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Old 07-24-10, 09:07 AM   #1
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Any good helmet cameras?

Hello everyone, I am new to the forum. My question is this, does anyone know of any good helmet cameras to use while cycling? I have a friend who bought one from a helmet camera website and he says that he loves it but I thought I would get some additional feedback from this community before I make the plunge. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-24-10, 09:37 AM   #2
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this is pretty much what the majority of people use that i know, my roommates and i have a couple of them we use for snowboarding POV shots as secondary angles for certain things in some of our edits.

http://www.goprocamera.com/products?...FYx25Qod7G6kdg
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http://www.goprocamera.com/
http://vholdr.com/
http://www.driftinnovation.com/
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I've tried a few of them. I use and like the VHoldr ContourHD1080 (set per YouTube user "slowroadie" recommendations). It's about $330-350, and it uses MicroSD cards (I have a few 8GB ones - they're about $20 right now). Battery life is about 2 hours of recording on the stock battery, at least that's about how much I get. Very easy to turn it to "record" or "don't record", and it's reasonably easy to turn on and off too (power switch). I like it because I don't have to see it to turn it on/off or to record/don't-record. I'll regularly turn it on and off while it's on my helmet which is on my head.

I tried and didn't like the original GoPro. I didn't try the HD version, but one of the things I didn't like was the large frontal surface area (and that hasn't changed). Also not as easy to turn on/off when it's not in front of you.

I used to use a bullet camera from chasecam.com (best site and service as far as I'm concerned), linked to a Canon camcorder. It was heavy, had limited recording time (DV tapes are limited), and required a lot of work to extract the video from the camcorder. It also was impossible to turn on/off once I was riding, although it regularly turned itself off when I stuck it in my pocket or the camelbak.

Initial setup:
http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...elmet-cam.html

Now it's just the ContourHD, a wide velcro strap (normally used to hold a battery onto a frame, or a minipump to a frame) combined with their "goggle".

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I've tried a few of them. I use and like the VHoldr ContourHD1080 (set per YouTube user "slowroadie" recommendations). It's about $330-350...
There have been 3 versions of the VHoldr:
1. 480 aka Contour. As used by the (in)famous JoeyBike. No longer sold.
2. 720 aka ContourHD. I recently picked one up on sale for $200 from REI.
3. 1080 aka ContourHD 1080

The Contour and the Drift have a shape that is much better for helmet mounting.
The GoPro comes with a waterproof case, while the Contours require purchasing an optional waterproof case (if needed).
The Drift has a built-in LCD display not found in the others.
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I recently bought the Contour HD 1080 on Amazon for about $300 with a free $50 Amazon gift card, so it ended up costing about $250. I also bought a 16 GB SD card for around $20 and a mount to fit slotted helmets for another $20. It seems nice after a few trips. Be aware that it records in .mov format so might be a better fit for Apple users (I am not) and requires a fairly fast processor to play the files recorded in 1080p.
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From http://www.vholdr.com/support/overview?faq=30891
To play 1080p using Quicktime 7 (but it will also record in lower resolution):
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Windows XP
* 3.2 GHz single core
* 4 GB DDR2 800Mhz RAM
* 512 MB +VRAM w/a 1920X1080 resolution or higher


Windows Home Vista
* 2.8 GHz dual core
* 4 GB DDR2 1033Mhz RAM
* 512 MB +VRAM w/a 1920X1080 resolution or higher



RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS

Windows XP
* 3.2 GHz dual core
* 4 GB DDR2 1366Mhz RAM
* 1 GB +VRAM w/a 1920X1080 resolution or higher


Windows Home Vista
* 2.66 GHz quad core (i5 or higher)
* +4 GB DDR2 1033 or 1366/DDR3 16003Mhz RAM
* 1 GB +VRAM w/a 1920X1080 resolution or higher
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how about the xtremehelmetcams website?

I have heard of some people getting their cams from www.xtremehelmetcams.com and they seem to love it. Any thoughts on their cams versus some of the other ones offered on this thread?
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I have heard of some people getting their cams from www.xtremehelmetcams.com and they seem to love it. Any thoughts on their cams versus some of the other ones offered on this thread?
Glancing over the link:
- 480 (standard) resolution only
- No mention of water resistance
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