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Helmet cam recommendations?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm starting to shop for helmet cams. Anyone have any experieces they would like to share? Recommendations for specific models? TIA
post #2 of 18
I'm in the same boat as you Noodle man!

I've tried on a few helmets so far: Salomon, RED, Boeri, and Giro. I've liked the Giro G10 MX the best, but it still feels a little loose on my head (tried on the Medium and Small...med is close to being just right, small is too small).

The other brands I've tried on have felt weird. I seem to recall reading a post either here or on TGR describing that some helmets are designed for round heads and some for oval heads. I'm pretty sure I'm not liking the rounder ones (I think they were Boeri and RED, if I remember how they felt).

I'm still actually looking for a good shop in the area that has a really, really extensive selection.

My buddy, on the other hand, just wears his motocross motorcylcle helmet.

OOPS!
I JUST NOTICED THE "CAM" PORTION OF YOUR HEADER.

MY BAD!

Didn't mean to hi-jack, just missed that important detail.

That said, if you have any helmet rec's...

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post #4 of 18
oregon scientific atc-2000, I believe
post #5 of 18
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oregon scientific atc-2000, I believe
I picked up a few weeks ago...have not really used on mountain"no snow"..took ride on bike and was pointed to far down...mounted on bike and was kinda boring to watch...real plus was camcorder i have could not be used as a storage device for a helmet cam and the ATC-2000 takes a 2 gig stick"must add to price" also a warning on temp range "low end"
post #6 of 18
I am planning on getting one for Xmas. The videos taken with it (posted, compressed, on YouTube) look allright, the price beats down something like the Samsung SCX series, 2gb SD cards are cheap (<$30) and batteries are going to be an issue in the cold with any camera. They do recommend Li-ion battereies for the cold and I plan on getting some rechargable ones for skiing.

As compared to getting an Archos AV w/ the helmet cam attachment or anything else, the Oregon Scientific w/ a 2gb card for $120 looks like it can't be beat.
post #7 of 18
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oregon scientific atc-2000, I believe
Well I write this wishing i could say great things about the camera, but only have a lurk warm feeling on it so far. Oregen Scientific Hooked me up with a free a camera and 2GB memory card 2 weeks ago. IMO the picture quailtiy is good and the only problems I am having are because I am newb at workin it. IT will error every once in awhile for no apparent reason. When I get on the snow I will do a fulll review. I think skiing will be better cause its not as slow and bumpy as Mountain Biking.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...84279989882205

Here some undited besides adding music video from my local trails. Next time I go out filming will not a be a group ride because everyone is just to slow and it cause my mind to wonder.
post #8 of 18
I've been looking myself. Haven't tried anything but here's what I've found so far.

http://www.sportzshot.com/helmetcameras.php

http://www.jonescam.tv/

The sportzshot looks pretty good.
post #9 of 18
Pete Fagerlin has been taking Mtn. Bike helmet videos for years, and has tried everything under the sun. His prefered solution: a compact Sony camcorder in a housing attached to the side of his helmet. The quality beats any lipstck cam, you can use a screw-on wide-angle lens (very important), it is available with image stabilization, and there are no wires to mess with. The only downside is it is a bit heavier.

www.petefagerlin.com

If you want to go the cheap route, I noticed Target sells cheap (~$100) little solid state camcorders (Artec?) that would be easy to strap onto a helmet, and it wouldn't be too big of a deal if you broke it. Another option I've personally been considering is getting a Canon Powershot SD800IS camera and a Pelican case with a hole in it, and find a way of zip-tying it to the front of my helmet. The camera has a 28mm (relatively wide) lens, image stabilization, and is very small and light. I could take a pelican case with a lens-hole in it, and then pack it up with foam to hold the camera in place and help a bit more with image stabilization. That way, if i crash I would be far less likely to damage the camera. The main downside of the SD800 is the video compression algorithm isn't that efficient.
post #10 of 18
Glen Plake had some crazy duct tape contraption on his helmet back in those Greg Stump flix (I think it was P-Tex, Lies & Duct Tape).

Not sure what kind of camera it was, but it worked for him.


I say go for the Kodak Brownie, some 8mm film stock, and a roll of DT! Keep it old school!

Either that or shoot slide film with an old Nikon FM SLR. That would be cool...
post #11 of 18
not a lipstick and is waterproof...4 inches long ..1" at lens to 1.5 " at battery/storage in circumference
post #12 of 18
Noodler, are you planning to use this with an existing camera? If you have an AV in port you can use a small remote cameral like the one offered by Sportzhot. That is the system I got on a "maggot hookup" for $239, and it includes a 580 line high resolution waterproof camera, rechargable battery pack, cables and mount to goggles or helmet. Drawbacks are that it has some wires that need to be routed and dealt with and its easier to use if you have a LANC remote on a Sony and some Canon DV cams.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
I do have a Sony camcorder with AV in and the LANC remote capability.

Thanks for the suggestions. Please keep them coming - I'm learning more and more.
post #14 of 18
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I do have a Sony camcorder with AV in and the LANC remote capability.

Thanks for the suggestions. Please keep them coming - I'm learning more and more.
www.viosport.com

lenses look similar than sportzshots, but the viosport site seemed to have better mounting hardware.

Anyone have any pros and cons of either of these?
post #15 of 18
I bet this project got put on the back-burner. :
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
Dontcha know it! The money from ESA Aspen, my refunded season tix, etc. is all being put towards this:
http://www.relaxtheback.com/zero-gra...roduct-6367973

Never in a million years would I have thought that my ESA trip would have turned into a recliner in my living room, but I absolutely have to have this. I'm spending so much time lying down and I need to have my leg above my heart to reduce swelling. I just can't stay comfortable on anything in my house for more than about 5 minutes, but this chair truly is "perfect".
post #17 of 18
Be sure to write a review Noodler.
Oh, and don't forget the helmet cam perspective of that reclining action.
post #18 of 18
All things considered I like the turn this thread has taken

Heal up soon Noodler
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