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The Sioeye Iris4G live streaming POV camera is ready to spread your stoke

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Recently Bikerumor took a sneak peek at the Sioeye Iris4G, a new POV camera with the unique ability to upload and live-stream video instantly to social media channels. At that time, some information wasn’t available but as of March 15th all the details are out and the first units are ready for shipping.

The name Sioeye is an acronym for “Streaming Internet Of Everything You Experience’ and the company is excited about providing a new platform for sharing your most intense moments. The fact that viewers can experience the action as you do adds a higher level of excitement and authenticity to the clip. Live broadcasting your videos also saves the filmer time and effort usually spent uploading and editing, and deters you from neglecting footage that may wind up forgotten on a memory card.

Read on for the full scoop on the Iris4G’s specs and capabilities…

Sioeye Iris4G, features

The Iris 4G is an Android-based device which is unlocked so it will work on any of the top 4G LTE networks in the USA. To live-stream video a sim card must be purchased separately from your cellular carrier of choice. One thoughtful feature is that the camera automatically optimizes your video quality based on which network you connect to.

The Iris4G comes with a ‘forever-free’ subscription to the Sioeye Cloud, where your clips are uploaded for instant or later viewing. As your footage is uploaded, your personal settings are applied to the video. We posed the question of how much data one might use while live streaming in our sneak peek article, and Sioeye has since informed us that uploading and streaming a live video uses about .33gb per hour.

Sioeye Iris4G, mobile screen

Sioeye’s Social App, which sends out broadcast notifications, stores your clips for later viewing and provides an interactive forum between users, is a free download from Google Play or iTunes. While the company lauds the camera’s self-contained abilities, The App can also allow you to control the camera’s functions with your iOS or Andriod smartphone via Bluetooth if you desire.

If you don’t plan on broadcasting your video live, the Sioeye can be used just like any other POV camera for creating edits or otherwise post-processing your video. Footage can be stored on the camera’s internal 1gb hard drive or on a MicroSD card (up to 64gb supported). The Iris 4G plugs into your computer via micro USB for video playback and downloading files.


Sioeye Iris4G, right angle

The Iris4G can film video in 720p, 1080p, 2K or 4K resolutions at 30fps, and has several slow motion settings including 60/120fps at 1080p or 720p. It can also record in 1080p while simultaneously live-streaming at 480p. Video files are saved in mp4 format. The camera also takes still photos at 8/13/18mp, has a burst mode that shoots 10, 20 or 30 images and a time lapse function with 3, 5 and 10 second intervals.

The camera sees through a six-glass 150degree wide angle lens with a protective coating. The lens is set to F2.8 aperture for low-light recording and optimal video and photo quality. Using a gyroscope, GPS and altimeter the camera can display your speed and altitude overlaid on the video image in real time, a feature Sioeye calls Live Stats. In addition to its built in stereo audio capture, the camera has a 3.5mm microphone jack if you wish to plug in.

The Iris4G’s replaceable lithium ion battery provides up to 2 hours of recording or 1.5 hours of live streaming per charge, and it charges via micro USB.

Sioeye Iris4G, display screen     Sioeye Iris4G, left angle

The camera’s body measures 2.5” wide, 1.65” tall and 1.18” deep. It weighs 3.5oz including the battery. The 2” LCD touchscreen display shows video previews, instant playback and controls the Iris4G’s functions and settings.

Sioeye Iris4G, in waterproof case

A waterproof case rated to 197’, which has a booster antennae built in to improve LTE reception, is included with every camera. The Iris 4G also comes with a universal mounting clip and an adhesive mounting kit. A series of add-on accessories including chest and head mounts are also available.

The Iris4G retails for $499 USD. For more information or to place an order, check out Sioeye’s website.


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8 years ago

Can’t you already do this with a Gopro and your phone with the right app? You wouldn’t need to pay over $100 a month for the extra 4g service.

Mike D
Mike D
8 years ago

Great features, but I think this is missing the mark for most of the consumers out there. This might be great for the professional videographer or broadcasting event, but outside of that it’s packed with a bunch of stuff at a price no one is willing to pay. Give me 1080p at 30/60/120fps, make it durable, and make it under $200. No streaming, no 4k needed.

8 years ago
Reply to  Mike D

this is the ultimate solution for spectator unfriendly format like enduro.

Mike D
Mike D
8 years ago
Reply to  Rifu

That would be a fair application, but who would assume the cost? Would it be mandatory to wear the camera if provided by the event promoter? And would that promoter be willing to provide X number of cameras to an entire pro field? And what makes Enduro less spectator friendly than a DH race? People are still going to have to hike in, and will still tend to congregate at the exciting ‘obstacles’ on a given course.
All that aside, we’ll assume that event promoters see them as valuable and buy in…that’s what, a thousand of these sold, max? Not a sustainable business model if you ask me.

Michael Cleveland
8 years ago

My issue with most of these cameras is the retail price. My guess is that they cost them $25 or less to make and then they retail for $400. It’s always curious to me the value put on video cameras by the masses. I take a lot of still photos on my bikepacking trips but video, to me, tends to be… meh. To each his own.

8 years ago

Not burning through all my phone data would be a definite plus. With all the different recording features and settings, I’m interested to see what kinds of videos it produces.

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