Published on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 09:57
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If you happen to love extreme sports and you want to keep a visual recording of your stunts or if you just like to record your outdoor activities or even your road trips then your best and perhaps most valid course of action is to make use of a good action camera. Up until four to five years ago this market was quite smaller and thus you could only choose between the two well-known and established manufacturers namely GoPro and Contour. Today things have changed and so in the market one can find a large number of Full HD 1080p action cameras with a wide range of features from many manufacturers. Pittasoft has been manufacturing car dash cameras for many years now with great success so it was only a matter of time before they also turned their attention towards the design and manufacture of action cameras. The SC500 which we've been testing quite thoroughly for over 2 months now is their first action camera to see the light of day.
BlackVue is well known for its sleek Full HD car dashboard cameras both in home market and abroad. Pittasoft decided to leverage its expertise and launch a new product category – BlackVue Sport action cameras. Many of us would like to shoot not only extreme sports videos, but also more quiet nonetheless exciting outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, bike riding. Normal cameras and smartphones are not suited for that. That’s where BlackVue Sport action camera shines. It’s your tiny companion for easy life-tracking or saving memorable moments and sharing them with friends.
Although the BlackVue Sport SC500 is the very first attempt by Pittasoft to manufacture a sports/action camera i doubt anyone would think that by looking at its specifications sheet since it points to a very interesting and advanced product. For starters we have the 12MP SONY Exmor CMOS sensor which is amongst the top ones currently in the market (available for such products) and allows the SC500 to record video with resolutions up to 1080p@60/30fps (720p@120/60/30fps) and shoot 12MP stills (0.3/7.2/8.5MP). That's not all you're getting with the SC500 however and so it also comes with built-in WiFi (can be controlled via android/iOS app), 1050mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery (gives it up to 2 hours of recording time), 2inch removable LCD screen and a waterproof IP68 certified case. All these sound great but with other similar solutions out in the market like the Hero+ by GoPro and the S-50 WiFi by Rollei the SC500 needs to be something really special to compete and that's what we're going to find out today.