A new leak suggests Olympus anticipated Stylus TG-Tracker action camera will be officially launched next month, and that it will offer 4K video recording, waterproof construction, and more.The spec details follow a leak of several images purporting to show the upcoming action cam, which avoids the typical minimalist stylings of competing models and instead packs a lot of visible features into a relatively small body.According to Digi-came, a Japanese website with a good track record regarding camera leaks, the Olympus TG-Tracker action camera will feature 4K video recording, a vertical design rather than square or horizontal, and will be durable with dust-proof and waterproof construction an IPX8 rating , as well as the ability to handle up to 100 kilograms of force without being crushed.Powering the camera is a TruePic VII for 4K image processor.Users will reportedly be able to see their content in-camera via a 1.5-inch LCD; other features and functionality is said to include integrated lights with up to 60 lumen output, support for microSD, time-lapse recording, loop recording, 5-axis stabilization, and integrated WiFi.If the leak is correct, we'll be hearing an official announcement by the end of June.
Xiaomi s drone might be the next big thing the Chinese company is working to release, but the new Yi 4K action camera has its own share of fans.The action camera, launched recently, is an upgrade to the highly successful Yi action camera launched last year.While the first generation model wasn t particularly action-compatible, Xiaomi and its subsidiaries have added a lot more features to the 4K version to make it much more versatile.Stocks are expected to show up next month or even later .However, Geekbuying seem to have gotten their hands on some nonetheless.The folks even put together an unboxing video for us to watch, embedded below.Worth noting is the box, which — like most Xiaomi products — is made to endure long international shipping durations without damaging the product inside.Since stocks are only expected next month, the camera right now only on presale for $249.We re expecting a review unit soon, stay tuned for that.Meanwhile, refresh your memory while going through the first-gen Yi review!
Professional standup paddler Izzi Gomez catches a wave in the Gold Coast, Australia.It s shoptalk between professional athletes that jump out of planes, do double backflips down ski slopes and climb mountains with cameras strapped to their limbs.The event, held this year in Australia s Gold Coast, paired BASE jumpers and freerunners with Olympic medal-winning skiers and big wave surfers for a week of photographic experimentation fueled by a communal motto: Live life to the extreme.I think our athletes understand that there s a lot of give-and-take between our brand and them, said Todd Ballard, GoPro s vice president of global sports entertainment marketing.GoPro President Tony Bates even told The Washington Post earlier this month there were only so many base jumpers in the world, and the company was looking to branch out beyond extreme sports.But Ballard said the company won t ever forget its athletic roots, and 2016 is amping up to be a big year in product development.
Between GoPros, Sony's Action Cam and even Nikon's recent KeyMission 360, there's no shortage of ways to record the most extreme moments of your life.Now Olympus is getting in the game too with a sensor-laden camera named the Stylus Tough TG-Tracker.On top of shooting 4K movies with its 8MP 1/2.3-inch sensor, the TG-Tracer comes with an array of other sensors including a barometer to measure water depth and elevation, compass, GPS and a temperature sensor.The Japanese camera company imagines the camera could be useful for divers both in the sky and water , as they can look back at the footage while getting real time data on exactly where they were on Earth.There's also a built in headlamp, tilt-out 1.5-inch screens and a built-in five-axis stabilization to help steady your shots and video.Check out the best action cameras recommended by us
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker — terrible name aside — looks like it s built to have rocks thrown at it.Yet despite a solid reputation for rugged point-and-shoot cameras Olympus has never played in the action camera sandbox GoPro built before.The rugged little camera is purportedly capable of handling immersion in 30 metres of water, temperatures as cold as -10C, and the crushing weight of at least two eight-year-old boys 100 kilos .So you can make like it s 2005 and camcorder the hell out of stuff.But that extra weight pays off in the form of a fold out display for monitoring what you re shooting, and a whole slew of neat sensors, including a GPS radio, thermometer, barometer, and even a manometer depth sensor .The green above, and this more demure black and red affair.
