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CATASAUQUA Police Department Implements Viridian Weapon-Mounted Camera

Monday, October 1st, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – October 1, 2018 – Viridian Weapon Technologies announces that the Catasauqua Police Department, located just outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania, has deployed the FACT Duty™ Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC™). Viridian and Catasauqua will hold a joint press conference to discuss this milestone on Tuesday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the Borough of Catasauqua Municipal Complex, 90 Bridge Street, Catasauqua, Pennsylvania 18032.

The FACT Duty fits officer weapons and holsters and records automatically, providing an unobstructed view from the end of an officer’s firearm. The need for this product continues to be validated in current events throughout the United States.

“The transparency and ease of implementation helped us choose this solution,” said Catasauqua Chief of Police Douglas Kish. “A department of our size has a surprisingly large number of interactions with the public. The FACT Duty WMC allows us the coverage for a possible (and rare) Officer Involved Shooting without huge overhead costs or recurring payment requirements.”

Viridian has created an important new category for law enforcement with the introduction of the FACT camera. This unique Weapon-Mounted Camera provides an unobstructed view of critical use-of-force events from the end of the firearm, addressing limitations officers can face with body cameras. The highly advanced WMC employs a 1080p full-HD digital camera with a microphone and 500 lumen tactical light. Viridian’s proprietary INSTANT-ON® technology automatically activates the camera and microphone whenever the officer draws the firearm from its holster. Not only does this eliminate risk of failure to manually turn on the camera during a critical event, but it also keeps the officer from fumbling with cumbersome equipment.

“Catasauqua becomes the first department in Pennsylvania to implement our FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “Current events point to the fact that body and dash cameras alone are inadequate. More than 300 police departments around the country are in the process of testing and implementing FACT Duty WMCs. We’re seeing more and more departments choose our products and I think that is because our WMCs provide an unfettered perspective for officer-involved shootings and other use-of-force incidents, and our products help show what really happened.”

Easy Implementation
FACT WMCs do not require the purchase of supplemental equipment or services and are designed exclusively to answer the needs of today’s officers. The WMC generates just a small fraction of the data to manage compared to other law enforcement recording options because it only records when the officer’s weapon is drawn. This results in significantly lower comparative data management costs. The WMCs fit on existing standard-issue firearms and fit seamlessly in multiple duty holster platforms. The cameras feature a recording time of over three hours to handle virtually any scenario. They also incorporate secured data access and are easily rechargeable.

Body and dash cameras were not designed to capture officer-involved shootings. However, Viridian WMCs were designed specifically for this purpose.

Category Creation and Importance Today
The need for this technology was recognized several years ago. While the product was in development, events continued to unfold that only increased the urgency for Weapon-Mounted Cameras for police officers across America. Pennsylvania has been in the spotlight for these events. From the David Jones shooting in Philadelphia in 2016 to the Antwon Rose II shooting in Pittsburgh this past summer, these tragic events illustrate outrage that occurs partially from a lack of information to determine what happened. These events are the source of massive protests and community disruption.

“As we closely monitor these events around the country along with the aftermath when affected parties do not believe justice was served, we realize that our solution cannot be implemented soon enough by more departments,” said Matthew Plowman, General Counsel at Viridian. “Much of the controversy in so many past incidents and trials was what the officer saw when pulling the trigger. The FACT Duty is a tool to provide objective evidence, both for potential legal proceedings and in helping the community understand what happened. Our WMC also aids police communication to the general public to help eliminate the uncertainty in officer-involved shootings that is the source of much conflict.”

More information on FACT Duty WMCs can be found at ViridianWeaponTech.com/FACT-Duty-Learn-More.

GoPro – HERO

Friday, March 30th, 2018

GoPro has taken a page from Hollywood and Video Game Publishers, and decided to name the latest iteration of their compact action camera the same as a previous release, calling it the HERO.

To be fair, the HERO is actually an entry-priced offering at only $200, yet it still has a solid array of features:

– 10MP camera
– 1440p60 / 1080p60 recording
– Touch screen
– Waterproof to 10m
– Voice control

shop.gopro.com/cameras/hero/CHDHB-501

Samson Announces New M-LOK And KeyMod Mounts For GoPro Cameras

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Keene, NH – Ever wanted to be in your own action film? Samson Manufacturing, a leader in Firearms Parts & Accessories is ready to make you a movie star! Offering Direct and 90 Degree GoPro Mount Kits with your choice of M-LOK or KeyMod compatibility, giving you numerous ways to capture those shots you really want.

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“In today’s culture everyone is posting videos of themselves engaged in their favorite activities and that includes shooters. With two mounts attached to their handguard, one facing forward and the other facing the shooter, they can take videos of themselves and their targets at the same time” Samson spokesman Dave Biggers said.

