Versatile JVC Adixxion XA2 competitive GoPro alternative
31 January 2014
Summary: After making several improvements and adding a list of new features to its first action cam, JVC's Adixxion GC-XA2 is easily one of the best options for capturing your thrills and spills.
Pros: The JVC Adixxion GC-XA2 is a small, lightweight action cam that's water-, shock-, freeze-, and dustproof without a housing. It uses full-size SDHC/SDXC memory cards; has a removable, rechargeable battery; has built-in Wi-Fi for remote control and livestreaming; and has a 1.5-inch LCD. Video quality is overall excellent.
Cons: Some of the controls are mushy and difficult to press and the battery and SD card compartment is difficult to open; heavy vibration causes some Jell-O-ey video; battery life can be brief, especially if you're using Wi-Fi; and only one mount is included.
Excerpt: JVC’s second-generation POV camera is a solid performer. Improvements include better slow motion (half “real-time” speed of 1080p at 60 fps, and 720p at 120 fps). Image stabilization is also super cool. We particularly like the standard LCD screen, which takes the guesswork out of framing your shots and changing settings in the field. The WiFi capability and dual standard tripod mounts are also welcome features.
Conclusion: The GoPro Hero may be the most well-known and “sexy” camera in the outdoor camera realm, but JVC is offering a very compelling product with the Adixxion series of cameras. The XA1 is still available for purchase, but it’s hard to not recommend the XA2 considering the wealth of improvements it offers over its predecessor. If you’re in the market for a rugged camera for capturing all of your outdoor exploits, the XA2 should be on your list of serious competitors.
Pros: Good-quality HD video, Back-illuminated CMOS sensor, improved lens, Rugged exterior, no casing needed, Uses full-sized SD cards
Excerpt: Dette gummibelagte kamera er så robust, at det ikke behøver et ekstra hus, når man skal ud og filme i regn, sne eller mudder. Med en garanteret faldhøjde på to meter kan det tåle et godt stød. Skal du dykke dybere end fem meter, må du dog købe et undervandshus, som er ekstraudstyr.
Pros: Adixxion tager skarpe billeder, især udendørs. God billedstabilisering giver mere rolige billeder, og på trods af den lille størrelse er der blevet plads til en LCD-søger.
Cons: I svagt indendørs lys bliver billederne lige lovlig mørke. Lyden er også ganske tynd.