Wi-Fi connectivity and gadgets go submit hand, from smartphones and tablets to games consoles and televisions, the capability to connect and give the world wide web has become a normal element of everyday life for many of us.
However, while phones, tablets and such like have now been utilising Wi-Fi functionality for what may seem like forever, it’s taken a little while longer for other aspects of the technology/gadget market to catch up, including action cameras.
However, times they are a changin ‘, and the recent flurry of Wi-Fi action cameras to enter the market shows that the Wi-Fi revolution has well and truly arrived in action camera town. But what’s the idea of everything, and does Wi-Fi compatibility justify the extra spend?
Basically, the clear answer is yes, and here is a few reasons why.
Handy remote control – By utilizing the designated Wi-Fi remote or connected mobile device, users have the ability to access the camera’s settings and switch between modes without actually having to the touch camera itself ckick here. Remote functionality is very useful in situations where a camera is mounted out of reach, such as on the outside of a vehicle, or along with a helmet.
Viewfinder – Users can turn their mobile device into a live viewfinder, allowing them to predict a person’s eye of the camera (so to speak) in order to make shots and check the camera’s positioning while on the go. Again, this is very useful once the camera is mounted out of reach.
Streaming – Users have the ability to stream footage live to a smartphone, computer or tablet, so themselves and friends can watch the action because it happens.
Sharing – Not only can users stream footage live, in most cases users have the ability to upload it right to the social web, be it Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. This is not only helpful for showing off your skills, but in addition for freeing up space on the memory card.
Other cool stuff – As the features above may be related to the majority of Wi-Fi enabled action cameras, all models do differ slightly, and certain cameras offer their particular unique features. For example, using the GoPro mobile application or Wi-Fi remote, users have the ability to control around 50 GoPro Hero2 or Hero3 cameras at exactly the same time. While few people will own that lots of cameras, the feature may come in useful when shooting big scenes from multiple angles, for example.
Another example may be the iON Air Pro WiFi, which in place of saving data to a memory card, utilises cloud technology to store all videos and images.
Action camera technology is just planning to progress further, and because it does Wi-Fi will undoubtedly be utilised more – the newest cameras from the kind of GoPro, Drift, Sony and JVC are indications of this. For anyone buying new action camera, there’s every reason to invest in WiFi, particularly for those who own a smartphone.