Helmet Cameras- reviews?

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    Feb 01, 2010 12:52 AM GMT
    Anybody have thoughts on the current generation of helmet cameras? Experiences with specific makes, good or bad? I'm thinking of picking one up before spring for land and aquatic sports. So it needs to be waterproof and shock proof. They seem to have all sorts of prices from $100 to $1000, and all sorts of configurations.

    I'm sort of leaning toward the VIO POV1.5, although I don't much like the price. And I haven't seen one that can also be used for scuba diving. There's the Liquid Image integrated masks, but they're single-purpose and it would be kind of a miracle if one of their masks actually fits my strangely-shaped face.
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    Feb 01, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    It's not JUST the camera; it's also the recording device. That's where one of the problems can be: hard shocks can cause certain tape-based systems to lose a few frames during a jolt, causing a static-y loss of image, which we call a "glitch" or a "grindle."

    Best to test a few that you might rent before deciding to buy.
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    Feb 01, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
    Well, none of the compact ones are tape-based any more. They're all solid-state. But that's one reason I'm looking at the POV - the recording unit is separate and fits in a pocket or chest harness. It's attached to the camera with a cable (a minus point). But it seems like the cheaper all-in-one units would put a lot more stress on the mount and be more subject to jarring and vibration.
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    Feb 01, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    I have the GoPro Helmet Hero Wide (non HD model). It's OK, but the controls are awkward to use and there's no screen on it. Here's a ski movie I shot with it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrBKT5WyZhY They updated the firmware since last winter, which I have yet to try.

    The VIO one looks amazing (I covet it) but it's super pricey. I think TGR uses them. If I had to get one today I'd get this one:

    http://pointofviewcameras.com/drift-x170.html

    It's not HD, but it's loaded with features and seems to have good video quality.
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    Feb 01, 2010 3:09 AM GMT
    zeebyaboi saidIt's not JUST the camera; it's also the recording device. That's where one of the problems can be: hard shocks can cause certain tape-based systems to lose a few frames during a jolt, causing a static-y loss of image, which we call a "glitch" or a "grindle."

    Best to test a few that you might rent before deciding to buy.


    Um, tape is no longer used.
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    Feb 01, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    Why?