Helmet Cam

Originally, the helmet cam was just a camcorder strapped to a bicycle helmet, but it has evolved over the years into a separate type of camera. Smaller than a camcorder, the helmet cam represents the perfect balance between portability and video quality. A basic model can be bought for less than one hundred dollars, but a model that shoots high-definition video is much more expensive. The type of mount used with a helmet cam is also important and has a big impact on the video quality. A helmet cam is not the best choice for every occasion, but it is great for capturing the exciting rush of riding a motorcycle.

A helmet cam is ideal for capturing video or still pictures when you are not able to hold onto the camera, or when the camera is too heavy to carry around. It is compact and lightweight enough to be mounted almost anywhere, not just on the top of a helmet. It can be mounted to the handlebars of a bicycle, the dashboard of a motor vehicle, or the front of a surfboard. The video quality is not as good as what you get from a decent camcorder, but it is certainly better than that from a tiny spy camera. In most cases, it is even better than what a mobile phone produces. Some models are capable of shooting high-definition video at a decent frame rate, but that quickly uses up the available space on a memory card.

There are several types of helmet cam on the market, but most models have the same general appearance. The housing is typically a black cylinder that is several inches long and one inch in diameter, but some of the high-definition models have a box housing instead of a cylinder. A few have a small LCD viewing screen on the back which is useful for aligning them. The models that have an internal battery and memory card are generally larger and heavier than the ones that send their video through a cable. There are waterproof models that can be submerged up to a few feet, but to go any further you need a waterproof housing.

The quality of the video produced by a helmet cam depends largely on the type of image sensor it uses to capture the video. The best models use a CCD sensor, but they are also the most expensive. Models that use a CMOS sensor are generally cheaper, but the sharpness and color accuracy of their video is not as good. The other main features that affect performance are the contrast ratio, audio quality, lighting compensation, and shock resistance. Before buying a helmet cam, it is a good idea to look at some videos made with different models to see what their video quality is like.

A few other features to look for when shopping for a helmet cam are an adjustable lens, good field of view, wide file support, and long battery life. An adjustable lens gives you more options when mounting a helmet cam, because it is not always possible to have it facing in the right direction. The field of view should be wide to avoid the video having tunnel vision. An options menu that allows you to select the file type for recording the video is always a good feature. The battery should provide at least several hours of continuous filming, without adding too much weight to the helmet cam. You also need to choose the right mount for a helmet cam.

The type of mount is critical for getting the best possible video quality. There are many different types but some of them can only be used in certain ways. The universal vented-helmet strap is popular for cycling and mountain biking, and there are also handlebar mounts that allow a helmet cam to be attach to the handlebars or frame. A suction-cup mount can be attach to one of the windows on a motor vehicle, either on the inside or outside. Adjustable mounts are more expensive than fixed ones but they are easier to reposition. Whatever type you choose, make sure that the mount will stay firmly attached under all conditions.

This Helmet Cam Review is Written/Updated on Nov 20th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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