Shimano today unveiled its entry into the ever-popular action camera market with its new CM-1000 action camera. The new device has a lot in common with other action cameras on the market, but also has some unique features.
The action camera’s compact, fully sealed body is waterproof and rated to 10m in the drink. It’s also very light – just 86g including its battery and memory card.
Shimano claims the CM-1000 is capable of shooting brilliant HD movies in all conditions, while stills can also be captured at an effective six-megapixel resolution. Recording is adjustable between three modes: 1920×1080 at 30 fps, 1280×720 at 120 fps, or 640×360 at 240 fps, each using a viewing angle of 135 or 180 degrees. The device has no internal memory; instead, micro SD cards up to 32 GB are required.
Where Shimano seems to be able to differentiate itself from the competition is through integration with its own Di2 groupset. The action camera is compatible with the recently announced SM-EWW01 Di2 wireless unit – details are scarce, but we assume gear data will likely be incorporated into recordings.
Meanwhile, ANT+ compatibility means the sports camera will be able to use data such as speed, cadence, power and heart rate, allowing cyclists to monitor video and use performance data as a monitoring tool. training to improve their driving.
It also has WiFi, so pairing the device with a smartphone should unlock a whole host of useful features, as well as the ability to quickly upload clips to social media.
A two-button interface should help simplify its use, while LEDs and audio cues are used to confirm chosen settings. The camera is powered by a lithium-ion battery – Shimano claims the battery life is two hours and a full charge will take four hours.
It comes with an adhesive mount as well as a vented helmet mount. Other mounting options, including a chest mount, will be available as accessories.
Prices are yet to be confirmed while stock is expected to land around May – we’ll keep you updated.