We got hold of a TomTom Bandit action camera at Snow.Guide to test recently and have managed to put it through its paces this winter.
Good for: filming your ski experiences and posting them fast to your social media.
The first thing we liked was the design – nice and neat, looks smart, feels well made and the helmet mount is easy to use.
We have mounted our camera on the side of the helmet and perhaps didn’t put the mount forward enough and so the wide angle lens is picking up part of the helmet.
In some ways, this adds to the feel of the shots and give the feeling that it really is in a helmet, so you might actually choose to do it that way anyway.
The clever way the internal USB plug decants out of the main shell of the camera means there’s no fiddly wires to carry around or parts to lose. Simply unplug the inner and slot the USB part into your laptop or suitable device to both charge the camera and download your video or image clips.
The integration with a smart phone (we’ve downloaded the app to our iPhone) is really smart – with wi-fi capability you just link the camera with your phone and then view the footage in real time or straight after you’ve shot it.
This also means you can quick edit the footage on your phone too.
In terms of the footage quality, it appears to be very good – we have shot in various light conditions including in and indoor ski slope and also in bright sunshine. The picture quality has been spot on each time.
It’s really easy to use. Rob Stewart, our Ski Editor, has been testing it on location in the Alps (check out one video below where the camera works well, if not his luck with hitting a rock off-piste). If he can use it then most people won’t find it difficult.
If you’re looking for a solid, reliable and easy to use action cam with excellent smart phone compatibility and quality of image then the TomTom Bandit Action camera would be a great buy.
Check out the TomTom Bandit Action camera on Amazon
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