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I think I want one........Who has one? How much? quality? Where to buy? :thumbsup: Ride on....................

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Here's my setup:

The Video Camera that I use to do the recording on is an Aiptek MPVR with a 2 Gig memory stick (which is good for at least 1 hour recording at the highest Video setting possible). I have another 2 Gig stick if the first one gets full. You can pick one of these Aiptek Cameras/Recorders up for around $100 on eBay (or other online stores). It's not a "fancy" camera, but you're not buying it for a bunch of bells and whistles, you're basically just using it for it's recording capabilities. The actual Helmet Camera is the important part of the setup.

Here's a link to the Aiptek eStore: http://www.aiptek.com/

The Helmet Cam itself is a Sony 520 line resolution CCD Video Camera (model #BSM-5052) that I got new off of eBay for $175 + tax & shipping. The Helmet Cam comes with a high gain mike and all the wires you need to hook it into the Aiptek Recorder. It also comes with a crappy DC 12V battery pack (it takes 8 AA batteries). I've had problems with the battery pack and have had to splice on a new better end adapter. I'm still searching for a more robust replacement for it. It only comes with the one battery pack, you'll need to get another one for the high gain mike if you want audio (hence, no real-time audio on my video).

The total price comes to a little over $300 + tax. You can get all-in-one setups for less, but the quality is crap. I wouldn't buy a Helmet Cam with less than 520 lines of resolution.

Let me know if you have anymore questions.

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I think I want one........Who has one? How much? quality? Where to buy? :thumbsup: Ride on....................

I have one I got from GI Joes, but you can get them from REI, and online too...

http://www.rei.com/product/744594

http://www2.oregonscientific.com/shop/product.asp?cid=20&scid=77&pid=709

They're all self-contained, take 2 AA batteries, and record all your clips on a SD card. A 1 gig card holds a half hour, 2 gig holds an hour, etc. The video quality is EXCELLENT. The cam weighs about a pound, and while you can feel it a bit when you first mount it on your helmet , you don't even notice it after a minute or so. The cam is also waterproof down to I think 10' deep? These things are TOUGH too. Mine has broken off my helmet, and has recorded me doing a few painful wrecks, and still keeps on working.

I've taken about 100 vids so far with it, and here are a couple randoms I've taken...

http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c97/Thumpmeister/Vids/?action=view&current=AVI_0004.flv

http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c97/Thumpmeister/Vids/?action=view&current=AVI_0007.flv

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I picked up a Samsung SC-X300L off of Amazon for around $380; they may be cheaper now. It comes with camera, remote camera, accesories, and software - everything you need except the memory. It will take up to a 4 GB chip. I bought a couple of 2 GB chips and, using normal 720i/720p mode, each will hold a couple of hours. You can also upgrade the battery for longer play but you can get an hour and a half out of the one that comes with it. The optional one will go 2.5 hours. Here's a good review from another site:

http://www.bannedcr500riders.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=389

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Almost forgot ......

Here's one of my "Half-Assed" videos taken with my 520 resolution cam setup:

http://media.putfile.com/Brads-Half-Assed-Helmet-Cam-Video

I've got more, but they're in the 500 MB range (don't want to gobble up your bandwidth :thumbsup: )

And here's a short one taken with just the Aiptek Recorder (without the Sony 520 Resolution Helmet Cam):

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2992733981

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I have this helmet cam and it works very well.

http://www.hoyttech.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=279&CFID=1196270&CFTOKEN=58029919

I bought mine on e-bay a couple years ago for under 200.

I also found a cheap Sony camcorder for about 150 on e-bay.You want one with a LANC on it so you can get one of these.

http://www.hoyttech.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=280

The LANC remote is a must when riding.

For the cost of the camera I wanted to protect it and found this protector. It is the best I have found and really protects the lens and camera. It also serves as a filter so it seems like there is never glare or dust.

http://www.helmetcamera.com/acart/agora.cgi?product=Mounting_Options&ppinc=Mounting_Options

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There are many helmet cam systems to pick from depending on how much quality and price you are after.

This link rates most of the popular models...

http://helmetcameracentral.com/2007/08/08/xtreme-recall-helmet-camera-systems/

I have the extreme recall 580 kit. The quality of this kit is very good. But you are going to have to pay a bit for it.

Check out the link!:thumbsup:

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Here's my setup:

The Video Camera that I use to do the recording on is an Aiptek MPVR with a 2 Gig memory stick (which is good for at least 1 hour recording at the highest Video setting possible). I have another 2 Gig stick if the first one gets full. You can pick one of these Aiptek Cameras/Recorders up for around $100 on eBay (or other online stores). It's not a "fancy" camera, but you're not buying it for a bunch of bells and whistles, you're basically just using it for it's recording capabilities. The actual Helmet Camera is the important part of the setup.

Here's a link to the Aiptek eStore: http://www.aiptek.com/

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does the Aipteck MPVR have a LANC connection?

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does the Aipteck MPVR have a LANC connection?

Hmmmm good question .........

What does a "LANC" port look like or is "labeled as"? :thumbsup:

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Almost forgot ......

Here's one of my "Half-Assed" videos taken with my 520 resolution cam setup:

http://media.putfile.com/Brads-Half-Assed-Helmet-Cam-Video

I've got more, but they're in the 500 MB range (don't want to gobble up your bandwidth :thumbsup: )

And here's a short one taken with just the Aiptek Recorder (without the Sony 520 Resolution Helmet Cam):

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2992733981

Cool tune on the "Half-Assed" video, who be it?

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Cool tune on the "Half-Assed" video, who be it?

It be fellow Canuck and SRV Protégé Colin James from American Steel (Excellent Slide/Blues Album btw). :thumbsup:

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I went with the Panasonic D-snap SV-AV100 and made a bullistic nylon pouch that velcros onto the helmet. The reason is no moving parts (no spinning motor) for jitter free movies even through the worst jumps or crashes, I can opperate it with a remote, and it records in DVD quality, not just 340 line res. but, 740! I had a small battery pack that can make it last all day and have 4gig super fast SD cards. No tapes to mess up and it weighs nothing compared to a helmet cam. The almost now upload to edit for sharing.

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