Looxcie 3 HD, Tiny Action Camera: First Look

 

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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