The mini DV cam battle continues. This week its Contour’s latest offering, the +2. This GPS-loaded, Wi-Fi connected model lets you share your 1080p footage instantly with speed, distance, and elevation data included. It also shoots 120 fps for sick slo-mo.
Though they were designed primarily for shooting stills, Canon EOS-system DSLRs revolutionized the way pros and amateurs shoot HD video. Now Canon has introduced the C series, cinema cameras made purely for video. The prosumer C100 model features EF mount lens options plus Canon’s proven CMOS sensors and DIGIC DV III Image Processor. Available November 2012.
Instacube wirelessly displays your incredible Instagram images on a screen that’s three-times larger than your phone, allowing you & people other than your followers to enjoy your shots in a new way.
GoPro might just GoHome when they see the Sony Action cam. It weighs just three ounces, features 120-fps slow-mo, a 16MP sensor, and a 160º super-fisheye Zeiss lens. It evens comes with a waterproof case good to depths of 200-feet and all for $200. For $270 you can get the Wi-Fi enabled model.
Samsung’s Galaxy point-and-shoot is a 16MP touchscreen camera powered by Android 4.1 that allows you to shoot, edit, and instantly upload your photos to FB or if you’re one of the 9 people using Google+, you can send shots there, too.
The ongoing tit-for-tat battle between Canon and Nikon benefits us, the consumers, most. Canon dropped the G1 X and now Nikon volleys back with the new Coolpix P7700 that packs a 12.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 7.1x zoom lens, 1080p movie mode and optional full manual mode for the purists.
The Outride case and mounting system from Mophie turns your iPhone into a rugged action camera. No more toting the camera and the phone on your extreme adventures. This thing is impact and water-resistant and comes with a variety of quick-release mounts for strapping it to everything you ride. Available mid-September.
How high are you right now? No, not the medicinals, like high resolution, high definition? That kind. If your answer is, “not very” hit Canon’s new EOS M. The potent 18-megapixel sensor & pro-quality HD video capability in this pint-sized package that also fits the full line of EF lenses makes the M one smoking little camera. Available in October.
If the video footage & photos from your phone aren’t quite cutting it, the LX7 is a solid step up. The lens is a bright, 1.4 Leica that zooms from 24mm to 90mm producing crisp shots even in low light conditions. Video capture is hi-res full HD at 1080/50P with progressive scanning which results in video that’s crystal clear.
While GoPro and Contour have been busy creating the whole portable, POV DV camera market, the big dogs have stayed on the porch. But now JVC has jumped into the mix. In addition to its focus-group approved extreme moniker, the Adixxion action camera features built-in wi-fi, a superwide angle lens, full HD capture, and is waterproof to 15 feet. Available late summer.