Garmin has announced two new action cameras which it hopes can de-throne GoPro with the addition of more action data. The new Virb X and Virb XE models boast a new more GoPro-like form-factor, and come in standard and high-end versions like the Hero4 Silver and Black
cameras. However, the new cameras are waterproof without the need for an external case, and are packed with sensors which allow users to display data overlays on their action videos.
Panasonic has revealed its latest action camera in the form of the compact and wearable HX-A1. Decidedly less quirky than the 4K-toting HX-A500
it launched last year, the new model does away with the cable-connected screen and recording unit in favor of a self-contained cylindrical device. The tough compact body houses everything it needs to record Full HD point-of-view footage.
The idea of video eyeglasses and sunglasses always sounds great at first – forget strapping a boxy camera to your head and get footage straight from your glasses. What's not so great is the limited selection and acquired taste nature of the options currently available. Not everyone is into the "Red Bull-chuggin' extreme" styling of the Pivotheads
or the "forgot my sunglasses so bought these at the pharmacy" look of Eyez glasses
. The tiny Geco Mark II action cam solves the problem by letting you build your own using the glasses of your choice.
Sometimes, when a photo or video opportunity presents itself, it can be gone by the time you've pulled your smartphone out to capture it. A small wearable camera and video recorder named SnapCam from iON is designed to help make sure you don't miss those moments.
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.
They say that nothing takes you out of a fun situation quite like filming it – you stop being a participant, and start being an observer. That said, people still like their home videos. Small wearable camcorders
are one solution to the problem, although users are left with a ton of raw footage to sift through. The meMINI offers an alternative. It "rewrites" a continuous loop of video, but will save the previous few minutes of footage whenever the user presses its one button.
Perhaps you know someone who's a member of the "lifelogging" community – these are people who record pretty much all of their waking hours, typically using small, wearable video cameras
. The problem is, they inevitably end up with a lot of footage that's just ... well, boring, even to them. That's where the neurocam comes in. It's a prototype headset camera, that only records when it detects that its wearer is interested in what they're seeing.
A lot of people will tell you that while it’s nice to have videos of your activities, the hassle of having to run the camera can detract from your enjoyment of those very activities. You could use a head-mounted camera like a Looxcie
or even the one incorporated into Google Glass
, although not everyone wishes to look so ... cyborg-like. That’s where the pendant-style smartphone-controlled ParaShoot comes into play.
Are you pulling your hair out waiting for Google Glass
to launch? One company has an alternative that you can pre-order right now. There is, however, a big catch. Actually, make that several big catches – as the device’s limitations might be too numerous for you to bother.