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    Who uses a helmet cam, what do you use, and what do you like about it?

    I just purchased a DCR-SR80, and I'm looking for a lipstick cam to plug into it and get some good video. Looking for 480 lines at least.

    Anyone?

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    I've been looking around for a long time... I've trashed multiple digital cameras, and I figure:

    a. I've never hit my head hard enough to cause brain damage
    b. Therefore, the head must be a safe place to mount a camera

    I haven't made the leap to it yet, but I really like this one: http://www.twenty20camera.com/

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    I've looked at that, but I really don't like it for the plug it uses. I'd much rather use a female composite plug to connect the camera to my camcorder.

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    Helmet Camera

    I use the 480 line camera from http//www.helmetcamera.com. I record on a Sony GV-D200 VCR. This takes a very good video. The VCR has a IEEE1394 port, so getting the video to your computer is easypeasy. The extra couple of pounds is a training aid. lol

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    Looks pretty good. I assume the camera comes with female composite connectors on the end to plug in?

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    Me helmet cam

    The camera has an RCA connector. The mike also. The power connector is a co-axial type. The camera outputs 1V P-P analog video. The Sony VCR does a A to D conversion and then records in Digital 8 format. All in all it works well ( except when I hit a tree and knock the battery loose I'm now in the process of making a protective cover out of rigid foam. This will protect the buttons and lock the battery in position. The F550 battery only gives about 1 hour. The F750 gives several hours, but is MUCH heavier.

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    The Viosport Adventure Cam 3...

    ... is a pretty good helmet-cam. I've used it mtn biking and snowboarding and it's worked fine. Keep your expectations in check though -- picture quality is not going to be nearly as good as what you'd get directly from your camcorder.

    I have a few videos on my blog if you want to check out quality.

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    Helmet Camera

    If you bought a helmet camera, it must have been the cheapest one (Helmetcams have three models). My helmet camera takes a better picture than my Canon ELURA100 A. Its on par with my Sony TVR-340. The software and the computer that you render the video with makes loads of difference also. I have a bad assz Core-2 with killer HD's (10K RPM Raptors in raid 5). This renders video with no stutters. The Sony GV-D200 (the VCR I carry) is better than all three of my camcorders. In this world, you get what you pay for! Look at Sony's site for spec's on the camcoders vs the VCR's.

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    I have an "Extreme Adventure Camera 480" found here:

    http://www.adventurecameras.com/cameras.html

    I think pretty much everybody uses sony bullet cams, so it might be safe to assume video qualities would be pretty much the same? Maybe? I could be way off. I often am. But if true, it comes down to price and included accessories....

    And make sure whichever one you pick up has a nice helmet mount that will work with your helmet! Mine came with 3 or 4 funky mounts of which none worked well with a standard vented mtb helmet. I eventually had to buy another one. Kind of frustrating.

    But the quality it shoots is just fine
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    I bought a Sharp 420 line and bought all the lil parts and use it like that. It works pretty good and the video qaulity is good too.
    Riding F/S since oct 94'

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    You can check out a new site here to answer many of your questions:
    http://www.helmetcamreview.com

    One thing I have found that is clear... all sony ccd cams are NOT created equal.

    I will be testing many more cams in the next few months.

    CJS

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    I have a Vio Sport Helmet Cam. The Model is "Adventure Cam II." $200 from pricepoint. I've barely used it but the video quality is relatively the same as my Canon Elura 100. It has a wide selection of accessories including rechargeable battery packs, many mounts and a remote for turning on and off.

    Viosport also makes completely waterproof cameras....

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    Helmet cam crash

    Quote Originally Posted by Rekibnikufesin
    I've been looking around for a long time... I've trashed multiple digital cameras, and I figure:

    a. I've never hit my head hard enough to cause brain damage
    b. Therefore, the head must be a safe place to mount a camera

    I haven't made the leap to it yet, but I really like this one: http://www.twenty20camera.com/
    Neither have I
    Check out www.321actioncams.com Home page video
    Last edited by 321actioncams; 01-19-2007 at 09:59 PM.

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