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YoCam takes a shot at recording life, action with greater versatility

YoCam takes a shot at recordin...
The Mofily YoCam is compatible with a wide variety of camera mounting accessories for action, sports, or adventure
The Mofily YoCam is compatible with a wide variety of camera mounting accessories for action, sports, or adventure
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The Mofily YoCam is small and portable, to record photos and/or video on the go
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The Mofily YoCam is small and portable, to record photos and/or video on the go
The Mofily YoCam can record video at 2.7k/30fps, with additional options of 1080p/60fps and 720p/120fps.
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The Mofily YoCam can record video at 2.7k/30fps, with additional options of 1080p/60fps and 720p/120fps.
The Mofily YoCam is compatible with a wide variety of camera mounting accessories for action, sports, or adventure
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The Mofily YoCam is compatible with a wide variety of camera mounting accessories for action, sports, or adventure
The Mofily YoCam comes in choice of black or white, with an array of optional mounting accessories
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The Mofily YoCam comes in choice of black or white, with an array of optional mounting accessories
With the magnetic mount, the Mofily YoCam can double as a home security camera or baby monitor
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With the magnetic mount, the Mofily YoCam can double as a home security camera or baby monitor
The Mofily YoCam is designed to be IP68 waterproof up to 20 ft (6 m)
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The Mofily YoCam is designed to be IP68 waterproof up to 20 ft (6 m)
The Mofily YoCam can clip to gear or clothing for easy access and/or continuous recording
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The Mofily YoCam can clip to gear or clothing for easy access and/or continuous recording
Even your pet can wear the Mofily YoCam when combined with an appropriate harness
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Even your pet can wear the Mofily YoCam when combined with an appropriate harness
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Life loves to present us with incredible and/or unexpected situations, but unless someone has a camera actively recording, those moments lose the potential for widespread sharing. Mofily is taking aim at people looking to capture just such events. Its pocket-sized YoCam is designed to be an all-in-one camera that can be worn and/or attached to almost any mounting accessory available.

Lifelogging devices offer users a way to record events throughout the day without having to perpetually hustle smartphones or point-and-shoot cameras. Some of the most notable, such as the Narrative Clip 2 and SnapCam, are lightweight enough to securely clip to clothing. However, such designs limit positioning along with the resulting field of view, which is greatly dependent on apparel and the convenience of mounting.

The YoCam is a finger-sized, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi camera that is designed to be portable, versatile, and IP68 waterproof up to 20 ft (6 m). Compared to the latest GoPro Hero4 Session, Mofily's YoCam offers HDR imaging, image/video stabilization, P2P remote connection (e.g. for home camera or baby monitor), and a higher maximum resolution. Users can record video at 2.7k/30fps, with additional options of 1080p/60fps and 720p/120fps. The YoCam is operable through its built-in shutter button, Mofily app, or (optional) Bluetooth remote.

But what makes YoCam attractive and practical is the selection of camera settings and variety of compatible accessories. Users can enable burst-shooting, delayed shots, or continuous photos every 5/10/30/60 seconds for lifelogging. The YoCam is designed to record slow motion, time lapse, and looping video, while the app also provides options to adjust white balance, exposure, rotation, and stabilization. Its 700-mAh rechargeable battery is designed to be capable of up to two hours of continuous recording at 1080p.

The Mofily YoCam is small and portable, to record photos and/or video on the go
The Mofily YoCam is small and portable, to record photos and/or video on the go

Although YoCam comes with a clip and pendant cord for wearing, a selection of optional mounts and/or small adapter provides more utility. A swiveling clamp mount lets the YoCam attach to pockets, clothing, or backpacks while allowing users to adjust angle and orientation. A suction cup transforms the YoCam into a dashcam, and the multi-purpose magnetic mount lets it stick to surfaces or walls as a home camera. The small adapter makes it possible for the YoCam to record from gloves, heads, chests, poles, bars, ropes, handles, and even pets.

The Mofily YoCam is currently funding on Kickstarter, having raised 129 percent of its US$80,000 goal in 11 days, with another 37 days left to go. A pledge of $149 sets you up with one YoCam along with a clip, pendant cord, and USB cable, saving $50 off the planned retail price. Additional mounting accessories are included in the deluxe bundles or as individual add-ons.

Mofily has already created and submitted YoCam engineering samples, however it still needs to validate the waterproof depth, tweak image quality, optimize battery life and wireless connection, and iron out kinks in the mobile app, which plans to be available for both iOS and Android. If production goes according to schedule, backers can expect shipments of YoCam to start as early as March, 2016.

Sources: Mofily, Kickstarter

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5 comments
r4990
Great idea but I have yet to see what I really want (not that I have seen everything).
The problem is that you don't always know when something cool is going to happen and I'm not vain enough to want to record my whole day or an entire activity.
How about a camera that records the last 5/10/15/30/45/60 minutes as a fifo stack or moving window. If something happens you want to save there should be a "commit" or "save" button to save that last bit based on your set duration. Otherwise the camera just keeps rolling until something interesting happens and you press the button again.
If nothing else it would keep you from having to sort through hours of video to find that one exciting part you want to post or otherwise save.
hkmk23
Well I have looked, but nowhere can I find any information about storage....that is how many minutes/hours movie will it hold, is it sd card or what.....
IndependentResearcher
No audio? No thank you. The picture logging is fine, but mos filmmaking went out with regular 8mm. I'd also like to see something with several hours of battery life or hot swappable to capture an entire day of events.
DavidHemphill
I had the opportunity to test a prototype this autumn on a couple of wing suit flites, and I was quite pleased w this new camera. The slim case presents a low snag-potential form which is very important to air sports athletes. The operating controls were straightforward and intuitive. BTW, the memory card is a micro SD. I'm looking forward to making more memories w this new competitor in a burgeoning market. Blue Skies!
Wreckage
I have received my Kickstarter YoCam and unfortunately, my initial excitement has turned to disappointment. The "highest quality lens" is not up to scratch, and the stereo mic's are also inferior (both compared with a GoPro +LCD). I hope to make a fairly serious comparison but finding the time is difficult. ;-)