Helmet cameras!

Hi! Been looking at a helmet cam, and I have seen Helmetcamera.com's a while back. Obviously the cheapest.

Was wondering though, how do you guys that use this set-up, keep the heads on the camcorder from getting all screwed up from the bouncing and jolting???? Also, how do you keep the camera safe in a possible incident?! I had thought of building a small wooden box, with foam or bubble wrap inside, in a backback.

The camera we have is an Sony 8mm from around 1992, that would be a shame to smash up! I just bought a new Sony TRV130 digital 8, but again, I hate to get it all smashed up.... any thoughts? Perhaps there is a way to get a recording head, affix the correct cords, and have a homemade recorder-pak? afterall....you don't need the lens and microphone, and viewfinder in a camcorder, just the recording heads!

Chris, This is ironic!! I just got back from Best Buy to test out my buddies "Helmetcam.com" set up.(His wife is bought it for him and wanted my help to find a camcorder). I can't get the thing to work on ANY cameras at all. I've plugged everything in properly and nothing!! I think the battery might be fubar. I brought it home to work on it.

To answer your question about protecting your unit, I would get a plastic type of case (pelican) and put the camera in it. I use those cases alot for work and they hold up very well.

don't forget the external camera needs power...

as well as the camcorder.

oh, & also in relation to your question Chris about boxes, scrap the wooden box idea!

There are plenty of companies that make indestructible light weight plastic boxes, not only that but are dust proof as well.

Do a search on the net for them.

If you need brand names just call your local camera dealer or camping equipment shop.

Chris, I used a bagel container with some dense foam cut out specifically for the camcorder.

I do ocassionally get a jolt or two to the heads but the camcorder is 100% protected from water and dirt because it is a tupperware type container. I just had to cut a small slit at the top for the cords.

If I ever get a picture of it online I'll put it on.

I use a regular fanny pack that is packed with packing foam. I wrap the camera in a plastic waterproof baggie. I also use a leather belt to help secure the fanny pack to my waist so the heads don't jump around as much. You are going to get artifacting on a digital camera in rough areas. Not too much you can do about it. But securing it down as much as possible will keep it to a minimum. You will want to duct tape the cords to your helmet really well to keep them from flapping or catching on anything.

I do love this thing. But be prepared that when you show it off to your friends, only your riding buddies are going to appreciate it. Those that don't ride find it boring very fast. That is why I put music on mine. I can dub it right to the camera (Canon ZR10) and play it back three ways. No music, all music or a combination of the two.

Also be prepared that no matter how fast you think you are going or how hard the terrain, it always looks slower and easier on TV. You could be hauling ass on a trail and then climb the steepest narliest hill and when you play it back it looks like you are just enjoying a leisurely ride. But you and your buddies on the tape know that it was fast and rough. You just have to convince your family it was harder :)

Dougie made some good points.

One more thing he didnt mention though. It can take quite a while to get the thing put on and situated. That is probably the chief complaint I have about the thing. All my buddys are ready to go riding and Im still back at the truck trying to get the thing together.

The way around that is to enlist one of them to wear the kidney belt/backpack & camera. Most of them are cool with being the camera guy and you get some footage of yourself for a change.

Plus you can strap it on a fast guy claiming to want the "clean trail" shot and the extra gear slows him down to normal speeds. :)

[ December 18, 2001: Message edited by: '00 in Calgary ]

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