The world’s tiniest 4K action camera is back! You may remember that pretty much a year ago we posted about a tiny 4K action camera called – the Mokacam. If you don’t remember, or you are new to the site, you can catch up here. And now, a year after the Mokacam version 1, there is new Mokacam Alpha. The “Alpha” is a 2nd generation super tiny wearable 4K camera with a few “world’s firsts” – a tilting screen and even a rotating shutter wheel allowing users to change their shutter speed from 1/2000” up to 32”. The first Mokacam raised over $1 million USD through crowdfunding and now the creators of the Mokacam have turned to Indiegogo again for the 2nd generation Mokacam Alpha, which has already surpassed its target of $25,000 (currently the campaign has raised over $73K).
You can check out their pitch video below.
Mokacam Alpha S Features at a Glance
- 12 megapixel 1.55 nm Pixel Sony IMX117 CMOS Sensor
- UHD/30fps / 1080p/120 slow-motion
- Built-in 6 Axis Gyroscope
- Rotary Shutter Wheel – 1/2000″ up to 32″
- Optional Tilting Screen module
- Snap-on magnetic battery 1100 mAh
- Up to 4 hours continuous shooting (1080p/30) with 1 Snap-on battery/Tilt Screen
- Waterproof up to 60m (requires housing)
- 20% smaller than Mokacam Gen 1
- 35% smaller than GoPro Hero5 Black
- Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / GPS
So first things first – there are actually 2 versions of the new Mokacam Alpha, – the Alpha S, which features a 12 megapixel Sony 1.55 nm pixel CMOS sensor with Ambarella processor capable of delivering UHD up to 30fps and 1080p/120 slow-motion; while the Alpha’s sensor tops out at UHD at 25fps and 1080p/60. So with the Alpha S you get a few more frames in UHD and 120fps slow mo in Full HD.
Other than that the two models appear to be identical in size and dimensions – the Mokacam Alpha/Alpha S weighs just 63 grams compared to 118 grams or the GoPro Hero5 Black.
Mokacam Alpha vs GoPro Hero5 Black Comparison:
The Mokacam Alpha offers some impressive size reduction – the 2nd gen Mokacam is 20% smaller than the previous generation and roughly 35% smaller than the GoPro Hero5 Black. However, unlike the GoPro Hero5 Black, the Mokacam Alpha does not seem to be waterproof out of the box and does still require an additional see-through waterproof housing.
The Alpha allows you to live stream real time video to your iPhone or Android device and share your videos on social media. The camera is also equipped with Bluetooth for remote control or file transfer and GPS for Geo-tagging. The camera is also equipped with a built-in 6-axis gyro to help you get more stable images, while the Micro HDMI port can be used in both preview mode or playback.
In Manual mode users can turn use the shutter wheel to set the shutter speed from 1/2000″ up to 32″ for shooting long exposures at night for example. The new sensor and faster processing is said to improve low-light performance too.
The Mokacam Alpha has a built-in 800 mAh battery, however when you pair it up with the Tilting Screen Module and the 1100 mAh Magnetic Back-up Battery you can expect up to 4 hours continuous recording in 1080p/30.
The snap-on extra battery and of course tilting screen can be quite useful in situations where you want to setup a low angle shot or in any case where a built-in screen would be difficult to observe.
Deliveries of the Mokacam Alpha and Alpha S are said to start in May 2017. You can grab your Mokacam Alpha at a Super Early bird price of $99 ($199 regular when in the shops) or $149 for the Alpha S at the Early Bird special.
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