Nikon is confident that the KeyMission 170 can do a top-notch job of capturing your adventures forever, but can this action cam topple the newest additions to the GoPro range? Keep scrolling to see how the Nikon KeyMission 170 performed in our test lab.

Shoots good video, durable design
Poor still photos, average battery life
The Nikon KeyMission 170 is a decent action camera, but there are better alternatives on the market. A durable design means it should be able to handle what you throw at it. Video quality is respectable, but this action cam doesn’t really excel at anything in particular.

What is it?

Nikon continues to try and make its mark on the action cam market, this time with the KeyMission 170. This 4K camera shoots 170-degree ultra-wide-angle video and is ready to take on the elements thanks to a waterproof, shockproof and dustproof design. It has a 1.5-inch high-resolution LCD monitor and can be used hands-free with a remote.

What’s the picture quality like?

Our testing shows that the overall video quality from the KM 170 is good. You should get some nice results if you’re shooting in the daytime or in artificial light, although video quality in low light is a little worse. The camera is capable of taking 8Mp still photos, but we found that the snaps look fairly average.

What’s it like to use?

It’s delightfully easy to use, which is great news if you’re looking for your first action cam. It can be mounted onto various surfaces or clothing, and the bundled ML-L6 remote control lets you start and stop recording hands-free. You can also use your smartphone to control the KM 170.You can record up to 10 metres underwater if you’re using the camera without a case, or up to 40 metres with the waterproof accessory. Slow motion video capture is also possible.To help make the video editing process a little easier, you can ‘tag’ exciting clips and highlights that you capture with this action camera. Tagged clips will appear marked when you import your files to a computer.

Is there anything I should watch out for?

Battery life for the KM 170 averages at around an hour, which is a little limiting if you’re filming outside over the course of a full day. On top of that, the sound quality of recorded clips taken by the built-in stereo microphone isn’t strong.

Is there anything else I should know?

This action cam comes with Electronic Vibration Reduction (e-VR) technology, which aims to reduce the effect of camera shake. If you’re trying to capture footage as you’re travelling at high speed or over uneven terrain, e-VR is particularly useful.

Should I buy it?

At around £320, the Nikon KeyMission 170 is an above-average action cam. For the price you pay you may be a little disappointed by the quality of still photos, but video quality isn’t bad at all. Ultimately, there are better action cams on the market. For some good alternatives, take a look at our reviews of the Sony FDR-X3000R and GoPro Hero5 Black