Its makers claim that the Revl Arc will be the first action cam to offer fully built-in stabilization when it comes to market at the end of the year. The unique little camera has blown through a crowdfunding campaign, offering a compact design and industry matching video capture that includes onboard electronic pitch and yaw stabilization, plus mechanical roll stabilization. Pricing looks to be lower than pretty much any camera+stabilizer currently on the market, and with a few days left on their Indiegogo deal, there is still a chance to get in on even lower early adopter pricing…
The camera captures video in 4k at 30FPS, 1080p @ 120fps, and 720p at 240fps, all with a 1.5 hour battery life (with a swappable battery). In addition to video it will also capture time lapses, 12MP stills, and 12MP photo bursts. The Arc camera will have a 140° field of view, and weighs just 170g, including its on-board stabilization, cutting about 1/3 of the weight of the best GoPro+stabilizer setup.
To stabilize footage the Revl Arc uses a Hybrid Stabilization Technology that combines a built-in motor to correct for roll and Electronic Image Stabilization for account for pitch & yaw. The motorized gimbal means that it will always shoot video level with the horizon, no matter how you roll.
With five on-board sensors, the camera captures live motion data, like acceleration, rotation, speed, G-force can store the bulk of that telemetry data in the video file. It also can connect to external sensors like heart rate monitors and GPS computers to share data.
The camera’s standard housing is shock proof and waterproof up to 3m/10ft, plus a separate deep dive water case will also be available.
When linked with Revls’ iOS app, you can also get preview the live video feed on your iPhone or Apple Watch. Also pairing the camera to the phone by Wifi, the Revl app is designed to take your video and auto-edit out the most exciting clips from your recorded video and build a highlights reel to share on social media.
Most of the camera stats are final, but they are still working to get the most video storage possible directly on the camera. But even then, with connectivity direct to the App and then into Revl’s cloud, there’ll be plenty of room as long as you have a data connection. In the meantime, you’ll probably need free space on your phone too.
The camera is in development still, with the crowdfund about to finish in just 4 days, so they are just getting tooling underway. With almost 5x their original funding goal, the Revl team is moving ahead. Delivery of the early Indiegogo supporters is slated for December 2016, with retail availability expected in early 2017. Pricing at retail will be $500, but if you get in on Indiegogo this weekend, you can get a full setup for just $400.