Tactacam Optimized for Low-Light
Designed to handle the low-light situations where hunters shine
by Capt. Ted Lund
One of the biggest problems facing hunters who like to video and share hunts is the low-light capability of modern point-of-view video cameras. Most are designed for use in high-action, high-visibility action sports like kite surfing and sky diving. But for those of us in the field, most successes come during low-light periods, just after sunrise and prior to sunset.
Trying to record those memories to share with friends and family was tough — until now — thanks to leading outdoor POV manufacturer Tactacam. Company founder Ben Stern realized there were a number of problems with products from other manufacturers.
“This (Tactacam) all started just from the frustration of not being able to film off a bow,” says Stern. “Using other cameras and equipment it was always a struggle. My background is photography and video and I was working on developing cameras for something a little bit different. I started dealing with this technology on that project, and thanks to that, Tactacam was founded out of necessity.”
During the testing and development process, Stern looked at and considered a number of existing lens and sensor combinations.
“I couldn’t find anything that would do what I wanted,” says Stern. “So we started from the ground up. During that part of the process we developed a lens that would gather a tremendous amount of light, very similar to the human eye.”
Once Stern had a lens that was optimized for light-gathering, he had to start developing software that would control the sensor.
“Coupling the right sensor with the right software results in the optimum exposure for every shot,” says Stern. “Our proprietary software actually takes what the sensor is reading and looks at the darks, lights and midtones then adjusts the sensor to optimize footage for the available light.”
The results can be breathtaking, as seen in some of the awesome hunting footage that has been captured to date.
Stern says one of the most important attributes that helped fine-tune the Tacatcam during development was a cradle-to-grave knowledge of not only camera design, but hunting.
“When testing all of these, we were actually out in the woods and getting the results. When we saw something we didn’t like, we’d tweek it,” says Stern. “That’s why we say Tactcam is designed and built by hunters — we’re actually out there testing it and making sure the camera works in whatever conditions we throw at them.”
Each Tactacam is built around state-of-the-art components, including a 12mp sensor that records true full HD 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps. The camera also features best-in-class low-light recording — fantastic for hunters since most of our success comes during low-light periods. Footage is captured on MicroSD cards (not included) up to 64GB. Regardless of whether you use a MAC or PC computer, Tactacam is compatible and videos are downloaded via a standard USB 2.0 connection. Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer (Li-Po) batteries provide up to 2 hours of recording time and additional batteries are available to provide for more recording time. Batteries may be recharged via the USB connection or with the included AC charger. Each Tactacam camera is covered by a 1-year Full warranty.
For more information on Tactacam’s unique line of outdoor-centric video products or to see footage shot with it, visit tactacam.com.
Original Source; Sportsmans Lifestyle.com