Action Cam http://www.stuff.tv/oregon-scientific/action-cam/all en-GB HTC RE hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s first non-smartphone in years is a cuddlier, more family-friendly take on action cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_0045.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s small, lightweight and looks somewhat like an inverted asthma inhaler. But regardless of its quirky exterior, HTC&rsquo;s new RE action camera is something that many will be taking about.</p> <p>For one, it&#39;ll be going up against the pioneer of action cameras: the GoPro. That&#39;s no simple challenge, especially within the niche action camera market. But more importantly, this is a departure for the Taiwanese firm&#39;s usual staple of smartphones (and the one tablet that shall not be named).</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get a grip </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You know how you&rsquo;ve got to turn on/off a device whenever you want to use it? You don&rsquo;t have to do that with the HTC RE &ndash; it&#39;s got a grip sensor that automatically turns the camera on when touched and turns it off when put down. Don&#39;t be puzzled by the absence of an on/off button - it&#39;s not meant to exist. Which also makes it more natural for you to grip and use the camera almost immediately.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also small enough to be used with just one hand, so you can be a part of the scene you&rsquo;re capturing. Kind of makes sense, since you&#39;ll spend less time performing a balancing act with your smartphone while you grab that fleeting moment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0050.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And... action camera! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The RE has a 16MP CMOS sensor and f/2.8 ultra wide-angle lens, and can capture 1080p footage at 30fps as well as time-lapse and 720p 120fps slow motion. Too many numbers to absorb? Here&#39;s the gist - this means you might have a better chance at capturing Usain Bolt as he crosses the finishing line.</p> <p>Time-lapse? That&#39;s basically capturing hours of footage and squeezing them into mere minutes. Much like those videos of growing plants that you see, except now you&#39;re the one filming it.</p> <p>Taking a picture is as easy as just tapping a button, and if you want to take a video, you just press and hold that same button. This activates an LED light that tells you what mode you&rsquo;re on. Wouldn&#39;t it be easier to control all these options via a screen, you ask? Thing is, there&#39;s no screen on the RE camera.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0084.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What, no screen? How... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That was our initial reaction. And then we remembered: this is an action camera. Much like GoPro&#39;s and Sony&#39;s portfolio, these cameras are meant to capture sequential shots and videos, based on your random movement rather than a well-scripted choreography.</p> <p>But still, how do you even review what you&#39;ve captured, without actually seeing it? Then, a HTC smartphone came into the picture during the demo session, along with an Android app. Oh, and HTC plays nice too with its competitors too, because there&#39;s also an iOS version of the app.</p> <p>The app is the connection between your smartphone and the RE camera, showing you the images or videos you&rsquo;ve taken via the action cam. In essence, your phone has become a viewfinder, allowing you to&nbsp;instantly see if you&rsquo;ve got the perfect shot. You can also enable the Remote Viewfinder, that will allow users to livestream footage direct to YouTube in a future update.&nbsp;</p> <p>In one hand, you&#39;ll be gripping the RE action cam, and the other would be preoccupied with the smartphone. Which is okay, considering the size and structure of the RE camera. Its buttons are strategically positioned at the front and at the back, so there will be no chance of you accidentally pushing them while you&#39;re on the smartphone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0075.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproof </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another of RE&#39;s merits is its rugged nature. It comes waterproof out of the box; we didn&rsquo;t really have much time with the RE action cam to see it at work, but apparently it can be safely submerged up to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes. That means you don&rsquo;t have to worry about it malfunctioning in the beach, rain, or if it falls into a sink.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a cap you can purchase separately that lets you take it another 3m into water for up to two hours. Presumably, that&#39;s great for shallow dives, and you can capture the aquatic world without worrying about a short circuit in the camera.</p> <p>As for reviewing the videos and photos you&#39;ve taken? Do it later when you&#39;re next to a smartphone. And trust us, finding one&nbsp;that can accompany the RE action camera on those deeper swims? Almost impossible, and you won&#39;t really need to constantly check the captures while you enjoy the view.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0072.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Instant connection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The brilliance of the RE camera is that it&#39;s platform agnostic, supporting both iOS and Android devices. Furthermore, it automatically transfers captures images to the adjoining smartphone - much like most compact cameras with Wi-Fi capabilities.</p> <p>You can also choose to upload it to the cloud, or just leave it stored on your smart devices, in addition to having a choice of which if you want to keep the photos on the camera itself.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0071.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The battery life itself is said to last about 1000 pictures (or about 2 hours in terms of video life) which is pretty remarkable for a tool of this size.</p> <p>HTC claims it&#39;ll charge from dead to full in a matter of two hours too. Of course, these are numbers based on papers. Take it with a pinch of salt, and wait for our final verdict when we push a review unit to the limit.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a battery extender, which screws on to the RE Camera (it looks like an extension to the RE action cam) and gives the unit a boost (approximately double) to its battery life.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0077.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC RE initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By all accounts, the RE action camera is a fresh approach by HTC, and one that should get you excited with how you capture videos and images on-the-go.</p> <p>In truth, there are some mixed reactions. Try strapping a smartphone to yourself while you roam the streets and capture those crazy action shots. The user experience is somewhat of a question mark, and that&#39;s where the RE camera comes in - a standalone camera that lets you focus on the things around you, while it does its imaging job automatically.</p> <p>But on the flipside, while most smartphone makers try to bring the experience together, HTC chose to add another layer. Does it complicate things? Perhaps, but like all gadgets, conquer the learning curve, and you&#39;ll be amazed at the possibilities it brings.</p> <p>With or without a smartphone, the RE has a lot of potential, what with its dust- and waterproof features that&#39;ll protect it during action sequences. But for the initial phase, it feels like you&#39;re thrown back to the days when you act on pure blind faith, hoping that the shots you&#39;ve captured turn out fine.</p> <p>The RE is expected to hit retail shelves sometime in early November. Pricing hasn&#39;t been confirmed, but we&#39;re crossing our fingers that it&#39;ll be close to or even lower than the standard wedge you&#39;re paying for a GoPro action camera.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review">HTC Desire Eye hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC RE action cam" alt="HTC RE action cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0082.jpg.jpg?1413514947" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-hands/review#comments Action Cam Cameras HTC Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:21:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1449903 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC RE action cam is gunning for GoPro http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-action-cam-gunning-gopro/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC enters an entirely new market with this handy, app-friendly waterproof video camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC RE action cam is gunning for GoPro" alt="HTC RE action cam is gunning for GoPro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-re-green.jpg?1412850420" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, we knew <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-s-action-camera-recamera-leaked-photos/news">pretty much everything about it weeks ago</a>, but today HTC officially unveiled its new action camera, the RE.