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Published on January 5th, 2015 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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