Published on January 5th, 2015 | by Greg0
VEHO’s MUVI K2 Sports Camera: Underdogs Try Harder
CES 2015 is soon to render plenty of technology a little more obsolete- or so you might be hearing from every news outlet. The fact is that most of the gear and gadgets promoted this week in Las Vegas are months away from shipping, if they are going to actually reach consumers at all. Which means that you can look ahead now, safe in the knowledge that you can see a bit into the future and check out the competition while being able to get a good deal now.
This is especially true for crowded areas like sports cameras. In a world dominated by one company that does a great job leveraging marketing muscle, there are still plenty of other competitors that are doing their best to win the throne. British firm VEHO (now sponsors of Southampton Football Club) has been making cameras for quite a while and we’ve checked out plenty of their other gear, but the VEHO MUVI K2 (available in two basic configurations) is their best yet, an outdoors camera that combines top-of-the-line features with an impressively small body, fantastic battery life, and a decent price. Video quality won’t quite reach that of far more expensive models, and the app for sharing photos and videos feels a little awkward- but the waterproof shell is excellent and the K2 provides an solid value.
The basic model shaves off the LCD screen and cuts the weight to 84 grams, while the more expensive brother includes the detachable screen for those moments you need to check your footage (and includes an 8GB SD card). Basically, unless you really want the most minimalist camera possible and already have your own SD card, you can safely go with the slightly pricier package. Either way, this is one of the more advanced handsfree cameras, with built-in wifi, 1080p at a full 60 frames per second and 16 megapixel still image capture, with a lovely lens that adds a bit of fisheye but can capture a huge field of vision (). Safe even to 100 meters with the shell on, it’s versatile, durable, and even good-looking.
Those with a bit less to spend can opt for a basic model (Polaroid offers a cute, very minimalist one), or try for . The K2 was better in most ways than the Blackvue we checked out recently, and offered a definite step up from the Monoprice model (despite it’s cool wristwatch remote). Other competitors offer a wider ecosystem of products and accessories, which might be handy for some uses, but the K2 is pretty easy to mount as well on helmets or otherwise and other extras like battery packs, external microphones, and a cool remote are (or will be) available directly from VEHO. Fully iOS and Android compatible, the MUVI K2 has decent onboard controls, and is available online and in stores now for a surprisingly low $250 (or $300 for the full package)- it feels like it should be even more.