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iSAW EXtreme Action Camera Review

Rating: 8.5.

Korean action cam company iSAW has come up with a neat idea. The EXtreme action cam offers a fascinating proposition. The package includes a fully featured 1080p 60fps action cam with 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 2-inch LCD and a stack of accessories for an SRP of £249.99. That’s everything you need to make high quality movies without spending another penny on accessories. Admittedly you’ll need to buy a MicroSD card, however that is a minor expense.
isaw extreme camera

Highlighted features

  • Full HD 1080p at 60fps or 30fps
  • 1600×1200 at 60fps or 30fps
  • HD 720p at 120fps, 60fps or 30fps
  • WVGA 480p at 240fps
  • Camera options 8.5MP 3:2, 12MP 4:3, 7.2MP 16:9
  • 2-inch LCD screen 360×240 dots
  • 12MP Sony Exmor sensor
  • 8 elements glass lens with F/2.4 aperture with 152 degree wide angle FOV
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Micro HMI output
  • iSAW Viewer app for Android and iOS
  • Time lapse and aqua modes
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Micro SD slot up to 64GB SDXC
  • Li-ion 1200mA battery with claimed life approx. 150mins continuous 1080p recording at 30fps
  • Bare camera measures 61x43x42mm and weighs 112g
  • Camera in waterproof housing 72x77x51mm and weighs 190g
  • Waterproof housing works to 60 metres

There’s no avoiding the name of this camera so let’s get that out of the way first. No doubt someone, somewhere feels that iSAW is a terrific name.

‘It’s a camera that shoots what I saw’, here in the UK the words sounds like ‘eyesore‘. Specifically, an eyesore is a thing or a building that is deeply unattractive. This is a terrible name for a product that actually looks rather good and that sells for a significant amount of money. ‘Hey, I spent £250 on an eyesore.’

OK let’s move on and never mention the name ever again.

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  • Leo

    good review and very detailed. I think I might order it.

    I always wonder, how much more expensive would a camera like this have to be to offer 1080p support at 120 frames per second. I would imagine the buffer and processing would have to be at least 4 times faster to cope?

  • Johan

    Great review!

    After reading it I got an extreme from a swedish retailer for 180$. A nice price 🙂

    Just wondering if you could share the v.2.0.9 – ISAW doesnt answer mail well…


  • Murgatroyd

    Nice review! CDON in Sweden sells these again for 1245 SEK, about $180 as per the above comment or about £115, http://cdon.se/hemelektronik/isaw-extreme-action-camera-p26839795
    Got one today & I’m eager to test it out, also interested in the FW v.2.0.9.

    Edit: Just found it here: http://www.recordnow.nl/downloads/isaw/ISAW%20EXTREME_firmware_V2.0.9.zip

  • question

    I think that it is good camera but isaw has not any accessories on ebay. Do You Know any good places Where I can buy accessories?

  • visitor

    Has Somebody tested adapter? Is There any Other way to use external microphone?

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  • Sean Gan

    the latch of underwater housing breaks easily. My first casing broke on the same day of purchase while fiddling with it. The second one has crack on exactly the same spot after just one diving trip. The manufacturer ought to take note of this design flaw and do something about it.

  • Felicya Sanjaya

    do you know where i can buy the underwater housing?