Tuesday Tips - Lily the Throw and Go Camera
Lily the Throw and Go camera offers the ultimate in selfie videos for those on adventure in the great outdoors.
This is NOT a sponsored post, just some specs on this particular camera and thoughts on drone cameras.
I just saw Rick Springfield's new video, Down. Rick has always done great videos as he was at the height of his career during the dawn of MTV. Some of the best were, of course, Jessie's Girl, Human Touch, Love Somebody. Down is a song from his latest CD, Rocket Science (which is fabulous, by the way, and I am recommending it!).
Anyway, Down was filmed on a cliff top by a drone. The scenery is fabulous and the video is very well done. It reminded me about a question I had asked Parker Stevenson last year about a new throw and go camera called Lily. So I thought this tip series would be a great place to introduce it and to ask your thoughts about it. Drones are so controversial and I'm not sure they're a good thing. With all the publicity about Amazon delivering packages via drone, I just groaned. I can only imagine all the lawsuits from packages that are lost, dropped and broken or even dropped on someone's head.
But on the other hand, the Lily camera seems like a fun way to do a video selfie. Here is some info about Lily:
- It's official description is Lily: Your Waterproof Throw and Go Flying Camera.
- Lily is designed to capture video of you outside hiking or snowboarding or running, whatever activity you're involved in at the time.
- Some of the specs on the Lily camera:
- The shell is Midnight black polycarbonate with brushed aluminum
- The camera weighs 2.8 pounds or 1.3 kg. It is 10.29 inches (26.1 cm) by 10.29 inches (26.1cm) by 3.22 inches (8.18cm)
- There is a built-in Lithium-Ion battery with 20 minutes of flight time. Charging is via a 10A charger and it requires a 2-hour charge time. Because it is waterproof, the battery cannot be changed. Waterproof rating is IP67
- While the camera is in operation, it's maximum speed is 25 mph, maximum altitude is 50 feet (15m), minimum altitude is 10 feet (3m), maximum distance from user is 100 feet (30m), and minimum distance from user is 10 feet (3m).
- Optics - 1080p HD video at 60 fps, 120 fps, slo-mo at 720p, and 12 MP for stills, video format is H.264, .mp4 file, digital gimballing, image stabilization, and fixed focus
- A 4 GB micro SD card is provided and there is an external memory card slot
There is also a companion app for changing camera setting, creating custom shots, edit and content sharing. It is available on iOS and Android.
There is no controller, just a tracking device that follows the person who wears it.
- The tracking device weighs 1 ounce, contains a lithium-ion battery, has a 4-hour battery life, and is charged via a micro USB connection. It is water resistant. It's sensors include an accelerometer, barometer, GPS, microphone, and vibration motor.
- The Lily does NOT have obstacle avoidance. The developers feel outdoor activities do not need it. However, if your Lily is about to hit something, you can press the middle button on the tracking device, it will stop and hold its position and continue filming.
The current price for the Lily camera is $899 with a $20 shipping cost, but will be $999 after pre-order. Shipping should be in the Summer of 2016. You can pre-order it on their website.
What do you think about Lily the Throw and Go camera? Good idea or not? Would you consider buying it? It hasn't shipped yet so we don't know how it works in real life with real people. Whatever happens with this camera, technology is moving right along for more cameras like this one to come on the scene. Worth reading about just to learn about the technology.
One thing that I liked about it is that with the tracking device, it follows the person with the device. You can't just use a remote control to spy on or annoy people. It's specifically designed to be a selfie device.
Lily the Throw and Go Camera - https://www.lily.camera/
Lily FAQ - https://www.lily.camera/our_faq/
Lily Camera on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lilyflyingcamera/
Lily on Twitter - https://twitter.com/lily
Introducing the Lily Camera- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vGcH0Bk3hg
Rick Springfield Down - Frontiers Music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8deSBp_t5o
Amazon - Rocket Science - https://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Science-Rick-Springfield/dp/B018SLU6LU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467662800&sr=8-1&keywords=rick+springfield+rocket+science