New 'Friend' on the block - LG's new standalone Action CAM LTE shoots 4K & streams to YouTube
posted by Peter K. / May 12, 2016, 6:43 AM
LG just announced a new addition to its scarcely-populated Friends ecosystem of mobile accessories that may work with or without your trusty LG phone. The new device—the Action CAM LTE—is nothing but an action camera that aims to one-up GoPro cameras with standalone streaming to YouTube and other video hubs.
Yep, most self-respecting action cams already support streaming to the more popular video websites, but the majority of them require you to pair them with a smartphone. LG's new camera doesn't - it's a standalone LTE-enabled gadget that doesn't care if you bring your iPhone along while trekking or not. Apart from streaming your adventures, the LG Action CAM LTE can also be used as a dashcam or a CCTV surveillance camera.
It's waterproof (IP67-certified), meaning you can immerse it in a meter of water for as long as 30 minutes and it will function as intended afterward. LG is planning to release a fully watertight case later on, which will make the gizmo perfectly suitable for, say, surfing or scuba diving.
Specs-wise, the 1/2.3"sensor's a 12.3MP one and is capable of shooting 4K video at 30fps, Full HD video at 60fps, or HD at 120fps. If you want to live-stream, you are limited to HD video at 30 frames per second, though. There's a microSD card slot that supports microSD cards up to 2TB in size (good luck finding one) and a 1,440mAh battery to keep the show going for up to 4 hours when you're shooting Full HD vids.
Pricing and availability are to be announced later on.
SEOUL, May 12, 2016 ― The newest addition to LG Electronics' (LG) Friend ecosystem is the first action camera to be available globally with LTE connectivity built-in, allowing users to stream directly to sites such as YouTube Live without a smartphone. The device, LG Action CAMLTE, will launch in South Korea next month followed by key markets worldwide including North America and Europe. In addition to its live streaming feature, LG Action CAMLTE will offer remote access* functionality via 3G and LTE which will enable the device to be used as a CCTV camera for home monitoring or as an automobile dash camera. Action CAMLTE users can download recorded images and videos on their paired smartphones.
With a rating of IP67, the LG Action CAMLTE is completely protected from dust, sand and can be immersed in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. A completely waterproof case (available in the third quarter) will enable the camera to participate in more vigorous activities such as surfing and scuba diving. With the optional mount, the LG Action CAMLTE can capture smooth videos while attached to helmets, bicycles, cars and other fast moving objects. With a generous 1,400mAh battery the camera boasts an industry-leading Full HD recording time of up to four hours.
"We are committed to expanding the LG Playground ecosystem with both modules and standalone accessories and Action CAMLTE is one of many more that we plan to announce this year," said Juno Cho, LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company president. "Action CAMLTE is an example of the kind of innovation we will be bringing to market, devices that offer features unavailable in other competing products."
Prices, specifications and carrier details will be announced locally at the time of launch.
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 Weight: 95g Battery: 1,400mAh Others: IP67 / GPS / Accelerometer / Gyroscope Color: Light Gray
Huh ...? This gadget have absolute no connection with G5 Friends except manufacturer. It is a rushed answer to TomTom Bandit action camera, to be precise it can in future become answer because needed hardware is present.
Everyone in industry is caught off guard with TomTom camera, and not established players (like LG) see their chance because market will be changed.
"LG's new camera doesn't - it's a standalone LTE-enabled gadget that doesn't care if you bring your iPhone along while trekking or not."
I got 2 comments here:
- Since this camera works standalone, it doesn't qualify as a "Friend" per se does it?
- You had to write the word "iPhone" in the article, didn't you PA?
Why is this called a "friend" if you don't need the LG G5?
Between the shoddy build quality of the phone and their inability to even support their own device, I wonder if they even care about the mobile space as much as they would like us to believe.
Nothing shaddy about build Quality not a single client who got it at the store i work complained.
Some ppl need to start trying device before speaking as review are getting less and less neutral over time.
Most of these friends dont even connect to the phone :/ 6 friends including this, but only 2 connect to the phone and make use of the "modular"capabilities of the device. Seems like a waste of potential tbh
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