Swann Freestyle HD Wearable Action POV Video Camera Review
10 May 2012
Excerpt: Swann is an Australian company who for the last 25 years have specialised in wireless connectivity, professional quality CCTV cameras with infrared night vision, digital video recording with motion detection and networkability, web surveillance and remote notification products, globally. We first reported on the Freestyle HD when it was announced in November 2011. This is a new entry into what seems to be an ever growing Action Point of View (POV) camera market.
Pros: Small size and weight, Comes standard with nice accessories including LCD and remote, Separate video and still shutter releases, Flexible mounting system, Great video quality
Cons: Not good at low light due to noise in images, LCD not mountable in waterproof housing, No lanyard point on waterproof housing, No accessories available from Swann ( coming soon), May have issues with certain micro-sd cards
Excerpt: GoPro and Contour have an established history in ‘action’ video cameras — small, durable video recorders with basic controls and wide-angle lenses. Swann is not a name you’d associate with these products — they’re a security camera company — but the Freestyle HD is nevertheless a genuine competitor when it comes to recording decent quality video in a miniature package. See Group test: what's the best digital camcorder?
Conclusion: At $299 the Freestyle HD is not a reflex buy, but for its potential it is appropriately priced. This camera was a pleasure to play with and its uses are apparent. Sadly we didn’t have the option to visit the snow or the beach but we can tell this camera would shine in these environments. If you have a use for it, don’t look twice.
This low-budget sports video camera comes with a swathe of accessories
Good Gear Guide.au
25 May 2012
Summary: The Swann Freestyle HD is an action video camera that's very similar to the GoPro and Contour ranges -- it's small, has a wide-angle lens, and can take photos and record high-quality 1080p and 720p video. It's got a clever removable LCD screen, comes with a high quality waterproof case and remote control, and can be mounted on several different surfaces. It can be found for a bargain price on the 'net, too.
Pros: Low street price, Smart modular design, Good quality video & options
Cons: Dark auto-exposure at night, Poor low-light capability, Confusing button-and-switch layout
Excerpt: Portable action sports cameras have been wildly popular in the last few years, creating a niche of sports videographers given to documenting their snowboarding, skydiving, surfing and BMX bike riding exploits.
Pros: Loads of extra value with included accessories, Laser beam focusing, Great quality 1080p video capture, Detachable LCD screen, Sound activation feature
Cons: 8 megapixel still image maximum resolution against the GoPro’s 11, No slow motion
Summary: Swann Freestyle HD è una videocamera dalle dimensioni contenute e realizzata in modo di resistere al contatto con l'acqua, capace di registrare filmati a risoluzione Full HD 1080p (1920x1080 pixel) con un framerate pari a 30 fps