Optrix Unveil the XD5 at CES 2013


If you like to film outdoor events and your iPhone 5 has become your favorite go to video camera then you may be interested in the Optrix XD5.  Optrix introduces the XD5 the world’s most rugged iPhone 5 case with a wide angle lens at CES 2013. The XD5 case is thinner, lighter and stronger than the XD Sport case, with an even higher waterproof rating. It has an interchangeable lens system, which can be removed from the mounting system. The XD5 comes with:

  1.  a drop rating of 15ft compared to 2Ft for an average case.
  2. a door that lets you easily access the charging port and plug-in headphones
  3. all glass, three element wide-angle lens
  4. is waterproof up to 15ft (with the door close)
  5. A rail mount system that the XD5 can easily slide in and then mount to almost anything you can think of.
  6. remove from the mount and you have a rugged case you can carry with you anywhere


The XD5 is currently available for pre-order on the Optrix site for $129.95 and will ships February 5. If you are CES 2013 you can view the XD5 and other Optrix products at their booth in the North Hall 3337.

ContourRoam Bullet Cam for Action Sports

ContourRoam video cameraSnowboarders, skiers, mountainbikers, sky divers, hunters – if you want to show off your latest adventures to your friends and enemies, then Contour’s new bullet cam is the way to do it. Andy gets the deets from Marie at Contour.

The Contour+ was launched back in spring 2011 and quickly gained a following among the extreme sports crowd for the great video quality but at $499, it’s a little pricey, even if it does come with GPS, Bluetooth and an excellent lens.

The new ContourRoam arrived in the autumn and is a more affordable $199. It doesn’t have all the features of its more expensive sibling but it does have the 170 degree wide angle lens and it’s very easy to use with a simple on-off slider switch suitable for gloves or cold hands. Battery life is around 3 hours.

In the video, Marie claims that the camera doesn’t support microSD cards, but all the literature on Contour’s website suggests otherwise. There’s some great video footage on the site, too.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net.

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Flir Handheld Pocket Night-Vision Scope

Eric Davidson from Flir Systems shows Todd their latest hand-held pocket night-vision scope. Building on their background in military products, this scope is lighter, smaller and cheaper. Aimed at the outdoorsman (and woman), it runs off a re-chargeable li-ion battery for around five hours and can be charged from USB. Available from April.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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