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Rollei Bullet HD actioncam shoots video, not ammo


July 11, 2011

The Rollei Bullet HD actioncam records 720p video and is reportedly impervious to dust and impacts, but lacks a viewfinder (Photo: Rollei)

The Rollei Bullet HD actioncam records 720p video and is reportedly impervious to dust and impacts, but lacks a viewfinder (Photo: Rollei)

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Before current technology allowed them to be available to the public, wearable POV (point-of-view) video cameras were known within the television industry as "bullet cameras," because of their shape. Nowadays, they come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges, and are generally called actioncams or helmetcams. Hearkening back to the days of yore, however, is Rollei's recently-released Bullet HD. With its aluminum body and rounded nose, it does indeed look like a big bullet ... or perhaps a small Thermos flask.

Using a 170-degree wide-angle lens to capture the action, the Bullet HD records 720p video at 30 fps, via a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor. Up to two hours of footage can be stored on an onboard Micro-SD memory card, if the user swaps in a 32GB card for the supplied 4GB model. That footage can be transferred to a Mac or PC, via a USB cable. The included rechargeable lithium-ion battery is said to last up to two hours per charge.

The camera's body is dust-proof, impact-resistant, and "waterproof" to 10 meters (33 feet) - this actually means that it's splashproof. A variety of mounting accessories are available, allowing it to be rigged onto things such as helmets, ski goggles, handlebars and windshields. A single button turns the camera on and off, starts and stops recording, and switches between video and photo modes. Unfortunately, however, there is no LCD screen or any form of viewfinder.

The Rollei Bullet HD should be available late this month, at a price of EUR 249.95 (about US$350). A list of distributors can be found on the company website.

Footage shot with the camera can be seen below. Although the video is silent, sound recording is briefly mentioned on the website - we're currently waiting to hear back from the company, as to whether or not the camera actually has a microphone.

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth

I\'m sure this is a nice camera but 3 years ago I bought a \"spy\" camera on eBay (Hong Kong) for about 10 bucks that takes amazingly good quality video with sound. It also has a sound-activate option and will shut off after 3 minutes of silence, and stand by for up to 2 weeks on a single charge of it\'s built in battery. Plugs directly into any USB port. I\'m sure they\'re higher now but not near $350. Size is about 3 inches by 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. Easy to mount to just about anything with tape. Handlebar, helmet, etc.


Don\'t try taking through the airport.

\"Honest, it\'s a video camera. Not a bullet.\"

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