GoPros and other action cameras are great, but they're limited to whatever field of view is offered by the built-in lens. The Novo Camera ($300/day, $900/week) is designed to overcome this limitation by repurposing a GoPro Hero3 in a tiny, lightweight aluminum housing that can accept C-Mount lenses and adding new exposure control capabilities, opening up a slew of new artistic possibilities. Not to worry though — it still offers most of the key features of the Hero3, including the LCD touch screen, WiFi connectivity, and up to 4K video recording. Unfortunately for those looking to add it to their arsenal full-time, it's available for rent only.
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera was a near-instant hit with budding movie-makers — but its size meant that it wasn't exactly a grab-n-go solution. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera ($1,000) is. This pocket-friendly video recorder features a Super 16mm-sized, 1080p-capable sensor with an impressive 13 stops of dynamic range, an SD slot for expandable storage, and compatibility with Micro Four Thirds lenses. The big deal, however, is the ability to record in Apple ProRes or lossless CinemaDNG RAW formats, capturing far more detail than you'd get from your standard video-capable pocket cam. Coming to a shoot near you in July.
Want the best action camera yet? You're looking at it. The new GoPro Hero 3 ($200-$400) continues the legendary line with three new models. While the base White Edition — 5MP still capture with 3 fps burst, 30fps 1080p video — and mid-range Silver — 11MP stills with 10 fps burst — are nice, the really exciting one is the Black Edition. While it's not actually black, it does offer the ability to record 4K footage — albeit at a paltry 15 fps — 60 fps 1080p recording, 120 fps at 720p quality, 12MP stills with 30 fps burst, and pro-level low-light performance. In addition, all three models come with a waterproof housing and offer built-in Wi-Fi and compatibility with the GoPro App — but only the Black Edition includes a dedicated Wi-Fi remote.
Not content with simply recording video of your adventures? The Contour+2 Camera ($400) has your back. In addition to 1080p video recording, it features built-in GPS for adding overlays with speed, elevation, and distance, Bluetooth for previewing your shot from your smarpthone, a locking instant on-record switch, slow-motion recording of 120 fps in 480p, and an included waterproof case. Creating compelling content? That's up to you.
Go Pro just got some serious competition. The appropriately-named Sony Action Cam ($200-$270) is set to make a run at the current POV sports cam king, by leveraging well-tested Sony imaging technologies like a 16-megapixel Exmor R sensor, ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, SteadyShot image stabilization, Full HD recording with a 4x slow mode available at 720p, Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC slots, a built-in stereo microphone, and an HDMI output. An included, ruggedized waterproof case with a universal tripod mount will keep the electronics safe from water down to 197 feet, and there will also be a Wi-Fi version that allows for easy retrieval of your latest videos using nothing but a smartphone — no cable required.
Overlook the ridiculous name and the equally ridiculous "Quad Proof" labeling on its side, and you'll find that the JVC Adixxion Camcorder ($350) is a quite capable rugged-cam. Sporting a five-megapixel CMOS sensor, it can capture full HD video at 30p, 720 video at 60p, and features a super-wide lens, a 1.5-inch LCD for playback, the ability to grab full-resolution stills, an SDXC card slot, a time-lapse mode, a mini-HDMI output, included goggle and flexible mounts, and a robust design that's shockproof, dustproof, freeze proof, and waterproof down to 15 feet. Arriving later this summer.
Sure, if you've bought a DSLR in the last couple of years, odds are it can record video. But thanks to its built-in video compression, the results might not be what you're looking for — and if so, you might want to try the Blackmagic Cinema Camera ($3,000). Sporting a compact design, it features a high-resolution 2.5K sensor, a built-in SSD with RAW video recording capability, 13 stops of dynamic range, Thunderbolt in/out capability, a large LCD touchscreen display, and compatibility with Canon EF and Zeiss ZF lenses. If you're in, you can start scheduling your shoots for July.
8mm digital camera? Yup, we were confused too, but not after seeing some footage shot with the Fuuvi Bee Pocket Camcorder ($80). This retro-styled shooter records dreamy, old-school looking 640x480 video — complete with "noisy speech" — onto MicroSD/SDHC cards, and runs for up to 100 minutes on its rechargeable battery. Oh, and did we mention it's ridiculously small? Yeah, that too. [via]
Red's not the only one getting into the digital cinema game. The Canon EOS C300 Camera ($20,000) leans on the company's recent triumphs in DSLR video to deliver a unique camera aimed squarely at the motion picture crowd. Features include an all-new, Super 35 mm-equivalent, 8.29 megapixel CMOS sensor with oversized pixels for greater performance in low light and reduced noise, a compact body, a DIGIC DV III image processor, dual CF card slots, a full array of industry-standard terminals, and a front-facing lens mount capable of accepting either industry standard PL mount or EF EOS and EF Cinema lenses. The only downside? It peaks at 1080, so if you're looking to future-proof your footage, you'd best give Scarlet another look.
Whether you're looking to take your DSLR-based videography skills to the next level or just have a ton of cash to blow on a new camera, the Red Scarlet-X Camera ($9,750 and up) won't disappoint. Powered by the company's 14 megapixel Mysterium-X sensor, it can shoot full-frame stills at up to 12 fps, as well as 4K video at 30fps — which means 30 stills, if you so desire — and 1080p at 60fps, using PL mount or Canon lenses, with recordings saved to an onboard SSD, while you monitor things via a 5-inch touchscreen display or "Bomb EVF" high definition viewfinder. A full package, including the "brain," an aluminum Canon mount , SSD module, side handle, 5-inch LCD, and batteries will run around $14,000. Oh, and if you plan on saving any of this goodness for posterity, plan on buying more storage. Lots of storage.
Planning to make a record of your outdoor triumphs and bloopers? There's no better tool for the job than the GoPro Hero 2 Camera ($300). Available in outdoor, motorsports, or surfing versions — each with specific accessories for the task — all of the Hero 2s offer a sharper lens and improved low light capability compared to the original Hero, the ability to shoot 11 megapixel stills at speeds up to 10 fps, your choice of wide (170º), medium (127º), or narrow (90º) field of view when shooting 1080p video, the ability to capture WVGA video at 120 fps or 720p video at 60 fps, and, of course, a rugged housing that's waterproof to nearly 200 feet, and ensures that your camera won't bite it even if you do. [Scouted by JR]
Capture life's moments in rain, shine, or underwater with the Kodak Playfull Waterproof Video Camera ($100). Weighing just three ounces and sporting a thin body that's about the size of a credit card, the Playfull captures 720p video to SD/SDHC storage in nearly any conditions -- including up to ten feet underwater -- and also offers a macro mode, digital image stabilization, a pop-out USB arm for easy transfer to a computer, and a two-inch LCD for reviewing clips as soon as you're done shooting.