New 'Friend' on the block - LG's new standalone Action CAM LTE shoots 4K & streams to YouTube


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.

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