GoPro has dominated the action cam market pretty much ever since it launched, but the folks at Mofily have introduced YoCam, a tiny waterproof camera that gives the GoPro Session a run for its money.
The YoCam, which has raised nearly $400K on Kickstarter, surpassing their initial $80K goal by over 478%, has a bunch of useful features: it's small, light, shoots 2.7K at 30p, has remote connectivity, and contains MoSteady image stabilization. Check out their Kickstarter video below to learn more about it, as well as see some sample footage:
- 2.7K/30fps, 1080p/60fps, 720p/120fps
- Waterproof at up to 20ft.
- 140-degree field of view
- P2P remote connection
- MoSteady stabilization
- HDR imaging
- WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
- One-Click photobook
- $200 (MSRP)
Mofily clearly knows that they're up against a giant in the action cam market, which is why they compared the tech specs of the YoCam to those of the similarly priced $200 GoPro Hero Session:
The YoCam has the Session beat with a few features, namely image resolution and aperture, but I think the big selling points that they're trying to highlight are that the it is 1.) small, 2.) waterproof, and 3.) the same price of a comparable GoPro product. (The "pricing mistake" of the Session is one reason GoPro gave for cutting 7% of their workforce.) I mean, the Session is small and waterproof, but it only shoots 1440p at 30fps. And the Hero4 is small and shoots 4K, but it's over twice the price.
Here are several videos that demonstrate how the YoCam performs in different situations, including underwater and mounted to a motorcycle:
And here's one that demonstrates its image stabilization feature:
It looks like the YoCam, though it has a bit of an awkward built, has found a comfy nook in-between the Session and Hero 4 where it could potentially thrive. The fact that they've surpassed their Kickstarter goal by over 478% is a good indicator that users are interested -- this is probably due to the fact that it's not necessarily an "action cam", but rather a mixture of an action cam and an everyday camera, kind of like HTC's RE camera. So, maybe filmmakers won't be ripping these off of the digital shelves, but for the price, as well as its wide selection of accessories, the YoCam might be worth looking into.
For more information on the YoCam, including pricing, ship dates, and videos, head on over to their Kickstarter campaign page.