Camera maker Nikon has announced a new line of action cameras called the KeyMission 80, KeyMission 170 and the KeyMission 360. Nikon revealed that all three cameras will be available sometime next month and they would cost $279, $399 and $499, respectively.
Nikon originally unveiled the KeyMission 360 back in January during this year’s CES, according to Ubergizmo. The KeyMission 360 is a rugged action camera that’s waterproof up to 100 feet and even comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s capable of 4K video recording in 360-degrees.
The real surprise was the announcement of the KeyMission 80 and the KeyMission 170. The numbers in their names indicate how wide the lenses are on the cameras (80 degrees and 170 degrees). Like the KeyMission 360, both are waterproof and shockproof.
The $399 KeyMission 170 comes with a 170-degree 2.4mm f/28 lens with an 8-megapixel CMOS sensor. The 170 model is also capable of 4K video recording at 24fps or at 1080p full HD at 60fps. The higher-end $499 KeyMission 360 actually comes with two cameras (front and back) to achieve the 360-degree field of view. The 170 model only comes with one and is intended for standard/wide video formats.
In terms of design, the 170 looks a lot like a GoPro but its impressive lens appears to be much larger. The 360, on the other hand, is more of a square device with two of its cameras placed on either side.
The $279 KeyMission 80 appears to be more of the entry level action camera. It comes with slim, rectangular body that’s reminiscent of the Flip cameras from way back when. The 80 model comes with an 80-degree 4.5mm f/2.0 lens and a CMOS 12-megapixel sensor that’s only capable of up to full HD 1080p video recording at 30fps.
The KeyMission 80 also sets itself apart from the higher-end models by having a secondary camera on the back for taking selfies. The selfie camera comes with a 1.8mm lens with a 5-megapixel sensor.
Nikon says that all three KeyMission camera models will comes with mounting equipment, as per Gizmodo. The company also said it will be releasing numerous other accessories, so users will be able to mount the camera on almost anything.
“The KeyMission series introduces amazing new tools for everyday storytellers eager to find and pursue their personal missions while sharing their loves with the world,” Nikon’s director of marketing Kosuke Kawaura said.
“History is full of stories told from behind the camera — the KeyMission 360, KeyMission 170, and KeyMission 80 will challenge tradition and invite users to embark on a journey to share their mission from entirely new, immersive perspectives,” Kawaura added.