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mkrabach

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Waterproof helmet cams comparisons.
« on: February 15, 2012, 03:59:49 PM »

I am still trying to find a helmet cam that does not distort views, but yet has a wide view, and has good resolution.  So I bought the latest Tachyon offering which has 125 deg view.  Not really happy with it in quick tests.  So I put together a page comparing all the waterproof cams that I have against my HD Sony $$$ (not waterproof ) Handycam. The page is on my personal web site.
http://www.krabach.info/video_cam/video_cam_compare.html

I was thinging of buying the new GoPro Hero2 but looking at it carefully, explained in various references on Youtube, I think I will pass for now on a $300 cam.  If anyone has any ideas or other cams that might work for narrower views, join in on the discussion.

On another topic, since most are not kayaking right now, check out the kayak website from whom I took SOF kayak building class from last year.  A has a very interesting web site,  with lots of photos and interesting kayaking tales to read while waiting for Spring to come.
http://www.capefalconkayak.com/
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bob hogan

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Re: Waterproof helmet cams comparisons.
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 04:29:01 PM »

Since you're apparently among that majority not paddling right now, mind it I take that SOF out for some crash tests?
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mkrabach

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Re: Waterproof helmet cams comparisons.
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 10:01:03 AM »

Ha...ha...
The poor SOF said you were too adventerous and said contact one of his cousins at this link.
http://www.concretecanoemagazine.com/
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Tony M.

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Re: Waterproof helmet cams comparisons.
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2012, 04:19:53 PM »

Hey Mike!
    Yeah, unfortunately the wider the angle the more distortion...it is inevitable when you try to project an apparently curved space world onto a flat 2-dimensional surface. So I guess what you are really searching for is a happy medium between wide angle and not making everything look so far away and distorted. I find that with my GoPro (170 degrees!), the distortion is minimal IF the horizon is perfectly horizontal AND centered top-to-bottom in the field, AND you are not too close to any object. Under these circumstances there is no noticable distortion...HOWEVER, kayaking, (the type I do anyway), rarely produces these circumstances.
                            Tony
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