Nikon leaps into action-cam market

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As first revealed in January this year, Nikon is making a serious foray into the action-camera market.

The manufacturer is releasing three new Nikon action-cams as part of its KeyMission series. The models include the KeyMission 360, KeyMission 170, and KeyMission 80 with each offering a different field of view and application.

Nikon’s KeyMission 360 as its name suggests offers a 360-degree view for recording video. It uses two lenses to capture 4K-resolution spherical video without gaps and footage created is immersive, and viewers can look in any direction. Filmmakers can guide the viewer’s eyes in any direction through post production by selectively showing a portion of the 360-degree frame.

Nikon KM 1

The KeyMission 360 is built for rugged outdoor use and can withstand shock from drops up to 2m and can be submerged to depths up to 30m (100 ft).

The wide-angle lens of the KeyMission 170 provides a 170-degree field of view, capturing nearly everything in front of the camera in UHD 4K resolution at 30fps.

The camera is waterproof to 33' and also shockproof from 2m (6'6") and freeze resistant. If recording at lower resolutions, more video recording options are available. Electronic image stabilisation and higher frame rates are also standard. At 1080p resolution 120 fps videos can be captured while super slow-mo 240 fps is available at 720p.

Nikon KM 2

The voice recorder-like KeyMission 80 offers HD video recording and interval photography in a compact wearable form. It features dual cameras with one at the front featuring optical and electronic image stabilisation. Submersible to 1m (3'3") and shockproof from 5' the Keymission 80 is designed for fast response to qyickly capture action, thanks to features such as auto-on. Unclipping it from its magnetic harness turns it on for shooting videos with the front camera, or photos with the rear camera.

Nikon KM 3

While local pricing is currently unavailable, Nikon's KeyMission action cameras are expected to be available late October.

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