Even though action cams like the GoPro are great for shooting all of your high-octane moments, they're notorious for being incredibly shaky. The Revl Arc aims to change that.
Founder Eric Sanchez and his team introduced the Revl Arc in mid-March on Indiegogo, calling it the "first stabilized 4K smart action camera." This thing has a dual stabilization system; using four different sensors that measure rotation, speed, magnetic north, and elevation it keeps the unit steady, but it also has a built-in motorized gimbal that keeps it level to the horizon at all times. But stabilization isn't it's only selling point. It shoots 4K at 30 fps, is waterproof at up to 10 feet, and has an auto edit feature that will create a shareable video of your "most exciting moments" based on the live data it receives.
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Here's Sanchez to explain more features of the Revl Arc:
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- Fully stabilized video
- Assisted editing
- UHD video (4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 120 fps, 720p at 240 fps)
- High quality stereo mic with AGC
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Captures live data
- Waterproof (up to 10 feet without a case)
- 12 megapixel stills
- 150-degree field of view
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Mobile app
Here are a couple of sample videos that show the Revl Arc in action:
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When it comes to action cameras, GoPro pretty much has a handle on the market, but the Revl Arc addresses the main issue users have had with shooting with GoPros and other action cams like it — the shakiness. And that's Revl's selling point, because if you compare the specs of the major competitors, like GoPro and Sony, they start to look very similar (the GoPro Hero4 Black and the Revl Arc even have the same Sony image sensor and Ambarella A9SE processor).
Before the Revl Arc came along, the only solution you had for stabilizing your action cam was to purchase a separate gimbal, which could cost you over $300 or more. And the DJI Osmo, which is outfitted with a Zenmuse X3 gimbal, offers great stability, but it's designed for handheld use, not for mounting.
At $400, the Revl Arc may prove to be a worthy contender, considering that the Hero4, which has comparable specs, is $500, and that's not including the cost of a separate gimbal accessory.
To learn more about the Revl Arc action camera, head on over to its Indiegogo campaign.