Hero+ LCD introduces built-in touchscreen
GoPro has announced the launch of a new entry to its lineup of action cameras, the Hero+ LCD. An expansion to the existing entry Hero series, GoPro's new offering builds upon the original camera with the introduction of a built-in LCD display. The new display has been integrated directly into the water-proof housing -- which claims protection for up to 131 feet -- and unlike the Hero3+ Silver that came before, cannot be removed from this protective housing.
Action camera from Xiaomi records 1080p at 60fps
Not content with making mobile devices, Chinese smartphone producer Xiaomi revealed a new action camera at Mobile World Congress. The Xiaomi Yi is a compact camera in a similar style to GoPro Hero devices, taking the form of a small unassuming white box, with the device offering a 16-megapixel camera sensor capable of 1080p H.264 video recording at 60 frames per second.
Sony Action Cam Mini lighter than earlier models, connects to Ustream
Sony's latest camera designed for sports and action videography has been launched, claimed to be the company's smallest version yet. The splash-proof Action Cam Mini weighs just 63 grams (2.2 ounces) and is two thirds the size of earlier models, with Sony also introducing the ability to stream video live via Ustream and other services at the same time as recording footage to a memory card.
Miniature Polaroid action cam measures 1.4-inches cubed, records 1080p video
A miniature Polaroid-branded life-logging action camera is now available for preorder globally. The Polaroid Cube, first shown at CES in January under the C3 name, measures just 35mm (1.4 inches) in each direction but has a shockproof, water-resistant rubber casing with a built-in magnet for quickly attaching it to metal surfaces.
Cheaper alternative to GoPro 3 delivers good picture, but lacks shock resistance
Since the introduction of the GoPro, numerous action cams have come out of the woodwork to tackle the consumer need for camcorders that can take a beating. Even though they existed prior to what's now the staple camera on the market, the small-form HD cams have now become the target to shoot for. DXG has entered the market with the IronX 5G9V HD action cam, bringing a number of accessories and a lower price to compete with the GoPro. But is the IronX worth $350, or is that money better spent towards a GoPro 3? Find out in our review.
Samsung closing Hub Music service at start of July
Samsung is shutting down its Hub Music service on July 1st. In an e-mail to users, Samsung advises music downloads from the Samsung Music Library will no longer be available to download from that date, and warns to download any DRM-free music and use remaining Samsung Music vouchers before it closes. As a replacement, the e-mail suggests the use of its Milk Music service, and is also offering three free months of Google Play Music.
Action cam uses 20 megapixel, CMOS image sensor to capture 1080p footage
Pyle Audio, a company known for stereo components and pro audio tools, has introduced a new action camera into their consumer photo lineup. The eXpo Hi-Speed HD action camera captures 20 megapixel images through a sensor featuring CMOS image sensor technology.
Polaroid Socialmatic offers social network sharing of images
At the same time as debuting its Q-series of tablets at CES, Polaroid has revealed a new range of cameras. The Socialmatic is a flat and square camera that can share images to social networks and can print its own images, the C3 is a small cube that is billed as an action camera, the XS100i and XS1000i sports cameras, and a family of Wi-Fi bridge cameras with a wide variety of optical zooms.
Waterproof Action Cap adds wrist-based remote control accessory
Sony has revealed a new version of its Action Cam with some weight and feature changes, as well as a new accessory. The new version introduces a 35-percent smaller and 25-percent lighter design inside a waterproof housing, with the electronics giant introducing a wrist-based Live-View Remote for monitoring video being recorded.
A relative latecomer, how does the Sony Action Cam stack up?
Sony is a relative later comer to the burgeoning action camera segment, which is something of a surprise given its heritage as a camera maker and AV in general. The segment leader is undoubtedly GoPro who were inspired by people using standard (but bulky for the purpose) Sony Handycams for action footage. There are also a few other players including Muvi and JVC. Like all things in technology, however, competitors donít stand still and Sonyís first Action Cam has just entered mainstream availability only for GoPro to release 4K-capable Hero3 Black Edition. So how does the Sony Action Cam hold up? Read our full review of the Sony Action Cam to find out.
NEX-5N successor adds Wi-Fi radio
Among a diverse set of introductions at the IFA expo in Germany, Sony previewed two new imaging products: the NEX-5R mirrorless camera and the Action Cam wearable camcorder. The 5R is the latest model in the company's NEX compact-system cameras, integrating a 16.1-megapixel APS-C sensor, a new Bionz engine, and a Wi-Fi radio for direct sharing via several apps.