These days, it seems like everyone is trying to get their piece of the highly lucrative pie that GoPro have carved out in the POV (Point Of View) Action Camera market. Some are very similar to the cameras they’re attempting to knock off the top of the mountain and others are just… well, they’re knock offs.
As Nate “Blunty3000” Burr reports from CES 2013, Panasonic now throwing their proverbial hat into the POV Ring with an all new action cam called the HX-A100 (or A100 for short – Read our earlier post here), but the folks at Panasonic are entering the action camera market with a new idea. They assert that the largest problem with existing POV cams is that, once you put themt on, it’s hard to control or change the settings on your unit. So Panasonic have designed the A100 as a 2 piece unit.
- The camera unit, which is now a lightweight housing for the lens and image capturing unit that can be easily clipped on to say, a headband or helmet.
- The control unit, which comes with a neoprene arm band that will allow easy access to camera controls. Even during shooting.
The HX-A100 is also wi-fi capable and is designed so that you can stream live video directly to USTREAM. There’s also a dedicated app available for Android and Apple iOS devices that will allow you to control the camera settings, even selecting the range of the camera, whether you want to shoot in 160° or 118°, and watch the video straight off your tablet or smartphone.
Look for more on the Panasonic HX-A100 soon.