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HELMET CAMS: ANYONE HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH THEM?

post #1 of 13
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HELMET CAMS.  How good is the GoPro advertised here on this site (I didn't see anyone review it in the previous posts).  Does anyone have experience with it?  Who makes the best ones?  Where is the better place to position the cam (helmet or chest)?  Any help would be appreciated regarding the new equipment that is out there, since the models seemed to have changed over the past 6 months..
post #2 of 13
You may want to check out http://www.helmetcameracentral.com/ for various helmet cam options and comparisons. 

Head mounting is often preferred over chest mounting:
* More natural POV on head...chest is often pointed away from where you are looking.
* Better control over what's "in frame"
* You'll get more "scene" with camera higher off snow
post #3 of 13
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Thanks!
post #4 of 13
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If anyone is still looking at this post, see:  http://www.skinet.com/ski/gear/2009/11/toolbox-helmet-cams   .  I'll buy one and write a review on it sometime in Jan.
post #5 of 13
check out the offerings at http://www.tachyoninc.com/main.html

i haven;t used them but might take a flyer on them.  the 2010 version uses regular AA batteries, has a remote control and up to 32 gig SDHC cards.  mounts to your goggles.  on sale for $149 until end of novemeber.

99$ version uses AAA batteries and microsdhc
Edited by tekweezle - 11/28/09 at 11:48am
post #6 of 13
 Viosport has been making amazing gear in the head cam dept for years and they got a well developed pruduct. I've got some footage from an older model that was pretty good for its time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvdw9I-jXuY
post #7 of 13
 I was using the GoPro HD Helmet Hero on the weekend. I got it from Launch Helmet Cams http://www.launchhelmetcams.ca

The video quality is awesome. Starting/stopping with mitts on was a bit of a pain but I got used to it after a while. Battery life is heaps better than the original model.

From what I've seen the GoPro, VHoldR and VIO cameras are the best by far.
Edited by mattyfitz - 3/16/10 at 12:55pm
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mattyfitz - Need correct link please.
post #9 of 13
 Sorry - fixed it up, should work now.
post #10 of 13
 Have used Vholdr ContourHD extensively, both skiing and dirt bike riding.  Works great, video is awesome (full widescreen HD, 720p or 1080p).  See http://vholdr.com/node/65608 for an example.
post #11 of 13
 I have a GoPro HD mounted on my helmet. Fantastic camera used it in Japan skiing this year in jan. See here...........
post #12 of 13
 Allow me to post a diatribe against the helmet cams.  I find most of the footage obtained with them boring, you cannot get a sense of terrain, almost never get a sense of scale or skier's skill and it makes awesome jumps look mundane and confusing.  Check out Miles Clark's POV cams on TGR and UnofficialSquaw.  The guy is a total ripper and was one of the best extreme skiers at Squaw Valley, but you get that sense only if you know the lines that he skis.    The only helmet cam footage that works for me is a follow-cam, when you ski behind someone and film the other person.  I have the impression that most people use helmet cams as a tool to brag on Facebook pages about the "gnar" that they skied last weekend....  
post #13 of 13
While I agree on most of your points, I still prefer to see some helmet cam in a trip report than just some still photos. I can tell more about snow conditions from a helmet cam than a still photo. I guess it depends on "why" you're watching the video in the first place.

Helmet cam is easy...often it's helmet cam or nothing...and helmet cam wins over nothing.

Follow-cams are my favorite use of helmet cams as well...when well executed. It's much harder to do a proper follow-cam than most folks realize. The cameraman often has to adjust his skiing to keep the featured skier in frame, not too small, and not to bouncy.

And what's wrong with "brag" videos on Facebook? Would you rather your friends posted nothing about their day on the hill?


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 Allow me to post a diatribe against the helmet cams.  I find most of the footage obtained with them boring, you cannot get a sense of terrain, almost never get a sense of scale or skier's skill and it makes awesome jumps look mundane and confusing.  Check out Miles Clark's POV cams on TGR and UnofficialSquaw.  The guy is a total ripper and was one of the best extreme skiers at Squaw Valley, but you get that sense only if you know the lines that he skis.    The only helmet cam footage that works for me is a follow-cam, when you ski behind someone and film the other person.  I have the impression that most people use helmet cams as a tool to brag on Facebook pages about the "gnar" that they skied last weekend....  
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