We're starting to wonder where introducing lasers doesn't make everything better. Case in point: Swann's just-shipping Bolt HD action camera. While the 1080p video, microSD storage and 135-degree lens will be familiar from the Freestyle HD we saw in 2011, there's now a laser pointer to make sure the camera is on target when it isn't an option to peek through the detachable LCD. A sleeker look and an upgrade to 12-megapixel still photos also give us reason to upgrade. It's not a uniform move upwards from the Freestyle HD, however -- the Bolt HD can only submerge to 32 feet versus the 65 of its ancestor. As long as your scuba dives don't run that deep, however, the lower $200 price for the new camera might prove tempting.
Swann Security Unleashes Bolt HD™, A High Definition Waterproof and Wearable Mini Action Camera
Waterproof camera and DVR combo lets adrenaline junkies capture their most extreme moments
Santa Fe Springs, Calif. - (January 20, 2013) – Swann Security, the global leader in security monitoring solutions, proudly debuts the Bolt HD™ mini high definition action camera. Making its debut at the 2013 International CES, this mini HD camera / DVR combo is rugged, waterproof and comes with a myriad of mounting options so outdoor enthusiasts can live and relive their most extreme moments. The Bolt HD is available at www.swann.com for $199.99.
At the core of Bolt HD is a color camera that can record 1080p or Full HD high resolution video at real time or 12 MP still images. With a built in laser pointer, Bolt HD allows the user to confirm the camera is on target and ready to shoot. The protected lens allows the user to record more with a 135 degree angle lens. The Bolt HD has an included stereo microphone that enables audio recordings to not only see but hear the action. The device stores approximately 10 hours of video recordings on a removable MicroSD card (up to 32GB), so users can easily swap out cards while on the go. Bolt HD's mini HDMI connection allows the user to connect right in to their home TV to relive the action in HD right away. Bolt HD is powered by a lithium-ion battery that recharges via USB and gives the user hours of life per charge.
Not only is the Bolt HD shockproof, but it's also waterproof up to 32'. Equipped with a number of mounting options, Bolt HD is 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.
Bolt HD Features Include:
* Record professional high definition action videos at 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) in real time (30fps) with stereo audio
* Use the laser pointer to check the camera is on target and shoot in any conditions with waterproof casing to 32ft below the surface
* Relive the action in high definition with mini HDMI connection
* Record footage to MicroSD card (up to 32GB), or use the USB cable to transfer to PC or Mac for easy uploading to your favorite websites
* Convenient lithium-ion battery is rechargeable via USB with hours of recording per charge
* Wearable mounts include: curved surface mount, Helmet mount, flat surface mount
* Wireless Remote
Swann's Bolt HD (MSRP-$199) is available through Swann's network of retailers and at www.swann.com.