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Looxcie 3 HD, Tiny Action Camera: First Look

Looxcie 3 HD, Tiny Action Camera: First Look

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Plus: Looxcie 3, Looxcie 2 and Looxcie HD Compared!

November 18, 2013

At about half the price of its competition and featuring live video streaming, the new Looxcie 3, announced today, is the latest in the super-hot action video camcorder category.

It's not that big: An enlarged view of the tiny Looxcie 3. Note connectivity on side.

Anybody who watches the many point-of-view videos that have proliferated on YouTube and Vimeo knows that hands-free action video cameras are becoming insanely popular. Size and weight—especially when you're doing something like, say, skiing down a mountain or riding a mountain bike on rough terrain—is especially important. Looxcie today announced the Looxcie 3, a tiny, light addition to its growing line of hands-free compact HD video cameras.

Back to basics: The back of the Looxcie 3 has four simple icons, and nothing else.

Measuring a minuscule 1.5x1.5 inches and a light 1.3 ounces, the Wi-Fi enabled Looxcie 3 produces 720p HD video at 30fps, which can be streamed live via a smartphone or tablet. Using either the Android or iOS version of the Looxcie Mobile app, users can control the camera remotely from their mobile device—which includes a live stream broadcast option to a selective audience over mobile networks or Facebook. Or, you can use your device essentially as a viewfinder.

To get a sense of how crazy small the Looxcie 3 is, I re-sized the product photo supplied by the manufacturer to appear on screen as a 1.5-inch image at screen resolution, at right. Now, that's small!

The Looxcie 3 can be pre-ordered now from Adorama. Orders will be shipped on a first-come, first served basis. Credit cards will not be charged until orders ship.

The Looxcie 3 is powered by a rechareable Li-Ion battery that is good for up to 90 minutes of recording time, and it records onto microSD cards, which can hold up to 64GB per card. Looxcie has developed a line of devices to attach the 3 to your head, your bike handles, and your windshield, so you can get exciting action point-of-view videos. There's also a standard 1/4-20 tripod mount so you can shoot from a stable position.

Looxcie 3 vs. Looxcie 2 and Looxcie HD


Vs. Looxcie HD Explore

What they have in common

  • Hands-free action cancorders
  • Operated via smartphone or tablet
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Streaming video
  • microSD
  • Requires separate mounts and attachments for hands-free use

How the Looxcie HD is different form the Looxcie 3

  • HD has full 1080-HD vs Looxcie 3's 720p (both at 30fps)
  • Looxcie 3 has a tripod mount
  • Different shapes
  • Higher price: The Looxcie HD Explore costs $199.95 at Adorama—twice the cost of a Looxcie 3


vs. Looxcie 2

What they have in common

  • Hands-free action camcorders
  • Operated via smartphone or tablet

How the Looxcie 2 is different from the Looxcie 3

  • Looxcie 2 clips on either ear
  • Bluetooth only; no WiFi
  • Video recording is continuous; click Instant Click button to save at least 30-second clip
  • No HD; only HVGA and VGA-quality video capture
  • Email video clips to social media
  • No memory card port
  • Lower price: Currently $79.99 at Adorama

Pricing and Availability

The Looxcie 3 will be available in a basic package for $99.99 at Adorama; a Looxcie 3 Social Pack ($149.99 at Adorama), which also includes lanyards so you can wear the camera as a pendant around your neck. A Rotating Social Clip rotates 360 degrees, and a Ball Cap clip lets you clip the little camera on a baseball cap.


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