Exciting times. Just a week ago, I discussed GoPro’s state of play and the available alternatives to their line-up of action cameras. So, here comes another competitor: LG just announced a new kind of action cam which will be capable of streaming your footage directly to YouTube.
The action cam, revamped
Imagine you are the super extreme outdoor sports type of guy or gal, and your YouTube channel is the hottest one around. Wouldn’t it be nice to stream and upload your video while you’re racing downhill on your motocross? If your answer is ‘yes’, this new action cam could be something for you. It’s capable of streaming HD footage (720p 30fps) over LTE straight to YouTube or other streaming sites.
The full list of specifications available as of today reads like this:
Camera: 1/2.3-inch 12.3MP / 1.55 x 1.55㎛pixels
Connectivity: LTE / 3G / Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / USB Type-C 2.0 / Bluetooth 4.1
Video Recording: UHD 30fps / FHD 60fps / HD 120fps
Video Live Streaming: HD 30fps
Memory: 2GB RAM / 4GB ROM (OS only) / microSD (up to 2TB)
Size: 35 x 35 x 77.9mm
Others: IP67 / GPS / Accelerometer / Gyroscope
Color: Light Gray
Maybe the streaming capabilities is something you’ll never need. For me it’s kind of pointless, but there might be some applications where this feature makes perfect sense.
The camera can be remotely controlled via a paired smartphone. But remember: You won’t need that smartphone to stream video from the action cam to video sites, as LTE is built-in. No info on supported carriers as of yet, though, but we assume it can accept any nano SIM card.
Outdoor proof concept
Ingress Protection rating chart with highlighted IP67 rating
Another fascinating feature is the camera’s IP67 rating without the need for a special housing. That means this camera offers some level of sturdiness which is always a nice thing to have, particularly for an action cam. An entirely waterproof case will be introduced later this year and will enable you to do stuff like surfing or scuba diving with your new action camera, just like with your good ol’ GoPro.
Pricing and availability
The LG action cam will hit South Korea next month and will continue its journey to key markets worldwide from there. No word on pricing yet.
Prices, specifications and carrier details will be announced locally at the time of launch.
So we will have to wait a little longer in order to get all the information, but for the time being this little camera certainly looks promising.
For the full press release, visit LG’s site.