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JVC breaks out ADIXXION action cam


June 28, 2012

JVC has announced the launch of the GC-XA1 ADIXXION action cam, which features four levels of rugged protection, built-in Wi-Fi, a Super Wide lens, and Full HD video recording

JVC has announced the launch of the GC-XA1 ADIXXION action cam, which features four levels of rugged protection, built-in Wi-Fi, a Super Wide lens, and Full HD video recording

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Watch out GoPro, JVC is looking to take a bite out of the action cam market with its rugged new JVC GC-XA1 ADIXXION camcorder. Leveraging its decades-long digital imaging prowess evidenced in models like the ProHD cams and GC-PX10 hybrid, the company says that its new small and lightweight video recorder includes a range of features that leaves the competition behind. Highlights include four levels of rugged protection, built-in Wi-Fi, a Super Wide lens, and Full HD video recording.

The GC-XA1 has been waterproofed to a depth of 16.4 feet (5 m), is able to withstand a fall from 6.5 feet (2 m), and is both dust- and freeze-proof. It's a collection of all-round ruggedness that JVC is calling Quad Proof and means that the camcorder can record 1920 x 1080/30p video at 30 frames per second (fps) to MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, or 60 fps at 720p, in a variety of action scenarios without the need for optional housing to protect it from the elements.

The pocket-friendly 2.9 x 2 x 1.3-inch (74 x 53 x 35 mm), 0.28 pound (126g) action cam features a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor, 170 degree fixed focus lens, 5x digital zoom, a 1.5-inch LCD monitor to the side, digital image stabilization to help reduce camera shake and rolling shutter cancellation that's said to correct image skewing that sometimes occurs with CMOS sensors. There's both auto and manual white balance and auto exposure, a self-timer function and time-lapse recording.

In addition to USB and HDMI ports, the GC-XA1 also benefits from built-in wireless capabilities which allow for wireless connection to a smartphone for image monitoring and remote control functionality via free-to-download iOS and Android apps, and the transfer of data to a PC without having to remember to pack the cables. Users can opt to send images to social networks through a PC or can live stream footage to USTREAM direct from the cam itself.

The JVC GC-XA1 ADIXXION action cam will be available during Q3 for US$349.95, and will come supplied with a goggle mount and flexible mount, two lens protectors, LCD protection film, a USB cable and a rechargeable battery. Wi-Video PC software is also provided.

Optional accessories include a roll bar mount, a handlebar mount, an AC power adapter and a float strap to help the camera float when in water.

Source: JVC

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The GoPro Hero2 has an 11MP sensor which makes it superior for still images. It has all the other features plus time lapse - and of course it takes great images.

Richard Chesher

Given that the GoPro has an underwater housing available which does allow considerably more depth than the above-mentioned 5 meters, I am not sure this cam will take the market share it hopes. When it does have a case available which is capable of recreational diving depths, it suddenly begins to look more interesting.


I look forward to this and other offerings for action shooting. Not that what is available is bad but there is room for quality improvement, diversification in features and so on.

@dutch: Not all of us cares for going diving. I for one am looking for a microphone that catches less wind noise and a selection of lens types with a little less fish eye feel.

@Richard Chesher: Megapixels is not all. And calling the stills superior I'd say is questionable - who is to say the JVC or maybe the Sony won't do a better job.


It's priced much like the GoPro. If it doesn't have a fisheye lens, I might have to buy it.

Paul Nord

Seems GoPro will need to get with the program of cost. they hook you for all the extras that the Adixxion by JVC has built into the v.cam. This alone was why I did not purchase a GP, As I own a selection of Video Cams, the new cam by JVC just may take the place of a couple of the the others. Cost, if you add up the features included, GP will loose sales because to have the same as the JVC cam, it would cost an extra $350 or so if you stick with the GP. I really don't see that GoPro has that much to offer, as I have a low end Kodac that does just as well..

Ron Handke

Bought one of these. They are bloody awesome! Way better than my old Go Pro, and it has all the addons for the Go Pro built in. Gotta be stupid to buy a Go Pro over the JVC Adixxion if you ask me!!!

Ashley Knowles
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