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Tested: Helmet Cams

Six of today's best wearable cameras stand trial.

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The age of the helmet camera is upon us. Thanks to increasing demand, new manufacturers are constantly entering the game while established industry…

The age of the helmet camera is upon us. Thanks to increasing demand, new manufacturers are constantly entering the game while established industry pacesetters are rapidly improving their products. Add in ever-changing technology and suddenly picking the right way to share content with your friends becomes quite a challenge.

We tested current models from the top manufacturers side by side. Because these cameras each operate differently, it proved impossible to pick a clear winner. We made a pros and cons list for each camera to help you pick the best one for your application. We shot each camera at 30 Frames Per Second at a resolution of 1920×1080. All cameras were set to auto.

Note: We tested the most current products from each manufacturer at the time of this review. These manufacturers may have introduced new products or updates since our review.

See the Test Video HERE

 

MSRP: $399.99Likes-The External Microphone Input can be used in almost all situations.-Battery life/Record indicators are very obvious and…

MSRP: $399.99

Likes

-The External Microphone Input can be used in almost all situations.

-Battery life/Record indicators are very obvious and readable.

-The lens can rotate so that the image is level no matter the angle of the camera.

-Built in threaded tripod mount.

-Manual Settings include: Spot Metering, Contrast, Sharpness, Exposure, and Microphone Sensitivity.

-Wi-Fi Application easy to use

-Can shoot at 120FPS but only at a standard definition of 854 x 480.

Dislikes

-No LCD/Viewfinder included. (Contour provides a free application to link a Smartphone via Bluetooth. This application can be used as a viewfinder, allows the user to adjust manual settings and works well.)

-The manual options are adjustable in the field only while using the Bluetooth application.

 For more info go to: contour.com

To see the TEST VIDEO click HERE

MSRP: $299.95Likes:-The LCD viewfinder allows the user to frame a shot and playback in the field.-The menu is easy to use and understand.-Digital…

MSRP: $299.95

Likes:

-The LCD viewfinder allows the user to frame a shot and playback in the field.

-The menu is easy to use and understand.

-Digital Zoom makes the camera more versatile.

-Manual White Balance Setting helps to adjust for specific conditions (also has Auto option).

-Image Stabilizer (IS) option helps minimize camera shake.

-Two built in threaded tripod mounts.

-Time Lapse Feature.

 

Dislikes:

-The lens protector can fog in changing temperatures, gets dust/dirt behind it and scratches easily.

-Mounts are shaky and unstable.

-The Adixxion records at exactly 30FPS, making it inconsistent to the traditional frame rate of 29.97FPS. These are close enough to be similar in an editing timeline but can produce render bars or dropped frames if editing with 29.97FPS footage.

For more info go to: camcorder.jvc.com

For the TEST VIDEO click HERE

MSRP: $219Likes-Uses AA batteries, which makes it easy to carry a backup set of batteries.-Time Lapse Feature. Dislikes-No lens protector included.…

MSRP: $219

Likes

-Uses AA batteries, which makes it easy to carry a backup set of batteries.

-Time Lapse Feature.

 

Dislikes

-No lens protector included. Cannot replace lens. (Waterproof housing can be purchased separately.)

-The menu text is hard to read.

-The menu is confusing and hard to use.

-No Included LCD Viewfinder or Wi-Fi application. (“Epic Viewer” Sold Separately)

For more info go here: gsmoutdoors.com

To see the TEST VIDEO click HERE

 

MSRP: $199Likes-The lens can rotate so that the image is level no matter the angle of the camera.-The menu is easy to use and understand.-Manual…

MSRP: $199

Likes

-The lens can rotate so that the image is level no matter the angle of the camera.

-The menu is easy to use and understand.

-Manual Exposure Setting.

-Sun/Low Light Setting.

-The LCD viewfinder allows the user to frame a shot and playback in the field.

-Digital Zoom makes the camera more versatile.

-The External Microphone Input allows user to attach an external microphone to the camera.

Dislikes

-Small Record Light

-Mounts are shaky and unstable.

-The Drift HD records at exactly 30FPS, making it inconsistent to the traditional frame rate of 29.97FPS. These are close enough to be similar in an editing timeline but can produce render bars or dropped frames if editing with 29.97FPS footage.

For more info go here: driftinnovation.com

To see the TEST VIDEO click HERE

MSRP: $229Likes-Easy to use Power/Record Buttons.-The camera vibrates to indicate when recording.-No manual options make for a stress free…

MSRP: $229

Likes

-Easy to use Power/Record Buttons.

-The camera vibrates to indicate when recording.

-No manual options make for a stress free experience.

 

Dislikes

-No manual options makes for limited image adjustments.

-Mounts have poor design and low quality.

-No LCD Viewfinder (Ion provides a free application to link a Smartphone via Wi-Fi. This application can be used as a viewfinder and works well.)

For more info go here: ioncamera.com

To see the TEST VIDEO click HERE

MSRP: $299Likes-The External Microphone Input allows user to attach an external microphone to the camera.-The Spot Metering option helps to correct…

MSRP: $299

Likes

-The External Microphone Input allows user to attach an external microphone to the camera.

-The Spot Metering option helps to correct exposure when shooting from dark to bright locations.

-Can shoot at 120 FPS but only at a standard definition of 848×480.

-Time Lapse Feature.

 

Dislikes

-No LCD viewfinder included (Can be purchased separately or purchase Wi-Fi BacPac and link Smartphone application).

-The menu can be difficult to use and understand.

-The camera has limited mounting options without the housing.

-The External Microphone Input is blocked when in waterproof housing. (Skeleton housing exposes external microphone input but unit is no longer waterproof.)

For more info go here: gopro.com

To see the TEST VIDEO click HERE.