Remember the Borg from Star Trek, those vile half-human half-machine cyborgs that would have a some kind of laser thingie sticking out from their faces instead of a second eyeball? Designed to be worn on your face, Panasonic’s latest action cam, the wearable HX-A500 4K camcorder, will make you look a bit like one of them.
The device comes in two parts connected to each other by a cord. The first part is a small camera unit that you can wear on your cheek, attached over your ear, like a gaming headset. This is the part that makes you look like you’re out of a science-fiction movie. The other part is the actual recorder, including buttons and a display, that you can strap to your arm, for example. Makes you look even more like a futuristic space-farer.
The HX-A500 captures 4K video footage at 30 fps, and can transmit it wirelessly via WiFi and NFC. The lens has an ultra wide angle of view of 160° and sits on top of a 1/2.3″ BSI sensor. When the resolution is reduced, the action cam can even record slow-motion video at 60, 120, and 240 fps. And for your diving adventures, it can withstand water for up to 30 minutes at depths up to 10 feet.
The futuristic device will be available in June, with US retail prices yet to be announced (though dpreview mentions GPB 379.99 for the UK, which equals US-$ 630 at current exchange rates.) And now go pre-order it from B&H Photo because, you know, RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!