JVC ADIXXION GC-XA1 – Interbike 2012

by Brian Mullin on October 6, 2012

JVC had their new ADIXXION GC-XA1 video camera on display at Interbike, and the featured laden 5MP camera has integrated Wi-Fi, a waterproof and shockproof body, video resolutions up to 1080p, and a LCD view screen. I am still not sure where the strange name came from; perhaps it’s a play on XX Addiction?

The
rugged and wearable full HD video camcorder weighs 126 grams/4.5 oz
including battery, and measure 74mm x 53mm x 35mm (2.9″ x 2.1″ x 1.4″)
in size. The GC-XA1 retails for $349, and the kit includes the camera,
two lens protectors, LCD protective film, USB cable, rechargeable
battery, goggle and flexible mount.

The GC-XA1
is a POV (point of view) high-definition sports camera, which has a 5
megapixel CMOS sensor, and an ultra-wide 170° viewing angle fixed focus
lens, that has a 5x digital zoom. It utilizes a Digital Image Stabilizer
to reduce shaky footage and Rolling Shutter Cancellation to counteract
the image distortion from the CMOS sensors panning and movement during
recording. It can record 5MP video footage in 1080p, 960p, 720p and
standard formats, and 5MP digital still photos. It records data onto a
SDHC (up to 64GB in size), and is powered with an internal rechargeable
Li-Ion battery that gives 1.2-1.8 hours of recording time (depending on
resolution). It has ports for a micro USB for computer connection and
recharging, and a micro HDMI for live streaming to a TV or other source.
They have designated the camera as ‘Quad Proof’, which means its
dustproof, waterproof to 16.4 ft, shockproof from 6.5ft, and
freeze-proof to 14°F. It attaches to its mounts using a bottom and side
tripod connector.

The camera has buttons for power, record,
zooming and menu interfacing, and a 1.5″ LCD for checking footage,
confirming viewing angle, and changing menu settings. The GC-XA1 reminds
me off the Drift Innovations POV camera, as they share many of the same
traits, features and form factor.

The
camera attaches to an assortment of mounts, including the included
stick-on flexible surface mount (fits flat or curved) and the goggle
mount, using its bottom and side tripod ports. They also have optional
handlebar and roll bar mount. Soon they’ll have a marine case for diving
to 40m/130ft, and a suction cup mount for motorsports, and a very trick
twin shooting mount, which they had on display at the show.

Video
The camera can shoot in High and Standard Definition, and shoot in
various video resolutions, including 1080p at 30fps, 960p at 30fps, 720p
at 30fps and 60fps, and WVGA at 30fps. Each of the video resolutions is
captured at different bit rates, which entails varying recording times
and storage requirements, meaning greater resources are needed for the
higher usage formats. The resolution settings are altered using menu
buttons in concert with an LCD menu that resides on the right side of
the camera. It uses the H.264 video codec, AAC audio compression, and an
.mp4 file type.

Photo
The camera can shoot 5MP JPEG digital stills, which I assume are at 1080p?



Wi-Fi
You can connect to a Wi-Fi enabled mobile phone and tablet that are
equipped with an Android or iOS app for framing your shot. I am not sure if it will allow menu alterations using your smartphone? You can
stream live video to a PC via mobile hotspot or Wi-Fi connection, and
broadcast on USTREAM to a worldwide audience. Their Wi-Fi interface
even lets you transfer movies to your smartphone or tablet while you’re
in the field.

GC-XA1 Specs:

  • Waterproof to 16.4ft
  • 1.5″ LCD Monitor
  • Shockproof from 6.5ft
  • Ultra Wide Lens
  • Freeze-proof to 14°F
  • Built-In Wi-Fi
  • Dustproof]
  • Full HD Video
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) – 74mm x 53mm x 35mm (2-15/16″ x 2-1/8″ x 1-7/16″)
  • Weight with battery – 126g (0.28 lbs)
  • Quad-Proof
    Design – Waterproof: 5m/16.4ftIEC Standard publication 529 IPX8,
    Shockproof: 2m/6.5ft MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock, Dustproof: IEC
    Standard publication 529 IP6X, Freezeproof:-10°C/14°F
  • Camera –
    Image Sensor: 5M CMOS,  Lens Type:  Fixed focus 170°, Digital Zoom: 5x,
    Digital Image Stabilizer, White Balance: Auto and Manual modes,
    Exposure: Auto, Self-Timer
  • Video  – Video Recording Format:
    MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MP4), Video Recording Mode:  1920×1080/30p @ 15Mbps
    VBR,  1280×960/30p @ 8.9Mbps VBR, 1280×720/60p @ 13Mbps VBR,
    1280×720/30p @ 6.7Mbps VBR, 848×480/30p @3.0Mbps VBR
  • Stills – Digital Stills: 5 Megapixel JPEG
  • Audio – Audio Format AAC
  • LCD – 1.5″ color
  • PC Software – Wi-Video (for Windows provided in camera)

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