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JVC Adixxion GC-XA2

Action-oriented rugged camera with built-in Wi-Fi® and 1080/60p recording

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The action camera moves forward

JVC has moved the line forward when it comes to action cameras. Springboarding off the success of its Adixxion GC-XA1, JVC's GC-XA2 broadens the Adixxion series' appeal with an 8-megapixel back-illuminated sensor, a bright, wide-angle f/2.4 lens, and speedy Wi-Fi® connectivity. Of course, the legendary "tough-guy" reputation remains. The camera is described as being "quad-proof": waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, and freezeproof. That covers a pretty wide range of high-action conditions — possibly even the mayhem you have in mind.

The portable production solution

Add to this an improved-resolution 1.5" LCD screen, new Wi-Fi monitoring and control apps for iOS® and Android™ devices, and an enhanced gyro-enabled digital image stabilizer, and you've got a pocket-sized video camera that's made for whatever you're bold enough to throw at it. When you're using the Wi-Fi app, a new Quad View mode enables you to monitor up to four Adixxion cameras at once. That's perfect for coordinating your shots — it's almost like having your own TV production control monitoring station in the palm of your hand. Plus, you can stream your footage for live viewing via the USTREAM social network/streaming site, or upload it in minutes to the online venue of your choice.

Still photos aren't an afterthought, either. The 'XA2 can generate 16-megapixel digital stills, and they can be captured simultaneously with video. Plus, there's an adjustable time-lapse capture mode so you can compress the action into a dramatic high-speed clip. High-speed burst mode is also available, so you can capture and preserve the exact right moment.

Enhance your involvement

The Adixxion specializes in delivering clear, computer-friendly MP4 HD video. It shoots in industry standard 1080p and 720p formats, and there's a special super slo-mo mode that captures 1280 x 720 images at 120 frames per second so you can see every detail of a snowboard carving through a turn, along with the dazzling crystals of ice flying past the lens. An on-board stereo mic delivers solid sound from your camera's position, and the sampling rate is a generous 128 kbps, so your audience will hear your adventures even more clearly. Don't underestimate how much that deepens the impact of your video.

Supporting cast of accessories

This camera uses commonly available SD cards, and is compatible with lots of mounts you probably already own, thanks to its incorporated tripod mount. Specialized mounts and accessories are available as well. A flexible mount is included to get you started.

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Features:

  • captures HD video in 1080p/60 frames-per-second and 720p/30 and 60 fps
    • alternate recording formats: WVGA, 1280 x 960, 1280 x 720 @ 120 frames per second
  • built-in Wi-Fi® enables external monitoring on a tablet or smartphone, and streaming to a PC or online social network
    • free downloadable apps for Apple® and Android™ devices
    • Wi-Fi has faster performance than the GC-XA1 predecessor
  • "quad-proof" design: waterproof to 5m, shockproof to a 2m drop, dustproof, freeze-proof
  • rolling shutter cancellation minimizes distortion in fast-moving scenes
  • threaded tripod mount is integrated into the camera body
  • HDMI (mini) output enables live streaming to a compatible monitor
  • new f/2.4 lens offers improved low light performance from that of its predecessor
  • high-quality 128 kbps audio capture
  • snaps 16-megapixel still JPEG images
  • self-timer function enables time-lapse recording
  • records to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards (not included)
  • fixed-focus wide-angle lens
  • gyro-stabilized digital image stabilizer
  • 8-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • includes camera, battery, MT-FM002 flexible mount, USB cable
Technical Specs:
  • USB port for easy connection to a PC (cable included)
  • mini HDMI port for easy playback on an HDTV (cable not included)
  • 1-3/8"W x 2-1/8"H x 2-15/16"D
  • weight: 4.8 oz. with battery and memory
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size (inches)
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1.5
Viewfinder
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None
Total Pixel Count
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7,990,000
Effective Pixel Count for Video
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High-Definition
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Yes
Aspect Ratio
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16:9, 4:3
Manual Focusing
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No
Filter Diameter
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N/A
Optical Zoom
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N/A
Digital Zoom
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5 x
Night Imaging
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No
Image Stabilization
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Digital
Built-in Video Light
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No
Built-in Memory
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None
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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110 min
Digital Still Camera Features
Effective Pixel Count for Stills
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Built-in Photo Flash
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No
Still Image Aspect Ratios
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4:3
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port
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HDMI Output
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Mini
Mic Input
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No
Dimensions
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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4.8
Width (inches)
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1-3/8
Height (inches)
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2-1/8
Depth (inches)
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2-15/16
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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90 Days
Image Sensor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Digital action camcorder
  • BN-VH105 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V / 1050 mAh) in plastic pouch
  • Self-adhesive Flexible Mount base
  • Self-adhesive Flexible Mount pod
  • 15" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini-B 2.0 on the other end)
  • Basic User Guide
  • Warranty Sheet (US)
  • Warranty Sheet (Canada)
  • Software License Agreement
  • Removing the Lens Protector

