LG Electronics has long made high-performing still and video cameras as part of its smartphone offerings, but it pretty much left the dedicated action camera market for others. That’s changing today following the announcement out of Seoul that it has introduced a new “action camera” as part of its “Friend” ecosystem of products with built-in LTE connectivity.

The LG Action CAMLTE was designed to let users take up to 4K Ultra HD/30p videos and can even live stream up to HD-quality video from almost anywhere in the world directly to sites including YouTube Live without the need of a smartphone.

LG said its LG Action CAMLTE will launch in South Korea next month followed by rollouts in key markets worldwide, including North America and Europe.

Read more on LG’s 4K LTE Action Cam after the jump:

In addition to its live streaming feature, LG Action CAMLTE will offer remote access functionality via 3G and LTE, which will enable use as a CCTV camera for home monitoring or as an automobile dash camera. Action CAMLTE users will be able to download recorded images and videos on their paired smartphones.

The Action Cam is said to have an IP67 rating, assuring protection against dust and sand penetration. It can even be submerged in up to 3 feet of liquid for up to 30 minutes. For those requiring deeper underwater action, LG said it will offer an aftermarket waterproof case starting in the third quarter.

LG said that with an optional mount, the LG Action CAMLTE can capture smooth videos while attached to helmets, bicycles, cars and other fast moving objects. The camera comes equipped with 1,400mAh battery that boasts Full HD recording time up to four hours.

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LG said it plans to add more products and accessories to join the Action CAMLTE in its new “Playground ecosystem.” The company added that modules and other standalone accessories are planned for Action CAMLTE.

Among the LG Action CAMLTE features are: a 1/2.3-inch 12.3MP / 1.55 x 1.55㎛pixel sensor; LTE/3G/Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n/USB Type-C 2.0 and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity; video recording at UHD/30fps, FHD/60fps. HD/120fps resolution and frame rates; Video Live Stream at up to HD/30fps; 2GB RAM / 4GB ROM (OS only) / microSD (up to 2TB) memory and storage; accelerometer/gyroscope.

The camera measures: 1.37 x 1.37 x 3 inches; weighs 3.35 ounces and will be offered in a light gray body color.

LG said it will announce product pricing, further specifications and carrier in local markets closer to launch dates.

By Greg Tarr


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