Nikon has entered the action camera market at Photokina 2016 with three all new fully featured models; the KeyMission 170, KeyMission 80 and flagship KeyMission 360.
The Mission 360 was announced earlier this year and is a wearable action camera designed to capture true 360 video in 4K UHD. This means that you will be able to capture fully immersive 360 degree VR footage with just one camera.
The 360 model has been joined by two further action cameras;
Styled along the familiar action camera lines the KeyMission 170 features 4K video at 30fps and is shockproof and waterproof to 10m. It’s an all in one design that means that there is no separate waterproof housing as standard (A 40m housing will be available) this should make use and control of the camera exceptionally easy for first time users.
As with action cameras such as the GoPro Hero range the KeyMission 170 features a 170 degree field of view. Shooting modes include Slow motion, Superlapse and Timelapse movie giving a good basic selection of capture options. It also feature Wifi connectivity so it can be controlled and operated through the new KeyMission Utility app.
4K video capture at 30 fps is the big resolution hit, but for extreme sports enthusiasts the 1080p at 60fps is of more interest in order to capture fast paced action, we’ll bring you more on other resolutions and frame rates as we find out.
Both the 360 and 170 feature the SnapBridge 360/170 app this enables the camera’s to be used remotely for shooting and movie editing. As with the SnapBridge technology that features on Nikon’s latest stills cameras it enables a constant connection to a paired mobile device. This means that photos taken with the camera can be automatically transferred between devices without the need to reconnect.
The KeyMission 80 is the other addition to the new range. Designed as a tuff wearable camera it’s ready to shoot stills and movies at any time. Fronted by a small Nikkor lens the camera is waterproof to 1m and shockproof to 1.5m.
Designed to be quick and easy to use, the KeyMission 80 features a snap-on magnetic attachment to attach and detach as needed, it also features touch-control. If you want to shoot selfies then the small second camera will capture images at 4.9 million pixels.
The KeyMission 80 supports the SnapBridge app which will be slightly different to the App for the 360/170 app but still enables the constant connection between the camera and a mobile device.
As always with action cameras the camera is just the start of the story. On release a large range of mounts and accessories will also be available and these include; Vented Helmet Strap Mount, Chest Mount, Surfboard Mount and Handy Grip.
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