JVC and Sony are taking on GoPro with new small HD "action cams". The shape of these will possibly have much better aerodynamics than the GoPro... more in line with Contour's cameras. Notice JVC's is already "quad proof". I'm sure they had quad copter drones in mind. :)




JVC's appears to have more features, but I'm especially interested in Sony's as it's rumored to have image stabilization and a Zeiss lens. Not to mention, it looks really small and sleek. It would require a water proof case (if needed) like the GoPro, where the JVC is bullet proof, well "quad proof" out of the box. I haven't come across any details about whether either camera supports a live analog (SD) output. Post a comment if you know anything about these cameras.




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Comment by Graham Dyer on July 5, 2012 at 11:04am

Great if they really can get rid of that jello effect. Noticed it's going to be priced $350, it had better be much better than a GoPro...

Comment by Sayan Andriyanov on July 5, 2012 at 10:57pm

Whatever they write, the rolling shutter effect is clearly noticeable on that JVC promo video.

There's a simple proof test: apply any automatic video stabilization effect (either in Vegas or wrapStabilizer in After Effects etc..) and rolling-shittered video will behave like it was projected onto a screen which is strongly flattered by wind.

This happen because each frame, filmed with motion, distorts: copmresses or extends towards camera motion, depending on matrix scan direction.

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on July 6, 2012 at 5:10am

Sure, there will always be some rolling shutter by the nature of how the sensors work. But some sensors are better then others, and the GoPro HD (especially the second model) has it bad.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on July 7, 2012 at 5:13am

Oh man, I'm a sucker for the camera arms race.  My wife is constantly exasperated "Oh no, ANOTHER new camera?"  "But this one is better!"

Comment by Parke @ ParkeFlyer on July 9, 2012 at 9:31pm

It will be interesting to see how these cameras pan out. I imagine with Sony and JVC entering the market, pressure is really going to be on GoPro and Contour to innovate. Personally I felt the Hero2 was a pretty wimpy update. I agree with Birkeland, the first with 60fps at 1080 will be the new leader... at least in my eyes. (and I doubt the street price of the JVC will stay at $350... I hope.)


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