Nilox Foolish actioncam package isn't really so foolish
By Ben Coxworth
October 29, 2012
Does this camera look at all familiar to you? Perhaps a little like something that you might go to if you were a pro who wanted to look like a hero? Well, it’s actually the cutely-named Foolish, made by Italian electronics company Nilox. While it has no one feature that separates it from the growing multitude of actioncams out there, Nilox's optional “All-in” package deal does combine some nice extras for a decent price.
Like the GoPro camera, the basic Foolish has a 170-degree wide-angle lens, is submersible to a depth of 60 meters (197 feet), and can shoot 1080p HD video at a frame rate of 30 frames per second – 960p/30fps, 720p/60fps, and 720p/30fps are also possible.
Taking a cue from the Contour ROAM2, it also features a laser pointer. This allows users to see more or less what the lens is pointed at, if they aren’t using the camera’s add-on LCD playback screen/viewfinder – that screen is included in the All-in package, however, along with a larger housing to accommodate it. That package also includes a wireless remote and a 4GB microSD memory card.
The controls of the Foolish appear to be relatively simple, with one button being used to record video and another assigned to capturing 8MP stills. One charge of the lithium battery should be good for about 2.5 hours of recording time.
According to a report on BikeRadar, UK online retailer Windwave should soon be offering the All-in package at a price of £199.95 (about US$320) – while the UK version doesn't include the remote, it does include an 8GB card. By way of comparison, GoPro lists its HERO3 White Edition camera at the same UK price, although it doesn't include an LCD screen or memory card.
There’s currently no word on North American availability or pricing for the Nilox Foolish. Examples of stills and footage shot with the camera can be seen in the video below.