Canon may not be the first company to come to mind when it comes to crowdfunding projects, but they just dropped the Canon IVY REC on Indiegogo. It’s a waterproof, shockproof, and wearable camera that you can clip on your belt or bag and take anywhere.
The Canon IVY REC has is a simple and lightweight photo and video camera with a 13.0 Megapixel 1/3-inch CMOS sensor, full HD video shooting at 1080p up to 60fps, and wireless capability and Bluetooth® connectivity. Since it’s geared towards outdoor enthusiasts, Canon opted not to include any screens and made the clip double as a viewfinder. To take a photo or video, just use the dial to select the shooting mode and press the shutter. It even has a tripod thread so you can use those mini portable tripods for group selfies.
The Canon IVY REC also pairs with the optional Canon Mini Cam App, which allows you to use your smartphone as a live, wireless viewfinder. You can also transfer your photos and videos wirelessly through this app.
CANON IVY REC SPECIFICATIONS
SIZE (H x W x D)
Approx. 4.4 x 1.8 x 0.7 in. / 110.5 x 45.2 x 18.5 mm
Approx. 3.0 oz. / 86g*
Up to 30min at 3.3ft / 1m
Up to 6.6ft / 2m
IEC/JIS protection class “IP6X” equivalent
IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE
Approx. 13 Megapixels, 1/3-inch CMOS
ANGLE OF VIEW
Approx. 78 degrees (Diagonally)
VIDEO IMAGE QUALITY
1920 x 1080 60fps 10min**
IMAGE ASPECT RATIO
PHOTO 4:3, 1:1 VIDEO 16:9
microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC (sold separately)
micro USB terminal
Wi-Fi® (11b/g/n) / Bluetooth® (Ver 4.1)
Non-removable Li-Ion 660mAh (3.8V)
* Camera body only
** Single clip approx. maximum recording time
Why Canon opted to go the crowdfunding route isn’t really explained in the campaign. All we know is this is a working demo or prototype, and they wanted to bring it first to those who are willing to grab one through Indiegogo. So, looks like they’re experimenting to see if the simple camera + mobile connectivity combo could be their next viable consumer product.
In any case, if you’re interested in this new offering, you can grab one on Indiegogo for as low as the Early Bird price of $104 with free shipping, estimated to be shipped by October 2019. They just sold out the Super Early Bird perk at $91 shortly after going live, so better be quick!
All images from Canon IVY REC on Indiegogo