helmet cam
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SkiBoarder
March 12, 2009
Member since 05/22/2006 🔗
44 posts
I am interested in getting a helmet cam. Any recommendations?

I see costs out there from $31 to $250. Looking for the best cost/perfomance ratio.

Would plan to use mountain biking and skiing/snowboarding.
The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
March 12, 2009
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
3,107 posts
Once again, I recommend skier219 for info on helmet cams. He did a ton of research and I think bought several models before finding the best fit.
There is a thread elsewhere on DCSki from about a couple months ago about his recommendations.
PM him and he will either tell you where to look, or share his info again.
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David
March 12, 2009
Member since 06/28/2004 🔗
2,444 posts
Here is a quote from a thread a while back ago when Craig was asked what kind of camera he uses.

Originally Posted By: skier219
I have the VIO POV.1. I tried a couple of helmet cams, and this was by far the best one (and the most expensive, unfortunately). The image quality is good, but what I really like is the excellent cold-weather battery life. I can let it run for a full 7-8 hour ski day and still have 1/3 to 1/2 charge at the end of the day.
skier219
March 12, 2009
Member since 01/8/2005 🔗
1,318 posts
Yeah, you can go with the cheaper cams, but both image quality and battery life suffer. I came to the realization that I was far better off putting the $160-200 I'd spend on a cheaper cam towards the VIO, which I got on Amazon for $550. I am really glad I went that route -- the VIO is top notch, and should last a long time.

Some of the cheaper cams require lithium batteries in order to get passable cold weather performance (still only 1-3 hours max), and they run about $8 per pack. Consider you'd need a new pack every 1-3 hours of use, and do the math. That adds up very quickly. I spent about $15 for rechargeable Energizer AAs for the VIO, and get about 10-14 hours of use off each charge. I can let the camera run for a whole ski day and not worry about trying to conserve battery. The VIO lets you "tag" segments you want to keep, or you can manually press record/stop buttons on the small wireless remote.
SkiBoarder
March 13, 2009
Member since 05/22/2006 🔗
44 posts
Thanks for the info.
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