TomTom Ban­dit

Surf, spin and shake your way to ac­tion-packed YouTube fame

Mac Format - - RATED - £299 (Base Pack); £379 (Pre­mium Pack) Man­u­fac­turer TomTom, tomtom.com Video qual­ity 4K (15fps), 2.7K (30fps), 1080p (60fps and 30fps) Weight 190g Di­men­sions 94x38x52mm Sen­sors GPS, ac­celerom­e­ter, gy­ro­scope, pres­sure

The world of ex­treme sports is as much about cap­tur­ing and shar­ing the ac­tion as it is about the ac­tiv­ity. This ac­tion cam­era has ma­jor fea­tures to cap­ture your ex­ploits: GPS, 4K film­ing, and in-cam­era sen­sors that en­able quick edit­ing.

The mount can be ro­tated 180 de­grees around the body, en­abling easy po­si­tion­ing, and both packs have an adap­tor for GoPro’s mounts.

The Ban­dit is well suited to spon­ta­neous record­ing. In test­ing, its GPS usu­ally con­nected in less than a minute. The red but­ton on the back starts record­ing; hit­ting it again high­lights the clip, which is handy for or­gan­is­ing later. The stop but­ton is, in­con­ve­niently, on the Ban­dit’s top. Cin­e­matic mode shoots in 4K, but at 15 frames per sec­ond com­pared to 30 on GoPro’s Hero4 Black, so mo­tion can look stilted. 2.7K shoot­ing at 30fps is of­fered as a com­pro­mise – just enough to look good, and smooth, on a 4K screen. Slow Mo­tion de­faults to 720p and 120fps, yet both are ad­justable.

It’s when us­ing the ac­com­pa­ny­ing app that the Ban­dit re­ally comes into its own. It shows the cam­era’s feed with lit­tle de­lay – a step up from any other ac­tion cam­era – and you can quickly switch modes and set­tings. There’s also a speed and G-Force over­lay. The ‘Cre­ate a Story’ mode is where things get in­ter­est­ing; shake your de­vice and it uses high­lights iden­ti­fied from the cam­era’s sen­sor data to cre­ate a video in sec­onds.

Video qual­ity is ex­cel­lent, show­ing plenty of de­tail and well sat­u­rated colour, and cop­ing very well with changes in ex­po­sure. There are bet­ter hi-res op­tions, but the Ban­dit best bal­ances fea­tures and qual­ity, and it’s great value. Nick Odantzis

Sim­ple to use and packed with great fea­tures, the Ban­dit takes ac­tion cam­era moviemak­ing to the next level.

Quick to edit and share videos

Sim­ple on-screen ter­mi­nol­ogy

Records three hours (1080p)

50m wa­ter­proof cover is £30

The Ban­dit isn’t the very best ac­tion cam­era for video qual­ity, but shar­ing is re­ally easy.

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