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A new camera company has emerged in the action camera market and their latest offering is creating a lot of buzz in the kayak fishing industry. WASPcam, based in Canada, has pushed the envelope in feature and price with two new offerings that launched January 15.

Straight out of the box, the WASPcam “Gideon” is possibly the most feature-rich camera on the market. The Gideon records HD video up to 1080p60 (and also 1080p30, 960p60 and 720p120), takes still-images up to 16MPm and has built-in WiFi. You can connect the camera to your iPhone or Android device for live viewing.

The Gideon sets itself apart with its wireless wrist remote that gives users a live viewing screen and remote control. The wrist remote connects from up to 15’away, and doubles as a watch. In addition to the camera and wrist remote, the Gideon also comes with two different camera mounts, fog inserts, waterproof and vented backs for the waterproof case, a wall charger, and Velcro strap.

Possibly the biggest surprise with the Gideon is the price. MSRP for the Gideon varies slightly, but in most markets it is $319. As more of these cameras reach consumer hands, side-by-side comparisons of video performance in varying conditions will become available.

WASPcam’s second new offering, the "JAKD", is piquing the interest of consumers looking for a value-priced camera with plenty of options. The JAKD camera can shoot 1080p@25fps or 720p@30fps. While it may not be ideal for video pros, novice and intermediate videographers can enjoy capturing their adventures without wiping out the bank account. At only $139 in most areas, the JAKD camera is low on price and high on options


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Thats pretty affordable. How does this match up with the go-pro feature wise?
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As it stands it's cheaper and with the options of direct play back to Smart phones and pads this camera seems to be GoPro direct competitor.
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Just my 2 cents. I would be wary of this camera. Just like anything in life, you get what you pay for. What makes me most wary is the included watch/preview window. The reality is that the cost to build both devices with quality components would likely put the build cost over what they are currently selling it for. That means, corners have been cut. Where the corners were cut? Who knows. 

One idea of where corners were cut is in the components used to build the wasp. Just a quick glance at the spec's page and there are a few indicators:

Now, I have never used the Wasp cam so I am just speculating here, but based on the specs available on the Wasp Gideon, I think it is safe to assume that while the Wasp is capable of recording footage in 1080p at 60fps, the end product will not look nearly as crisp as the Gopro Hero Black. The wasp only supports a class 6 SD card, which means that it cannot write data to the SD card as fast as say a Class 10 SD card, like all GoPro's use. Writing data to a card at anything less than class 10 when dealing with a hi-res shot at 60fps is going to leave you with choppy shots, and less than desirable slow-mo. At $299 for the Gideon, your only $100 away from a GoPro black (with Wi-Fi remote included). GoPro has taken a 30% market share of the camcorder market place, not because it is cheap, but because it is the best at what it does.

Now, considering this is a forum on a fishing website, I assume that is the purpose of this post. I personally have 3 GoPro Hero Silvers $199/retail (2-GoPro Hero 3+, and 1-GoPro Hero 3). For all intents and purposes most of us do not need to be filming in 1080p at 60fps. You will spend more time changing batteries out, and swapping for new SD cards then you'll spend fishing. It is standard in the industry right now (including all the GoPro's used at the Classic) to set up the GoPro's using 720p at 60fps. The result is clean slo-mo shots, relative battery efficiency (2-2.5 hours depending on weather), and close to 3.5 hours of recording time.

Finally, I'm not defending GoPro, they definitely gouge consumers on accessories. Shit, I know I have spent at least the cost of an entire camera just in accessories, some of which are grossly over priced. For me, the track record of GoPro, the durability of the cameras and enclosures, and the superb video quality they provide (with the exception of low-light shots), are the reason I have slowly expanded from 1, to 3 cameras, and not considered any of the other competitors.

Again, just my 2 cents. The Wasp piqued my interest, but if I'm going to spend $139, or $299 respectively for a largely unknown camera, that is trying so desperately to be a GoPro. I'm just going to spend a little more and actually buy the real thing.

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