Shimano, better known for its groupsets and wheels, has launched the CM-1000 Sport Camera, putting it squarely up against the likes of GoPro’s Hero 3 and Garmin’s Virb in this lucrative market.
The new camera is the first offering from its new ‘Lifestyle Gear Division’, tasked with producing multi-sport devices targeted at both its fishing and cycling consumers. The camera is fully waterproof without the need for an external case, with an IPX-8 rating. That means it can survive continual submersion to a depth of 10 metres. Deeper than most puddles you’re likely to encounter.
Inside the camera is an f2.0 lens which should enable it to produce good results in low light conditions. It has auto image rotation, and the lens offers a choice of a standard angle 135° or super wide 180° mode. The 16 megapixel back illuminated CMOS image sensor provides full 1080p HD capability. It offers three video recording modes; 1920 x 1080 at 30fps, 1280 x 720 at 120fps and 640 x 360 at 240fps. The camera records onto micro SD cards, up to 32GB. There’s no internal storage.
It’s light, at a claimed 86g. That compares well to a GoPro at 188g and 177g for the Garmin Virb. It’s small too, measuring 44x70x30mm, about the size of a pack of playing cards. So it’ll easily fit in your pocket. The battery lasts a claimed 2 hours and is charged in less than 4 hours.
Shimano has packed the CM-1000 with the latest tech, including WiFi connectivity and has developed iOS and Android apps so you can watch live views from the camera and make setting adjustments remotely. It’s also packing ANT+ and an ANT private connection, so there is potential to hook it up to Shimano’s newly introduced D-Fly wireless Di2 transmitter to add ride data to recorded footage. Garmin’s Virb is able to record ride data to overlay on recorded video but uses GPS.
Included with the camera is a helmet mount and adhesive mount, Windows 7 and Mac OS software and a lens cover. The iOS 6.0 and Android 4.2 apps, which can be used as a remote controller, are free to download. Other mounts are available, including a chest and handlebar mount.
It’s an interesting move for Shimano, and not a move we saw coming. The company must be confident the market is big enough to support yet another video camera. It certainly has a lot going for it, the small form factor and impressive list of features we like, we can’t wait to get out hands on one. Which might not be for a while; it’s not coming into the UK yet - Shimano’s UK distributor Madison haven’t confirmed they’ll bring it into the UK. Which might be because Madison also distribute GoPro… It will be shipping across the rest of Europe in May.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed. If you want to find out more, Shimano has launched this shiny new website www.shimano-sportcamera.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.