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Kodemonkey
11-10-2010, 12:24 PM
I am looking for a good helmet cam for IDPA shoots. Anyone have any suggestions?

These have caught my eye:

http://www.amazon.com/ContourHD-720p-HD-Helmet-Camera/dp/B0026P4H6K/ref=pd_sbs_sg_1

http://www.amazon.com/2010-Tachyon-XC-Helmet-Camera/dp/B003F2R5EO/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1289424194&sr=1-3

SuperSet
11-10-2010, 12:31 PM
I've seen the ContourHD in action and it's really nice. I'm borrowing one for Fort Benning 3-gun so it'll be cool to give it a try. You can find a lot of ContourHD 3-gun/IDPA cams on YouTube if you want a sample.

glockman19
11-10-2010, 12:39 PM
How about the I-cam X-treme sunglasses? They can serve as your eye protection as well as recording what and where you are looking.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=137209

Doheny
11-10-2010, 12:42 PM
I was just at Costco and saw they were selling helmet cams. I didn't take too much of a look; they don't look as sleek as the ones above.

(I looked and can't find them on their website.)

Uriah02
11-10-2010, 12:50 PM
What about a lapel camera?
http://www.amazon.com/Veho-VCC003MUVIPRO-Muvi-Micro-Camcorder/dp/B0037P5CAI/ref=pd_cp_e_2

Kodemonkey
11-10-2010, 2:45 PM
I was just at Costco and saw they were selling helmet cams. I didn't take too much of a look; they don't look as sleek as the ones above.

(I looked and can't find them on their website.)


Saw that one too. That was what gave me the idea initially, but it is really bulky..

Kodemonkey
11-10-2010, 2:46 PM
How about the I-cam X-treme sunglasses? They can serve as your eye protection as well as recording what and where you are looking.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=137209

Need idea - Like how it is unobtrusive. But I have to wear prescription eyewear. Might be a good option for a friend of mine - thanks for the idea.

Kodemonkey
11-10-2010, 2:48 PM
I've seen the ContourHD in action and it's really nice. I'm borrowing one for Fort Benning 3-gun so it'll be cool to give it a try. You can find a lot of ContourHD 3-gun/IDPA cams on YouTube if you want a sample.

That's what I am leaning toward. I like that is doesn't look too dorky and the video seems to be pretty darn good.

Jel
11-10-2010, 8:28 PM
It won't get any points for sleekness or for the cool factor, but as far as getting good video, this unit is very popular.

http://www.amazon.com/GoPro-HD-Motorsports-HERO-Camera/dp/B002VA57XC/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1289453226&sr=1-1

There are different models than the one I listed so do your research.

johnny_22
11-15-2010, 3:19 PM
I've seen the ContourHD in action and it's really nice. I'm borrowing one for Fort Benning 3-gun so it'll be cool to give it a try. You can find a lot of ContourHD 3-gun/IDPA cams on YouTube if you want a sample.

I used it at USPSA match (Bay Bridge Charity Classic). Survived the rain and cold quite well. The movies were good, too.

unlimitedrotations
11-19-2010, 7:35 PM
i second the go pro i have one and use it for a lot of stuff when i race my car or go surfing it is water proof and shock prove easy to use and a good prise i havent used it for shooting but i would think it works very well it comes with alot of different attachments so you can mount it in different places only down side is sound not to great but for me i dont really care just my 2 cents

Cbr1000Rider
11-22-2010, 10:46 AM
Get the GoPro Hd.

Trust me I know my helmet cams. I will never go back to any other camera. I skydive, ride motorcycles, snorkel, play paintball, shoot..etc. It can be mounted to any given item in any given situation.

(Btw, I have not tried out the Countour HD... however, I have tried its predecessors. The camera broke on me I would say 4 times, I had to send it in for service or replacement 3 times, each time they sent me a new defective product. I will never deal with countour again.)

Reasons other cameras suck.... wind noise pollutes 100% of sound, not water proof, batteries don't last long, batteries get knocked out of case a lot turning off the camera and scrambling all the footage that was recorded, you press the camera button to record and don't know if it is recording or not because you can't decipher the beeps, footage is not in a friendly format to edit, can't film in 1080p, can't switch from widescreen mode to 1080p mode, can't turn on camera easily with button, can not mount easily on any surface.

With the GoPro HD.. you get all of the above in the correct context of course. I have never had an issue!!!

Here is some footage I have of it on my motorcycle. Notice absolutely NO WIND NOISE. It is because it is fully enclosed in a case. Any other camera you get.. you will hear nothing but wind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1JdmUNs8aw&fmt=22

Trust me, do not buy anything else but a GoPro.. you will regret it.

SuperSet
11-22-2010, 10:50 AM
It looks like you need a helmet to mount the GoPro so it's not as mobile as the Contour HD, right? I just did a quick YouTube comparison of the 2 and the Go Pro has better video quality IMO.

Cbr1000Rider
11-22-2010, 11:01 AM
It looks like you need a helmet to mount the GoPro so it's not as mobile as the Contour HD, right? I just did a quick YouTube comparison of the 2 and the Go Pro has better video quality IMO.

Not exactly sure what you mean, you need a mount for the countour hd as well. Awesome thing that with the GoPro, they send you about 6 or 7 different mounts with your camera.

And if you are looking at this link ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpvQwSAv2Po&feature=related ) that is complete garbage, the idiot obviously encoded the GoPro footage with the wrong format to make it look like garbage. Look at my link above for the HD footage (only in 720p though.. could be better in 1080p). If you have Adobe Premiere, it is very simple to take in the footage and output it with the YouTube HD format. I can get a video in and out of premiere and onto youtube very quickly with some simple editing.

SuperSet
11-22-2010, 11:08 AM
Can you mount the GoPro on electronic muffs? The camera actually looks better than the Contour so that's why I ask.

Cbr1000Rider
11-22-2010, 12:13 PM
Can you mount the GoPro on electronic muffs? The camera actually looks better than the Contour so that's why I ask.

Yah they have rounded and flat mounts. You could probably use the round mount for the top of the muffs, like literally on top of your head. Or you could mount on the muff itself and connect the connectors to make the camera sit upright.

Or you could use this head strap mount. I'd imagine it would look goofy by itself... but with muffs already on your head it may look tactical.

http://www.goprocamera.com/products/head-strap-mount.php

Hoologan
11-22-2010, 1:30 PM
+1 for the GoPro. We use them all the time to film Trackdays and whatnot. I've seen them fall off of a bike at well over 100 MPH and be totally unscathed.

locosway
11-30-2010, 12:49 AM
The GoPro is awesome, I'd see about using a chest or shoulder rig to use one.

NiteQwill
12-07-2010, 9:18 AM
GoPro HD.

The internal CMOS sensor is way superior to the Contour HD, resulting in better image/video quality.

TacticalAdvantageConcepts
12-07-2010, 11:20 AM
The GoPro HD is the best. We just got some and started doing demos during our shoots, hikes, etc. and they work great. I have an account with GoPro so if anyone is interested in maybe doing a group buy, let me know.

Daminh
TAC

Desert_Rat
12-07-2010, 5:04 PM
Go pro mounted to hearing protection.It takes great videos too


http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t112/jcmorris10/005.jpg

Desert_Rat
12-07-2010, 5:30 PM
Here is an early video I made with My go pro camera.


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