SunnyCam Xtreme HD – Review
By Adam Spry
Although exciting to receive a fresh pair of SunnyCam Xtreme HD glasses through my door, it soon dawns on me, however, that I am half way through a self-imposed six-month abstinence from cycling – it’s a long (rather boring) story.
So, I start to explore other ways in which I can use them.
Luckily, I have an upcoming walking trip in the Scottish Highlands – specifically Ben Nevis – which will prove to be the perfect opportunity to test them. Typically, on mountain walks, I use my trusty iPhone to capture pictures of the views. However, the opportunity of capturing footage from a different perspective is enticing.
On first inspection, the glasses seem sturdy, well-built and lightweight – especially given that they house a full HD camera and battery in the arms.
I must admit, I am a little disappointed with the software element of SunnyCam – or lack thereof. Not necessarily because I expect a full suite of video and photo editing tools, but because there is a distinct lack of focus on the overall user experience.
Upon plugging in the glasses, the standard, underwhelming, file explorer window pops up. It allows you to view all the stored videos and photos – not too dissimilar to when you plug in a micro SD card.
In today’s competitive wearable tech market, I expect a product such as this to offer much more in terms of the overall user experience. Perhaps an app that syncs with the glasses to allow you to view footage you’ve captured throughout the day.
With our bags packed and a full battery, we head out to tackle Ben Nevis.
With only a one-hour battery life, I am very conscious of the fact I need to be selective about the footage I am capturing. I don’t want to run out of battery before we reach the summit.
When I first try the glasses on, the arm mechanism is – for me at least – slightly too stiff, and causes mild discomfort whilst wearing.
The lenses seem to be of good quality, with full wraparound protection and they do an excellent job of protecting my eyes from the uncharacteristic Scottish sun.
Operating the camera, in theory, is simple – a long press of a small button on one of the glass’s arms to start recording, another long press to stop. In practice, however, the button is too small to make it an easy process, especially with my gloves on.
With having to be selective about the footage I am capturing, the constant starting and stopping is annoying. This becomes more of an issue as we are approaching the summit of Ben Nevis and the battery has run flat – very disappointing indeed.
Back at the cottage, I download the footage to my laptop to review the day’s walk. I am happy with the footage that is recorded – it is clear, crisp and handles the contrast of the sun, snow and rock brilliantly.
SunnyCam Xtreme HD: Summary
All in all, the SunnyCam Xtreme HD glasses have great potential, but there are a few missing features that let them down:
• The one hour battery life is too short to be your camera of choice on any meaningful trip or adventure.
• SunnyCam are missing a trick with not offering an app to allow users to view, edit or share their content – this would add real value to the consumer.
Despite this, I would say that the footage the device captures is great, and is certainly footage that I wouldn’t normally capture, which is a real plus.
The Sunnycam Extreme is £149.99, available online from Sunnycam