We tested the TomTom Bandit action cam in action – a real all-rounder. We were convinced by the camera of the navigation device manufacturer.
Already when unpacking us was very warm about the heart: The TomTom was delivered in a noble box, which has optically set the small multi-talented visually beautiful.
Granted: The nerds in our editorial team did not even want to unpack: Just leave no greasy fingerprints on the box … Well, the tension has then but over reason triumphed, the cam was wrested from her protective cover.
Unlike other action cams makes the Bandit a significantly higher quality impression than comparable models: case and display are solid processed.
But that has its price: The stable housing of the camera and the built-in technology in it bring it to 190 g total weight, which could be a small thorn in the eye of the fans of camera lightweights.
However, this did not detract from our enjoyment of the camera: it was more of a feeling of value that accompanied us with the relatively high weight.
Overall, the camera looks very solid: Neither unclean processed plastic noses or burrs nor different gap sizes we have discovered on our model.Great: There are already pros in advance.
The commissioning is quite simple: By pressing the appropriate button and by an additional rotary movement to solve the locking of the battery stick, which is then pulled out of the housing.
After a short charging time via the integrated USB port (We just pushed this onto the plug of our mobile phone charging cable and connected to the power outlet), the SD card can be inserted into the slot provided for this purpose. Then put the stick back in the housing and lock.
After pressing the back push button, a friendly welcome melody sounds and the expert user knows: The device is on. The display of the action cam then dispels the last doubts: The TomTom Bandit is waiting for its first mission!
Below the camera’s display is the control button on the TomTom Bandit, which selects and activates the various modes. Operation is more than easy and intuitive to learn. After a few attempts, you got used to the operation and the various modes of the camera and the associated settings are easy to find.
Support by intelligent app
The clou: Via the camera’s own WLAN mode, the camera can be accessed via smartphones. Tomtom has a free app for download, which is as easy to use as the menu of the camera.
Films can also be edited and edited directly via the app and then published online.
What a bit disturbed was the operation of the recording start button or the stop button. The former can be found at the back of the camera. If you want to stop the video recording, click on a second button, which is located above the display.
This softens the overall very conclusive operating concept of the camera a bit, but was stored after a few times with us.
MODES OF ACTION CAM
The TomTom Bandit has 4 different modes that have made us a lot of fun in the handling as well as in the result. The video mode allows recording up to 4K. However, the very high-resolution images were only possible with 15 FPS (frames per second). For us, the 2.7 K was enough for great results – no one needs more at the moment.
Of course exciting are the slow-motion mode as well as the time-lapse mode – For action fans slow-motion pictures can be spiced up even more with the slow-motion mode.
In the time-lapse mode all sorts of experiments can be done: sunsets, rides, etc. can be recorded directly without elaborate post-processing.
In video mode, weaknesses in the camera guide can usually be compensated well by the integrated image stabilizer. Wacklers are well “cushioned”, which may also benefit the gross motorists among us very much. Also, the transition from dark to light is quite fast, so there is hardly any glare in the change between a dark recording environment to a brighter one.
Also noteworthy is the variety of accessories that can be bought for the bandit in the meantime.
The photo quality is satisfactory only in good lighting conditions. In low light, the shots definitely tend to cause a lot of noise.
Die Fotoaufnahmen wirken insgesamt ein wenig zu kantig und steril. Alles in allem kann sich die Aufnahmequalität aber problemlos mit der moderner Smartphone Kameras messen.
Die TomTom Bandit ist inzwischen bereits in der Basisversion ab etwa € 200,– im Fachhandel erhältlich und rangiert preislich im Mittelfeld.
Die Action-Cam liegt gut in der Hand und lässt sich durch die intelligente Menüführung leicht bedienen.
Uns gefiel, dass es für Unterwasseraufnahmen keines extra Gehäuses bedarf. Ebenso ist die integrierte Rotfilterfunktion ein nettes Gimmick, das auch bei größeren Tiefen für bessere Bildergebnisse sorgt. Aber ohne Licht hat auch diese Kamera natürlich ihre Grenzen.
Gelungen ist die gut konzipierte App, die kostenfrei erhältlich ist und über die sich schnell und einfach Videos zum Upload zusammenstellen lassen.
Insgesamt ist die TomTom Bandit eine gelungene Action-Cam mit Multitalent-Eigenschaften, die Spaß macht und zum Experimentieren einlädt – und das bei einem hervorragenden Preis-Leistungsverhältnis.
Weitere Infos unter www.tomtom.de