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    VIO POV 1 any good?

    I found a deal for a slightly used 1yr old VIO POV 1 with all the goodies for only $325 Are they worth the price or should I just buy a GOPRO?

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    I personally think the pov cams are the best purpose built cameras out there. People get all hung up on the fact that they're standard definition but the image quality and lack of jellovision makes them a better system IMO.

    I'd say hit it.
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    Go for it. That's a great price for a rugged built, professional instrument. I have one and although I ordered a Contour HD, I will also continue to use the POV1.

    Quote Originally Posted by AUTaco
    I found a deal for a slightly used 1yr old VIO POV 1 with all the goodies
    for only $325 Are they worth the price or should I just buy a GOPRO?

    Thanks,
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo
    I personally think the pov cams are the best purpose built cameras out there. People get all hung up on the fact that they're standard definition but the image quality and lack of jellovision makes them a better system IMO.

    I'd say hit it.
    +1

    I have the POV1 and also think that the quality is better than the VHoldr and GoPro, from what I have seen. The POV is also very durable as mine has survived some pretty good crashes unscathed and still recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUTaco
    I found a deal for a slightly used 1yr old VIO POV 1 with all the goodies for only $325 Are they worth the price or should I just buy a GOPRO?

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    Matt
    Go HD Bro! you'll regret it if you dont.

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    I have the GoPro HD and the POV.1

    I never use the VIO anymore - I think the GoPro HD is much better.

    I also find the seperate cord + recording unit a pain in the neck while riding.

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    Like anything else, it comes down to compromises. I definitely like the portability of the GoPro but I couldn't get past the jellovision (rolling shutter). But the GoPro seems to do better with ambient light changes. Check the Turner forum or Vimeo for videos by Tisser, which were shot using the Vio. Watch a bunch of videos using each camera and weigh the pros and cons of each.

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    ContourHD 1080p Video while working, Not MTB Realted but it came out cool, The lens was crooked, didnt have time to check the cam.


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    I went ahead and picked it up. I couldnt say no for the price. These are great quality and are super rugged and low profile. I would hate to have a big Gopro hanging off the side of a race truck running through the desert or sitting on top of my helmet while doing stunts. There is a reason nitro cirus guys use these i guess.

    I plan on grabbing me a Gopro WIDE HD next.

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    Any ideas on accessories I need to go ahead and get before using this system?

    Uses: Snowboarding, Wakeboarding, Mountainbiking, Off Road ATVs, trucks and dirtbikes.

    Prolly going to atleast get the POV MOUNT KIT- $70.

    How long will the standard batteries last in these?
    2GB card only lasts 80min? I guess I need a couple of these.

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    I bought the mount kit for my POV despite being a bit annoyed that you had to buy all mounts in a kit instead of just the mounts you need. I use the goggle mount for both snowboarding and mountain biking. It's hassle free, just make sure your goggle strap is as tight as you can tolerate to ensure a stable image.

    I used the tube mount for my bike to experiment with low down shots (e.g. on the chain stays) to give a better feeling of speed (see http://vimeo.com/4138039 for an example). It attaches with zip ties. Once you've got them really tight, the image is solid with virtually no vibration. As an extra precaution, tie the mount to the frame so if it does slip out the zip ties, it won't fall on the ground. The downside is that the mount can only be rotated at 45 degree increments so you only have 8 camera angles.

    I also bought a RAM mount in order to mount the lens on the handlebars with more flexibility than with the standard POV handlebar mount. Headcam Guy has videos of using these mounts with the POV on his website. RAM offer all different kinds of mount parts so you can mix and match to suit your requirements but they also sell full kits such as this one which is the kit I bought. They are heavier and bulkier than the POV mounts but much more robust.

    As for batteries I use Energizer lithium AAs because they last about 8 hours. Far longer than normal Duracells etc. The big difference, though, is that the lithium batteries are the only ones which work properly in below zero conditions. Normal batteries loose their conductivity in cold conditions and the POV indicates that the unit is low on power. (However they become usable again once back in a warmer environment.) I went boarding in Austria and had run out of lithiums AAs. They didn't sell them at the resort so I had to use standard AAs and in -10 C degree conditions I got through about a pack per day (just a couple of hours filming per pack). A pack of lithiums would probably have lasted me the week.

    There are firmware patches on the VIO site which allow the unit to work with 4GB and 8GB SD cards (make sure your SD card supports a high data transfer rate).

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