JVC recently launched the GC-XA2 ADIXXION action camera. While the name is a bit awkward, the first-gen ADIXXION came out of nowhere with some pretty cool features, including a 1.5″ LCD built into the camera and a 5x zoom. However, user complaints about battery life and WiFi connection left a big question mark next to the camera.
The second generation model now sports 1080/60p and 720/120p HD video (up from 1080/30p and 720/60p in the first-gen) for some serious slow motion capability. Like its predecessor the GC-XA2 sports a built-in 1.5″ LCD, which I thought was a great feature in the first camera and I’m glad to see it stick around.
The camera features built-in WiFi, which can be used to stream directly to live streaming providers like Ustream or upload directly to YouTube. The GC-XA2 can connect to smartphones via WiFi through JVC’s app, which can handle streams from four cameras simultaneously.
The camera also features an 8MP BSI CMOS sensor (up from 5MP on the XA1) and a f/2.4 lens. Although, JVC claims 16MP resolution images from the camera for high-speed burst, time lapse and simultaneous recording of video and photos.
One of the other great features about the ADIXXION line is that an external case is not required. The camera is built to be waterproof (to 16.4′), shockproof (from 6.5′), dustproof and freezeproof. The camera also includes two 1/4-20 tripod mounts – one on the bottom and one on the side – to get it mounted wherever you need it. There are a variety of body, bike, helmet, bar and other mounts available for the ADIXXION line.
Additionally, JVC claims improved battery life up to 2h5m with 720/30p recording, so expect less record time with higher res and/or frame rates. The camera is powered by a removable Li-ion battery (BN-VH105), so you can bring spares for longer outings. At less than $20 a pop, JVC isn’t gouging its customers on spare batteries, and that price probably makes it worth picking up a spare or two with this camera.
The JVC GC-AX2 ADIXXION is currently available for pre-order for $299, which is $50 less than the first-gen launched at. Check it out here at B&H Photo.