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The RE has a 16MP CMOS sensor and f/2.8 ultra wide-angle lens, and can capture 1080p footage at 30fps as well as time-lapse and 720p 120fps slow-motion. Pictures and video are stored on microSD card (an 8GB card will be included in the box), but use the dedicated Android or iOS app and you can also back them up to your phone or the cloud automatically. The app also acts as a remote viewfinder for the camera and, in a future update, will allow users to livestream footage direct to YouTube.</p> <p>The RE, which is also dust- and waterproof and has a battery enabling up to an hour and 40 minutes of footage to be recorded, will be available to buy from early November. HTC has yet to announce a price.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review">GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The shape is designed to aid handheld filming" alt="The shape is designed to aid handheld filming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-re-white.jpg?1412850420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-action-cam-gunning-gopro/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-re-action-cam-gunning-gopro/news#comments Action Cam Camcorders Cameras HTC Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:50:14 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1449699 at http://www.stuff.tv GoPro Hero4 Black guzzles up 4K video at 30fps http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero4-black-guzzles-4k-video-30fps/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, you can record your crazy 2560° barrel roles in the quality they deserve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="450" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hero4-black_1.jpg?1412070130" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>GoPro has announced a trio of new action cams, one of which will capture your antics in smooth, glorious 4K.</p> <p>First up, we&#39;ve got the GoPro Hero4 Black, which promises up to two times the performance of its predecessor, thanks to its beefier innards.</p> <p>That power means that it can record 4K video at 30fps, as opposed to the previous generation&#39;s 15fps. It can also handle 2.7K at 50fps, and full HD at 120fps for some slow-mo action.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hero4 Silver </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Hero4 Silver packs in a colour touchscreen for previewing photos and videos and should provide easier navigation when there&#39;s no app or external remote on hand.</p> <p>Unlike the Hero4 Black however, the Silver can only shoot 4K video at 15fps. It does handle 2.7K at 30fps, but if you&#39;re after a smooth 4K experience, the Black will be the better choice.</p> <p>The Silver is also capable of diving up to 40 metres too, though its touchscreen won&#39;t work when its totally submerged.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like the Black, it&#39;ll lands on shelves on 5 October, for a more wallet-friendly &pound;290.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="450" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hero4-silver_2.jpg?1412070130" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A regular Hero </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you think 4K is overkill then the &pound;100 Hero might be all you need. It can shoot Full HD at 30fps, or 720p at 60fps, but lacks the audio smarts of its newer counterparts, including the external mic input.</p> <p>Still, not a bad buy at that price, and it could be just the thing you need to kickstart your lava surfing career.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-nx1-hands/review" target="_blank">Samsung NX-1 hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wTcNtgA6gHs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="450" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gopro-hero_1.jpg?1412070130" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GoPro Hero4 Black: 4K at 30fps </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero4-black-guzzles-4k-video-30fps/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero4-black-guzzles-4k-video-30fps/news#comments Action Cam GoPro Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:42:33 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1448864 at http://www.stuff.tv The Contour Roam3: it's not a GoPro http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/contour-roam3-its-not-gopro/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shaped like a gun, but it&#039;s the price that&#039;ll make you jump </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="So sleek, so chic" alt="Contour Roam3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roam3%20main.jpg?1411782174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That ain&rsquo;t no <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gopro-hd-hero-3-silver-edition/review" target="_blank">GoPro</a>.</strong><br />Oh, for Pete&rsquo;s sake. &ldquo;GoPro this, GoPro that. You wanna get a GoPro, mate. Kevin Block uses GoPro.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s so boring when decent product design meets popular consensus and before you know it, people are word-of-mouthing all over the shop and, boom, everybody&rsquo;s got a GoPro. And no other action camera can get a look in. Not even Contour, which used to be popular then disappeared off the market and now is back. Look at the iPhone, for example.</p> <p><strong>What about the iPhone?</strong><br />Well, it&rsquo;s quite good, isn&rsquo;t it? It works quite well and it&rsquo;s well-made and it&rsquo;s fashionable, so everyone buys it, and the whole thing is an Ouroboros tail-chomping snake of self-congratulatory iPhone buying and enjoying. And it makes us sick, frankly.</p> <p><strong>You&rsquo;re saying, if something&rsquo;s good then we shouldn&rsquo;t buy it?</strong><br />Yes! Well, no. At least consider some alternatives. Like this Contour Roam3. It&rsquo;s different, because instead of the GoPro&rsquo;s unaerodynamic flat profile, it&rsquo;s barrel shaped. Like the barrel of a gun. Which means that instead of looking like a Teletubby, you can mount the Contour on the side of your helmet and look like a future soldier or a Predator or something.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I quite like the GoPro chest mount actually. </strong><br />You quite like being obtuse is what you quite like. And before you start rabbiting on about your 3D-printed narwhal mounts or whatever, you should know that the Contour has a standard tripod mount in addition to the slidey slots, so there&rsquo;s lots of mounts and accessories you can find for it. Its lens twists round 270-degrees, for even more flexibility. But do you know what you won&rsquo;t find on the Roam3?</p> <p><strong>OK, what won&rsquo;t you find on the Roam3? </strong><br />A huge pricetag! It&rsquo;s just &pound;190 from contourshop.com, and that gets you 1080p/30fps video, a laser level and 10m waterproofness without an extra case. Match that, GoPro lover.</p> <p><strong>Um, the 1080/30 GoPro Hero3 White Edition is &pound;200 with its waterproof housing. And it has Wi-Fi. </strong><br />Ah, dammit. The Contour doesn&rsquo;t have wireless, or an app. And you know why GoPro can up the specs for not much money? Because people like you keep buying GoPros, so GoPros get cheap because there are so many GoPros being bought! Sickening. Now, have you seen this? It&rsquo;s called the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0" target="_blank">Garmin Virb</a>, and it&rsquo;s not a bloody GoPro either&hellip;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All our awesome Hot Stuff</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Boom! Shoots up to 1080p/30fps" alt="Contour Roam3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ROAM3%201_0.jpg?1411782174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Single slidey switch simplicity" alt="Contour Roam3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roam3%203_0.jpg?1411782174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/contour-roam3-its-not-gopro/news#comments Action Cam Hot Stuff Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:10:42 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1448479 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC’s action camera, the RECamera, leaked in photos http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-s-action-camera-recamera-leaked-photos/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here’s our first look at the reported 16MP GoPro challenger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC RECamera" alt="HTC RECamera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-recamera-leak1.jpg?1412763279" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC hasn&rsquo;t been terribly subtle about its next tech foray, with an October <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/reports-claim-htc-about-launch-action-camera/news">event invitation and teaser video</a> both making it clear that a GoPro-esque action camera is imminent. And now it has leaked.