Action cameras are nothing new: they’ve been around for awhile now and the genre has grown a bit stale. There hasn’t been a lot of innovation in this space. On the contrary, it’s been a bit of a slow crawl forward with higher specs here and there. That’s why the team at DailyTekk is excited about the TomTom Bandit action cam.
The Bandit is a 4K action and that’s where it’s similarities with other action cams ends. It’s a completely fresh riff on what an action camera can and should be. I get the feeling that the engineers behind this camera went back to the drawing board and asked themselves, “If we blow everything up and start from scratch, what would we keep, what would we get rid of and what would we add?” If you ask me, they nailed it and here’s why.
The TomTom team kept the soul of an action — it’s essential components — intact. Anything superfluous or gimmicky or unfriendly that you might see from other manufacturers is gone. What’s left is an attractive, rugged, portable, waterproof camera that shoots 4K UHD (Ultra-HD) footage.
Important things TomTom steered away from with the design of the Bandit include an awkward rectangular shape, the need for a cord for file transfer and charging and multiple models to choose from.
The design of the Bandit is spot-on: it’s meant to fit nicely in a person’s hand which speaks volumes about the entire Bandit experience. The device, from the outside in — down to the software — is meant to be human-friendly. It’s user-centric. It’s not just a device to capture raw footage; it’s a device that also makes that footage incredibly accessible. It’s easy to get to and manipulate and personalize. It offers adventurers a path of least resistance — from filming to editing to publishing. This is actually all apparent from glancing the design.
With the Bandit you can thankfully say, “Sayonara,” to any annoying cords. This is brilliant and will definitely spoil your friend’s action cam experiences. My desk has too many cords popping out of my computer and a connected hub as it is; the last thing I need is another one snaking around my stuff getting all twisted up and entwined with other cords.
Instead of a cord, the TomTom Bandit uses a Batt-stick: basically the end of the Bandit unscrews to reveal a USB stick that can plug directly into your computer. So charging and file transfer happen easily and, importantly, cordlessly.
I also appreciate that there’s just one Bandit model. Gone is the idea that consumers want to wade through four different product lines with confusing options and potential compromises. With the Bandit, TomTom simply put their best foot forward and eliminated the hassle of having to make annoying comparisons. If you buy a Bandit you can rest easy that you didn’t miss anything; you just got the best there is.
So that’s an overview of what TomTom kept and got rid of with the Bandit, compared to other action cam makers, but that’s only part of the story. TomTom also added a feature that elevates the Bandit to a whole other level of easiness and awesomeness: a media server.
A media server… okay, what does that mean? It means you don’t have to download footage before you can edit it. Pretty awesome, huh?! But if that isn’t cool enough for you, you can also shake your phone to auto-edit your clips together into an awesome finished product — and then share that video from wherever you are. In case the magnitude of that didn’t quite hit you, you can shoot a video, shake your phone to edit it and then upload it all without having to go home first, unload the video, stick it in some editing software, export it and then upload it or otherwise share it. It’s fast, fast, fast!
If you’re looking for an action cam that focuses on being easy to use and shooting the highest quality video, it’s hard to recommend anything above the TomTom Bandit. I know I can’t wait to get my hands on one (mine should be in the mail as we speak).
This post is brought to you by TomTom. All opinions are those of DailyTekk.