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GoPro Unveils New Action Camcorder Features at CES 2015, but Smartphones and Wearables Threaten Market's Growth

Published: 03 March 2015

ID: G00271796

Analyst(s): Hiroyuki Shimizu

Summary

At 2015's Consumer Electronics Show, GoPro announced new features for its latest "action camcorder," a type of product it pioneered but which other vendors have quickly latched onto. Gartner assesses this market's potential for chip vendors, given the rise of other video-capable mobile devices.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Rapid advances in the video capabilities of smartphones, and the incorporation of cameras into wearable devices such as smart glasses and smart watches, make it harder for vendors to sell action camcorders, despite the many attachments and high frame rates that make them attractive
  • Most action camcorders now support high frame rates and resolutions, so it's getting harder for vendors to differentiate their products
  • The rise of wearables offers complementary opportunities for semiconductor vendors currently targeting high-resolution and high-frame-rate video-processing capabilities for action camcorders

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