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These images came from HTC&rsquo;s own unpublicized (and now pulled) RECamera site, discovered by a Reddit user, and the info also hints at a companion app called REMoments for smartphones.</p> <p>All of this ties in well with the Bloomberg&rsquo;s previous report on the device, which claimed that it will be a waterproof 16-megapixel camera with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, with the ability to pair with both Android and iOS devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="744" title="HTC RECamera" alt="HTC RECamera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-recamera-leak2.jpg?1412763279" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;ll also be great for high-resolution selfies (as seen in the second image), in case you needed another camera to provide such a thing. HTC&rsquo;s &ldquo;Double Exposure&rdquo; event takes place in New York on 8 October, so we&rsquo;ll know a lot more within mere weeks.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://phandroid.com/2014/09/24/heres-photos-of-htcs-recamera-taken-from-their-site/">Phandroid</a>, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-12/htc-said-to-develop-waterproof-camera-to-challenge-gopro.html">Bloomberg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/reports-claim-htc-about-launch-action-camera/news">Watch out, GoPro: HTC may be about to launch an action camera</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fi33uGiloGg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-s-action-camera-recamera-leaked-photos/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/htc-s-action-camera-recamera-leaked-photos/news#comments Action Cam Cameras GoPro HTC Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:55:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448570 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch out, GoPro: HTC may be about to launch an action camera http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/reports-claim-htc-about-launch-action-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 25/09/14: HTC has just teased the device in a video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Reports claim HTC is about to launch an action camera" alt="Reports claim HTC is about to launch an action camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera.jpg?1411693618" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC is holding an event in New York on 8th October, and now that we&rsquo;ve seen the invitation we don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s going to be the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-s-existence-and-release-date-confirmed-nvidia/news">HTC Nexus 9</a>&rsquo;s big debut &ndash; we think it&rsquo;s going to be the company&rsquo;s first camera.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It sounds a bit like the Sony QX camera range (which was just updated last week with the addition of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-qx1-hands-sony-s-pro-friendly-phone-add/news">two new models</a>), but Bloomberg&rsquo;s report claims HTC is taking a slightly different tack by concentrating on video capture and simplicity &ndash; and by being waterproof.</p> <p>Essentially, it sounds like HTC may have developed a smartphone-friendly action camera &ndash; a rugged GoPro competitor that&rsquo;ll work with other manufacturers&rsquo; devices. Of course, it&rsquo;ll also take stills (video cameras don&rsquo;t need a 16MP sensor), and could represent an simple option for owners of the HTC One and One (M8) looking to improve those phones&rsquo; rather disappointing photography capabilities.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll be at the event to see precisely what HTC has in store for us, so stay tuned for updates.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-12/htc-said-to-develop-waterproof-camera-to-challenge-gopro.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>]</p> <p><strong>Update 25/09/14:</strong> A video teaser released by HTC suggests that the product is indeed a waterproof action camera. Entitled &quot;Something Remarkable Is Coming&quot;, the New York-set clip showcases, among other things, underwater and slow motion footage. Watch it below.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fi33uGiloGg?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review">GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="846" title="HTC&#039;s invitation hints at photography-related revelations" alt="HTC&#039;s invitation hints at photography-related revelations" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-double-exposure_0.jpg?1411693618" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/reports-claim-htc-about-launch-action-camera/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Action Cam HTC Smartphones Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:46:53 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447428 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony HDR-AS100VR http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/sony-hdr-as100vr/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s time action cams moved on, and the Sony HDR-AS100VR shows the way forward </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR review" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC05138.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With its wrist-mounted colour monitor and remote control, the Sony HDR-AS100VR brings rugged cameras out of the dark ages and into the 21st century. At last, it&#39;s possible to see what you&#39;re recording and control your camera from an equally rugged and reliable companion.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £350 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy to frame shots thanks to remote screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Rugged, waterproof case </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Works with any standard tripod </div> <div class="field-item even"> Microphone input </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good video quality for an action cam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vulnerable without its waterproof housing </div> <div class="field-item even"> GoPro beats it on video quality </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How does it work? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You don&#39;t need to know how it works; it just does. The rubberised remote automatically pairs with your camera without any of the hassle associated with smartphone remote apps. Once the two have shaken hands you can frame your shot with the small colour LCD, which is bright enough to work just fine in the sunshine.</p> <p>A big red Record button does just as you&#39;d expect, and while you&#39;re filming you get a red dot onscreen as well as a red LED on the wristband, just to confirm that you&#39;re capturing the action. You can also make a few alterations to the settings via the remote, including video quality.</p> <p>Although you&#39;re likely to keep the two in close proximity, it is possible to use the remote at distances up to around 30 feet from the camera before the link breaks down.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/centr-camera-action-cam-captures-360-degree-video-4k/news" target="_blank">Centr Camera: the action cam that captures 360-degree video... in 4K</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4896" height="3672" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR remote wristband" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR remote wristband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05155.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR waterproof housing" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR waterproof housing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05136.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bullet cam design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The camera itself opts for a bullet-cam design, with a mono LCD display and just enough buttons to flick through the menus and record without the remote, if necessary. It&#39;s reassuring to see a tripod thread on the bare camera, so basic mounting is possible without reliance on the waterproof casing (unlike the GoPro range).