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Features
Wi-Fi
Available Accessories

Features

Overview: The GC-XA2 Adixxion is JVC's newest versatile action camera for capturing Full HD video or 16 megapixel still images. Its "quad proof" design lets you record in extreme conditions. The Adixxion's tiny size and multiple mounting accessories makes it easy to attach to most anything. In addition to recording videos and still images, the camera can stream audio and video via Wi-Fi, or act as a wireless webcam.

Quad Proof: The GC-XA2 is built to withstand the following extreme conditions:

  • Waterproof: The camera can operate for 30 minutes at a depth of 5 meters (16.4 feet). (IEC Standard publication 529 IPX8)
  • Shockproof: It is able to withstand a company-tested drop onto 1-3/16" plywood from a height of 2 meters (6.5 feet). (MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5 Shock)
  • Dustproof: Meets dust resistance standard, equivalent to IEC Standard publication 529 IP6X.
  • Freeze-proof: Designed to withstand freezing temperatures down to -10°C (14°F).

Pocket-sized: The Adixxion's tiny form factor makes it easy to attach it just about everywhere. It weighs just over 1/4 pound, and is only 1-3/8"W x 2-1/16"H x 2-15/16"D. It has two standard 1/4" tripod mounting sockets for attaching the camera at virtually any angle, and to any of the multiple accessory mounts.

Battery: The camera is powered by the BN-VH105 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7 volts, 1050 mAh). It charges in the camera via USB in approximately 5 hours. With the optional AC-V17UL AC Charger, you can charge the battery in less than 2-1/2 hours. A fully-charged battery can power the camera for approximately 110 minutes of continuous recording, or 60 minutes of typical recording.

Lens: The GC-XA2 has an F2.4, fixed focus, super wide-angle lens (160°) for capturing all of the action. It has a focus range of 23.6"-infinity. The built-in digital zoom allows you to zoom in from 1x to 5x. Optional GL-LP001 lens protectors are available to help prevent scratches.

LCD Monitor: The camera's 1.5" 112,000-pixel LCD lets you monitor your recordings in progress or watch your videos and photos in playback mode. The camera's menu settings can be set using the LCD monitor as well.

Storage Media: The camera records video and still images onto SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. No memory cards are included with the camera.

Image Sensor: The Adixxion is equipped with an 8 Megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor.

Video Resolution: The GC-XA2 Adixxion action camera can record Full HD video in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format with AAC audio. The QuickTime-compatible MP4 files can be easily viewed on PCs and Macs. There are six video resolution options (NTSC):

Quality 8 GB SDHC Card
Full HD
1920 x 1080/60p
35 min
Full HD
1920 x 1080/30p
1 hr 20 min
HD (960p30)
1280 x 960/30p
1 hr 20 min
HD (720p60)
1280 x 720/60p
1 hr 20 min
HD (720p30)
1280 x 720/30p
2 hrs 10 min
WVGA 30
848 x 480/30p
3 hrs 30 min
Note: The GC-XA2 can also record in PAL format with 6 resolution options at 50p or 25p.

Still Images: The camera can record 16 MP still images with a resolution of 4608 x 3456 or 8MP images at 3264 x 2448. Approximately 2000 16MP or 3100 8MP images can be stored on an 8 GB SDHC card.

White Balance: The GC-XA2 offers one automatic and six manual white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Tungsten, Blue (marine), Green (marine).

Picture Inversion: The Picture Inversion feature allows you to invert the pictures on the monitor so you can view them from above.

