Toshiba is the latest company to issue a response to GoPro’s Hero cameras with the introduction of the Camileo X-Sports action camera.
Toshiba has been making Camileo camcorders for a while now, but this time the company is dead serious about taking over GoPro’s action camera reign. The Heros continue to sell well and their popularity levels are unmatched for the time being. However, Toshiba has launched a new action camera, called Camileo X-Sports, which is aiming to make people forget about GoPro and its shooters.
Toshiba unveils Camileo X-Sports camcorder, taking a swipe at GoPro
The Toshiba Camileo X-Sports action camera specs list begins with a 2-inch LCD screen, allowing videographers to frame their movies and to input the shooting settings.
The list also includes a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor with full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording support. The maximum frame rate is 60fps, though it can be dropped to 30fps to preserve battery life. It is worth noting that video resolution can also go down, which should save some energy.
The focal length equivalent of the lens is not given, but the company says it is an ultra wide-angle optic. There is no optical zoom, but the digital zoom reaches 10x, while the electronic image stabilization technology keeps videos steady.
Toshiba Camileo X-Sports is shockproof, but a special casing turns it into a waterproof camera
The Japanese company will supply a waterproof casing, allowing users to take the camera in the harshest conditions. This housing will be snowproof and even shockproof, so that its action fans can film their skiing, snowboarding, swimming, running, or biking adventures.
It appears that the case’s waterproof rating allows the Camileo X-Sports to reach depths of 60 meters. However, without the casing, it withstands 1.5-meter drops and does not go underwater.
Camileo X-Sports action camera comes with built-in WiFi
Toshiba’s new action camcorder stores videos on microSD/SDHC/SDXC cards. It features multiple scene modes, including photo burst and time-lapse photography. Other features include microUSB and miniHDMI ports, along with a self-timer.
The Camileo X-Sports is capable of shooting photos and videos at the same time. The resulting multimedia content can be easily backed up on a smartphone or tablet with the help of WiFi and the free WiFi Connect app.
The dimensions of the camera are 73 x 49.5 x 29.5mm and its weight stands at 94 grams with the battery included, but without the waterproof casing.
Shipping begins in Q4 2013 along with a long list of free accessories
A long list of accessories will be supplied in the package for free. According to Toshiba, the Camileo X-Sports camera will come packed with a wristband remote control, bike mount, surfboard mount, flat clip mount, side mount, tripod mount, helmet mount, curved adhesive mount, and waterproof casing.
The optional accessories list includes long clip, chest strap, and head strap mounts. However, their prices remain unknown for now.
This “GoPro Hero-killer” will become available for purchase in Q4 2013 for a price of €250 in Europe. US availability and price details have not been announced, yet.