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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)
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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.
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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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Ease of Use: 9
Video Editing: 9
Overall: 8.9 out of 10
This is a great alternative to a GoPro. It is made with a very sturdy design that I am not afraid of dropping. The video quality is great, however you will need an external microphone if you want great audio as well. The built in microphone works, but it is nothing special. I never forget to charge it because as soon as I come home I plug the convenient batt stick into my PC to copy the videos over. When I go to put it back the next day it is charged up and ready to go. I have yet to run out of battery out on the trails. Video editing is a breeze when you're on the go. There is definitely room for improvement in terms of size and weight, however the bullet design and longer battery life make up for it in most cases. Overall is it a great action camera, and should not be over-looked. If TomTom was able to do this the first time around I am excited to see what they come out with next. This will force GoPro to be more competitive, add new features, and lower their pricing to keep up with competition that, so far, they have not had to deal with in the action camera marketplace.
Size / Shape / Weight = 8: The size and shape are superior to the GoPro in some cases. When mounting to a helmet the camera stays closer to you and is more aerodynamic. You can mount it on the side or top of a helmet. In some instances the GoPro shape is superior though. For instance, you wouldn't want to mount the TomTom with a forehead strap (GoPro would be better for that). It really just depends on where you want to mount it. The TomTom is also a bit heavier than the GoPro.
Video = 10: Video quality is great. Very similar to GoPro Hero4. There are some side by side comparisons on YouTube if you want to see for yourself. The only thing that could be better would be true 4K. The TomTom shoots 4K at 15fps, so it's better for time lapse stuff than action. I did not take off a point for the 4K as honestly I don't think you need 4K video for action yet anyway. 1080p @ 60fps is plenty. Go down to 720P @ 120fps for some slow motion awesomeness.
Audio = 7: Built in audio leaves something to be desired, however you can attach an external mic if you need to capture quality audio. Since the mic is not included I had to rate this one a 7.
Battery = 10: Battery life on this is amazing compared GoPro. Record three times as long without stopping to charge. Imagine missing a great shot because your GoPro died after a little over an hour of use. An hour flies by sometimes. Who wants to keep taking their GoPro off their helmet to check the battery life?
Ease of use = 9: Very easy to use. One button to start recording, another button to stop. The remote is great for when it is mounted on your helmet. The only complaint I have is that when connecting to the remote viewer you have to connect via the TomTom's built in WiFi. This means you have to disconnect your internet WiFi in order to use it. I would rather have the remote viewer use bluetooth so it is always connected when turned on. Not a huge deal. I just don't like messing with it when I am out on the trail getting setup.
Video Editing = 9: Video editor is very easy to use and has some great features for editing and sharing on the go. Some people complain that there isn't a desktop app, however any serious editor will already have something for this (and if not there are many programs available). TomTom filled a big void of editing and sharing on the fly with the TomTom Bandit. It uses sensors to pick up and flag moments of high speed, high g-force, braking, heart rate (extra module required), etc. After a run you can look at all of the highlights, do some quick adjustments to the length of each highlight, then post to youtube without even leaving the trail/slope/boat/etc.
Durability = 9: I tried to use the GoPro adapter to put the TomTom on a head strap mount for GoPro. Since the TomTom is a bullet shape I couldn't wear the headstrap right and had to put it over my helmet in a way that pointed the TomTom in the right direction. It turns out it wasn't very secure. As soon as I hit a hard landing the strap flew off and the TomTom went flying. It dropped from the top of my helmet while I was standing on a bike, so probably about 7-8 feet up, and due to the strap being elastic it ended up flying about 10 feet in front of me as well, landing on the dirt trail, bouncing around on tree roots and rocks, then eventually coming to a rest in the grass to the side of the trail. The TomTom didn't miss a beat. Some grass pieces were lodged in the lens around the edge. I picked them out, wiped the dirt off, and mounted put the TomTom on my handlebar mount for the rest of the ride. Later that day I went and purchased a new helmet with less venting so I could use the 3M 360 pitch mount on it. I won't be using the GoPro headstrap anymore, that's for sure.
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
Cheers, Chelsea at TomTom
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