For some, the world of utmost sports activities is as a lot about capturing and sharing the motion as it’s concerning the sport itself. The motion is captured on small light-weight cameras, connected to an individual or equipment, and the best-known title on this market is GoPro.
However GoPro cameras will not be the one possibility, and there are some critical rivals. TomTom could also be new to the sector, but it surely has positively executed its homework with the Bandit. The putting white physique is detailed with a purple band which immediately makes the Bandit stand out.
It isn’t simply concerning the appears to be like, although, as this small digital camera options GPS, built-in movement and coronary heart charge sensors, 4K video and sluggish movement seize alongside a breakthrough cellular app. You solely have to spend a short while with this digital camera to understand that the GoPro Hero now has a critical rival.
TomTom’s consideration to design element and value is clear from the outset. The outside of the digital camera is neat and tidy with a big, straightforward to learn LCD – although this isn’t a stay view display; it merely reveals menu settings alongside the digital camera’s chosen mode and choices. A separate 4 approach management panel and cease button be part of it on prime, whereas the again of the digital camera options the beginning and spotlight button – this allows you to immediately tag clips as they’re recording. On the bottom is the mount that allows you to connect the digital camera to your self or your equipment, and apart from that the remainder of the physique is clear.
Video decision and body charge is essential to capturing the motion and the Bandit meets that demand with 4K at 15 frames per second (fps), 2.7k at 30fps, 1080p at 60/30 fps and 720p at 60/120fps, enabling sluggish movement seize. The Bandit may shoot time-lapse sequences and seize stills at as much as 16 megapixels.
It is obtainable in two packs; the Base Pack consists of the digital camera, adhesive mounts and GoPro adapter, whereas the costlier Premium Pack features a bike mount, 360 pitch mount, waterproof lens cowl and distant.
There are fairly a number of variations between the design of the Bandit and different motion cameras, exhibiting that the designers have actually considered who and the way this digital camera might be used.
The battery pack is an efficient instance because it provides three hours of use when recording 1080p at 30fps. This does drop if options akin to Wi-Fi are in use, but it surely’s nonetheless very respectable. Energy is equipped via the Batt-Stick, a unit that slots into the again of the digital camera. This encompasses a USB connector and MicroSD card slot, so there is no want for extra cables or a card reader – this unit does all of it and is a very nice contact.
It additionally implies that if you realize you are not going to have entry to mains energy you may carry further Batt-Sticks with you. Underneath the Begin / Spotlight button on the again of the Batt-Stick is a small rubber flap that protects the port for the non-compulsory USB connection cable.
The bottom pack just isn’t waterproof out of the field and arrives with the usual lens cowl which is simply splash proof. Nonetheless, utilizing the same twist launch system because the Batt-Stick, the lens cowl may be eliminated and changed with the Dive lens cowl – this may be purchased as an non-compulsory additional and provides as much as 40m water proofing.
The ultimate associated characteristic is the mount, and this can be a utterly new mechanism that makes use of two spring loaded clips and slots to connect. There are a sequence of mounts for attaching the digital camera on to helmets, bikes and boards, and TomTom has additionally launched a GoPro mount adapter which is included in each Base and Premium Pack, enabling you to make use of the digital camera with any customary GoPro mount.
The way in which the mount attaches to the digital camera is one other characteristic that differs dramatically to the rest we have but seen on an motion digital camera. The digital camera a part of the mount may be rotated via 180 levels across the physique enabling you to simply place the digital camera as wanted. Nonetheless, not like the Drift sequence of cameras, which have a rotating lens that adjustments the orientation of the footage, the Bandit’s mount rotation is admittedly designed to allow you to rotate the digital camera into the proper orientation – this makes the digital camera extraordinarily straightforward to mount.
Motion cameras must be straightforward to make use of and the Bandit definitely scores for usability and navigation. You turn it on utilizing the Begin button on the rear, and a small flashing GPS icon may be seen within the prime left of the LCD, exhibiting that the digital camera is trying to select up a GPS sign. In our take a look at we discovered that the Bandit would normally join in lower than a minute. Additionally alongside the highest are the MicroSD card image that reveals card is put in and the battery energy indicator.
