WHAT IS IT? The A3 Extreme is Isaw’s most advanced
action camcorder to date. Isaw is out to compete with
the brand leader, GoPro, and they have the power to do
WHAT’S IT COST? $379.99.
www.isawusa.com or your local dealer.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Isaw A3 Extreme camera.
(1) Potential. Isaw cameras are new to the point-of-view market. With two products, the Isaw Advance
($279.99) and the Extreme ($379.99), they came to play
with the big boys. The Advance targets the week-end-warrior crowd. It does not have the Wi-Fi feature,
and the quality of the components is a bit downgraded
from the Extreme. The Extreme uses the latest
technology and satisfies the needs of professionals.
( 2) Features. The Extreme captures video in a variety
of resolutions—from 480p to 1080p, with still photos from
5MP to 12MP. The interface only uses three buttons to
control the numerous features. What stands out with the
Isaw Extreme is the 2-inch LCD screen. The big screen
allows you to playback video and check out the pictures
you just shot. We also played around with the Wi-Fi
features using both the Isaw Wi-Fi remote controller
($99.99) and the Isaw smartphone app (free).
( 3) Accessories. When we opened the box, we were
excited by the array of goodies that were included. There
was a curved helmet mount, tripod mount, surf mount
and two flat mounts. A waterproof housing, open frame
and four different connectors were also included. Isaw
offers accessories that are sold separately, such as the
chest mount ($32.99), car charger kit ($19.99) or a
head-strap mount ($15.99).
( 4) Performance. We compared the Isaw Extreme to
the GoPro Black Edition, and we have to say we were
impressed with the Isaw’s performance. The user-friendly
interface and integrated 2-inch display made setting up
the camera a breeze. The battery life of the Isaw, at 111
minutes, was 21 minutes longer than the GoPro Black’s.
The video and image quality were more vibrant, even
though the GoPro Black had a higher max pixel rating
of 1440p compared to the Extreme’s 1080p. For our use,
1080p was more than enough. The Isaw is slightly bigger
due to the included LCD screen.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Our only wish is that we did
not have to fork out the extra cheddar for a Micro SD
card. They can be expensive.
Isaw is going to make its mark in the
ISAW A3 EXTREME HD ACTION CAMERA
competitive action camera market. They
have the performance, durability and
technology to compete with the best.
MXA TEAM TESTED