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Did Shimano Makee a Better GoPro?

While Shimano is famous for making some of the best bike components available, the Japanese company has just came out of nowhere to make what appears to be a better GoPro — the Shimano CM-1000 Sport Camera.

The CM-1000's specs are incredible, and are even more impressive considering this is Shimano's first foray into action cams. At just 86 grams — 50 lighter than a GoPro — Shimano manages to squeeze in a laundry list of features including a 16 MP backlit CMOS sensor (GoPro has 12) that shoots 1080p, an f/2.0 lens (awesome for low light), a 240fps capability (great for slo-mo), and a two-hour battery (uh, for two hours of activities). Building on that, Shimano gave the Sport Camera WiFi capabilities and made two lens modes so you can get gnarly in a 180 or 135-degree field of view.

While the photo specs are awesome, Shimano went even further by making this thing waterproof up to thirty feet without housing, and including helmet and adhesive mounts.

But even though they've stepped outside of their comfort zone, they haven't forgotten their bicycling roots. The camera is integrated with the ANT+ data system, which allows you to add heart rate data, power, and any other information you're tracking to your video so you can see how amped up someone gets when they go upside down.

Ethan Wolff-Mann is the Gear editor for Supercompressor. He weighs 940 times as much as this camera. Find him on Twitter @ewolffmann.