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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10 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

LG... Smh. So Is this what you've decided to come up with after so long? Along with them useless camera grip and CRAP modules? What a dud.

7. burekbrigada

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

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.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Poor fanboy who hate other android OEM. you know you can use it on your android device no matter the OEM right?

2. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

"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?

6. ECPirate37

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Kudos to you! Those were my exact two points. It would have been much more congruent to say "don't have to bring your G5 along, but then... iPhone.

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2192; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

So it uses the same sensor (IMX377) as the HTC 10, 6P & 5X

4. FluffyBled unregistered

Looks like with resolutions in mind ... you also wrote 1440mAh ... :P (Press release says 1400)

5. Rydsmith unregistered

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.

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

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.

10. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

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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