CES 2015 : New High Tech Kit for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Action Cam and Live View Remote: It seems like everyone is jumping on the
outdoor camera bandwagon and Sony flexes their muscles with the new Action Cam
which records full HD video with rich 60Mbps data, and also features some of the
most advanced SteadyShot image stabilization seen to date. The camera also has a
built in stereo mic with wind noise reduction.
The Sony Action Cam is designed to be worn
wherever your adventures take you
Sony already has a huge variety of accessories for the Action Cam and users can
access a plethora of different options, underwater housings, chest mounts, car
mounts, and even a dog mount! The Action Cam by itself is already splash proof
and retails for $299.99 each.
Mount one on your car, ATV, Kayak and control up
to five of them with a single remote
The Sony Action Cam offers extreme versatility with the ability to control up to
5 action cams via a smartphone or Sony LiveView remote. This new master remote
allows users to watch the action as it is being recorded making it possible to
control your Action Cam units in real-time.
The Live View Remote allows anglers to control
multiple Action Cams in realtime, seeing exactly what they are seeing and
The Sony Live View Remote is also waterproof and shockproof so you have no fear
of getting down and dirty with the rest of your gear. The remote can be worn
right on your wrist for convenience, and will retail for $149.99 when it becomes
available in the next few months.
Just some of the many accessories that Sony
already offers for the Action Cam
Garmin VIRB: Most anglers probably know Garmin best for their
GPS/Fishfinder units but the company is also getting into the HD video recorder
business with their VIRB Series. Garmin VIRB looks much more rugged than most
cameras and is capable of 1080p HD video recording and taking pictures with a
16megapixel CMOS image processor.
Garmin enters the HD recording arena with the
A 1.4" full color Chroma display is on the top of the unit making it easier to
setup and play back video. It is designed to be always on during operation but
also use minimal power when doing so. Unlike many other cameras that seem to run
out of juice just when the action heats up the VIRB has a class leading 1000 mAH
lithium-ion battery that is designed to last 3 hours when recording 1080p video.
The VIRB has a built in 1.4" display and a high
sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and barometric altimeter
Since the VIRB is from Garmin you probably guessed that it comes with GPS and
Wi-Fi capability. The GPS is used for data stamping which automatically records
movements for you to review and the W-Fi enables users to access the camera with
a smartphone or computer so you can image preview or adjust settings and record
and stop the camera or remotely snap still images, even when the VIRB is
recording. The VIRB is available now for $269.99 and there is also a variety of
accessories to help you mount the camera to whatever gear you desire.
The VIRB is shown at the show mounted to a
helmet, the options really are endless
Thanks for joining us on our whirlwind look at some of these cutting edge
outdoor products this CES. Chances are your reading this very article on a
laptop, tablet or smartphone, which makes you a “connected” angler. The last few
years has brought an amazing amount of innovation and that trend will only
continue as manufacturers try and introduce new technologies and gadgets that
plug into our daily lives.
Getting on the flight back to the Bay Area from
Las Vegas and Zander checks his FitBit. 24,063 steps or approximately 11.25
miles walked mostly on the CES show floor
While there is definitely something that can be said
about leaving all your electronics at home, going fishing and simply
“unplugging,” there is no doubt that most of us will leverage some of this
technology as we seek new ways to enjoy, track and monitor our experiences in the outdoors moving forward.