JVC's New ADIXXION Action Camera Rivals GoPro

In the world of action cameras, GoPro currently rules the roost. But there's always room for competition, and JVC is hoping to steal a bit of the market share with an updated version of its own tough-as-nails, go-anywhere recording machine. The upgraded GC-XA2 ADIXXION was announced today, offering a water-, shock-, dust- and freeze-proof chassis. In terms of specification improvements, they include 1920 x 1080 60p/50p Progressive Full HD recording, and 1280 x 720 high-speed recording at 120fps/100fps for 4x slow-motion playback. Other upgrades include a brighter and wider-angle optical lens, improved image stabilization, a higher-resolution LCD monitor with Auto off and Auto brightness functions, a higher-resolution image sensor, a higher audio bit rate and better noise reduction.

The GC-XA2 also connects to Wi-Fi much quicker and can use itself as an access point for streaming live to a smartphone or to USTREAM, uploading to YouTube, and still image transfer. The new JVC ADIXXION app offers Quad View, among other features, which allows video streams from four separate ADIXXION cameras to be viewed simultaneously on a smartphone screen. The camera features a combination of shock-absorbent internal construction, watertight gasket-protected body casing, and a durable rubber outer skin. The body (including battery, LCD and Wi-Fi) is a lightweight 135g (0.3lbs), with mounting holes located both on the bottom and side for flexibility in mounting.

The GC-XA2 also offers time-lapse recording for photos as well as video. Burst mode takes multiple stills at up to 15 frames per second, and Simultaneous REC enables photo and video shooting at the same time. Creative functions include four built-in visual effects to spice up videos and make any situation look more unique and eye-catching. The GC-XA2 is fitted with an F2.4 lens with an angle of 137° at 1080p/720p/WVGA modes and 152° at 960p/still picture modes. The digital image stabilizer is improved through the use of a Gyro Sensor, which senses movements and adjusts the stabilizer to compensate. The image sensor is now an eight megapixel back illuminated CMOS, and the new LCD monitor offers a resolution of 115k pixels.

It'll go on sale in late July for $299.95, which is actually cheaper than the launch point of its prior siblings. The only question is: what extreme sport are you planning to engage in so you can justify the purchase?
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