Graava: an action camera that also edits footage for you

Graava action cameraIf you’ve ever used an action camera, you’ll know how easy it is to end up with hours of footage that you never do anything with. If that sounds all too familiar, the new Graava action cam could be just what you need. This smart little camera not only films your activity, but edits the footage to provide you with a short clip of the highlights that you can share without fear of boring your audience to tears.

The Graava action cam uses motion, audio, accelerometer and GPS sensors, as well as voice cues, to pick out the best bits of your footage. All you have to do is select a sountrack and the length of your edit, and the camera will generate a short film for you. If you’re not happy with the end result, you also have the option to select the sections yourself or edit the footage manually.

The camera can shoot three hours of continuous full HD 1080p video at 30 fps (or 720p at 60 fps) per charge, and can also take 4K hyperlapse video and 8 megapixel photos. It’s also water resistant, has wireless charging, and Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Graava has just been made available for pre-order at $249 (eventually going up to $399 when it goes on general sale) with shipping expected to begin in February 2016.

What do you think of Graava action cam? Would you trust it to edit your videos for you?

Lily: the flying camera that follows your every move

Lily CamOver the past year several camera-carrying drones have emerged on the scene, including Nixie wearable drone, Hexo+ and the Go Pro drone, to name a few. However, the most exciting sounding yet is Lily Camera, which has just been launched, quite literally, by a small start-up in the US.

Rather than being a drone that carries an action cam, Lily Camera is being marketed as a flying camera that will follow and film you autonomously. All you have to do is throw it into the air and it will begin filming, tracking your every movement via a small GPS device worn either on the wrist on in a pocket. For more accurate framing, it will also have computer vision technology that will recognise your face.

The HD camera shoots 1080p at 60 frames per second or 720p at 120 fps, and stills at 12 megapixels. It can even sense the nature of your activity and trigger burst mode or slow mode accordingly.

Lily Camera is also extremely durable, with a polycarbonate hull to withstand crashes and a waterproof rating of IP67. For extra protection, the camera is also internal rather than being mounted externally. The tracking device is water resistant and comes with a waterproof case that can be used if it’s likely to be fully submerged.

It has a 2 hour charge time, which provides 20 minutes of flight, and comes with a 4GB micro SD and external memory card slot.

The device is still a work in progress and there are several issues that need to be ironed out before it goes on general sale, however it’s just been made available for pre-order at $499 (£322), which is significantly cheaper than the projected $899 (£580) retail price.

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GoPro to launch its own drones

Drone_with_GoPro_digital_camera_mounted_underneath_-_22_April_2013Having just released its new range of action cameras, Go Pro is now reportedly working on its own line of consumer drones. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Go Pro plans to launch its own drones towards the end of next year, priced somewhere in the region of $500 – $1000 (approx. £320 – £650).

The drones, which have been described as multi-rotor helicopters, will come equipped with a high definition Go Pro camera, and be used to take incredible aerial footage.

There are already several companies developing consumer drones designed to carry action cameras such as the Go Pro, so it’s no wonder that Go Pro want to get in on the action themselves. With DJI and Parrot both having launched new models recently, and 3D Robotics and Hexo+ set to release their versions soon, it’s already a pretty crowded marketplace, but GoPro’s reputation should give it a foot up, especially if the price is right.

Chest harnesses and helmet mounts could soon be a thing of the past!

Would you buy a drone for action photography?

Go Pro announces new Hero 4 range

Go pro hero 4Go Pro has just announced three new action cameras including two high-end models and a budget version.

Rather than replace the previous range of Hero 3 cameras, the new models are intended to expand on the current range and offer the consumer more choice, although the advanced features of the new premium models are certain to make owners of the current versions desperate to upgrade.

The Go Pro Hero 4 Black is Go Pro’s most sophisticated camera to date and is capable of capturing cinema quality 4K video at 30 frames per second, which is twice as good as its predecessor. It can also film 2.7K video at 50 fps and 1080p video at 120 fps, and has a gopro-hero4-640x0completely redesigned audio system that captures high fidelity sound with 2x the dynamic range of previous models. Other enhancements include improved image quality, low light performance and an easier to use interface.

The Go Pro Hero 4 Silver substitutes the 4K filming capability for touch screen controls that make the camera easier to use. It can record 2.7K video at 30fps, 1080p video at 60fps, and 720p video at 120fps, and has the same image quality as the Black.

The third new camera is a budget version, dubbed simply the Go Pro Hero, and is designed to target a wider market that may not previously have been able to justify spending £200+ on an action camera. The Hero can capture video at up to 1080p at 30fps GoPro-HERO-Budget-Camera-to-Be-Unveiled-Along-GoPro-HERO4-on-October-8-460243-2and 720p at 60fps, has a lower resolution camera, and generally lower specs, but is still a good little camera for novice filmmakers.

Freestyle skier Xavier La Rue and Danny MacAskill have already got their hands on a Go Pro Hero 4 Black and Silver respectively so we can’t wait to see what they produce with them!

The Go Pro Hero will be priced at £100, the Hero 4 Silver £290, and the Hero 4 Black £370. All three will go on sale on 5 October.

What do you think of the new Go Pro Range? Will you be buying one?