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We found the V.I.O. 1.5 the easiest to use out of all of the units we tested, but it’s also the only one that has a camera connected to its business end via cable. That can be good or bad, depending on what you are looking for in video camera.
The on-unit playback screen is a big advantage when making sure the camera is aimed properly. All of the other helmet cams require guesswork as to where they are aimed, but the POV allows its user to see what’s being recorded. The screen also makes it extremely easy to change camera settings as well as playing back video while on the trail. Another cool feature is that even when the control body of the camera is in your hydration pack, a wristwatch remote can be used to start and stop the camera.
The quality of the video is also very good compared to the others. A weak point is that it’s not obvious how to determine which file format you’re filming in. The camera offers a variety of formats, including MPEG4 AVI (DivX Codec) digital and NTSC/PAL analog.
When the camera is mounted on the helmet it has a low profile, which is a huge advantage. One disadvantage though is the cord that runs from the camera to the body in your pack. It is not as noticeable as you might imagine but it is does cause a slight nuisance, especially taking on and off your pack when going for a gel or anything else stowed back there.
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