Photokina 2014 highlights

Actioncam

The Nilox Foolish actioncam

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.  Read More

The VectorMount, with its optional Tribase vehicle mount

Sticking a forward-facing video camera on a race car is certainly an effective way of giving viewers a sense of what the driver of that vehicle sees. For inventor Steve Greenthal, however, it wasn’t enough. He thought that the locked-off shots from his rigidly-mounted GoPro HERO looked “dead,” and didn’t capture the feel of actual racing. This inspired him to create the VectorMount – an aluminum GoPro mount that smoothly pans the camera back and forth, in response to the movement of the vehicle.  Read More

Contour has just unveiled its new ROAM2 actioncam

Not to be confused with the pricier Contour +2 actioncam released last month, Contour has now unveiled a new model, the ROAM2. It’s an updated version of the company’s existing ROAM camera, and has been designed with simplicity in mind.  Read More

GoPro has launched its line of HERO3 actioncams, which includes one model that can shoot a...

It may have been only a year ago that GoPro released its HERO2 actioncam, but the company isn’t content to just let things lie. Today, it announced the release of its HD HERO3 line of cameras. There will be three versions available, with the top-of-the-line model able to shoot at 4K resolution, which is four times the number of pixels provided by 1080p.  Read More

The Miveu-X is an iPhone case that converts the phone into a chest-mounted actioncam

There are already a few cases available for people who want to turn their fragile li’l iPhone into a wide-lensed rugged actioncam, the Optrix XD Sport and the mophie OUTRIDE being two examples. The new Miveu-X is a similar product, although it includes a chest-mount system.  Read More

The GoPro app gives full control of the camera's settings and live scene-preview

Have you ever jumped out of plane with a GoPro camera attached to your helmet and wondered, as you hurtle to Earth, what the resulting video will look like? Well, if you have, you've got your priorities all wrong, but you could also be in luck after GoPro launched an iOS app which gives you live preview and full control over the camera's settings.  Read More

The BoomPro is a device that allows GoPro HERO users to get a shot of themselves in action

Have you ever seen actioncam footage where the camera is mounted on a pole attached to the shooter’s helmet, looking back at them? If not, well, it’s pretty bizarre – their head is the only stable object in the shot, with the rest of the world appearing to swivel around it. The BoomPro is a prototype device, designed to allow anyone to get these kinds of shots using their GoPro HERO.  Read More

The XS100 is the top model in Polaroid's new XS line of high-definition sports video camer...

It’s hard to say which manufacturer was the first to offer an inexpensive, consumer-oriented actioncam, although Oregon Scientific might be a good bet. In any case, it’s become a very competitive product category in recent years. While GoPro and Contour continue to stand out, in the past several months we’ve seen big-name electronics companies such as Sony and JVC throw their hats into the ring. Not wanting to be left out, Polaroid is now also offering a rough-and-ready, mount-it-anywhere video camera – in fact, it’s offering three.  Read More

Looxcie has launched a full HD version of its wearable video camera, which is claimed to b...

It's been about two years since the release of the first Looxcie wearable camcorder and over a year since it was joined by a lighter, more powerful second version. Now mobile video sharing has gone high definition with the launch of the Looxcie HD, featuring full 1080p recording capabilities and built-in Wi-Fi.  Read More

Contour has just released its latest actioncam, the +2

While GoPro may be the name that people most associate with actioncams, Contour would have to be a close second. Today, the company announced the release of its latest camera, the Contour +2. The press release describes it as combining the best features of its predecessors, the Contour+ and the Contour ROAM.  Read More

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