Image Stabilization: To reduce camera shake, the Adixxion is equipped with a Gyro Sensor Digital Image Stabilizer which detects even the slightest camera shake and corrects everything from minute vibrations from moving vehicles to blurring from violent motion. You can turn the Electric Image Stabilization (EIS) on or off as needed.

Recording Modes: The Adixxion Action camera offers several shooting modes:

  • Video: Allows you to take normal video.
  • Endless REC: Allows you to record video clips without stopping. Files are divided every 15 minutes and saved.
  • Video Time Lapse: Records 1 frame at selectable intervals to create a time-lapse recording. You can select intervals of 0.2, 1, 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds.
  • Video Effects: Recording video with special effects, such as Negative, Sepia, Vivid, or in Black & White.
  • Video & Photo: During video recording, thumbnail photos are saved at 5-second intervals at the same resolution as the video being recorded.
  • High Speed: The camera records video at 4 times normal speed to create a smooth slow motion video when played back.
  • Photo: Records still images at 16MP or 8MP resolution.
  • Burst: Records a series of photos continuously at short intervals. Options include: 5 photos in 1 second, 10 photos in 1 second, 15 photos in 1 second, 15 photos in 2 seconds, or 15 photos in 3 seconds.
  • Photo Time Lapse: Allows you to record still images at specific intervals for playback as a single video file. You can set the interval to 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds.

Time Stamp: If desired, you can add a time stamp to your recordings. The time stamp can be formatted as Year/Month/Day, Month/Day/Year, or Day/Month/Year.

Connections: Behind the battery compartment cover, there are two connectors: a Mini USB 2.0 port for connecting to your computer, and a Mini HDMI connector for connecting to an HDTV. A short USB cable is included. A Mini HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required for viewing videos and still images on a TV.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Compatibility: The GC-XA2 has built-in Wi-Fi allowing you to wirelessly share your videos and photos with others. Available Wi-Fi functions include: Monitoring the camera view, broadcasting footage in real time using Ustream, or uploading files to YouTube.

ADIXXION sync.: The free ADIXXION sync. app, available for Android (2.3 or later) or iOS (6 or later), allows you to monitor the camera view (without audio) on your smart device. From the application you can zoom in or out, and begin recording video or shoot a still image. You can even connect and view multiple (up to 4) Adixxion cameras and switch between them on your device. You can view recorded videos or photos, and delete them if desired. These functions can be performed when connected to a wireless LAN or linked directly using the camera's built-in Wi-Fi access point.

Ustream: Connecting via wireless LAN router, you can use your computer or smart device (with the ADIXXION sync. app) to broadcast live or recorded videos in real time via Ustream (account registration required). Users can view your videos by logging into Ustream on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android phone or tablet, or PC.

YouTube: Video files can be uploaded to YouTube from your smartphone or tablet via a wireless LAN router. After entering your YouTube user name and password into the ADIXXION sync. app, you can begin uploading your files, where they can be viewed by anyone.

Available Accessories

Optional Accessories: The following accessories are available for the GC-XA2 Adixxion action camera:

  • Handle Bar Mount: The MT-HB001 Handle Bar Mount is for bikes and motorcycles. It fits pipes from 7/8" to 1-3/16" in diameter.
  • Roll Bar Mount: The MT-RB001 Roll Bar Mount is for sports motor vehicles, such as as ATVs and UTVs. It fits pipes from 7/8" to 1-5/8" in diameter.
  • Twin Shooting Mount: The MT-TS001 Twin Shooting Mount allows you to attach two cameras in the same spot.
  • Flexible Mount: The MT-FM001 Flexible Mount adheres to a flat or curved surface with the supplied double-sided tape. It contains a ball joint unit, and 2 mount bases.
  • Goggle Mount: The MT-GM001 Goggle Mount attaches to goggle straps between 1.18" and 1.57" in width.
  • Lens Protector: A 2-pack of clear plastic GL-LP001 lens protectors.
  • Battery: You should have a spare BN-VH105 battery for longer shooting times.
 
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Can't belive how small this video camra is

Written By J, Denver ,Co. on Thursday, July 17, 2014
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You can take this any where and have it handy for those adventures with the kids will fit in to a pocket and be ready for action at any time. LOVE THIS THING
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small enough to have any where pocket or hand bag
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