Nikon KeyMis­sion 170 & 80

KeyMis­sion 170: £229/$399, KeyMis­sion 80: £249/$279

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In Jan­uary Nikon an­nounced the KeyMis­sion 360, and now it’s adding a fur­ther two ac­tion cam­eras to the range. The new KeyMis­sion 170 – named to re­flect its 170-de­gree field of view – boasts an f/2.8 lens and an 8.3MP, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sen­sor ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing 4K UHD or 1080p Full HD video, as well as stills.

Use­ful ac­tion-ori­en­tated ex­tras in­clude slow mo­tion movie cap­ture, time-lapse and loop record­ing func­tions, as well as a High­light Tag fea­ture that en­ables you to cre­ate a mon­tage of stand-out mo­ments. Like the KeyMis­sion 360, the 170 is shock-proof from two me­tres and freezeproof down to -10 de­grees Cel­sius, al­though its 10-me­tre wa­ter­proof rat­ing is no match for the 360’s 30-me­tre re­sis­tance. That said, an op­tional un­der­wa­ter hous­ing en­ables dives down to 40 me­tres.

If the KeyMis­sion 170’s 66.4 x 46.8mm x 42.7mm size isn’t quite por­ta­ble enough, en­ter the KeyMis­sion 80. This wear­able ac­tion cam is just 15mm thick and a feath­er­weight 74g, yet it packs a 12.4MP f/2 front-fac­ing cam­era with an 80-de­gree field-of-view, plus a 4.9MP f/2.2 rear-fac­ing selfie cam.

The 80 is also freezeproof down to -10, though shock re­sis­tance is a more mod­est 1.5-me­tres and it’s only wa­ter­proof to 1 me­tre. De­spite boast­ing a higher res­o­lu­tion than the KeyMis­sion 170, the 80 will only cap­ture 1080p Full HD video, but it’s not short on features: there’s time-lapse and in­ter­val timer modes to cap­ture longer journeys, and every­thing’s con­trolled us­ing a touch-sen­si­tive LCD. As with the 170, Nikon has in­cor­po­rated its SnapBridge tech for easy real-time shar­ing to smart de­vices. First im­pres­sions_

Nikon may have been late to the ac­tion cam­era party, but th­ese new mod­els look like com­pelling con­tenders.

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