Samson Direct and 90 Degree GoPro Mounting Kits include the appropriate base and all the necessary hardware to attach your GoPro housing. Samson’s latest mounts are machined from aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum and feature a Mil-spec hardcoat anodized finish for durability. Will fit any GoPro camera which uses the companies two-finger housing. Check the Samson website regularly to see even more attachment options for GoPro’s in the future.

Designed, engineered, manufactured and finished in the USA.

For more information and to see additional new products from Samson, visit www.samson-mfg.com.

Samson Manufacturing is a leading manufacturer of firearms parts and accessories. Delivering quality, innovation and value to the commercial, military, law enforcement and OEM markets since 1994. Using U.S.-sourced materials, Samson products are designed, engineered, manufactured and finished in New Hampshire, USA.

Full Size POV Cap Mount For GoPro HERO On Kickstarter

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

NVD mounting plate adapters for GoPro cameras exists, so why not a mount specific for a standard ball cap? Luckily, Los Angeles-based SIDEKICK Mounts is covering this, with their Full Size POV Cap Mount, currently up for funding on Kickstarter. While there are GoPro mounting options for ball caps currently available, this one looks simple yet effective, securing in place with Velcro, and fully encompasses the camera body.

In addition to the GoPro Hero series, SIDEKICK is also offering mounts for the BeHD and SJCamHD cameras, because the market loves variety.

You can check out the Kickstarter campaign here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1170280359/sidekick-mounts-for-gopro-behd-and-sjcamhd/

Vantage Point, LLC – Vantage Point Tactical Go Pro Mount

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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The Vantage Point by Vantage Point, LLC is a versatile, modular system for Go Pro cameras that centers around an action camera plate.

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The plate can be mounted either to Vantage Point’s modular harness system, or to any MOLLE/PALS-compatible attachment system, providing wearers with an optimal location to shoot POV or action footage.

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Adding to the versatility of the mounting plate, straps can be utilized to mount the plate and camera to stationary locations, such as on a tree branch or pole to take advantage of a specific view angle.

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vantagepointeffect.com

SLICK Stabilizer – A Motorized GoPro Steadicam On Kickstarter

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

The SLICK is a motorized stabilizer specifically designed for GoPro cameras. Weighing only .66 lbs, the SLICK is lightweight for its function, and attaches to any GoPro mounting slot. It is weatherproof, and fits every model GoPro from the 3 onwards with waterproof or skeleton housing. It also comes with a removable rechargeable battery with a run time of 2 hours.

www.indiegogo.com/projects/slick-stabilizer-a-motorized-gopro-steadicam

GoPro Announces New HERO4 Session Camera

Monday, July 6th, 2015

GoPro Launches HERO4 Session: the Smallest, Lightest and Most Convenient GoPro, Yet

50% Smaller and 40% Lighter – HERO4 Session Combines Ultra-Compact Waterproof Design with Easy One-Button Control for Simple Yet Powerful Life-Capture Solution

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SAN MATEO, Calif., July 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today’s most engaging content, is proud to announce HERO4 Session, the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet. 50% smaller and 40% lighter than GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, HERO4 Session packs GoPro’s Emmy® Award-winning image quality and performance into an exciting new low-profile form factor. HERO4 Session benefits from a durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate housing and features simple one-button control to make capturing immersive photos and video quicker and more convenient than ever before. HERO4 Session is compatible with existing GoPro mounts and will retail for $399.99 MSRP at authorized GoPro retailers around the world and on GoPro.com beginning July 12, 2015.

“With HERO4 Session, we challenged ourselves to produce the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro possible,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro founder and CEO. “HERO4 Session combines the best of our engineering and user-experience know-how to deliver our most convenient life-capture solution, yet.” Woodman adds, “I’m so excited about the launch of HERO4 Session because now I can finally use mine in public!”

HERO4 Session captures GoPro-quality 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30 video along with eight megapixel photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. It features many of the same innovative features found in GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, including SuperView™, Protune and Auto Low Light recording modes. An expanded set of controls and settings can be accessed when using the GoPro App or Smart Remote.

Operating HERO4 Session is very simple. A short press of the shutter button quickly powers the camera on and video recording begins automatically. A long press of the shutter button powers the camera on and triggers Time Lapse photo capture. Press the shutter button again to save video or photo content and power the camera off. This simple one button design drastically improves the speed and convenience of capturing life moments as they happen.

HERO4 Session is built to GoPro’s famous rugged standards and is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters). It features a sleek frame mounting system that is compatible with GoPro’s expansive array of mounts. An innovative dual microphone system dynamically switches sound recording between microphones to reduce wind noise during activities. Audio performance during water-based activities has been dramatically improved thanks to HERO4 Session’s waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate waterhousing, which can often muffle sounds.

