An alternative to buying an action camera that attaches to bikes or helmets using various mounts is to get a camera you could wear on your forehead.
Oddly enough, the Forearm X1 wearable camera reminds me of the head flashlights miners wear. Those devices turned more mainstream when hikers discovered their usefulness, and while this piece of wearable tech is far more discreet, the resemblance is uncanny. Needless to say, this head-mounted miniature camera is not for every type of sport, as it may be uncomfortable to wear during biking or skiing. More than that, due to the helmets worn while performing such sports, the camera may not even be able to record all the action properly. The manufacturer emphasized that this product is water resistant, so wearing it while surfing might be a great suggestion.
Sporting an Ambarella A7 sensor, the Forearm X1 is capable of shooting video in 1080p at 30fps. The 87-degree wide angle lens helps people capture more of the action. To ensure that none of the clips you’re filming get lost, you have the option to connect the wearable camera to your smartphone or tablet using Wi-Fi connectivity, in order to sync the videos and photos straight in the cloud. Besides that, there’s the social sharing, one of the most important aspects of this device. At the touch of a button, you can share the clips on social network platforms, fact that will save you a lot of time you would otherwise spend on converting the files and uploading them to the social media sites.
Head-mounted cameras, not necessarily in this shape and size, could prove to be very convenient, as you won’t have to worry anymore whether the image is framed properly or not. What you see is most probably what is recorded, given the short distance between the lens and your eyes. This could make action recording more natural. Forearm X1 could take the interaction with what you’re filming to a new level.
There’s no word on how long of a video you can record using the built-in 1160mAh battery, but at least there’s no limitation on the storage you can use. The camera supports Class 10 or better microSD cards of up to 32GB, and since the price of these has gone down in the recent past, having a couple of these with you while filming wouldn’t hurt.
Available in green, red, orange, pink, or black, the Forearm X1 wearable camera costs $169, which might sound like a lot, but you need to keep in mind that this is not your typical action cam.
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