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Helmet Cam – Out with the Old and In with the New January 27, 2010

Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, extreme sports, Just Stuff.
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We just bought a new helmet cam to replace the old and cumbersome bullet cam that required one to carry a camcorder in your backpack.

The bullet cam setup was all that there was until fairly recently, so I shouldn’t complain.  But it was tedious to get set up correctly and to operate.  It plugged into a battery pack that plugged into a camcorder.  You had to make sure that the camcorder was powered up and on the correct setting and then stash it in your backpack . After it is in, you hope you don’t bump it and turn it off or unplug one of the wires.  Then there was the remote control cable….is the camera in record mode? Is it paused?  Is it out of tape?  Who could tell from just a little flashing (or not) light by the button?

Then came the transferring of the video (if you actually got anything useful) to the computer.

THAT WAS THE OLD WAY

The camera we just bought is a GoPro Hero Wide Angle.  It is self-contained, digital, has a viewfinder so you can see what you will see as you set it up.  When you are finished recording, it plugs right into your computer via USB port and Presto! Our camera is not the HD version.  We hope to move up to that someday.

It has snowed a lot here lately, so we haven’t actually used it yet, but hope to get out soon and bring back some usable helmet or handlebar video.

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