When visiting the Ski & Snowboard Show in London in November, we had the opportunity to take a closer look at one of the newest action cameras on the market today: the TomTom Bandit. It’s the company’s first attempt to break into the action-camera market, which may seem like a strange move considering the fact that TomTom is primarily known for its navigation, traffic and map products.
However TomTom also sells GPS devices for sporting activities such as running, so launching an action camera is quite a logical step. In essence action cameras are all about capturing and sharing that special moment or perfect ride when your snowboarding and skiing. TomTom may be a new player in this segment, but it has certainly done its homework with the new Bandit.
TomTom’s attention to detail and experience with usability design is visible from the start. The camera’s exterior looks clean and sophisticated with a large, easy to read LCD screen on top joined by a separate four way control panel and a stop button. Its screen is not for live viewing but shows the camera’s selected mode, menu settings and options. At the back of the camera you will find the start and highlight button, which enables you to instantly tag videoclips while they’re being recorded. The Bandit’s striking white body is finished with a red band which instantly makes this camera stand out.
However when it comes to action cameras it’s not just about the looks, because this compact camera features: GPS, built-in motion and heart rate sensors, 4K video and slow motion capturing. TomTom even developed a breakthrough mobile app for editing and sharing your footage. After a short time you will realise that the ‘good old’ GoPro Hero now has some serious competition.
This camera is available in two packs. The Base Pack (399 Dollars), which includes the action camera, adhesive mounts and a special GoPro adapter. The more expensive Premium Pack (499 Dollars), also includes a bike mount, 360 pitch mount, a waterproof lens cover and a remote control.
There are quite a few differences between the Bandit and other action cameras, showing that the designers really thought about how this camera will be used and who will be using it. Overall, the TomTom Bandit is a well-made and feature-rich action camera for recording your mountain rides or park tricks. We look forward to taking it on our next winter adventure.
- Clean design with good usability.
- Quickly edit and upload videos.
- Compatible with GoPro mounts.
- Good video quality, 1080p at 30fps.
- Feels heavier than other cameras.
- Bullet shape limits mounting options.
- Lens cover needed for waterproofing.