A solar-powered action camera that shoots 16-million-pixel stills and 4K movies is due to go on sale in the UK in March.


Boasting 4K performance and a ‘unique solar-charging solution’, the Solar X features a 16MP imaging sensor, a seven-element f/2.4 lens and a six frames-per-second burst rate for still photos. The Solar X will also come with 2in touchscreen.

A solar panel, called the X Station, features panels designed to absorb and store solar energy, and fully charge in an hour.

The charging case is claimed to provide four hours of battery life, on top of the two hours supplied by the
built-in battery.

Frank Donato, executive vice-president of Activeon, said: ‘We’ve designed the Solar X to be like nothing else in the market today, with a slender profile, a lens system protected by smooth, toughened glass, and a unique recharging system that uses the sun itself to recharge its battery.’

He added: ‘So, even if you’re in the middle of nowhere, you can keep recording your adventures.’

Donato said he expects the action camera market to nearly double in size over the next two years ‘to nearly 20 million units annually’.

The Solar X is making its debut at this week’s CES in Las Vegas.

A UK price has yet to be confirmed. In the US, it costs the equivalent of £295.

For further details visit www.activeon.com/products/action-cam-4k-solar.

Key specs, as supplied by Activeon:

4K 2160p 15fps recording

16MP CMOS sensor

2in colour LCD touch screen

7 Element f/2.4 high-precision ultra-wideangle lens

Powerful lithium-ion built-in battery: 1100 mAh

Detail setting (ISO/EV/White balance)

Live View through Smarphone App

Digital image stabilisation

Built-in Wi-Fi

Burst shot/4x digital zoom

Various colour filters/effects

Burst-speed charging (30min 70%)

Auti upside down supported

HDMI CEC supported

Solar charge enabled