative, the Veho VCC-005-MUVI-NPNG action camera package which costs about $90 to $150, depending on where you buy it.
This package called "No Proof No Glory" (NPNG) includes a lot of mounting and other accessories as shown in the photo. A waterproof case and remote contral are noteworthy. The camera itself is compact and light, and records in HD format at 30 fps with a fixed lens. Controls are pretty basic, but the touch screen LCD covers most of the rear of the camera, leading to inadvertent commands if you mishandle the camera. A standard screw tripod mounting is on the bottom of the camera. Documentation is quite good as the company is based in the UK.
Video quality is very good and sound quality is good in my opinion. Battery life is good and recharging is done through a USB cable. MicroSD card is used for storage.
I have tried the camera in fixed mode on a tripod and mounted on a drone. It worked well in both cases and successfully survived hard landings (crashes) of the drone. Although downloading the video is a little slow, it is bearable and I was able to edit the video using Imovie on a MAC. I would recommend this camera for those who don't want to fork out for a GoPro.