It's been a hot minute since we've seen any new tools from the security-minded folks at Swann, but it's hitting back with a new head-mounted camera at CES. The Sportscam is a familiar device -- similar to Contour and Go Pro units we've toyed with in the past -- but rather than seeking optimal image quality at a premium price, this guy sticks to the basics. The VGA camera can only log clips at a resolution of 640 x 480, so HD junkies best look elsewhere. But it's still encased in a rugged plastic shell, one that's both shockproof and waterproof, and it's capable of holding up to five hours of footage on a single 16GB microSD card. There's a rechargeable Li-ion battery that'll last 2.5 hours, and it ships with a variety of mounting options (though we'd suggest around your head, obviously). As we alluded to earlier, this one's a lower-end product, and that $99 price may entice those who would otherwise never consider such a thing. The full release is after the break, and it'll start shipping in the US of A next month.

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Swann Security Unleashes SportsCamTM Waterproof Mini Video Camera

Waterproof camera and DVR combo lets adrenaline junkies capture their most extreme moments
Santa Fe Springs, Calif. - (January 3, 2011) – Swann Security, the global leader in security monitoring solutions, proudly debuts the SportsCamTM Waterproof Mini Video Camera. Making its debut at the 2011 International CES, this mini camera / DVR combo is housed in a rugged waterproof case and comes with a myriad of mounting options so outdoor enthusiasts can live & relive their most extreme moments.

At the core of SportsCamTM is a color camera that can record 640 x 480 high resolution video or crystal clear still images. The device stores recordings on a removable MicroSD card (up to 16GB), so users can easily swap out cards while on the go. A 16GB MicroSD card will capture approximately 5 hours of video. SportsCamTM is powered by a Lithium- ion battery that recharges via USB and gives the user 2.5 hours of life per charge.
Not only is the SportsCam'sTM case shockproof, but it's also waterproof up to 65'.

Included with the device are a number of mounting options that make it an ideal solution for a variety of sports and outdoor applications. With no dials, gauges knobs or any preferences to configure, users simply turn it on, strap it on and hit record.

Included SportsCam acessories:
 VelcroTM straps x 3
 Double-clipper
 Cord, arm & head straps
 Pouch
 Sport-clip
 Multi-clip
 Waterproof pin clip & case clip
 Multi-bracket
 VelcroTM for bracket
 Mounting screws x 2
 Silicon case

Swann's SportsCamTM will be unveiled at CES 2011 at Swann's booth #8660 in Central Hall. SportsCamTM has a MSRP of $99 and will be available for purchase in through Swann's network of retailers.

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