The Good: The Liquid Image Ego is very small and lightweight; simple to operate; has built-in Wi-Fi; uses a standard 1/4-20 tripod mount; and is shockproof to about 6 feet.
The Bad: Limited shooting options; tiny on-camera controls and screen; 29-minute clip length limit; not waterproof; only one mount included; like many cameras, includes no storage; battery isn’t removable; Wi-Fi connection lost while recording.
The Bottom Line: The egg-sized Liquid Image Ego wins on size and simplicity, but its features — outside of built-in Wi-Fi — are minimal.
Unless you’re into scuba diving or snow and offroad sports, you may never have heard of Liquid Image, which makes goggles and masks with built-in HD video cameras. Its Ego action cam, however, is meant for use in other sports where mounting is a better option than eyewear.
The tiny Ego is one of the smallest POV cameras around; it measures 1.3 inches wide by 1.5 inches deep by 2.5 inches high and weighs just 2.4 ounces. Along with making it easy to travel with, the size and weight are definitely an advantage when it comes to mounting it. And, its shooting options cover just the basics — it’s pretty much just a point-and-shoot video camera — which is great if you just want to capture some video and move on.
It is, however, Wi-Fi-enabled, and Liquid Image has apps for iOS and Android, which, among other things, give you a live view of what the camera is seeing so you don’t have to shoot blindly. Video quality is pretty pleasing, too, especially if your clips are just destined for online sharing.