On the heels of our scoop last Monday (read here) TomTom announced today its entrance in the action camera market with Bandit (â‚¬429) a waterproof, 4K-enabled action camera featuring numerous sensors.
In a typical TomTom fashion the Dutch company has been focussing particularly on the software side of the camera. The way the company wants to differentiate with Bandit is in making video editing and sharing super easy.
To do that TomTom Bandit includes a built-in video media server eliminating the need to download all the footage to be able to edit it.
“We took a simple, but radical approach to solving the editing problem,” says Slobodan Stanisic, lead engineer on the TomTom Bandit. “With all existing action cameras you first need to download gigabytes of footage to a powerful PC, a process that can take a long time. Then you need to find the highlights, put together a story and format it. We know this often takes hours. Not with the TomTom Bandit. We have designed a camera where the footage is processed on the camera itself, making the editing process far easier and much faster.”
The editing process is accelerated by the sensor data attached to the videos. Bandit detects the interesting, exciting moments based on speed, altitude, G-force, acceleration and heart rate (using a separate heart rate monitor) and instantly create a video that can be quickly edited by the user in a few steps directly on his smartphone. In addition to the video data music and metrics overlays can be added in a few clicks.
In terms of technical features the camera does well against the competition with the following specs:
– Video at 1080p30, 1080p60, 720p60, 720p120
– Cinematic at 2.7k30, 4k15
– Native time lapse at 4k30, 1080p30 (various capture intervals)
– Native slow motion at 1080p x2, 720p x4, WVGA x6
– Single and burst photo up to 16MP at 10/s
Bandit is expected to be available in May in Europe and later this summer in the United States and Asia Pacific.
With Bandit TomTom is adding simplicity on a sport camera market where the growing quality of the footage has become a problem in itself.