Action camera technology is progressing at a rate of knots: while the list of features gets bigger, physically the cameras get smaller, tougher and more versatile. Features such as for example full HD recording, 10+ MP (megapixel) still images and extreme element resistance are now the norm for many modern action cameras, which raises the question, what next?
An attached world
Consider everyday gadgets like your computer, mobile phone, tablet, television, radio and maybe even your car’s computer system, and there is a good chance that many them utilise Wi-Fi in one way or another.
We’re a connected world, effective at consuming and sharing data with a worldwide audience at the press of button, so no real surprise then that action cameras – devices ultimately made for producing sharable content – are a few of the latest gadgets to adopt Wi-Fi connectivity. Three action cameras leading the way in which are:
The ADIXXION is the very first true action camera in the future from JVC, and despite being fully a product of a company which includes built its reputation on home-video and audio systems, it’s up there with the best of them.
The ADIXXION boasts Quad-Proof Design, meaning it’s developed to withstand water, shock, dust and snow. In true action camera style, the camera boasts full 1080p HD recording, folkoutdoor.com a Digital Image Stabilizer (DIS), a broad angle lens, and a 5MP camera with two different modes, and is all controlled via the camera’s built-in 1.5″ LCD screen.
Wi-Fi is made into the camera which presents several benefits: smartphone connectivity, for lining up shots in your smartphone or tablet; Wireless data transfer, for transferring files from the camera to a PC; Live HD web streaming; and live USTREAM broadcasting. The camera can be used straight from the box as a result of built-in Wi-Video software for Windows, which also supports sharing on social support systems such as for example YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
iON Air Pro Wi-Fi
This sleek little camera is suited to any or all sports enthusiasts, from skiers to skydivers and everyone in between. It’s effective at recording in 1080p, 960p or 720p, can capture 5MP stills via two different modes and is waterproof as much as 30ft.
The iON Air Pro Wi-Fi comes fully Wi-Fi connected, allowing for you to share videos and photos over a wireless network, stream to your smartphone, and upload content to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or onto the iON Cloud. All of this connectivity is created possible by the iON Wi-Fi PODZ accessory, and the free iON App.
iON has a unique approach to storage: instead of using physical memory cards, it utilises cloud storage. Whenever you purchase an iON Air Pro Wi-Fi you obtain 8GB of free cloud storage, which may be increased at an additional cost.
GoPro HD Hero2
If you’re into action sports, there is a good chance you would have heard about GoPro – your family name on earth of action cameras. Again, the GoPro HD Hero2 has everything you may want from an action camera, from full 1080p HD recording and 11MP stills, to ample mounting options and an enormous 32GB memory capacity.
GoPro is one of the very versatile cameras available on the market, and has a host of accessories and mounts for further enhancing its performance – including the waterproof casing for scuba, as well as the GoPro 3D Hero System, for recording in 3D.
The GoPro differs from the 2 cameras above in the sense that it doesn’t come Wi-Fi connected: it requires the GoPro Wi-fi BacPac. Once connected, the extra Wi-Fi remote can be used to regulate the camera from as much as 600 ft away, and may even control as much as 50 different cameras at once!
Coming soon for the Wi-Fi BacPac may be the GoPro App for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. This app will allow live HD streaming to your smartphone, tablet or computer, in addition to giving you the option to use your device as a wireless remote. You may also be able to use your smartphone as a’hotspot’when you’re far from a Wi-Fi connection.