Adrenaline. Camera. Action!
The action camera market, primarily dominated by GoPro, is being challenged by not one but three new cameras. With the Casio, Ricoh WG-M1 and a rumoured HTC action camera in the fray, the interest of adrenaline junkies and extreme sports photographers has certainly been peaked.
The Ricoh WG-M1
Currently being showcased at Photokina, this scuba-looking waterproof camera packs a 14MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with an f/2 lens that offers a 160° field of view (137° when shooting video). It also has a 1.5-inch LCD, (LCDs for a GoPro need to be bought as a separate accessory) and can shoot Full HD video at 30fps. Various mounts for the camera will be available. The camera is priced at USD 299.95 (approx. Rs. 18,000).
The Casio Exilim EX-FR10
Last month, Casio announced an action camera that could be split into two. In two you say? Yup. The 2-inch LCD control unit attached to the lens module is flippable upto 180° and can be removed to control the camera separately. With a GoPro once the camera is setup you need to detach it to change setting or control it using a smartphone.
The camera uses a 14MP 1/2.3-inch sensor with a 21MP equivalent f/2.8. It can also shoot Full HD video and is priced at JPY 50,000 (approx. Rs. 30,000).000¥
The HTC Action Camera
Rumours of an HTC action camera have also surfaced that suggest the camera will have a wide angle lens and a 16MP sensor (looks like they have decided to ditch the Ultra Pixels with this camera). The waterproof GoPro competitor would have a tubular design, sparking speculation that it could look like Contour or one of the Sony Lens Modules.
Will these cameras be able dethrone the reigning king? Going by the leaked specs of the GoPro Hero 4, probably not!
The new GoPro seems to have upped its game and is probably going to be 4k capable at 30fps. It will also be able to shoot 1080p video at 120fps and 720p video at 240fps. HDR and electronic stabilisation are also a posibility. There are also rumours of the camera supporting two lenses side by side for 3D video recording.
Despite the inclusion of LCDs, this just looks like another case of action cameras coming late to the GoPro party!Tags: shockproof, waterproof camera, HTC, Ricoh WG-M1, Casio Exilim EX-FR10, GoPro 4, action camera