JVC is getting in on the sports camera action, joining GoPro and Contour with the JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION, a ridiculously named, ruggedized Full HD camera intended for extreme sports. The chunky little shooter can film at up to 1080 60p/50p - or 720p at up to 120fps for slow-motion use - and packs WiFi and and an integrated LCD display.
If you were thinking about working with a GoPro camera in the near future for all your hardcore sports-filming action and were deciding on which smartphone you'd like to pair with it, Nokia may have just made the choice a bit easier. This week the developers on the GoPro app team have made a GoPro app for Windows Phone 8, bringing exclusive features to the Nokia Lumia smartphone line while they're at it. While most Windows Phone 8 devices will be able to use this app to connect to and control their GoPro camera, only Lumia devices will have PiP (Picture-in-Picture) mode for overlaying the smartphone camera view on top of the live GoPro camera view.
GoPro cameras are great for capturing race-track or extreme sports footage, but Lehmann Aviation wants to take the compact camcorders to the sky with the new autonomous LA100 UAV drones. Designed for those who want to capture bird-level footage but don't have time to learn how to fly a glider or other aircraft, the LA100 is fully automatic and follows a preset flight-plan at 80-100m height, coming straight back after its finished the loop.
In what may be an interesting move by Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer announced that it has purchased an 8.88% stake in camera maker GoPro for $200 million. This gives the US camera company a valuation of $2.25 billion. The move will also see Foxconn founder and CEO, Terry Gou, joining GoPro's board.
GoPro, the makers behind the Hero series of action sports cameras, has had an iOS app for a while now, but finally the company released an Android app today that gives users the ability to control their GoPro cameras from their Android handsets, along with some other fun features that iOS users have been enjoying for some time now.
At a launch event in San Franciso, GoPro announced its new HERO3 Black and Silver edition HD cameras, the latest in its line of action cameras. The HERO3 models are smaller and lighter than previous models, and feature the iconic design that is quite unlike any other camera on the market. The GoPro website is presently displaying a countdown timer for when pre-orders can be placed, which starts at 12:01AM.
This week at IFA 2012 we've gotten a glimpse at a brand new Sony-made camera made for high-energy recording - the Action Cam. This device works with a 16 megapixel sensor (Exmor R), wi-fi connectivity, and is popping up for an amazing $199. See if you can match that, competing action camera warriors!
The GoPro is capable of capturing some excellent action shots for such a small and portable camera, but activating and controlling one while you’re on the move can be a bit of a chore. The company is now shipping the Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit, allowing users to control the camera using smartphones and tablets, as well as via the waterproof remote control.
GoPro has announced that it is now the official camera of the Global RallyCross Championship. RallyCross is a bit like a combination of off-road rally racing and Supercross for motorcycles where cars compete on very tight courses featuring both asphalt and dirt along with jumps and lots of tight corners. It's a very interesting motorsport with some really fast cars and great action.
There's a new camera in town for the hardcore amongst us as Ion Worldwide delivers three lightweight sports-oriented shooters in their Ion Air Pro line. This lineup will take on the likes of GoPro and Contour with prices between $230 and $350 depending on which feature model you'd like to pick up. To attempt to differentiate from the pack, Ion will be working with a new wi-fi component, available on the 28th of May, which will have you pushing video to Facebook and YouTube via a free Ion Camera App for iOS.