Wi-Fi connectivity and gadgets go hand in hand, from smartphones and tablets to games consoles and televisions, the ability to connect and share with the world wide web has become a normal part of everyday life for many of us.
However, while phones, tablets and such like have been utilising Wi-Fi functionality for what seems like forever, it’s taken a little while longer for other areas of the technology/gadget market to catch up, including action cameras.
However, times they are a changin’, and the recent flurry of Wi-Fi action cameras to enter the market suggests that the Wi-Fi revolution has well and truly arrived in action camera town. But what’s the point of it all, and does Wi-Fi compatibility justify the extra spend?
Quite simply, the answer is yes, and here’s a few reasons why.
Remote control – By using either a designated Wi-Fi remote or connected mobile device, users are able to access the camera’s settings and switch between modes without actually having to touch camera itself. Remote functionality is particularly useful in situations where a camera is mounted out of reach, such as on the outside of a car, or on top of a helmet.
Viewfinder – Users can turn their mobile device into a live viewfinder, allowing them to see through the eye of the camera (so to speak) in order to line up shots and check the camera’s positioning while on the go. Again, this is particularly useful when the camera is mounted out of reach.
Streaming – Users are able to stream footage live to a smartphone, computer or tablet, so themselves and friends can watch the action as it happens.
Sharing – Not only can users stream footage live, in most cases users are able to upload it straight to the social web, be it Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. This is not only useful for showing off your skills, but also for freeing up space on the memory card.
Other cool stuff – While the features above can be attributed to the majority of Wi-Fi enabled action cameras, all models do differ slightly, and certain cameras offer their own unique features. For example, using the GoPro mobile application or Wi-Fi remote, users are able to control up to 50 GoPro Hero2 or Hero3 cameras at the same time. While few people will own that many cameras, the feature may come in useful when shooting big scenes from multiple angles, for example.
Another example is the iON Air Pro WiFi, which instead of saving data to a memory card, utilises cloud technology to store all videos and images.
Action camera technology is only going to progress further, and as it does Wi-Fi will undoubtedly be utilised more – the latest cameras from the likes of GoPro, Drift, Sony and JVC are all indications of this. For those looking for a new action camera, there’s every reason to invest in WiFi, particularly for those who own a smartphone.