The day has come and Olympus has indeed unleashed a new Tough "TG" action camera, barely six months after it announced the TG-870 back in January.The new Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker, however, is quite different from the brood, aside from not having a number in its name.For one, it boasts of the ability capture 4K video and has as much as seven, yes seven, sensors.For one reason or another, many action cameras, including Olympus' previous models, have adopted the more conventional horizontal bodies of digital cameras.Like a handycam, the 1.5-inch 115k-dot LCD monitor flips open side ways and can be tilted to get just the right angles.The package comes with "steady grip" to make it even easier to keep the camera still as well as lens protectors both for above and below water.
Olympus on Tuesday added a new member to its Tough series of rugged, outdoor camera gear that could pose a serious threat to other action cameras.The pocket-sized Stylus Tough TG-Tracker the name could use some work is waterproof to a depth of 100 feet, crushproof up to 220 pounds, shockproof from a height of seven feet, freezeproof down to 14 F -10 C and dustproof – all without a protective casing.The camera also features a wealth of sensors including GPS, a barometric pressure sensor, temperature sensor, an eCompass and accelerometer.Also bundled with each purchase is a camera grip to help with stabilization while shooting hand-held.Olympus latest can also be used to capture still images although it s not nearly as impressive, limited to just 8-megapixel photos in 16:9 format.The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker will be available in green and black beginning next month with an estimated street price of $349.99 in the US $479.99 in Canada .
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker — terrible name aside — looks like it s built to have rocks thrown at it.Yet despite a solid reputation for rugged point-and-shoot cameras Olympus has never played in the action camera sandbox GoPro built before.The rugged little camera is purportedly capable of handling immersion in 30 metres of water, temperatures as cold as -10C, and the crushing weight of at least two eight-year-old boys 100 kilos .So you can make like it s 2005 and camcorder the hell out of stuff.But that extra weight pays off in the form of a fold out display for monitoring what you re shooting, and a whole slew of neat sensors, including a GPS radio, thermometer, barometer, and even a manometer depth sensor .The green above, and this more demure black and red affair.
View photosMoreA GoPro Hero 3 camera is seen at the Nasdaq Market Site before before GoPro Inc's IPO in New York City, June 26, 2014.Briefly a Wall Street favorite following an initial public offering in 2014, GoPro's shares have fallen 82 percent in the past year as the company wrestles with weak demand for its helmet- and body-mounted cameras.The Austrian drinks company shows its often-raw and edgy extreme sports videos through apps on the Apple TV , Alphabet's YouTube, Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's Playstation.My guess is we'll see more GoPro logos in those videos," said Dougherty & Company LLC analyst Charles Anderson, who has a "neutral" rating on GoPro's stock.Demand for GoPro's cameras has been declining as rivals like China's Xiaomi XTC.UL offer cheaper products and smartphone cameras turn increasingly advanced.The San Mateo, California company's Hero Session camera released last year did not meet Wall Street's sales expectations and GoPro has yet to launch a new version of its higher-end Hero4 device released in 2014.
The Z Cam E1 claims to be the world s smallest Micro Four Thirds MFT interchangeable lens camera, and we haven t seen anything else that disputes it.That means the Z Cam E1 captures better video in low light, and offers a much greater dynamic range.But like the GoPro, 4K video at 30 frames per second is limited to 60Mbps, and unfortunately it shows.Compare the video to a similarly priced 4K MFT camera, such as the Panasonic Lumix G7 which records 4K video at 100Mbps , and the E1 just looks muddier and lacks color space.It is well-suited as a versatile B camera where you could snap away time-lapses, film in tight spaces, or capture continuous footage of a subject while keeping your primary camera free for your main shots.And while the larger sensor and interchangeable lens mount on the E1 surpass the video quality you ll get with a GoPro, the E1 s 60Mbps data rate for 4K limits the quality of footage you would otherwise get with similarly priced albeit larger Panasonic.