“At GoPro, sound quality is as important as image quality and we’re very excited about the stunning audio advancements we’ve made with HERO4 Session during water-based and windy activities. It’s incredible what this little GoPro can capture,” remarked Woodman.

HERO4 Session $399.99 MSRP

  • Stunning 1080p60, 720p100, and 1440p30 video
  • Waterproof to 33′ (10m), no separate housing required
  • Easy one-button control: short press of shutter powers camera on and begins capturing video, long shutter button press powers camera on and begins capturing time-lapse photos
  • Captures 8MP Single, Burst, and Time Lapse photos
  • Compatible with GoPro mounts and accessories
  • Dual Mic system captures enhanced audio during high wind and water-based activities
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth® enable easy connectivity to GoPro App and Smart Remote
  • Auto image rotation corrects image orientation during recording
  • Includes standard and low-profile frame mounts for increased mounting versatility
  • New Ball Joint Buckle mount is included
  • gopro.com

    PolarPro – GoPro StrapMount

    Friday, May 8th, 2015

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    PolarPro’s StrapMount is a mounting solution for GoPro cameras which allows the user to mount their GoPro to any strap such as those on a backpack, scuba bcd, lifejacket, etc. The mount is constructed of rigid, glass filled nylon, and features a quick-release system for the camera.

    polarprofilters.com/shop/goprobackpackmount

    Bullseye Camera Systems Announces The Bullseye AmmoCam Sight-In Edition

    Sunday, November 9th, 2014

    Eugene, OR — Bullseye Camera Systems, LLC, makers of the first-ever software-supported, wireless target camera system to show your last shot flashing is announcing a brand new product, the Bullseye AmmoCam™ Sight-In Edition, with an MSRP of only $349.

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    The Bullseye AmmoCam™ Sight-In Edition is a fully self-contained unit that weighs only 5 lbs. and is the perfect solution to those shooting and sighting in at 300 yards or less. Simply set the unit down range, flip the switch on and start shooting. The system is weather resistant, has a 12+ hour battery life and supports iPhone, iPad, Android Devices and Windows-based laptops. It also allows multiple users to connect to the system to track shooting progress.

    “Here at Bullseye Camera Systems we’ve been working diligently for a year to create a product that was innovative, convenient, and affordable and that’s exactly what we offer with the Bullseye AmmoCam™. But we didn’t stop there, stay tuned for our next product in the AmmoCam™ line, to be announced Friday, November 7th, 2014,” shared Nick Skrepetos, founder of Bullseye Camera Systems, LLC.

    The Bullseye AmmoCam™ Sight-In Edition is available to ship December 1, 2014. Order now and receive free shipping.

    www.bullseyecamera.com

    Polaroid Cube Action Camera

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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    Polaroid has now decided to step into the action camera game with the Cube. Priced at only $100, the Polaroid Cube has the following features:

    – 1080P/720P video
    – 6MP still photo
    – Built in rechargeable battery capable of recording up to 90 min
    – 124° wide angle lens
    – LED indicator
    – Microphone
    – Weatherproof/Splash proof

    It also has plenty of accessory mounts already available, such as a tripod mount, bicycle mount, helmet mount, and inarguably the best mount:

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    With its low entry price and established accessory line, this could end up being an excellent starting action camera, or at the very least a good backup or supplementary camera.

    www.polaroidcube.com/polaroid-cube

    GoKnuckles On Kickstarter

    Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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    GoKnuckles is a project on Kickstarter to produce a hand-held mount shaped like a pair of brass knuckles for the GoPro Hero series of cameras. The final product will be made of injection molded rubberized plastic and will be available in Blue and Orange. On the GoKnuckles mount, the Hero camera can be mounted facing either direction, allowing for dexterous filming of yourself and others.

    www.kickstarter.com/projects/astroworx/goknuckles-for-your-gopro-hero-camera

    Ricoh – WG-M1 Orange

    Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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    Ricoh’s WG-M1 is an action camera with a 14 megapixel sensor, capable of full 1080P HD video. It features airtight, waterproof construction, capable of submerging to a depth of 32 feet and cold resistance to temperatures as low as -10°C. The rechargeable Li-Ion battery is capable of lasting up to 150 minutes when recording footage.

    us.ricoh-imaging.com/digital-camera/WG-M1_Orange

    Contour Is Back!

    Sunday, April 6th, 2014

    Contour

    After shutting down last year, Contour is back and under new management. They relaunched their official website, and are once again offering the classic Contour+2 and waterproof Roam2 cameras. In the coming months, they plan to launch new cameras that will feature the traditional Contour design features: slide-to-record switch, laser alignment system, and 270° rotating lens.

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    Contour cameras were popular do to their simplicity, ruggedness, and wide accessory support, so it’s great to see their return to the market.

    contour.com

    Hat tip: www.cnet.com/news/contour-returns-promises-new-pov-action-cams-soon