I posted this on newschoolers as well, but thought I'd see what the good folks on epicski have to say:
Ok so I don't have the money to buy a GoPro right now , but I do have a nice Sony digital camera (DSC-WX5) that shoots 1080p HD video. Until I can get a GoPro next year, I'm trying to figure out a way to jerry-rig a cheap setup for either a chest mount or a helmet mount. I have two thoughts right now.
Option A: Try to chest mount using a waterproof camera housing such as this http://www.amazon.com/DicaPac-WP310-160x105mm-Waterproof-Digital/dp/B001BSTJIO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327965967&sr=8-1 and use some combination of ties or straps to fix it to my backpack's chest and shoulder straps. The only problem is that one side doesn't have holes so I would need to create new ones and sacrifice the integrity of the housing as well as it's waterproofing. I don't think small holes with ties going through them would let too much water in if I were to fall, but I am worried about the case tearing where the new holes are created.
I also looked at hard cases such as this http://www.amazon.com/Polaroid-Dive-Rated-Waterproof-Cybershot-DSC-WX10/dp/B005C5G86S/ref=pd_vtp_p_2 but they only have holes in two corners, and I think that I would need holes in all four corners in order to tie it down enough to be stable for filming.
Option B: Try to create a helmet mount using this http://delkin.com/i-7442106-fat-gecko-stealth-single-suction-pov-camera-mount.html. I would also likely have to use the same soft case I linked above to try to waterproof it, but cut a small whole in the bottom for the mount's screw. My biggest concern here is whether a suction cup mount will be strong enough for skiing. The last thing I want to do is lose my $250 camera because I'm trying to create a $40 helmet cam setup.
Question: Has anyone else tried to do something like this before? If so, what has worked for you? Or do you have other ideas for either option?