Which Helmet Cam?

Postby cantthinkofaname on Mon 25/May/09 1:27pm

I'm wanting to get a helmet cam for mountain biking and snow boarding, and I think I would prefer to have a separate video camera and lipstick helmet cam rather than an all in one option like the Vio POV. I don't want to spend a fortune, but I want something that produces video I can watch on TV, not just post on youtube etc. I've done a search on here, but all the info/recommendations look to be out of date.

Can anyone suggest some good options for helmet/lipstick cams and also the main camera? I think I'd prefer to run with a main camera with a hard drive, but let e know if there's something else I should consider.
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby Mr_Bob on Mon 25/May/09 1:44pm

I'm looking into getting one too,
Around $600 for the 5mp go-pro camera (comes with a weatherproof case, helmet strap ect)...
http://www.goprocamera.com/index.php?area=2&productid=1
Also looked at "lipstick" cameras, but I don't own a standard cam corder to plug it into.
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby xcwander on Mon 25/May/09 1:53pm

Have a look at the ContourHD, Im waiting for Revolution Products to land some in the country. And should be around your budget from what Chris has indicated to me. And Revolution Products is a Vorb supporter

http://www.vorb.org.nz/anyone-used-the-vholdr-helmetcam-t95876.html?hilit=helmet%20cam#p2078976

http://helmetcameracentral.com/2009/04/ ... camcorder/
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby Conners on Mon 25/May/09 2:26pm

I've been down the lipstick route - more hassle than it's worth in my opinion. I had a video camera in my backpack, as well as a battery to power the lipstick cam, and the associated cables between. And without a LANC controller, starting/stoping means reaching into your backpack. (I used to just run it for an hour til the tape ran out).

There are also very few camcorders which have the required AV In jacks these days.

The quality you get is ok - still not TV quality. I think 480 lines is all you'll get, vs 576 for standard def TV.

I've personally just gone for a VholdR - but as mentioned elsewhere have yet to try it out in earnest.
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby RussS on Mon 25/May/09 3:40pm

http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2533&Itemid=40

Samsung SC-X210L Sportcam. I've wiped out a couple times and it still runs very well. Used it on the MTB and also on a motocross bike.
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby t-bike on Mon 25/May/09 3:55pm

xcwander wrote:Have a look at the ContourHD, Im waiting for Puresports to land some in the country. And should be around your budget from what Chris at Puresports has indicated to me. And puresports is a Vorb supporter

http://www.vorb.org.nz/anyone-used-the-vholdr-helmetcam-t95876.html?hilit=helmet%20cam#p2078976

http://helmetcameracentral.com/2009/04/ ... camcorder/


You mean Chris at "Revolution Products"??

Anyway we've just updated our site with all the info and pricing on the Contour HD. Check it out here: http://www.revolutionproducts.co.nz
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby xcwander on Mon 25/May/09 4:39pm

Opps me bad, should have checked my emails rather than relying on memory :crazy: :blush:


Yes Revolution products.

Sorry Chris. :D
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby t-bike on Mon 25/May/09 4:48pm

xcwander wrote:Opps me bad, should have checked my emails rather than relying on memory :crazy: :blush:


Yes Revolution products.

Sorry Chris. :D


No problems!! There's to many "Chris's" in the industry anyway.
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby Dominator on Mon 25/May/09 5:57pm

I got my GO Pro cam, 5mp, wipe angle, from a motorsport outfit in Wellington.

Great service, at the door in 2 days and very cheap!

http://www.racetech.co.nz/products.php? ... Lotus2.jpg

They also supplied batteries and charger, sd card. For just the camera and mount costs $370, which was the cheapest i could find.

Check out my Big foot vid, which is close to the actual quality.
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby chrism on Mon 25/May/09 6:55pm

If picture quality is important, then the bullet cam connected to a DV camera is the way to go. Yes, it is a bit of a pain with all the wires, DV camera and bullet cam battery crammed into the backpack, but it's still the only way to get tv quality footage.

Got mine from here: http://www.nzhelmetcamz.co.nz/products/ ... ystem.html
He recommended the 480 line rather than the 520, as it performed better in low light. Such as in the forest. He's good to deal with and happy to answer any questions.

http://www.helmetcamreview.com/default.htm
This site is quite good, they have side by side videos of different cams for comparison.

As for a recorder, I don't think a hard drive or dvd camera will cut it, as you will lose footage over rough ground. You will need a DV tape camera, which isn't affected when getting knocked about. It's what the pros use. However, none of the new ones (that I know of) come with an av in or a lanc remote connection. So you'll probably have to go s/h as I did. I found one on trademe.
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby cantthinkofaname on Mon 25/May/09 7:03pm

Cool, thanks everyone.

chrism, I actually sent an email to nzhelmetcams this morning and just waiting on a reply now. So as far as picture quality goes with these units, you can watch it on TV and not be disappointed?
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby chrism on Mon 25/May/09 7:46pm

I think I remember him being a bit slow in replying because he's out of town a lot.

I think the picture quality is slightly lower than TV, but it is very good. I doubt you'll be disappointed.
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Re: Which Helmet Cam?

Postby mitch7 on Tue 26/May/09 8:42pm

the vids i been posting lately are from a mates VIO 1.5
http://www.vio-pov.com/

pretty bloody good i reckon... :thumbsup:

Beyond Bikes usa sell em..
http://www.beyondbikes.com/bb/Items.asp?Cc=HEL-CAM-VIO
or can be bought through online camera
pov1.jpg
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