by Marc Basiliere
February 3, 2014
Computers, electronic shifting, and now cameras
Billed as the first product from the Japanese component brand’s “Lifestyle Gear Division,” the CM-1000 action camera is targeted at Shimano’s cycling, fishing, and rowing customers. Smaller than a deck of cards, the 86g camera weighs about half as much as most stems, which should make for easy on-bike and unobtrusive helmet mounting. Where most cameras require a separate enclosure to fend off water, UK riders will appreciate the naked camera’s 10m IPX-8 waterproofness rating.
Shimano claims powerful, brilliant images and good low-light performance (sample video here) thanks to an F2.0 bright lens and a 16MP back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. Standard 135° and super wide 180° field modes are offered and the lens can be rotated in 90° increments to accommodate different mounting positions.
Out of the box, the CM-1000 allows for live viewing, playback, and adjustments via custom iOS and Android apps. For the data junkies out there, ANT and ANT+ connectivity allow the camera to record power, speed, and even Di2 shift data alongside audio and video.
The camera ships with a lens cover, adhesive mount, and vented helmet mount as well as a USB cable and quick-start manual. In addition to the iOS and Android apps, video editing software will be available for both Windows and Mac OS and include fisheye compensation and the display and integration of that ANT/ANT+ data on finished videos. A handlebar, chest, cap, and flexible mount will also be available aftermarket.
The CM-1000 will be shipping to most European countries in May. Interestingly, the UK is not listed- perhaps because of importer Madison’s distribution of competing GoPro cameras. More information on the CM-1000, UK availability, and this new Lifestyle Gear Division as we have it.