Nikon Has Just Announced A Pair Of Rugged Action Cameras At Photokina

by Rob Portman | Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 | 937 views

Nikon recently surprised the photography world with the unveiling of the KeyMission 360, a waterproof action camera capable of capturing 4K footage in 360 degrees. There were not a lot of details at the time: We knew it would be rugged without a special housing (waterproof down to the 100 feet, as well as dust-, shock-, and freeze-proof down to 14-degrees Fahrenheit). It’d also have electronic Vibration Reduction. It would be Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled (SnapBridge-compatible, Nikon is branding for its Bluetooth Low Energy-based ‘always connected’ protocol), so it’d work with a smartphone or tablet for control. Most importantly, Nikon announced that the KeyMission 360 is set to arrive in October for $500. That is a little pricier compared to other similar devices, like Samsung’s $350 Gear 360, but the Nikon camera has much better specs.

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Nikon KeyMission 360

The KeyMission 360 also does all the stitching in-camera, instead of leveraging the processing power of a phone like Samsung Gear 360. And out of the box, the KeyMission 360 is waterproof to 98 feet, shockproof up to 6.6 feet, and also can be operated in temperatures as cold as 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

What’s more, the manufacturer also revealed the KeyMission 170 and the KeyMission 80. The former, as its name suggests, offers a 170-degree field of view with a 12MP, 1/2.3-ich sensor and ‘Nikon lens quality.’ Similar to the 360, the Nikon KeyMission 170 shoots 4K and is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof as well.

The KeyMission 360 will retail for $500, the KeyMission 170 will sell for $400.

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