The primary a part of the display shows both the mode or settings and these are navigated utilizing the massive Management Button. The preliminary display allows you to choose the mode, together with Photograph, Video, Gradual Movement, Time-Lapse and Cinematic. Deciding on one in all these takes you to a display, relying on mode, that allows you to connect with Wi-Fi, examine the settings of the inbuilt sensors, akin to velocity or a linked coronary heart monitor, and the MicroSD card capability (hours remaining).
In contrast with these on many different motion cameras, this menu may appear easy with far fewer settings and changes, however really for a digital camera that’s merely designed so that you can get out and seize the motion that is actually all you need. This simplicity of modes and settings is mirrored within the sluggish movement and cinematic choices, utilizing straightforward to grasp phrases that can allow anybody to select up the digital camera and perceive what every mode and possibility is.
By default, the Gradual Movement characteristic drops the complete HD decision all the way down to 720p however permits a body charge of 120fps, and the result’s that for each one second of actual time you will get 4 seconds of clean sluggish movement playback – the decision and body charge may be adjusted, although. Cinematic mode offers you entry to 2.7k and 4k capturing, however the 4K means is restricted to 15 fps so whereas the footage has an enormous decision movement can look a bit stilted in playback. Nonetheless, as a compromise between 4K and Full HD there’s the choice to shoot 2.7K at 30fps. This body charge and backbone is simply sufficient to look good on a 4K display with clean movement.
Upon getting chosen the mode and settings that you really want it is only a case of hitting the Begin button on the again to report and the second button on prime to cease. If you wish to spotlight footage as you are recording then hitting the Begin button on the again will add a spotlight to that clip, a very useful characteristic in the case of organising and viewing clips later.
As a digital camera for recording the motion it is all quite simple and alongside the traces of many different motion cameras however for the Bandit there’s a complete lot extra when you hook up with the app.
To attach the digital camera to the cellular app, you turn on Wi-Fi by pushing up on the 4 approach management panel, then swap to your cellular system and choose the Wi-Fi community from the record within the settings. The TomTom Bandit app is a free obtain from the apple retailer and an Android model might be obtainable quickly.
As soon as loaded and linked, the app shows a stay stream of what the digital camera sees immediately seems on the app’s interface. This preliminary display additionally allows you to rapidly change between the completely different modes and alter the chosen mode’s settings.
The velocity of this stay view is a step up from some other motion digital camera, with little delay between what’s taking place and what seems on display – with different motion cameras, there’s at all times a noticeable delay, so this can be a big enchancment.
Clicking the menu button, illustrated by a circle with three small dots, brings up the opposite sections of the app, enabling the Viewfinder, My Library, Create a Story, Digital camera Standing and Preferences. The Viewfinder possibility is the default display. My Library reveals all the recordsdata recorded on the digital camera and Digital camera Standing and Preferences are actually simply present details about the digital camera.
The Create a Story part is the place this app actually stands out. You simply shake the cellular system and, primarily based on highlights taken from the in-built sensors akin to GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope and stress meters or from footage that you’ve highlighted, the App rapidly edits and builds a compilation film. This course of takes seconds and the collection of pictures is spectacular due to the info the app reads from the sensors. Every clip is edited to only a few seconds’ motion, creating an thrilling and fascinating video brief able to add and share.
When you discover that there’s a clip or two that you do not need then you may scroll via the saved clips and take away or add clips as required. When you resolve that you simply need to manually add highlights then clicking the Add Highlights icon relatively than shaking the cellular system allows you to compile your choice manually. There are a few further options that end the app off properly together with a velocity and G-force overlay and the flexibility so as to add a soundtrack out of your music library. As soon as completed the video can then be processed, saved and uploaded to your alternative of vacation spot.
Motion cameras are about capturing and sharing the second and whereas many allow you to report at unbelievable high quality few allow you to so simply share that footage with out spending time at a pc modifying.
The video high quality is great, exhibiting loads of element nicely saturated color, and the Bandit copes nicely with adjustments in publicity. The three hours of recording time at 1080p at 30fps implies that this small digital camera will not run out of steam earlier than you do, and USB charging and the supply of further battery packs means you may simply carry a reserve if wanted.
The Create a Story characteristic actually makes this digital camera stand out – it makes it probably the most full and fascinating motion digital camera in the marketplace. The Bandit provides a terrific mix of options and high quality, and whilst you do want to purchase the extra waterproof lens cowl to guard the digital camera throughout watersports, it is not an costly additional, and it is included within the costlier premium pack.