Looxcie LX2 - Wearable Video Camera

4/20/2012 5:37:05 PM

3 stars

Price: $179.99

Looxcie ‘s LX2 is a small camcorder that can shoot video clips at 640x480 resolution, save them on preset 2GB flash memory. It does not sound so impressive in price, but LX2 has a few smart tricks.

LX2 has preset Bluetooth, so you can use camera together with iPhone or Android’s headset, and use LooxcieCam and LooxcieMoments apps as an object-finder to make sure that the camera is pointing at the right direction. The apps also allow you to review the footage, save clips to phone, and upload them to Facebook, YouTube, and other websites. The third app, LooxcieLive, which has been launched in beta version, makes LX2 become a direct transfer device, so your friends and family can see what the camera is shooting in real time.

You can also use LX2 as a Bluetooth headset to call and receive phone call. It has a specialized button to answer and end the call, and allow dialing by voice on a compatible headset when you double tap it.

Description: Description: Looxcie LX2

In the box, you will find many earbuds and earloops. The earloop can be reversed, so can put on camera at either ear. We see that it is quite compact, but in extreme sports, a vibration can make it be fallen off. In these circumstances, there are many custom accessories to put on camera on bicycle, helmet, and other things, together with many lens adaptors having wide and far vision.

Description: Description: Looxcie LX2 - Wearable Video Camera

Description: Description: Looxcie LX2 - Wearable Video Camera

You can use LX2 without smartphone although this is carried out in a much limited way. Use Looxcie desktop software for Windows and OS X, you can change shooting mode from individual videos to continual repeat. It acts rather similarly to timeshift buffer mode of PVR, saving 90 mins of the newest footage (at 480p) as long as there is battery left (about 2 hours). This mode means that you can tap Instant Clip button to save the newest 30 seconds of the footage such as a seperated video clip. If you keep pressing the button, the clip will be uploaded to a defined website via smartphone’s data connection.

We do not know why Looxcie cannot combine the two apps into one, but you can use Moments. It allows you to share Instant Clips and download them directly to your phone. In addition, you can also view all video buffer of camera and select the part you want to save as new video, and then share it.

There is very few other camcorders that can help you share such action, and none weighs 23g. It is a pity that video quality is a shortcoming. Compared to more expensive wearable camcorders such as GoPro HD Hero, LX2’s VGA resolution is very low. Though clips are sharp, they lack details. Colors are exact, but bad dynamic range means camera cannot cope in clear light condition, but makes the sky faded, or exposes weakly all other things.

If HD Hero is unaffordable for you, you need to share video after shooting, and image quality is not important, Looxcie’s LX2 is quite suitable for you. However, if you have iPhone and Android mobile device, it is likely that its camera will shoot video better than LX2, and smartphone still allows you to uload footage to Facebook or YouTube easily. You just need a way to put it on your body for hands-free work.


Description: Description: Looxcie LX2 - Wearable Video Camera

Verdict. LX2 is an easy-to-use wearable camcorder, but what a pity that video quality is unsurprising.

Wearable camcorder. 4G flash memory, 0.3MP sensor, USB interface, 83x16x21mm, 23g, one-year RTB warranty.

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