Santa Fe Springs, Calif. -
, a manufacturer of security monitoring products, introduced this week its first high definition wearable video camera with a detachable LCD viewer.
Dubbed the Swann Freestyle HD (available now at a $280 suggested retail), the video camera records 1080p video and up to 8-megapixel JPEG still images, using a 3x digital zoom lens.
The take-anywhere camera, is weather resistant and can be positioned for hands-free action shooting.
The camera comes housed in a sturdy case that is waterproof up to 65 feet.
The Swann Freestyle HD can be worn on the body or mounted to bikes, cars, helmets, skateboards and more via a range of included interchangeable mounts and brackets.
The Freestyle HD also can be used as a standard point-&-shoot camera, with the ability to capture single frames or burst-frames.
The 1080p HD videos are recorded at a 30fps rate. Sound is recorded using a built-in stereo mic.
A wireless remote control that lets users operate the camera while it's mounted and out of arms reach, is also included.
For real-time viewing of recorded images, the Freestyle HD offers a detachable 1.5-inch LCD screen. An HDMI port allows hooking the camera up to an HDTV to playback images from camera's MicroSD card storage.
An included USB cable also enables connection to a PC for editing or sharing images on social media networks.
The Freestyle HD is powered by Lithium-ion rechargeable battery with up to up 2.5 hours per charge.
"The immense popularity of action sports and online video sharing helped make our earlier model, the Swann SportsCam, a huge success, but now we've taken our customer's feedback and greatly improved upon that design," said Guy Pithie, Swann sales VP. "Swann Freestyle HD boasts an impressive feature set, including a LCD viewing screen, full 1080p recording and a dual function camera and video recorder. These features paired with the rugged dependability our customers have come to expect from Swann products make the Swann Freestyle HD what we believe to be one of the best sports action video cameras on the market."
Accessories included with the Freestyle HD are: the LCD screen, waterproof case, remote, carry pouch, helmet mounting bracket, universal L shaped mounting bracket, universal low profile mounting bracket, connector tray bracket accessory, 2 flat adhesive mounting pads, curved adhesive mounting pad, A/V cable, USB cable, power adapter, instruction manual and CD.
Swann said the Freestyle HD video camera is being distributed through BestBuy.com, Tiger Direct, Fry's, London Drugs and other retailers listed on the Swann.com web site.