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Interbike 2012: Budget video cameras from Looxcie and Liquid Image

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The Looxcie 2's video image can easily be streamed in real-time via the company's smartphone and tablet apps.

The Looxcie 2's video image can easily be streamed in real-time via the company's smartphone and tablet apps. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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One of Liquid Image's newest items is a set of downhill goggles with a camera built into the frame.

One of Liquid Image's newest items is a set of downhill goggles with a camera built into the frame. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Liquid Image's Ego camera shoots video in 1080p resolution and still images up to 12MP. Built-in Wi-Fi allows for real-time viewing and linking to smartphones, tablets, and notebook/desktop computers.

Liquid Image's Ego camera shoots video in 1080p resolution and still images up to 12MP. Built-in Wi-Fi allows for real-time viewing and linking to smartphones, tablets, and notebook/desktop computers. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Liquid Image Ego lens captures a 136° field of view. Suggested retail price is just US$149.

The Liquid Image Ego lens captures a 136° field of view. Suggested retail price is just US$149. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The miniscule Looxcie 2 video camera is aimed primarily at live streaming so maximum resolution is a modest 480p. Run time with the on-board rechargeable Li-ion battery is up to 10 hours, though, and the whole unit supposedly weighs just around 30g (1oz).

The miniscule Looxcie 2 video camera is aimed primarily at live streaming so maximum resolution is a modest 480p. Run time with the on-board rechargeable Li-ion battery is up to 10 hours, though, and the whole unit supposedly weighs just around 30g (1oz). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Looxcie 2 camera's tiny size and light weight allows for similarly compact and simple mounts.

The Looxcie 2 camera's tiny size and light weight allows for similarly compact and simple mounts. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Among the Looxcie 2's mounting options is an earloop for true real-time, POV streaming on demand.

Among the Looxcie 2's mounting options is an earloop for true real-time, POV streaming on demand. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar.

The miniscule Looxcie 2 certainly takes a different approach to many video cameras, concentrating on what people tend to do with footage instead of absolute image quality. Maximum resolution is a modest 480p but Looxcie has made it remarkably simple to share your view of the world – instantly.

When paired via Bluetooth to an internet-enabled mobile device running the company's LooxcieLive app, the Looxcie 2 will stream its content in real-time or post clips almost instantly to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Viewers can even send messages to the person shooting the video while the content is streaming ("Hey, take a right turn!").

In addition, a continuous looping function automatically records the past one to 10 hours of footage, depending on the model and settings.

The camera is ultralight – at just 22g (0.78oz) – and incredibly tiny. The rechargeable battery will record up to four straight hours of video (provided you have a sufficiently capacious MicroSD card installed) and the unit even acts as a Bluetooth audio headset with the supplied earloops.

Best of all, though, is the reasonable price: just US$150-180 for five to 10 hours of maximum video capacity.

The Looxcie 2's earloop mounting option

Liquid Image crosses over from surf to bike

Californian company Liquid Image showed off its latest Ego camera at the Interbike OutDoor Demo, with an impressive feature set packed into the miniature package.

The lens captures a 136-degree field of view in 720-1080p, there's built-in Wi-Fi for real-time streaming to smartphones and other compatible devices, and an on-board LCD control screen despite the puny form factor.

Maximum capacity for the MicroSD memory card is a whopping 32GB and the Ego will also shoot 12MP still images.

The Liquid Image Ego lens captures a 136-degree field of view

Available mounts include the usual helmet and handlebar options plus a suction cup variant, a stick-on mount (intended for surfboards but probably useful for other applications) and a clamp-on mount for nominally round tubes.

Suggested retail price is US$149.