When We Were Knights tells the story of Flanders and long-time climbing partner, Matt Blank, through gorgeous first-person GoPro footage recorded by the pair from their various jumps together.The story unfolds through voiceover, as Blank reads a letter he had written to Flanders, which was to have been delivered in the event of his own death.The action camera manufacturer typically prefers to showcase the adrenaline-fueled world of extreme sports in a way that makes viewers want to jump out of their seats and off of the nearest cliff.It is also an incredibly important, impactful story – so much so, that GoPro broke one of its only rules when it decided to produce it: the company allowed non-GoPro cameras to be used.As reported in Bokeh, the film s director, Anson Fogel, went to GoPro with a rough cut to ask for the company s support, explaining that even though the film was shot partially on other cameras, Blank and Flanders archive of GoPro footage was integral to the story.As Blank says in the film, We made it farther together than we possibly could have alone.
REUTERS/Michael Buholzer Reuters - Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International Inc's "Twist, Lick, Dunk" mobile application has been such a success that the snack company plans to roll out similar games in a move away from traditional advertising to create its own content.The free game launched in November 2012 has helped Mondelez make twice as much money through in-app purchases and ads as it had invested in it, Laura Henderson, global head of content and media monetization, said in an interview ahead of the company's announcement on Tuesday about the plans.Mondelez said it was developing a Sour Patch Kids mobile app, and would change its product advertising by partnering with companies like Twenty-First Century Fox Inc and online publisher Buzzfeed to produce content including video and a live televised event.A growing number of consumer goods makers are sidestepping conventional ad agencies to get their message directly to consumers who are increasingly skipping or blocking ads.Energy drink maker Red Bull, a leader in creating sponsored content, this week announced a partnership with action camera maker GoPro Inc."In the digital world, it is essential to have a direct to consumer relationship," he said.
The action cam videos you just have to watchAction cams can capture videos that other cameras can't.Their wide-angle lenses and lightweight bodies mean they can clip onto helmets, chest harnesses, and sports equipment to produce dramatic point-of-view shots, allowing viewers to get inside the heads of the elite athletes that use them.As the quality of action cams has increased, so has the imagination of those using them.We've moved from grainy footage of a skier slowly carving down a slope to clips with high production values, booming background music, slick edits, and - most importantly - original ideas.In honour of the raised standards, we've pulled together six of the best action camera videos ever shot.From free-running from zombies across rooftops, to ski jumping over the whirling blades of a helicopter, these clips are nothing short of jaw-dropping - we recommend settling down somewhere to watch with a cup of coffee, and some paper towels ready for when you spit some of it out.
The lens is better described as being a case with a large open front portion in which a couple of mirrors are positioned.When the camera is inserted, the mirrors shuttle two slightly different images to the camera, producing a stereoscopic video that looks 3D with the right headset.Virtrima is a purely analog device, in that there's nothing digital about it.Viewing those resulting videos in a Google Cardboard headset or any similar VR headset, the video appears singular and three-dimensional.The biggest downside over this versus a regular 3D camera would be the lack of a non-stereoscopic version of the recording -- though many cameras don't simultaneously record regular and stereoscopic footage, so you're not missing much.The company behind the lens says it will be launching Vitrima soon for $50; exact dates aren't known.
It can t compete with GoPro s offerings when it comes to image quality, but what the Polaroid Cube action cam can do one thing well.PolaroidThe tiny form factor makes it easier to stick wherever you need to capture your extreme activities—or a night of bar crawling with this new shot glass accessory.Available now for just $15, the Polaroid Cube fits into the plastic shot glass base with the lens pointing up through your drink, and its record button still easily accessible.The next morning, when you re completely hungover, it s an easy to way to review what exactly you got up to the night before, and what s responsible for your feeling like garbage.
