A hot new wearable high quality camera system is set to be launched in Australia that allows skiers, bike riders and surfers to record action sports from a digital camera mounted on a pair of goggles or sunglasses.
The new V.I.O digital POV 1.5 camera system is currently being rented by Hot Shots at the Thredbo Ski resort for as low as $25.00 and in a live review of this product we found that there were some big differences from similar products we have reviewed in the past.
The device being rented at Thredbo is the VIO POV1.5 which is the latest offering from VIO, a company that also supplies wearable camera recording gear to intelligence agencies, police swats teams and various military forces.
The VIO POV1.5 comes with a sturdy “Red Head” camera that is housed in an adjustable camera case that can be easily strapped onto a pair of Ski Goggles. The camera which is extremely light is attached to a 1.5 metre digital cable which allows the main unit that houses the battery and 8GB SD card to be easily tucked away inside a pocket.
The main POV1.5 unit which is the size of a kids pencil case comes pre-loaded with firmware, its own LCD screen and easily accessible buttons. The only weakness is the 4 rechargeable pencil batteries which I believe should be replaced with one of the new generation notebook batteries that deliver up to 8 hours of battery life.
The standard 4GB card that comes with the basic unit holds 3 hours of recording capability, this can easily be replaced with a 16 or new 32GB SD card which depending on the battery life.
The high quality 720 x 480 resolution recording of the POV1.5 means that you can watch your videos back on a big screen TV. You can hook the POV1.5 up directly to your TV or download the videos onto your computer. The POV1.5 also has a variable sensitivity microphone, which means that you can adjust the sound recording level to suit your application.
During several runs down the slopes at Thredbo and often in poor visibility the camera was able to record clear images with snow tracks coming up extremely clear.
Also impressive was the lack of stutter vision which we have found with other strap on cameras. Instead of moving up and down at the slightest of movements, this device delivered a steady image even when running through thick snow and during long downhill runs.
The POV1.5 kit comes with a 110 degree Wide Angle Head as standard. The wide angle head mimics your own field of view, so that the camera sees what you see.
The POV1.5 is completely waterproof and rated to 1m for 30 minutes continual submersion. If you want to go deeper or use the POV in salt water, check out the POV H2O Bag.
A wireless remote allows you to control your recording without having to see the recording unit. Stop and start recording and also tag your clips. The tag function bookmarks your clips so that you can go right to the action when you get it home.
The outright purchase price is around $995. However I suggest you contact www.snocam.com.au to rent the device first.