12:29pm PT by Adrian Pennington
CES: Mini-Cam Capable of 4G Live Streaming Debuts
LAS VEGAS – California-based action camera manufacturer Liquid Image has unwrapped a mini-camera capable of streaming video live to the Internet over the 4G LTE wireless network.
The $200 Ego LS camera was demonstrated at CES attached to a Verizon 4G network module, also $200, and will be available in the U.S. starting in June.
Liquid Image co-founder and executive vp Melanie Pearson said the wearable unit is aimed at capturing extreme sports action, point-of-view shots and news reports from units tethered to journalists.
Video can be recorded in HD 1080p at 30 frames per second or transmitted over 4G LTE in the lower resolution file format WQVGA, also at 30 frames per second. The streams can pass through a cloud service to go out through a website or social media.
Pearson told The Hollywood Reporter that the company was exploring sales of the unit in Europe through Swisscom in Switzerland, Orange in France and Vodafone in the U.K.
The camera also has Bluetooth to enable remote operation. The unit has a wide-angle 8.0 megapixel lens and sensor with a battery life of up to two hours while recording in HD.