Another day at IFA 2015, and another 360-degree camera has been given a video resolution bump. Yesterday the Ricoh Theta S made the move to Full HD video recording, today it's the turn of Kodak's spherical-shooting action camera, which has jumped to 4K. The upcoming Pixpro SP360-4K also gains a new optional wrist-worn remote controller.
One of the things that's tricky about using an actioncam is the fact
that while you don't want to miss anything, you also don't want to
search through a ton of raw footage in editing. That's why the Graava
was created. It's a sensor-laden camera that reportedly notices when
interesting things are happening, and then automatically edits together a
video of those events.
Action cameras are great, but without the right mounts, grips and filters, you might struggle to capture footage that does your action-packed adventure (or extreme lawn mowing session) justice. Gizmag looks at some of our favorite GoPro accessories which will help you capture unique angles, mount your camera from everything from a speeding car to a dog, and keep shooting when other GoPro users are staring at a low battery warning.
The updates to the GoPro line-up so far in 2015 haven't been specification-beating flagship offerings, but with new models that are more affordable or smaller, they might still be the right cameras for you. Gizmag looks at the key specs and features of the new Hero4 Session and Hero+ LCD cameras to see how they compare to the Hero4 Black and Silver from last year.
GoPro's Hero actioncams may already be pretty small, but when compared to things like the Polaroid Cube
... well, they almost look big. Soon, however, consumers will be able
to buy the diminutive Hero4 Session, which is 50 percent smaller and 40
percent lighter than the existing Hero4 Black and Silver models.
As anyone who has ever used an action camera will know, they have a nasty tendency of chewing through batteries just when you're in the worst possible situation to recharge them, whether that's halfway up a mountain or at the beach. Polar Pro is attempting to address this issue with the launch of the PowerVault, a GoPro carrying case which can charge a GoPro battery five times thanks to its own built-in battery.
GoPro has updated its entry-level line of Hero action cameras with the Hero+ LCD, a new more budget-friendly touchscreen-toting offering. As with the previous GoPro Hero camera, the Hero+ LCD is built directly into its waterproof housing, but this time offers a rear LCD touchscreen, video recording up to 1080p 60 fps, and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
When someone mentions action cams, most people think of expensive pieces of equipment loaded with features designed for people who spend the weekend snowboarding off Mount Everest into a pool full of sharks. The Polaroid Cube action cam is also billed as tough, but it's main selling points are that it's also simple and affordable. Gizmag recently had the chance of testing one and its accessories.