Even with the beefed up battery of GoPro's Hero3+
, there's always the possibility of the camera cutting out right as the action heats up. Living out this scenario on the powder-coated ski hills of California led the team at Polar Pro to explore ways of not just extending battery life, but doing so without interruption. The result is the PowerPole, an extendable pole-mount with around five GoPro batteries worth of juice packed inside.
The newly announced Ricoh WG-M1 is the latest addition to the WG-series
of rugged adventure cameras. But its quirky form-factor differs from the rest of the line-up, and the new 14-megapixel camera is clearly designed to compete in the action camera market
. It features a wide-angle lens, built-in Wi-Fi and a 1.5-inch LCD screen.
And you thought Sony’s existing Action Cam
was small ... Today at the IFA 2014 electronics trade show in Germany, Sony introduced its Action Cam Mini. By moving the GPS function out of the camera and into an accompanying wrist-mounted remote, the company has shrunk the camera to two-thirds the size of its predecessor.
We've seen a plethora of accessories for the GoPro Hero actioncam cropping up over the past few years, including everything from stabilizers
to helmet-mounted poles
. Surprisingly, though, except for scuba-specific models, there's been almost nothing in the way of lights. Australian bike gadget manufacturer Knog recently set out to fill that void, by releasing its Qudos Action light earlier this month. I recently had a chance to get my hands on the thing, and liked what it had to offer.
Despite the ever-increasing popularity of the GoPro Hero actioncam, there's still not even one model of the darn thing that has a viewfinder. Users can buy a $70 add-on LCD screen
, although if they're using a newer Hero, they can also just utilize its Wi-Fi connectivity to view the camera's output on their existing smartphone. The GoRigIt case makes it easier to take this approach, but joining the phone to
Although some people really like taking selfies, the shots are usually limited by the length of the shooter’s arm. Devices like the HISY Bluetooth camera phone remote
are one alternative, although users might not have them handy when a photo op presents itself. iLuv has addressed that problem with its Selfy – a smartphone case with a detachable Bluetooth camera remote.
Looking to take the capabilities of 360-degree cameras
to a new level, a group of young French designers and engineers has created a compact video camera with a 360 x 300 degree field of view that can shoot 2048 x 1024 video at 30 fps. The Giroptic 360cam was recently launched on Kickstarter where it has already received massive support, surpassing its original US$150,000 funding goal within 24 hours.
The Camileo X-Sports
is Toshiba's answer to a GoPro camcorder. At £180 (US$300), it lines up against GoPro's entry level Hero3
, which itself retails for £199 ($330). Gizmag took a look at the Camileo X-Sports' specifications and how it performs.
While there may now be a slew of compact camcorder stabilizing rigs on the market, it was Tiffen that offered the first such product three years ago, in the form of its Steadicam Smoothee
. Late last year, the company began shipping its Steadicam Curve
– a device that's similar to the Smoothee, but optimized for use with GoPro Hero actioncams. I recently had the chance to try the Curve out for myself, to see how good it really is at smoothin' out the shakes.
Panasonic has unveiled the world's first 4K 30/25p wearable camcorder, the HX-A500. Following in the dua-body footsteps of the HX-A100
, the camera part of the new 4K-toting device can be worn on the head sans helmet thanks to head mount, while the main body – which now includes an LCD monitor for checking shots on the go – sits in an armband worn by the user.