</p> <p>On its own, the camera is splash-proof but lacks any ruggedisation and the bulbous lens looks very vulnerable, so most of the time you&#39;re likely to be using it in that clear plastic scuba gear. This protects it from minor knocks and also gives it waterproofing that&#39;s good for 5 metres. All three buttons can be used easily enough in this set-up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR lens" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05147.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR LCD" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR LCD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05150.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Expectations of video quality from small, rugged cameras shouldn&#39;t be too high. The Sony HDR-AS100VR is capable of recording some pretty decent footage, and its ability to go up to 60fps is even more important than its 1080p resolution, such is the degree that the higher framerates will smooth out the action.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review" target="_blank">GoPro Hero3+ Silver</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review" target="_blank">Black Editions</a> have the edge in quality, but neither the GoPros or the Sony are outstanding in this area. The small, fixed-focal length lenses and lack of any optical image stabilisation imposes limits you wouldn&#39;t encounter on bigger cameras and camcorders, and the results are movies that look as if they&#39;ve come from cameras with compromises.</p> <p>That&#39;s sort of ok, because the sacrifices have been made to create a small, rugged, go-anywhere camera. Just don&#39;t go expecting <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-hdr-cx410ve/review" target="_blank">full handycam quality</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review" target="_blank">GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05146.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s an audio input, which is great when sound really matters" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR connections" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05149.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mounts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony has taken what some might see as a more logical approach to its mount system, which ultimately comes down to a regular tripod thread attachment. That means you can easily put the AS100VR onto a Gorillapod for makeshift mounting to all sorts of things.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s own range of mounts is wide enough to cover the standard applications but also has some more inventive options too, such as a strap-on float (perhaps you&#39;re filming a beaver lodge), a dog harness and a wrist mount.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony AS100VR tripod thread" alt="Sony AS100VR tripod thread" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05140.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony AS100VR" alt="Sony AS100VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05151.JPG?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony HDR-AS100VR review summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An enticing package of extra features includes synchronised recording from up to five cameras at once (controlled by a single wristband), software to let you combine all those shots into one, along with graphics overlays GPS and speed data, and slo-mo capture at up to 240fps.</p> <p>In overall quality terms we&#39;d still take one of the GoPros, but if usability is your top priority, thanks to that super-handy wristband, the Sony HDR-AS100VR should be top of your list.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-hdr-cx410ve/review" target="_blank">The Best Camcorders in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony HDR-AS100VR" alt="Sony HDR-AS100VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05148.jpg?1403192128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By far the most user-friendly action cam you can buy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony HDR-AS100VR review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/sony-hdr-as100vr/review#comments Action Cam Camcorders HDR-AS100VR Sony Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Tony Horgan 1438707 at http://www.stuff.tv With AirDog and Hexo+, camera-equipped drones are going autonomous http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/airdog-and-hexo-camera-quipped-drones-are-going-autonomous/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This new, smarter breed of aerial vehicle can automatically follow you around to film your extreme stunts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The AirDog auto-follow drone, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter" alt="The AirDog auto-follow drone, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/airdog-main.jpg?1403808140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The quadcopter and camera-equipped drone market is providing some of the most exciting new gadgets we&rsquo;ve seen &ndash; and here are a couple more examples, both of which offer the pretty astonishing feature of being able to follow the user around automatically.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The AirDog is a small, foldable and impact-resistant quadcopter that can accommodate a GoPro camera on its gyroscope-stabilised gimbal. It&rsquo;s possibly the first camera drone designed very much with water sports in mind: it&#39;ll work with a GoPro in a waterproof case (other GoPro-compatible drones just carry the &ldquo;naked&rdquo; camera).</p> <p>Its auto-follow function works courtesy of a device called the AirLeash, a transmitter (also waterproof) that can be attached to your wrist, helmet, bike or surfboard and communicates with the AirDog via long-range Bluetooth. The drone can fly at up to 40mph, and the whole time (its battery can provide 10-15 minutes of flight per charge) it&rsquo;ll be pointing the camera in the direction of the AirLeash. Distance, height and other settings can be changed via an app available for iOS and Android devices. If you prefer, it can also be controlled via a manual remote (this will be sold separately from the main kit).</p> <p>You&#39;re probably wondering how the AirDog avoids obstacles. Well, that ability is apparently coming as a post-release software update, so early users will either have to fly in an open area or programme the flight path using the smartphone app.</p> <p>AirDog&rsquo;s creators are <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/airdog/airdog-worlds-first-auto-follow-action-sports-dron">currently seeking funding for the drone via Kickstarter</a>. Pledging US$995 (&pound;590) or more can get you one of the first drones off the production line, providing they reach their target of $200,000. That&#39;s significantly cheaper than the DJI Phantom 2 Vision, for instance &ndash; but you&rsquo;ll need to buy your own GoPro on top of that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review">GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GOKW6PdHIp0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="AirDog&#039;s AirLeash transmitter" alt="AirDog&#039;s AirLeash transmitter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/airdog-airleash.jpg?1403808140" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The AirDog can follow you at up to 40mph" alt="The AirDog can follow you at up to 40mph" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/airdog-following.jpg?1403808140" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Hexo+ is the second autonomous model arriving on Kickstarter today. It&rsquo;s a hexacopter (the two extra rotors should theoretically make it more stable and manoeuvrable than a quadcopter) with a gimbal GoPro mount with 15 minutes of flight time and a top speed of 45mph, but the chief difference between it and the AirDog is the way in which it follows the user.</p> <p>The Hexo+ uses your iOS or Android smartphone as a transmitter and controller: an app allows you to set up the distance (up to 50 metres), height and framing of the shot.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s priced at less than the AirDog, and pledging US$299 (&pound;175) to the <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sqdr/hexo-your-autonomous-aerial-camera">Kickstarter campaign</a> will secure you files to 3D print your own Hexo+ drone. Alternatively, $599 (&pound;355) will get you an early model (but not until May 2015). The campaign has smashed its target in less than a day, so there&rsquo;s no danger of it falling short and the product not being built.