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Best Helmet Cam?

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  1. Alloy

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    Who makes the best helmet cam? I've been looking at the Samsung sport cam, but the reviews seem kind of mediocre. What do you guys think?

    Idealy I want one that's easy to use, takes good video, and will still work when I crash on it.

    Thanks
    -Mark
     
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    Viosport POV1

    Probably the best system out there because it's self contained and records to a sturdy solid state drive.

    Here's another one people are talking about.

    http://www.vholdr.com/

    They both still kind of looks like ass though :D


    Strap a canon HV20 to your head. That's what I'll be doing pretty soon here.
     
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    helmetcamera.com

    I have three of them, completley indestrucable and water tight. great quality and good price. you can use whatever recording device you want.
     
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    well, one that is crap is the gopro system. i have the www.helmetcamera.com system and love it. works very well, is solid state, 520lines res. and super strong.

    SHane
     
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    When I'm looking at helmet cams, typically they can be broken down into two parts - the bullet cam, and the recording device. For the bullet I'm tempted to buy a 580lines one, because they're not that more, and it sounds like that will be better video quality. But am I right in thinking that most recorders will record at whatever res they like, so regardless of whether you have a 420 line or 580 line camera, a given recorder may record at 640x480 byt interpolating the 420input or throwing away some of the detail in the 580 input?
     
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  6. Transcend

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    I have a Vholdr prototype here. No cables, solid state micro Sd card. It has frikkin' lasers!

    We will be shooting world cups with it all summer, just working out some last minute bugs now. I shot with it all week in chile and when we weren't having it fall off bikes and get trampled, the quality was really good. It is just about broadcast quality for a POV camera, i can post up some clips in a bit.

    It definitely will take a beating, that I can guarantee. This one feel off at full speed onto cobblestones numerous times and was run over, kicked and basically tumbled down chilean hillsides.
     
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    transcend i would love to see some raw files from the vholder, i only found compressed stuff yet
     
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    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    The vholdr natively puts out xvid format files.
     
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    i'm with kidwoo--
    had my buddy make a tripodplate mount for a fullface,
    got an hv20 & its so nice havin an hd helmetcam!
     
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    i know, i mean all i have seen was compressed flash movies like on youtube and others, i'd like to see a raw, untouched file generated by the camera..
     
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    Have you worked with avchd much?

    I'm going to be downresing the hv20 footage to match some 4:3 SD footage and still don't know what that involves other than resizing it.

    I've heard a lot of bitching about avchd.
     
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    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    Great quality but hard to mount from rider to rider during events and bike to bike!
     
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    The only times I've tried to get decent helmet cam footage, we had 3 guys handing off a sweaty fullface back and forth :rofl:


    We suffer for our art.
     
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    Gross.

    We are gong to be using rollcage mounts for POV and goggle strap mounts for helmets. Super fast on and off.
     
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    I used the Vio POV1 for a video shoot with Ducati last month (ballin!)....and I'm pretty sure its the best out there as far as helmet cams go.
    Pros
    - It can shoot in widescreen format too, which is helpful for those folks like me that shoot in HD, which makes it easy to drop into a 16:9 sequence.
    - It has the highest lines of res available for current helmet cams.
    - viewing screen for play back/deletion of clips.

    Con
    - Pricetag.
     
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    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    Con #2 - wires and a recorder that has to be worn in a pack. Hard to get racers to do during training. That is my big issue with it. We have 2 of them ready to go at freecaster, but would be hard to convince people to use them in practice.
     
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    its not huge, you wouldnt notice much at all when riding fast.
    Alot better than the full backpack and duct taped camera to my helmet I used at bikebattle in baltimore. Flipping witih that stuff on made me nervous, like I would have to write a big check if I smashed it aha.
     
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    true. this is the only downfall I see. But for non-race situations I don't see a huge problem with it....but i can see how racers would be reluctant to do some runs with a small pack on.
     
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    here's a sample of footage, first part without filters/color correction, second half with it included.

    Vio POV1
     
  20. Alloy

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    Awesome... tons of good advice.

    So from this I gather the helmetcamera.com system is the best deal for a rookie like me?

    I'm completely camera illiterate, what do the line numbers mean... I'm guessing I should get the HC-1 middle option 480 line deal? I want something that's going to look good on a laptop and possibly be edited into a video.