The camera s party-trick — and the reason it caught my eye in the first place — is that it has really good waterproofing straight out of the box.Sure, with a basic open-water certification you can dive to 18 meters 60ft , which is within the range of the camera, but few divers worth their salt would go without adding an advanced course, after which you re good to go to 100 feet 30m .That niggle aside, I did find myself at about 82ft/25m, realizing I still had the camera in my pocket.With the dome lens, the WG-M2 has an ultra-wide 204-degree field of view roughly the equivalent of a 16mm lens on a full-frame SLR camera , which is dramatic, for sure, but at primarily high-speed-action-camera range, it s essentially useless for anything else — it certainly can t be used for capturing holiday snaps.In other words: If you re a video fanatic, don t write off this camera just yet…Photographing a Mayan ruin with the WG-M2 is impossible; it doesn t have the dynamic range to deal with the differences in brightness, and the wide-angle lens completely distorts the view.Given my overwhelmingly positive experience with some of Ricoh s other cameras — the Theta S camera, in particular — I was deeply disappointed by the WG-M2 Wi-Fi functionality and overall image quality.
It can t compete with GoPro s offerings when it comes to image quality, but what the Polaroid Cube action cam can do one thing well.PolaroidThe tiny form factor makes it easier to stick wherever you need to capture your extreme activities — or a night of bar crawling with this new shot glass accessory.The Polaroid Cube camera fits into the $15 UK pricing and availability TBC plastic shot glass s base with the lens pointing up through your drink, and its record button still easily accessible.The next morning, when you re completely hungover, it s an easy to way to review what exactly you got up to the night before, and what s responsible for your feeling like garbage.
See larger image 360-degrees of awesome.Just as the smartphones of a decade ago ushered in an unprecedented wave of consumer videography, today s VR craze promises to launch a brand-new army of first-time creators.Made of magnesium alloy and rubber molded into a unique pear shape, the unit is built in two parts to facilitate modular attachments: A rubber cover firmly seals the body for underwater excursions up to 30 feet for 30 minutes.See larger imageThe palm-sized Kodak PixPro SP360 4K action camera $499 MSRP, available for the same price on Amazon captures circular 2880x2880 video at 30fps via a dome-shaped, fixed-focus, ultra wide-angle 235-degree lens.With two sensors—one on each side and pointing in opposite directions—the cam s 13MP, 200-degree wide-angle lenses can capture 2K 360-degree video in addition to recording 5.1-channel surround sound.There s no built-in display, but you can use your smartphone s LG 360 Cam manager for iOS as a remote control to view your recording in real time.
There s a first time for everything, even for the German camera manufacturer of fame: Leica.lens equals 35mm FOV in 35mm format 3″ TFT LCD monitor with approx.Indeed, my experience with Leica cameras doesn t go back decades, but three years — I am nineteen, after all — but anyone who has had experience with other full-frame or cropped sensor cameras knows the difference.When the autofocus locks it makes a great impression in images, despite the lack of focal point precision controls.I d use the video function sparingly, only because it s not particularly remarkable and is limited to 1080p quality at 30 frames.It s overpriced as a camera given the specs, but the quality, durability and brand rescue the X-U, in some instances.
TomTom announced earlier this year that it would expand beyond GPS navigation products into the crowded and competitive arena of action cameras with a product called the Bandit.One common frustration in underwater photography is the blue/green colorcast that leads to low contrast images with false colors.It s not altogether impossible to fix in post production, but most action camera users tend to prefer less time at a computer, not more.In the demonstration video above, the effect is immediately noticeable and the results are significantly improved.Thanks to its built-in GPS and accelerometer another feature not found on GoPro cameras, although common to Sony Action Cams , the Bandit can automatically tag exciting moments in the footage based on speed, G-force, altitude, or even heart rate with an optional chest strap.The addition of Underwater Scene Mode may not be terribly exciting to everyone nor is it exactly novel — as mentioned by The Verge, Sony s Action Cameras have long had the same feature but for anyone who has tried and failed in the past to get great snorkeling footage, it s a solid reason to consider the Bandit over a GoPro.
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