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Title: Wearable camera technology
Post by: mattberk on April 14, 2010, 16:15:05
I'd like to start using a "helmet cam" and was wondering if anyone had any experience with any of the models out there? Most of them are a bit too cumbersome, but I've found a few that should do the job nicely.

One is called the ContourHD (http://www.launchhelmetcams.ca/self-contained/vholdr-contourhd) - it's more designed for sports use but it's fairly small, looks tough and has really good video quality.

The other one is the VIO POVT (http://www.launchhelmetcams.ca/fully-integrated/povT) which seems to be more specifically designed for tactical use. I've found a few videos on youtube of other soldiers using this, including this one from a Danish Soldier in Afghanistan:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Aplaehn#p/u/12/H49YDqKm77s

Has anyone used either of these and got any feedback?
Title: Re: Wearable camera technology
Post by: multihobbist on April 19, 2010, 21:41:18
A friend of mine in SQ had his helmet cam from e-bay for 80 bucks and it insert for flash discs and it worked fine, and it was waterproof, shock proof etc. The cameras u mentioned there look fine but the price scares me
Title: Re: Wearable camera technology
Post by: BorderMedic on April 29, 2010, 00:23:44
This may be a silly question, but are you allowed to wear a camera while training? I would have thought that they would not allow something like that.
Title: Re: Wearable camera technology
Post by: Greymatters on April 29, 2010, 13:22:15
Good question - Before wearing a camera, or even buying the equipment, find out if its okay with your unit.  You're not being hired to do a documentary or play field journalist.

You should also consider the privacy rights of those around you.  Not everyone wants their name and face on youtube.   
Title: Re: Wearable camera technology
Post by: George Wallace on April 29, 2010, 13:52:49
Nor do we want to see hazing or other such videos suddenly show up on YouTube.  A lot of harm has been done by people taking pictures and video in the past.
Title: Re: Wearable camera technology
Post by: Greymatters on April 30, 2010, 14:57:10
Nor do we want to see hazing or other such videos suddenly show up on YouTube.  A lot of harm has been done by people taking pictures and video in the past.

Poor judgement always gets in there somewhere...

Title: Re: Wearable camera technology
Post by: George Wallace on April 30, 2010, 15:00:28
Poor judgement always gets in there somewhere...

Exactly.  Someone always has a lapse.  It may not be the person taking the photos/video, but a friend of a friend who uses it, or cirulates it, towards some agenda.  Look what Scott Taylor did with the photos he was presented with.
Title: Re: Wearable camera technology
Post by: Blecter on May 02, 2010, 02:48:13
I like the VholdeR ContourHD 1080p. I don't actually have one, but it's on my to-get list for the future (for snowmobiling). From the videos I've seen it takes great footage. Here is a video from a member of a snowmobiling forum I am on. It's shot with the VholdeR ContourHD 1080p in 1080p I believe, however I've read that Vimeo plays it in 720p, but the quality is still quite good.

http://vimeo.com/10653470
Title: Re: Wearable camera technology
Post by: BorisK on December 17, 2014, 04:44:48
(Pardon the Necropost)

I have been looking at cameras (not for training, just for general activities (hockey, etc) and since it is now 4 years later I thought it might be smart to add this to the thread : http://www.replayxd.co.nz/primex.html

Small & rugged form factor, feature rich (I like you can use your cellphone via wifi to preview your shots, change settings, or edit/play clips), reasonable price point (cheaper than GoPro cameras), and great picture quality.  Not perfect (nothing is) but fits the bill pretty nicely for someone interested in a helmet camera. 

Different then a GoPro, sleeker than a contour.