Meet YoCam, the 'Smallest Waterproof Camera' That Shoots 2.7K at 30P

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:

Features

  • 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    

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Vaporware depreses me. You get excited about a new product, and then It never gets released when they say.

January 14, 2016 at 12:40PM, Edited January 14, 12:49PM

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cee dee
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These videos aren't impressing me much. Look at all those blown-out skies.
At least with a GoPro you get IQ thats better than my iPhone 6; this one, I'm not so sure about that. A waterproof case for my iPhone is pretty damn cheap, if the image quality is gonna be the same.

-Actually, after rewatching the second and third clip, its not so bad. Still think the GoPro looks better.

January 14, 2016 at 1:26PM, Edited January 14, 1:29PM

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Nice little camera.

But they really need to get their colour science better. I'm not a fan of the jaundice-yellow skin tones. If they had a Log profile, might be better.

Image stabilization is pretty damn awesome though!

January 14, 2016 at 2:41PM, Edited January 14, 2:41PM

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Ben Howling
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Video isn't sharp enough and the color is so so but I would buy it as an emergency video camera for unplanned moments where I either don't have enough time to get my main camera out or don't have a regular camera with me. It's small water proof so you can just grab and shoot in any condition and then at least you have something.

January 14, 2016 at 3:43PM, Edited January 14, 3:43PM

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Comparing it to the gopro session doesn't impress me because gopros own CEO admitted that they got the price wrong on that one after they had an awful last quarter. Meaning the session is getting a lot cheaper in the future while the yocam will get more expensive after its kickstarter campaign.

Plus no image comparison with the gopro. When you develop a product like this, you compare it to the competition every step of the way. If they don't advertise a comparison, it means it looks worse.

January 14, 2016 at 11:47PM, Edited January 14, 11:51PM

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Paul-Louis Pietz Pröve
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If you want to compete with GoPro get rid of the fisheye look. That's the main complaint.

January 15, 2016 at 9:27PM, Edited January 15, 9:27PM

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Trooper
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