Hero 4 Mockup
The chip manufacturer for GoPro cameras have released specs for its new system on chip (SOC). The company building this chip, Ambarella, has been exclusively providing SOCs for GoPro, so it looks like this could be the real deal on what to expect from the GoPro Hero 4.
If not the actual physical board shown in the A9 release, the tech specs should/could be the equivalent to a customized board built specifically for GoPro. In fact, the A9 board in Ambarella’s press release is marketed toward the imaging industry as a whole and would almost certainly not be the final GoPro Hero 4 SOC.
Notably, the SOC delivers 4K video at a full 30p, along with 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps. In addition to the powerful video features, it also delivers on multi-exposure HDR and WDR tone mapping.
Actual A9 4K Board from Ambarella
If these specs show up in the GoPro Hero 4 later this year, it likely means GoPro will taken even more of the market share that it created while everyone else plays catch up.
Of course, we would expect these specs to only land in the top end model, like we currently see with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, while cheaper models get a reduced set of features. [click to continue…]
Panasonic showed off a 4K wearable action camera concept at CES 2014. However, not much is known about the camera at this point. [click to continue…]
GoPro, maker of the Hero action cameras, has began the process of becoming a public company. Friday, GoPro confidentially filed for an initial public offering with the SEC under the recently enacted JOBS Act. [click to continue…]
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. [click to continue…]
JVC’s new Adixxion GC-XA1 POV action camera is finally shipping and there’s a $50 instant rebate to boot through September 15. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
The ContourROAM is a POV action camera that competes head-to-head with the GoPro line. The ContourROAM is the $200 entry-level model of Contour’s POV camera lineup.
There are a couple of key things that separate Contour cameras from GoPro. [click to continue…]