</p> <p>Despite not being much good on a skateboard and even worse on a surfboard, we&rsquo;re itching to get our hands on both of these drones to see if their auto-follow claims really hold water. Look out for reviews of both in the future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dji/dji-phantom-2-vision-quadcopter-drone/review">DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sKy_Qa6lMU0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Hexo+ is a hexacopter with six rotors" alt="The Hexo+ is a hexacopter with six rotors" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hexo-plus-drone.jpg?1403808140" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Hexo+ app allows you to set distance, height and more" alt="The Hexo+ app allows you to set distance, height and more" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hexo-app_0.jpg?1403808140" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/airdog-and-hexo-camera-quipped-drones-are-going-autonomous/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Action Cam GoPro Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:14:04 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1439260 at http://www.stuff.tv GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best action cam to buy isn&#039;t always the most expensive and feature packed, as this GoPro proves </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSC05172.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is the Hero 3+ Silver Edition of the latest GoPro action camera fold, sitting between the entry-level White and top-of-the-range Black Editions.</p> <p>And, unless money is no object, we reckon the Silver is the best buy of the lot.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £280.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Best value GoPro of the range </div> <div class="field-item even"> Smooth 1080p footage @60fps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Wider range of mounts than other brands </div> <div class="field-item even"> Matchbox design squeezes into small spaces </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen is £80 extra </div> <div class="field-item even"> Main unit is vulnerable when not in waterproof housing </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Tiny buttons, fiddly in use </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s the difference? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What you get with the &pound;280 GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition is almost the same as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review">&pound;360 Black Edition</a>, so if you fancy saving yourself &pound;80 it&#39;s worth checking to see if you really need those extras.</p> <p>The Silver Edition has a slightly smaller sensor (10MP vs. 12MP) and lacks the remote control unit, which is an optional extra. It has a slower Burst mode when shooting stills (10fps vs 30fps), doesn&#39;t bother with the 15fps 4K video mode, no &quot;SuperView&quot; mode and no Auto Low Light Mode. We could live without all of that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review">GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05157.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05160.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s the same? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&#39;s the good news: everything that we liked about the Black Edition is present in the Silver Edition. That includes smooth 1080p footage than can be pushed up to 60fps, which really helps reduce judder with footage captured from a bike mount or anything fast moving. The footage isn&#39;t brilliant but it is the best of all the action cams we&#39;ve tested recently, which includes the Sony HDR-AS100VR, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0">Garmin VIRB Elite</a> and Rollei Actioncam S-30.</p> <p>Because it&#39;s part of the most widely used family of action cams, the Hero 3+ Silver has access to the widest array of mounts, and that counts for a lot. Whether you want to stick it onto your head, bike, car, surf board or chest, there&#39;s a way to do it, and you&#39;re likely to find it easier to get hold of GoPro mounts than other brands.</p> <p>While many rivals favour the bullet-cam form, GoPro is sticking with the matchbox design. There will be situations where one form works better than another, but in general we&#39;ve found the GoPro&#39;s fairly shallow front-to-back dimensions make it suited to more uses because it can be squeezed into tighter spaces.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0">Garmin Virb Elite review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05168.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05127.jpg?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Room for improvement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even though we&#39;re bestowing five stars upon the Silver Edition, that fifth one is hanging by a thread. In use, the Silver Edition can be infuriating due to its tiny buttons, lack of a video monitor screen and general lack of useful feedback.</p> <p>Yes, you can buy a screen to plug onto the back panel but that&#39;s an extra &pound;80. More usefully, there&#39;s a remote control and remote viewing app for iPhone and Android which makes up for the fact the interface hasn&#39;t changed much over the years.</p> <p>We&#39;d also like to see a pre-ruggedised GoPro that can be snapped onto a mount in a flash. As it stands, the main unit is very vulnerable and unable to be mounted until it&#39;s placed inside the waterproof housing. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0">Garmin VIRB Elite</a> and Sony HDR-AS100VR show off major innovations in terms of ruggedisation and monitor screens, and GoPro will need to keep an eye on the competition if it&#39;s to remain the go-to brand for action cams.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/turn-your-car-movie-camera-gopro-integration-bmw-and-mini/news">Turn your car into a movie camera with a GoPro&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05159.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" alt="GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC05163.JPG?1403024180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A safe bet, the Hero 3+ Silver Edition comes with a certain peace of mind that only a long-established brand can offer.</p> <p>While its footage isn&#39;t up to the quality of a similarly priced regular camcorder or compact camera, it&#39;s as good as it gets in this field. The wide range of mounts and familiarity of the GoPro range will serve you well in your adventures too.</p> <p>For our money, the extras offered by the Black Edition aren&#39;t worth it, making the Silver Edition an easy choice.</p> <p>While some here at Stuff will be packing the more progressive rivals from Sony and Garmin, for now, GoPro is still King.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not the most user-friendly, but certainly the best value action cam out there</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero-3-silver-edition/review#comments Action Cam Camcorders GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:56:42 +0000 Tony Horgan 1438712 at http://www.stuff.tv 360cam: the world’s widest angle full HD 360-degree camera http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/360cam-world-s-widest-angle-full-hd-360-degree-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Three fish-eye lenses combine to capture almost everything surrounding this compact camcorder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="360cam: the world’s widest angle full HD 360-degree camera" alt="360cam: the world’s widest angle full HD 360-degree camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/360-cam-hotstuff.jpg?1400762696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>We&rsquo;ve seen 360-degree cameras before&hellip;</strong><br />That&rsquo;s true, but the 360cam, developed by French company Giroptic, is a bit different from the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/centr-camera-action-cam-captures-360-degree-video-4k/news">Centr Camera</a>. It&rsquo;s capable of capturing a wider field of view, for one thing &ndash; and it&rsquo;s waterproof.</p> <p><strong>Wider field of view?</strong><br />Yes, the 360cam&rsquo;s lenses are all fish-eyes, so it captures more of the surrounding scene at the top and bottom of the frames. It&rsquo;s a 360 by 300-degree field of view, in fact, so you&rsquo;re only missing 60 degrees off the vertical axis.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It looks small</strong><br />Yes, it&rsquo;s only 6.9cm by 6.9cm and 180g. It&rsquo;s rugged, too: waterproof to a depth of 10 metres. But there&rsquo;s space for a battery, gyroscope for image stabilisation, GPS and Wi-Fi antennas and three microphones for recording surround sound. Oh, and a curved LED screen too.