The Ricoh WG-M1 (also known as Pentax WG-M1) is a compact sports camera for the real action man! With a rugged build made to withstand immersion in water down to 33 feet (10 meters), up to 6 feet drops (that’s about 1.8 meters), colds down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius), dust (JIS 6) and snow, all by keeping a lightweight and reasonably slim profile, the Ricoh WG-M1 makes a perfect action cameras for outdoors, camping, hiking or kayaking trips!
The WG-M1 comes with a 14MP 1/2.3 inch CMOS, Full HD 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second, fixed 3mm 16.8mm (35mm equivalent) Ricoh lens, F2.8 aperture, a rechargeable battery which allow up to 150 minute of video recording on a full (200 minutes) charge, WiFi data transfer, large dedicated buttons for easy control of most functions, dedicated APP button to allow remote image capture and video recording via smartpone and tablet apps.
While most mobile phone manufacturers out there battle to attach more and more powerfull cameras to their smartphones, Panasonic takes a different approach to the problem and decides to attach a powerful Android smartphone to a panasonic digital camera.
The result? The Panasonic CM1 smartphone with 1-n sensor and Leica lens.
Announced at Photokina 2014, Panasonic’s CM1 features 20MP resolution, f/2.8 Leica lens, a mechanical shutter, manual control ring and an external lens which, surprisingly, is not there for zooming purposes, but helps better focusing the image. The camera phone weights 7.19oz or 204 grams (that’s only 2.1oz or 60 grams more than the Samsung Galaxy S5) .
On the smartphone side, Panasonic equipped the CM1 with a 4.7in Full HD screen, 2GB of Ram, 16GB on-board storage, 2.3 Ghz quad-core Snapdrgon processor, a microSD card slot allowing expansion with up to 128GB more and a 2,600mAh battery.
The Panasonic CM1 will go on sale this November in Europe (France and Germany) for around 900 Eur (that’s about $1,165 US) with overseas release scheduled for some time after.
GoPro cameras took sports and adventure world by storm. They’re small enough to be taken anywhere, they’re lightweight, they pack a lot of recording power … no wonder they became everybody’s favorites when it comes to action recording! While GoPro cameras are pretty amazing by themselves, given their huge success, a lot of manufacturers started creating third party accessories to make them even greater! And guess what! It worked!
Here bellow you have a selection of the 56 coolest GoPro accessories I found around!
Please let me know in the comments bellow if you know of any other cool accessory for GoPro and I’ll make sure to add it to the post.
Your iPhone has a more powerful camera that stand-alone digital cameras had just a few short years back! But, if that’s not enough and you want to further optimize your smartphone’s camera, we have your back covered.
A while back we told you about the Manfrotto Klyp which was designed to help you take professional pics on your iPhone, we told you about the Optrix XD which helps transforming your iPhone into a waterproof action camera and about the Izzi Orbit iPhone Lens which ads an cool kit of lens to your favorite smartphone. Today, we’ll continue on that direction with the SnappGrip iPhone Case.
The SnappGrip ads hardware controls for shutter/focus, zoom and shooting mode to your iPhone, ads a tripod mount screw which allows mounting your iPhone on standard tripods, sports an internal rechargeable battery to extend your iPhone’s battery life, an USB port for easy charging and connects to your smartphone via Low Energy Bluetoth. A free app to fine tune your pics is available from iTunes .
The Papago GS260-US or GoSafe 260 as it’s also know is a cool dashcam that attaches to your car’s interior mirror and allows you to record your car trips without crowding your windshield.
Why do you need a dashcam in your car? Well … for first … it’s cool! Remember those crazy driving Russian videos all over Youtube? They’re all recorded with car mounted dashcams, just like this one! Second … many insurance companies accept dashcam footage to identify fault in car accidents. Third … high quality dashcams come with G-Sensors and motion detection which can activate the recording feature even if your car is sitting in a parking, so chances are if someone bumps your car it’ll no longer be a hit and run. Four … you record cool trip footage that you wouldn’t be able to record otherwise (unless you’d hold a camera in your hands while you’re driving, but we’re sure you wouldn’t do such crazy things, wouldn’t you?) … And so on …
Now let’s take a closer look at the Papago GS260 windshield dashboard camera. I used this camera for a couple of weeks and here are my thoughts about it:
The camera comes with an impressive set of features:
Full HD (1080p) and HD (720p) recording capabilities with zoom in/out while recording
Wide angle visibility (it literally covers the entire windshield – check the user videos below)
G-Sensor that “feels” the bumps and shocks
Auto save feature in case of accidents
Motion detection (useful for recording parking accidents) – if the camera detects any movement around the car will automatically start taking snapshots.
