So, what does Swann have to bring to the game? For starters, every model comes standard with a detachable LCD screen, which means your footage will no longer start off with a puzzled face staring into the lens for a second or two. Even better, you'll be able to review your footage without having to lug around a computer.
In addition, the Swann Freestyle HD boasts stereo audio, a 3x zoom and a remote control. Anyone who's spent a track day jumping in and out of a vehicle to make sure their GoPro is running can attest to the value of that last feature. The camera will set you back $279.99. Head over to the Swann site for more information and click past the jump for the full press release.
Housed in a sturdy case that is waterproof up to 65', Swann Freestyle HD can be worn on the body or mounted to bikes, cars, helmets, skateboards and more via a range of included interchangeable mounts and brackets. In addition, the Swann Freestyle HD can be used as a standard point & shoot camera, featuring both single shot and rapid fire picture taking. Video is shot in stunning professional-grade 1080p HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), boasting 30 fps, 3x digital zoom and stereo audio. Swann has also included a wireless remote control that lets users operate the camera while it's mounted and out of arms reach.
Real-time viewing is made possible by the detachable 1.5" LCD screen, so you immediately see if you've captured the shot. Swann Freestyle HD also allows you to watch your footage afterwards on an HDTV via an HDMI cable or you can transfer your recording to the computer via a MicroSD card or the included USB cable for editing or sharing on social media networks. The Lithium-ion battery is also rechargeable via USB, giving users up to 2.5 hours of recording time per charge.
"The immense popularity of action sports and online video sharing helped make our earlier model, the Swann SportsCam™, a huge success, but now we've taken our customer's feedback and greatly improved upon that design," remarked Guy Pithie, Swann VP of Sales. "Swann Freestyle HD boasts an impressive feature set, including a LCD viewing screen, full 1080p recording and a dual function camera and video recorder. These features paired with the rugged dependability our customers have come to expect from Swann products make the Swann Freestyle HD what we believe to be one of the best sports action video cameras on the market."
* Freestyle HD Wearable Video Camera
* LCD Screen
* Waterproof Case
* Remote Control
* Carry Pouch
* Helmet Mounting Bracket
* Universal L Shaped Mounting Bracket
* Universal Low Profile Mounting Bracket
* Connector Tray Bracket Accessory
* 2 Flat Adhesive Mounting Pad
* Curved Adhesive Mounting Pad
* AV Out Cable
* USB Cable
* Power Adapter
* Instructions Manual & CD
Swann's Freestyle HD has a MSRP of $279.99 and is available for purchase at BestBuy.com, Tiger Direct, Fry's, London Drugs or visit Swann.com for a full list of retailers.