Nikon announces two new rugged action cams and KeyMission 360 details

Price and features for the KeyMission 360 revealed
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It's been a busy day for action cameras. The GoPro Hero 5 Black was just announced and Nikon's joined in with its own lineup.

First up, the KeyMission 360, which was previously revealed during CES earlier this year, finally has a price tag of $499. Nikon also listed off the features for the two lens 360-degree camera. Each lens will have f2.0 apertures with 20MP sensors.

The KeyMission 360 also does all the stitching in-camera, waterproof to 98 feet, shockproof up to 6.6 feet and can be operated in temperatures as cold as 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nikon announces two new rugged action cams and KeyMission 360 details

The new new cameras include the KeyMission 170 and a life-logging camera called the KeyMission 80.

The $399 KeyMission 170 has a rounded rectangular body with an f2.8 lens off to the side. There's an LCD screen on the back with three buttons next to it for navigation opposed to touchscreen. The KeyMission 170 has a 170-degree field of view - which is the same ultra-wide FOV that GoPro's cameras offer - and its 8.3-megapixel sensor is capable of capturing 4K UHD footage.

Similar to the KeyMission 360, this one is also pretty durable. It's waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof up to 6.6 feet and can handle temperatures as cold as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're planning on diving deeper in the water, Nikon will also be offering waterproof housing for the 170 that can handle depths of 131 feet.

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The final camera in Nikon's new line up is the $279 KeyMission 80. There are front and rear-facing cameras where the front uses a 12MP CMOS sensor, f2.0 lens and an 80-degree FOV, while the rear camera has a 5MP sensor and f2.2 lens. Unlike its sibling, the KeyMission 80 sports a 1.75-inch touchscreen LCD.

Nikon has a refreshed Snapbridge app for its cameras that allows connections to iOS and Android devices through Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi. You can also use it for remote control of the cameras, and to transfer pictures or video with the always-on connection for quick and easy.

All three cameras will be available in October.

The specs so far are impressive and the timing of the announcements line up with GoPro spectacularly. Nikon has the upper hand with its easily recognizable name as a seasoned camera maker, but GoPro has taken top spot as the go-to brand for action cams. Now its taking on drones while Nikon is still playing catch up with its devices. Still, GoPro has taken a hit by overselling the GoPro Hero4 Session, meaning Nikon could edge itself into the picture with the KeyMission series. Keep an eye here as we try out Nikon's new cameras to see how the company's first time foray into action and 360-degree cams fares.

Nikon announces two new rugged action cams and KeyMission 360 details

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