Multilevel EV adjustment to improve recording quality if needed
One touch snapshots (even while recording video)
GPS ready – hook up an external GPS unit and take advantage of advanced features such as speed recording, navigation coordinates and so on
Large front buttons for easy menu navigation and recording controls
MicroSD card for media storage
Mini USB for PC and Mac connectivity
Audio-Video out in case you need to output the signal to a TV
Recorded movies and in .mov format (can be played with most PC and MAC video players)
ALSO CHECK the Papago GS330, another cool Papago dashcam we featured a while back.
The dashcam is dissimulated in a windshield mirror that clips over your existing interior car mirror. The attachment system is very simple and is powered by two mobile hooks secured by an internal coil to keep the cam safe. Simply pull the two levers, attach the unit to the mirror and you’re ready to go.
The mirror unit is auto-dimming and, being a bit darker then classic car mirrors, takes a couple of kilometers to perfectly get used to it, but, once you get used to it, it helps night driving by automatically filtering the strong back lighting from cars in your back. The right side of the mirror hosts a 2.7in LCD which displays the video being recorded and some recording related information such as video length, current time, recording status and so on … The LCD can be turned off and the entire mirror real estate can be used to monitor back-coming traffic.
The Papago GoSafe 260 is powered by your car’s 12V cigarette lighter plug (a charging unit and cable are included in the package) as well as by an internal battery which also allows recording while the engine is turned off (remember I told you about the motion detection feature and automatic recording even when sitting in parking with the engine turned off?). The cable is long enough to be hidden around the dashboard of your car, and, as it sports an on-wire adapter, can be hooked up straight to your car’s electrical system.
Check the videos in the article for a hands-on review as well as the three real-life dash recordings (day and night) to have a glimpse at the recording quality. Note that the actual recording is better than these samples. Some quality was lost during video editing and Youtube upload.
While the premium quality, the strong build and the extra set of features make the GoProaction cameras the favorite choice for all extreme sports lovers (and many more), we have to admit that lower end models pack just enough power for casual use and for most regular people out-there! You know what I mean, Mr Regular Guy going on a motorcycle vacation with a couple of friends, Mr Family Guy going to the beach with the kids, Mr Student going on a camping trip or the neighbor’s 10 years old kid recording his biking adventure to impress grandma and grandpa …
Let’s take a closer look to the Midland XTC-280. This action camera is small and light enough to be worn without feeling it and packs a lot of power. It records Full HD (1080p) and HD (720p), it sports a large ON/OFF recording button so it can be easily used by someone wearing motorcycle or ski gloves, wide angle lens, microphone, 5.2MP, image stabilization to make sure you get crisp and stable recording and comes with a submersible case (down to 200 feet or 60 meters) and an universal mount which allows users to use it attached to helmets, motorcycles, snowboards and basically anywhere you can stick an adhesive pad.
We used the Midland XTC-280VP for about a week and and the recordings as well as the camera usability and packed features were OK. The quality could have been better at some points, but hey, don’t forget this is a $90 action camera, not a $400 GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition! Check the attached video to see it for yourself.
With its 16.2 MP, APS-C-sized sensor, fixed 18-46mmf/3.5-6.4 lens and a shutter speed ranging between 30-1/2000sec the Leica X Vario is designed for enthusiast photographers in love with the German brand, but don’t necessarily want to spend a ton of money for a pricey M-System.
The Leica X Vario is slotted below the M model and above the X2, packs a Leica Vario-Elmar 18-46mm lens (28-70mm equivalent), 3-5 fps continuous shooting, 100-12,500 ISO and is … simply cool! Leica cool!!! Given the camera is entirely made in Germany by Leica (and by this I mean it’s not a repackaged Panasonic camera but a real Leica model) and the next step up on the Leica’s modeling chart is the M9 which costs about $7,000 for a camera with similar lens, the $2,099 priced X Vario is a good choice for anyone who wants a lower budget Leica camera.