</p> <p>You can shoot handheld or mount the camera using a standard tripod mount.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="533" title="The standard mount makes it easy to put 360cam pretty much anywhere" alt="The standard mount makes it easy to put 360cam pretty much anywhere" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/360cam-mount.jpg?1400762696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What kind of things can it record?</strong><br />It can take 8MP photos, or videos at a resolution of 2048 x 1024 at 30fps. These videos can either be live streamed to a tablet/phone (there are Android and iOS apps) or computer over Wi-Fi, or saved onto the 360cam&rsquo;s microSD card. Still photo modes include time lapse, burst, timer and HDR.</p> <p>Oh, and it&rsquo;s also compatible with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-rift/review">Oculus Rift</a>, so you can look around &ldquo;inside&rdquo; the photos and videos you&rsquo;ve saved.</p> <p><strong>Anything else I should know?</strong><br />Oooooh yes. An adapter lets you screw the 360cam into a light fitting like a bulb, where it can act as a 360-degree surveillance system or webcam. It takes power direct from the socket, which we think you&rsquo;ll agree is pretty cool.</p> <p><strong>It is. Now I want one</strong><br />Well, it&rsquo;s only a <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/giroptic/the-worlds-first-full-hd-360-camera">Kickstarter project</a> at the moment, but Giroptic is just shy of hitting its goal of US$150,000 with 40-odd days left, so it&#39;s almost certainly going to become a product. Pledging US$299 (&pound;175) or more will, at the moment, secure you an early bird 360cam (the retail price will be around US$500). You&rsquo;ll have to pay VAT and shipping on top of that too (a total of $80/&pound;45 if you&rsquo;re in the UK), but unlike a lot of Kickstarter projects the estimated delivery date falls within 2014 &ndash; November to be precise.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">GAZE UPON MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Explore 360cam photos from within with Oculus Rift" alt="Explore 360cam photos from within with Oculus Rift" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/360cam-oculus.jpg?1400762696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Action Cam Cameras Hot Stuff Wed, 21 May 2014 14:52:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437573 at http://www.stuff.tv GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The king of the action cams returns - but will it still rock our world? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition" alt="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gopro-hero3-black-edition-action-cam-review-002.jpg?1392991293" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>GoPro cameras have been our go-to action cams since we were knee-high to a snowboard, so we&#39;re pretty stoked about the arrival of the Hero3+ Black Edition.</p> <p>This radical little box of tricks promises a better lens, longer battery life and faster wireless operation than the previous Hero3, while still packing such epic treats as 4K video and 30fps stills.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £360.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent video quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Huge range of mounts </div> <div class="field-item odd"> 4K and slow-mo modes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lacks a proper screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> 4K mode only 15fps </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ready for action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The supplied waterproof case (or optional &pound;40 &lsquo;Frame&rsquo; mount) is a requirement for almost any use of the GoPro, as the matchbox-sized main unit has no ruggedisation or mount fixings. But in its favour, the tiny, boxy form works well in confined spaces.&nbsp;The waterproof case has been redesigned for the Hero3+ and is now smaller and lighter than before, and also fits more snugly - all good changes, we feel. </p> <p>As with all GoPro cams, operating the 3+ can be an awkward process because all feedback comes via the tiny mono LCD screen. Unless you never change any settings and just hit &lsquo;Record&rsquo;, you&rsquo;ll want to team it with the supplied remote or smartphone app. Alternatively, you can add an LCD touchscreen - but that&#39;s another &pound;80. Another slight annoyance is that once encased, the GoPro&rsquo;s three buttons are unmarked, making operation a more cryptic affair than your frozen fingers and rain-sodden head will appreciate. </p> <p>Still, there&#39;s better news when it comes to features. There&#39;s a remote app which works on iOS, Android and even Windows Phone - you don&#39;t see that very often - and a supplied wireless remote if you don&#39;t want to risk your phone on the slopes/in the surf. There are also loads of shooting options, from 4K to 1080p to slow-mo to time-lapse, plus 12MP stills at a blistering 30fps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition" alt="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gopro-hero3-black-edition-action-cam-review-001.jpg?1392991293" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Video</strong> - 4K@15fps, 1080p@60/50/48/30/25/24fps, 720p@120/60fps, WVGA@240fps</p> <p><strong>Stills</strong> - 12MP</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 2hrs</p> <p><strong>Display</strong> - Mono LCD status screen</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - microHDMI, microSD, microUSB, Wi-Fi, microSD reader</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 41x59x30mm/74g (136g w/housing)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shooting star? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, the GoPro will do 4K footage, but at 15fps and through these optics, there&rsquo;s little point.</p> <p>There&#39;s better news when it comes to full HD footage though. While not quite DSLR or high-end camcorder quality, it captures bags of detail and copes better with shadows and highlights than rivals such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0">Garmin VIRB Elite</a>. And, if you&#39;re interested in slow-mo, the fact that the GoPro can shoot 120fps at 720p and even 240fps at WVGA quality is a massive bonus.</p> <p>But for all the talk of video quality and fancy features, much of GoPro&rsquo;s success is down to the fact that you can stick them on to almost anything. The 3+ remains the king when it comes to mounts, with options to attach it to virtually anything. Well, there&#39;s no pig mount yet, but it can be only a matter of time.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition" alt="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gopro-hero3-black-edition-action-cam-review-003.jpg?1392991293" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>GoPro&#39;s &lsquo;industry standard&rsquo; status has been well earned, and the Hero3+ Black Edition is a cracking good camera.</p> <p>However, in 2014 a &pound;350+ camera with no screen and a three-button interface doesn&rsquo;t quite stack up. We&rsquo;d like to see a major redesign for GoPro&rsquo;s next flagship, taking some cues from new rivals such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0">Garmin VIRB Elite</a>.</p> <p>That said, the GoPro&#39;s tiny form factor, 4K mode, extra mounts, and advanced slow-mo options are all advantages, and that&#39;s why it&#39;s still a fixture in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/camcorders/top-ten">Top 10 camcorders</a> list.</p> <p>And if &pound;360 is too much for you, there&#39;s also the Hero3+ Silver Edition, yours for about &pound;240 if you shop around.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/camcorders/top-ten">The 10 best camcorders in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition" alt="GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gopro-hero3-plus-black-edition-action-cam-review-005.jpg?1392991293" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another fine action cam from GoPro that&#39;ll please plenty of exteme enthusiasts</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review#comments Action Cam Camcorders GoPro Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:01:35 +0000 Marc McLaren 1432680 at http://www.stuff.tv Garmin VIRB Elite http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s a new kid on the action cams block – but does Garmin have the gnarly skills to take on GoPro? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-012.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want an action cam, you buy a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gopro-hd-hero-3-silver-edition/review">GoPro</a>, right?