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TomTom Bandit 4k Action Video Camera
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- 4k HD video camera provides the highest resolution action footage
- Long battery life allows for 3h of non-stop filming with cable-free Batt-stick
- Sport action camera contains built-in sensors to monitor Speed, G-force, Altitude, and Rotation and appears on playback videos to prove your performance
- Use the Bandit App (iOS & Android) for instant playback and to easily drag, drop and share all action footage
- Easily mount the action camera with the Go-Pro Mount Adapter (included). Waterproof to 40M
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Finally leave all those cables at home! We integrated a USB port for charging and file transfer in the Bandit Action Cam, giving you more freedom to move. We call this the Bandit's Batt-stick.
Show your action stats—speed, location, and altitude—on your playback videos to prove your performance.
**Currently limited to iOS.
Tag Your Action As It Happens
Use the remote or camera to mark your own highlights as you record them. In-camera sensors also mark big moments, so you can find them again easily.
Use your viewfinder for instant alignment and quick video previews in the app.
Choose, drag and drop any highlight into your footage, and your film is ready to upload.
High Quality Video and High-Def Sharing
High-resolution performance at 1080p60/720p120 fps for crisp, action-quality recording. Shoot and share high-res edited videos and stills.
Time Lapse and Slow Motion
Capture stunning transitions like glowing sunsets and sunrises from the peak. Or, emphasize your biggest moments in slow motion.
Introducing the TomTom Bandit Action Camera - just shake to edit. The TomTom Bandit is the first ever camera to come with a built-in media server, eliminating the need to download footage before being able to edit it. The camera works with a companion app, making it possible to create and share videos in a matter of minutes, simply by shaking a smartphone. The TomTom Bandit Action Camera is equipped with in-camera motion and GPS sensors to automatically find and tag exciting moments based on speed, altitude, G-force, acceleration and heart rate. Highlights can also be tagged manually with a tagging button on the camera or the remote control. The TomTom Bandit works with a smartphone app, which includes a superfast viewfinder. Footage can be reviewed instantly with the smartphone app thanks to the built-in media server. In editing mode, a simple shake of the smartphone instantly creates an exciting movie. Users can then easily make changes, add music and add overlays of favorite metrics, such as speed, before sharing with friends.
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It all revolves around the mounting system. The circular rotating metal mount that spins is a very nice feature however it is flawed for certain uses. For me it doesnt function at all on a bicycle and will be similar in any sort of activity involving a lot of movement.
Essentially having a mounting bracket that is separate from the camera enclosure causes a significant amount of shaking. The camera is attached to the mount then the mount is attached to whatever mounting device you are using. If you are using the gopro adapter that's a whole other level.
So picture it like this.
Camera -> mount -> gopro adapter -> bike mount.
A gopro camera is this
Camera -> bike mount.
Double the connections and a lot more area for shaking. Now i have it attached to a specialized road bike with zertz front fork, a shock absorbing raod bike so I have even less vibration through the front handlebars than most bikes ever will on pavement and even still the video is just a shakey mess.
Unfortunately, any real time video is just too much of a mess to be useable. You have to speed up the video to 2x or faster to sort of drown out the shaking and make it watchable.
Now an even larger flaw is the audio. The metal mount attaches to the camera right on the microphone. Even the smoothest of brand new flat paved road that gives very little shaking to the video still vibrates the camera so much that all audio is drowned out by the metal shaking. You dont hear this while on the bike but being that they put that mount on the microphone it's massively amplified. No audio comes through but the metal on metal clanking.
The video file itself is also awkwardly formatted. The tomtom software you can download adjusts quality in post to look nice and vibrant but if you export the video into any other software the adjustments are poor and you'll need to do a lot of tweaking, mostly to gamma, to make the quality acceptable. Just adds another step to any video production, If you dont have a high quality video editing software which will allow you to adjust video settings (most free ones dont) you'll have to import it into tomtom, then export it through there (and that's an annoying process as that software is overly simplified and exporting a whole video is actually really tedious and long process, it was designed just to allow for quick exports of few second highlights, nothing more) THEN you can import that file into another program like gopro software or garmin's and actually do some real editing.
So in the end, the picture quality is great as a standstill camera but it does not function as an "action" camera unfortunately unless you consider a casual walk action as anything more just doesnt work due to the flaws in the design
I have some issues, the biggest of which may not have anything to do with the Bandit but need stating anyway, that being I have yet to find a level 10 MicroSD card for this cam that does NOT begin failing after a few hours of recording... I always buy the 128GB Ultra or Extreme SanDisk, Samsung and other brands, none have survived. I don't mean they fail and are unusable, I mean recording stops and I get the message on the cam to check SD card - I press down, go to general, to storage and Repair Storage... takes a few seconds and then I can record again but usually for only another minute or 5... Something I think that may be exacerbating this issue is that the camera gets quite hot even though nicely mounted on the right hand side of my helmet (I do a lot of ADV riding) even with wind chill getting into the 40's a couple of weeks ago... I should also mention that the 1st MicroSD card I got for this was the SanDisk Ultra 128 and it did function the best, flawlessly working until I reached about 70% or so of it's storage capacity, then it went to constant stop, run repair mode...
Completely uncertain what to do about this except to try different SD cards hoping I find a winner. Maybe I need to start using smaller SD cards or something... In spite of this, the Bandits overall video performance is really quite good. The external mic works well when NOT moving and I bought the proprietary mic cord and power plug in for this camera and am still wrestling with how to do quality ride commentary while I'm moving at speed...
Another minor annoyance is while the sticky camera mounts do stick very well, you only get a flat one and slightly curved one for helmet, no doubt but that's it - and you can ONLY buy more of these thru Tom Tom for the absurdly high cost of $25 and often there are none in stock - the power and mic cords were also absurdly costly at around $25/per also - the trouble with proprietary stuff like this... Really put a damper on me buying any more of these... considering I plan to get 3 more action cams for various angles while on the fly... Tom Tom - you really need to rethink some elements of this potentially great action Cam!
Daytime quality is good. I shoot on 1080p at 60fps. 4k@15 is simply too few frames to be useful when riding. I wish they offered a higher 4k framerate.
Ive run into a few problems during my time using the camera. Unfortunately, these have caused me to have to lower the rating.
- The camera will often stop recording and displays a message "check sd card". I've used several different SD cards recommended on their website, all rated class 10. Unfortunately, Ive discovered through online research that this problem is common. My coworker purchased the same camera and experienced this problem as well.
- The camera/app connection is gimmicky and doesn't work all of the time
- The battery life isn't great