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Nikon expands KeyMission actioncam family with two rugged new models

Nikon expands KeyMission actio...
Nikon has unveiled three new action cameras at Photokina, including the KeyMission 170
Nikon has unveiled three new action cameras at Photokina, including the KeyMission 170
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The KeyMission 80 has a more traditional camera silhouette than most action cameras
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The KeyMission 80 has a more traditional camera silhouette than most action cameras
There are two cameras on the KeyMission 80, one for selfies and another for serious recording 
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There are two cameras on the KeyMission 80, one for selfies and another for serious recording 
The KeyMission 80 kicks off the new Nikon action cam range 
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The KeyMission 80 kicks off the new Nikon action cam range 
The camera's 12-MP sensor and 80 degree FOV make it better for stills than the rest of the KeyMission range 
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The camera's 12-MP sensor and 80 degree FOV make it better for stills than the rest of the KeyMission range 
The KeyMission 80 is shock, water and freeze proof 
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The KeyMission 80 is shock, water and freeze proof 
The KeyMission 170 could be mistaken for a GoPro at a distance 
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The KeyMission 170 could be mistaken for a GoPro at a distance 
There's 4K UHD recording capability on board 
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There's 4K UHD recording capability on board 
The KeyMission 170 will cost $399 when it launches
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The KeyMission 170 will cost $399 when it launches
The camera is waterproof without a housing, but the housing does take maximum depth to 40 m
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The camera is waterproof without a housing, but the housing does take maximum depth to 40 m
The KeyMission's screen isn't a touchscreen
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The KeyMission's screen isn't a touchscreen
The 170-degree FOV is the same as you'd find on GoPros
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The 170-degree FOV is the same as you'd find on GoPros
Nikon needs just two cameras for a full 360 degree view
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Nikon needs just two cameras for a full 360 degree view
The KeyMission 360 launched at CES this year 
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The KeyMission 360 launched at CES this year 
The camera hooks up to an app for live view 
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The camera hooks up to an app for live view 
Both lenses are attached to 20-MP CMOS sensors
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Both lenses are attached to 20-MP CMOS sensors
The camera is waterproof to 30 m
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The camera is waterproof to 30 m
There's a silicon jacket in the box, but it's not really necessary 
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There's a silicon jacket in the box, but it's not really necessary 
Nikon is hoping its new KeyMission cameras can take a chunk out of GoPro
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Nikon is hoping its new KeyMission cameras can take a chunk out of GoPro
The new KeyMission 170
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The new KeyMission 170
Nikon has unveiled three new action cameras at Photokina, including the KeyMission 170
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Nikon has unveiled three new action cameras at Photokina, including the KeyMission 170
The new Nikon KeyMission 80
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The new Nikon KeyMission 80
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It might have been slightly overshadowed by this morning's grand GoPro launch, but Nikon has used Photokina to add two new models to its lineup of KeyMission action cameras. Alongside the 4K KeyMission 360, which was unveiled at CES earlier this year, there are two new rugged offerings catering to adventurers who don't need 360-degree recording.

KeyMission 360

Nikon needs just two cameras for a full 360 degree view
Nikon needs just two cameras for a full 360 degree view

Even though it's only got two lenses, the box-shaped KeyMission 360 is able to record 4K, 360-degree stills and video. Images from the dual f/2.0 lenses are captured by 20-megapixel CMOS sensors at either 3,840 x 2,160 or 1080p, and automatically stitched together by the in-camera software. The dual lens setup can also be used to capture 30-megapixel stills.

The camera is fully waterproof to 30 m (98 ft) and shockproof to drops of 2 m (6.6 ft), although the -10° C (14° F) freezeproof temperature might not be enough for avid skiers and snowboarders.

Although there's no screen on the camera, it can be connected up to the Nikon SnapBridge app, which acts as a live viewfinder. The app also offers tools for sharing and editing, and works with the KeyMission 360 and 170.

Included in the box is a set of adapters, a base mount and silicon jacket for the camera, along with two lens protectors and a cardboard headset allowing for immersive smartphone playback.

The KeyMission 360 will cost US$499.95 when it lands in stores in October.

KeyMission 170

The new KeyMission 170
The new KeyMission 170

The KeyMission 170 looks remarkably conventional compared to its dual-lens big brother, but its feature set is still impressive. Its f/2.8 lens and 8.3-megapixel CMOS sensor allow 4K image capture with an ultra-wide 170-degree field of view.

Using the rear screen, users are able to set up their shots with live view, play back previous footage and change settings. Unlike the GoPro Hero4 Silver it's not a touchscreen, but the little rubber buttons will work with gloves on, which can't be said for conventional touch screens.

Just like the 360, the KeyMission 170 is waterproof to 30 m (98 ft) – or 40 m (131 ft) with a housing fitted – shockproof to 2 m (6.6 ft) and freezeproof to -10° C (14° F). It also shares the same smartphone app, although the cheaper 170 doesn't include the same range of mounts and adapters in the box. Prices start at $399.95.

KeyMission 80

The new Nikon KeyMission 80
The new Nikon KeyMission 80

The KeyMission 80 isn't quite as clever as its brethren, but that's not really the point here. Using a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 25 mm f/2.0 lens, it can capture 1080/30p HD video with an 80-degree field-of-view. There's also a 5-megapixel, f/2.2 camera attached to the back for selfies.

Nikon has aimed for easy one-handed operation with its design, which is waterproof to 1 m (3.2 ft), shockproof to 1.82 m (6 ft) and freezeproof to -10° C (14° F)

Once users have got their footage and photos on board, they can be shared with a smartphone using Nikon SnapBridge software. Although it's not compatible with the same app as the 170 and 360, the cheapest KeyMission does boast touch control from its 1.75-in screen. You'll pay $279.95 when it hits stores in October.

All three cameras launched at Photokina, which runs until September 25.

Source: Nikon

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