</p> <p>The undisputed star of extreme video recording, the little white, silver or black box has become as common a slope-side sight as unnecessary facial hair.</p> <p>But lately, young upstarts such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ion/ion-air-pro-plus/review">Ion</a> have tried to get themselves a slice of that tasty action pie. And now here&#39;s GPS supremo Garmin with its own attempt, the VIRB Elite.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £320.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Useful colour screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Easy to operate </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Colourful footage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen struggles in dim light </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not as small as a GoPro </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Limited dynamic range </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ready for action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The VIRB Elite comes as a self-contained ruggedised unit, so unlike with any GoPro, you won&rsquo;t need a waterproof housing in most scenarios. And that&#39;s not its only advantage over its rival. While GoPro users have to either make do with a teeny little monochrome screen or spend an extra &pound;80 for a clip-on LCD panel, the Garmin has a proper colour display.&nbsp;</p> <p>Well, we say &#39;proper&#39;. The VIRB&#39;s&nbsp;&lsquo;Chroma&rsquo; display is powered by ambient light - which is great for battery life, but not so good for viewing in poor conditions; use it in the dark and it&#39;ll be virtually blank. Still, it&#39;s a screen, and the fact that it&#39;s on there at all makes it easier to&nbsp;frame shots, review footage and alter settings in many situations.</p> <p>You want features? With built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, the Elite can log your location and altitude and send heart-rate, speed, cadence and temperature info to other Garmin gear. (There&#39;s also a more basic model, the Garmin VIRB, which lacks GPS and Wi-Fi but which costs &pound;50 less.)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-013_0.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-010_0.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-011.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Video</strong> - 1080p@30fps, 960p@60/48/30fps, 720p@60/30fps, WVGA@120/60fps</p> <p><strong>Stills</strong>&nbsp;- 16MP</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 3hrs</p> <p><strong>Display</strong> - 1.4in &lsquo;Chroma&rsquo;, colour</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - microHDMI, microSD, microUSB, Wi-Fi, ANT+ compatible, GPS, microSD</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 32x53x111mm/177g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shooting star? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We compared the VIRB Elite&#39;s footage to that of GoPro&#39;s flagship model, the Hero 3+ Black Edition. And you know what? It&#39;s a close run thing. The Garmin has richer colours and a more saturated tone that we like, and while detailed scrutiny shows up a more limited dynamic range and blown-out highlights, we&#39;d struggle to say one is better than the other.</p> <p>As far as getting that footage in the first place goes, Garmin&rsquo;s backed the VIRB with a wide range of mounts covering heads, chests, wrists, helmets, bike tubes, dashboards and tripods. And if that&#39;s not enough, an adaptor allows you to use some GoPro mounts.</p> <p>The VIRB&#39;s&nbsp;buttons are more logically laid out than those on the latest GoPro, too, with nice touches such as a big, glove-friendly slider for toggling recording on and off and a bold green light to confirm that yes, you&#39;re rolling. There&#39;s even a neat remote control app for Android and iOS.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-014.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Garmin VIRB Elite is a real rival to the GoPro range, perhaps the biggest they&#39;ve had to face so far. In fact, given a straight choice between this and the flagship GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition, we&#39;d choose the Garmin. Cripes.</p> <p>It&#39;s easy to use, takes good footage and has plenty of attractive features.&nbsp;All of which makes it an action cam worthy of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/camcorders/top-ten">Top 10 Camcorders</a> list.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/camcorders/top-ten">The 10 best camcorders in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin VIRB Elite" alt="Garmin VIRB Elite action cam review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-virb-elite-action-cam-review-009.jpg?1392913673" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a rugged form and new tricks aplenty, the Garmin VIRB Elite is our new favourite action cam</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/garmin-virb-elite/review-0#comments Action Cam Camcorders Garmin Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:04:53 +0000 Marc McLaren 1432637 at http://www.stuff.tv GoPro Hero4 specs teased http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero4-specs-teased/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New specs from GoPro chip manufacturer give a taste of what to expect in the next-gen action cam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GoPro Hero 3" alt="GoPro Hero 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/GoProHero3.jpg?1380114158" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For adrenaline junkies across the world the GoPro Hero3 is the action cam of choice, but we could soon see them hankering after the GoPro Hero4.</p> <p>GoPro's chip supplier has just released its new model, giving us a taste of what's to come in the Hero4. And while the GoPro Hero3 isn't exactly old, and is certainly no slouch, the specs of the new chip show welcome upgrades all round.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extreme performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The chip at the heart of the Hero3 is made by&nbsp;Ambarella, and its&nbsp;new A9 4K Ultra HD Camera SoC is likely to be the brains inside the Hero4.</p> <p>To recap, the current top-level Hero3 Black Edition will do 4K but up to a maximum of 15 frames per second (fps), 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps with 12MP stills.</p> <p>The new chip, destined for "mirrorless, sports, and digital still cameras" has a 4K Ultra HD H.264 encoder, shoots 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps, 700MP overmulti-exposure HDR, Wi-Fi and electronic image stabilisation. That's a doubling of frame rates, plus a lot of incremental improvements that should make the GoPro Hero4's performance even closer to professional camcorders.</p> <p>The Ambaralla chip will also cope with a maximum 32MP resolution, though it's unlikely that the GoPro 4 would sport a sensor with such a high pixel count.</p> <p>There's no word from GoPro about a Hero4 yet, but we're hoping it turns up in time for a spot of summer adventuring.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://fstoppers.com/whats-next-for-gopro-what-we-might-see-in-a-hero4">F-Stoppers</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero4-specs-teased/news#comments Action Cam GoPro Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:01:48 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 1427070 at http://www.stuff.tv Sat-nav's for squares: Garmin goes gnarly with VIRB action cams http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/navigations-squares-garmin-goes-gnarly-virb-action-cams/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New headcams pack 1080p capture, image stabilisation and waterproofing (and, of course, GPS in the Elite model) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin joins the action cam club with two HD models" alt="Garmin joins the action cam club with two HD models" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/garmin-virb.jpg?1377015125" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sat-nav: useful, but about as cool as wearing a rubber tuxedo in Death Valley.</p> <p>GPS aficionado Garmin is primarily known for its sat-nav, but its spotted an opportunity in the action cam market. It's announced a pair of models, the VIRB and VIRB Elite, which are due to be launched in October 2013.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VIRB Elite ups the ante - with GPS, of course </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Footage and 16MP stills are stored on microSD card, with the cameras supporting cards up to 64GB in capacity (enough for over seven hours of 1080p video). A variety of mounts will be available, letting you lash the VIRBs to helmets, handlebars, surfboards and more. There'll also be a proper underwater housing to let you capture all those deep sea adventures.