Sony has added a new mid-level action camera to its line-up which is designed to make recording your everyday adventures easier, while still boasting high-quality Full HD video and SteadyShot stabilization. Also announced is a new Handycam camcorder which packs pro-level features and 4K video, but comes in at a consumer-focused price.
Nikon has just made its debut in the action cam arena, revealing what it says is the first in a family of durable, compact devices for harsh shooting conditions. The rugged KeyMission 360 is claimed to capture all manner of outdoor activities, and in ultra-sharp, 360-degree video no less.
The Mokacam is claimed to be the world's smallest 4K action camera. It's also currently the only one to feature hot-swappable magnetic batteries and a rotating removable view and control screen. Already fully funded on Indiegogo, Gizmag got to play with an early prototype. Here are our impressions.
Nearly five years ago, Iain Sinclair Designs launched a credit card-sized compact camera concept called the Poco Pro. Though it generated quite a bit of interest, component supply difficulties meant that the project quickly ran aground. Now Iain's son, Grant, has updated the design and launched an Indiegogo to bring the new Poco to production. Built around a Raspberry Pi compute module, the pocket-sized "supercomputer" can be a bike-mounted actioncam, hi-res music player, handheld gaming console and portable web browser.
Touted by its creators as the most advanced helmet-mounted accessory ever, the Fusar Mohawk is designed to make any helmet smarter, safer and more social. With the inclusion of a 12-MP camera, accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS, as well as a PTT coms system and connected mobile apps, the unit is intended to replace a host of helmet-mountable devices.
It was just last month that consumer drone manufacturer DJI extended its focus from the sky to the ground, by introducing the motor-stabilized Osmo action camera. Well, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that another quadcopter-maker has followed suit. Today, Yuneec announced its new Typhoon ActionCam, which sounds like it could give the Osmo a run for its money.
The DJI Osmo looks like a weird little eyeball on the end of a stick, but it's effectively a motion-stabilized action camera that can smooth out rough, bumpy and wobbly footage for a clean, cinematic look. Easy and intuitive to use, the Osmo brings smooth handheld video into the price range of the average filmmaker, the same way DJI's all-in-one drone packages have opened up aerial shooting for the average Joe. We took one out for a weekend to see how it performs.
Action cameras are continuing to get smaller and more powerful with the usual jumps in resolution and frame-rates. But they're also gaining new skills such as the ability to communicate with external sensors, and automatically edit your extreme video in-camera. Gizmag compares the key specs of the current crop of action-cams to see which might be right for you.
If you want to spend less than US$300 on a GoPro actioncam, you're currently limited to the entry-level model known simply as the Hero. Although it shoots decent 1080p/30fps video, it lacks wireless functionality. Soon, however, potential buyers will have the option of choosing the $200 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth-equipped Hero+.
While we've previously seen a number of GoPro accessories
which can keep you shooting when the battery runs out, the PolarPro
PowerGrip H2O is the first we've come across capable of live-charging
the action camera while underwater. Currently looking for funding on
Kickstarter, the PowerGrip H2O is a waterproof selfie stick with an
integrated battery, which can charge a camera at depths of up to 30 m