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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 5
Positive surprise – Waterproof 720P 5M Pixel CMOS Vehicle Mount Video Recorder/Camcorder w/ Red Laser/HDMI/TV-Out/SD Reviews

posted by phallberg on 05/20/2011 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

Pros:
- It truly is a 720p camera. Picture quality is good especially in good light. In low light conditions there is some noise, but it's not bad.
- It's possible to switch date and time on video on and off.
- RF remote control is great.
- No "jello" effect when camera vibrates as in most cheap helmet cameras.
- A lot of mounting options included.
- Build quality seems to be good.
Cons:
- Strong barrel distortion but that can be expected in such a wide angle lens.
- Vignetting from upper left corner.
- No option to use aaa batteries in case the li-ion battery runs out of juice.
- Sound quality isn't that great, but that can also be expected in a waterproof camera.
- Could be smaller.
- No night vision.
Other:
- Video is about 50MB/min in 720p mode.
- Uses same mounts as Oregon Scientific action cameras so if you own one of those, you can use them too.
- Can't say anything about how durable this product is yet. Some helmet cameras I've owned did not stand up to vibration and broke when they were mounted on motorcycle.
- Haven't tested operating time with battery yet.
- Sample video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT_7CxsWL9M
Bottomline:
- A lot cheaper than competing products like Helmet Hero or Contour HD.
- Good value for money.

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