</p> <p>The VIRB Elite ups the ante with built-in Wi-Fi, GPS and accelerometer and altimeter sensors, which means it will cost around £350 to the vanilla VIRB’s £270. The sensors track speed and elevation, and this can be stored on the device for later review or even embedded into videos directly, to be displayed on-screen while you're watching. Wi-Fi, meanwhile, allows the camera to link up with dedicated Android and iOS apps, which allow you to stop/start recording, snap a still image and share your captures.</p> <p>While Garmin has primarily been concerned with navigation in the past, the company does have some photography experience: cameras are integrated into some of its walking sat-nav devices in the Montana and Dakota ranges. So we're optimistic about the capabilities of the two VIRB models. We'll be looking to get our mitts on some samples soon, to see how they stack up against the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gopro-hd-hero-3-silver-edition/review">GoPro HD Hero3</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="VIRB Elite" alt="VIRB Elite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin-virb-elite.jpg?1377015125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/navigations-squares-garmin-goes-gnarly-virb-action-cams/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Action Cam Garmin Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:19:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425699 at http://www.stuff.tv Autographer hands-on review: it captures everything, but we're not sure why http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/autographer-hands-review-it-captures-everything-were-not-sure-why/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff puts the tiny, wearable automatic camera through its paces at London Zoo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Autographer hands-on review: it captures everything, but we&#039;re not sure why" alt="Autographer hands-on review: it captures everything, but we&#039;re not sure why" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Autographer-main.jpg?1375084981" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-gets-hands-google-glass/feature">Google Glass</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-ultra/review">Fitbit</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review">Pebble</a> watch – gadgets are getting quite a taste for being 'wearable'. On first glance the <a href="http://www.autographer.com/">Autographer</a>, an 'intelligent' camera with a clip and lanyard, looks like the latest opportunist to ride in their slipstream.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-wilson" title="View user profile.">Mark Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Autographer weighs a barely noticeable 58g and is the size of a large pack of chewing gum. There are two ways to wear it – dangled on the pendant included in the box or clipped to your top via the its strong clip. We found the clip made it more steady and discreet.</p> <p>On board are the five sensors (colour, temperature, magnetometer, accelerometer and motion detector), GPS, 8GB of internal memory, Bluetooth, an OLED display for menus and, of course, the wide-angle, 5MP camera. This has a 136-degree, fisheye field of view (compared to an average smartphone's 60 degrees), so the whole idea of 'framing' photos is redundant – if you're looking at it, so is the Autographer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Autographer – The hardware" alt="Autographer – The hardware" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Autographer-2.jpg?1375084981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Automatic photos, triggered by change </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Precisely when it decides to release the shutter depends on a few factors. The Autographer is primed to respond to 'change' – so a drop in temperature, change in colour or slowing of your movement could all signify a snap-worthy moment and trigger a photo. Though its maker, OMG Life, told us that these algorithms are constantly being tweaked fine-tuned, so 'change' doesn't always mean 'photo'.</p> <p>Even in the absence of triggers, the Autographer will take a certain number of photos depending on which setting you choose – so on 'low' it snaps 50 images per hour, 'medium' 100 images per hour and 'high' 200 images per hour. It's a shame there's no instant shutter button for you to press manually, but a press of the 'Action' button will (after a short delay) start a quick 'Sequence' of around ten photos.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Autographer 3" alt="Autographer 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Autographer-3_0.jpg?1375084981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Autograph hunting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To give the Autographer a proper spin, we took it to London Zoo. After initial concern about whether it was on or not (it emits only a small flashing icon and the odd beep), we found that the Autographer was at its best in busy, outdoor spots where subjects are a few feet in front of you. When this happened, we got some interesting, natural shots of the zoo's penguins and some besotted humans. But at other times the fixed lens can miss action or just capture wodge of mundane snaps that'll clutter your timeline.</p> <p>The fisheye photos it took were perfect social media fodder, if not quite up to the standard of a good smartphone or compact camera snap. It's important to quell your urge to take photos with other devices while the Autographer is on – otherwise you get first-person photos of you taking photos, and the universe implodes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Autographer zoo" alt="Autographer zoo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Autographer-zoo_0.jpg?1375084981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Perfect for candid snaps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Autographer is really designed for street photography and snapping unguarded humans. It can do a fine job (such as our shot above of Team GB sprinter Adam Gemili at a training session). And it raises interesting questions, such as&nbsp;– what is the social etiquette of wearing an always-on camera? Do you forewarn others or go full Donal MacIntyre in the name of getting natural shots?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Autographer Gemili" alt="Autographer Gemili" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Autographer-Gemili.jpg?1375084981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stored on the device in Windows and Mac flavours is the Autographer's excellent bespoke software. At the end of our day's testing we ended up with over 1200 photos, but the software's range of viewing options and filters meant they didn't feel too overwhelming.</p> <p>'Stream' gives you a thumbnail overview, 'Cinema' blows the selected photo up to full size and lets you play your stream as a movie, while 'Calendar' organizes your collections into a diary. There's also a very useful location search box, which uses the GPS data tagged to very photo to let you search by places.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given the device's lack of a playback screen, the app (currently iOS only) is an essential companion if you want to view photos while you go and upload them to social media. It pairs via Bluetooth and gives you similar viewing options to the desktop software. Instant viewing of photos goes rubs against the Autographer's hands-free ethos a little, but it's certainly nice to have the option.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Autographer app" alt="Autographer app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Autographerapp.jpg?1375084981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff says </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Autographer provides something akin to Google Street View for your life. Use it regularly and you get a searchable, first-person photo stream of almost every moment you've experienced – a feeling that's equal parts mind-blowing and unsettling.</p> <p>We're not yet sure exactly what we'd use the Autographer for – a camera 'safety net', street photography, a life streamer, social experiment or occasional night out companion. Whether this versatility turns out to be a strength or a weakness we're not yet sure, but it's certainly a fascinating (if overpriced) device. Stay tuned for our final verdict soon. <br />&nbsp; </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/autographer-hands-review-it-captures-everything-were-not-sure-why/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Action Cam Cameras Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:18:22 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425133 at http://www.stuff.tv