The miniscule Looxcie 2 certainly takes a different approach to many video cameras, concentrating on what people tend to do with footage instead of absolute image quality. Maximum resolution is a modest 480p but Looxcie has made it remarkably simple to share your view of the world – instantly.
When paired via Bluetooth to an internet-enabled mobile device running the company's LooxcieLive app, the Looxcie 2 will stream its content in real-time or post clips almost instantly to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Viewers can even send messages to the person shooting the video while the content is streaming ("Hey, take a right turn!").
In addition, a continuous looping function automatically records the past one to 10 hours of footage, depending on the model and settings.
The camera is ultralight – at just 22g (0.78oz) – and incredibly tiny. The rechargeable battery will record up to four straight hours of video (provided you have a sufficiently capacious MicroSD card installed) and the unit even acts as a Bluetooth audio headset with the supplied earloops.
Best of all, though, is the reasonable price: just US$150-180 for five to 10 hours of maximum video capacity.
The Looxcie 2's earloop mounting option
Liquid Image crosses over from surf to bike
The lens captures a 136-degree field of view in 720-1080p, there's built-in Wi-Fi for real-time streaming to smartphones and other compatible devices, and an on-board LCD control screen despite the puny form factor.
Maximum capacity for the MicroSD memory card is a whopping 32GB and the Ego will also shoot 12MP still images.
The Liquid Image Ego lens captures a 136-degree field of view
Available mounts include the usual helmet and handlebar options plus a suction cup variant, a stick-on mount (intended for surfboards but probably useful for other applications) and a clamp-on mount for nominally round tubes.
Suggested retail price is US$179.99.