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2011 Tachyon XC Micro Helmet Camera


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  • One-button operation: Easy to use, worry-free operation
  • High-dynamic sensor and 90-degree wide-angle lens
  • 4-hour battery life with two Energizer Ultimate Lithium AAA batteries (not included)
  • Patented and Shock-Proof Design prevents loss of video
  • Uses from 4 to 32GB MicroSDHC memory cards. Class 6 or higher required.

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Product Description

The 2011 Tachyon XC Micro is the industry's smallest helmet camera with features like water-proofing without an external case, a patented shockproof design, wide field of vision, and superior light-gathering ability. The XC Micro's condensed size combined with its easy to use nature makes it the ideal helmet camera for the adventure enthusiast. Designed for filming action in extreme conditions, the XC Micro comes with a universal mounting system that can connect the camera to goggles, helmets, sporting equipment, dashboards and more to accommodate the many diverse situations users run into. The sheer size, simplicity and extreme ruggedness of the XC Micro will allow users to forget the camera and focus on their sport.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 1.5 x 1.4 inches ; 3.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • ASIN: B0038N072W
  • Item model number: 2011 Tachyon XC Micro
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,179 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 16, 2010

Technical Details

  • Waterproof to 4ATM, 100 ft. - No external case needed
  • Time lapse photo mode - snaps a photo every 2 seconds
  • No DVR needed, record onto an SD card
  • Plug and play with PC and Mac

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Customer Reviews

This camera has great video quality.
E. Maalouf
Also, the 3M dual lock velcro works great, but if you put any on the camera it will no longer fit in the universal mount.
Kyle A. Munz
I can't wait to use it this winter skiing as well.
L. Edlin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Butler on May 15, 2010
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This little camera is a great helmet cam. With the camera in the band of my visor I have hands free recording of fishing that I am making into a series of "How To" videos for my website. The microphone picks up my voice very well with the body of the camera in direct contact with my head. Others voices are distant and generally hard to hear.Video quality is surprisingly good , the range of view is good . There is no zoom or pan and it makes really good quality video for my purposes out to 20'.The waterproof feature is what sold me on the camera and tying it to a line and hanging it from a kite to record Sailfish bites has been it's main purpose in life.No leaks so far.The micro SDHC card is really small and the only way my computer would read them outside of the camera was with a USB adapter.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. Maalouf on March 17, 2010
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This camera has great video quality. It is very rugged and terrific underwater. Great camera for the price and application.
Two things to consider before buying are: Microphone/audio recording and additonal mounts for baseball cap, or headband of some sort.
The microphone is un-useable if you are trying to record a conversation, the rear cover on the camera will have to be left open to pick up any useable audio. But, if you are using it on your motorbike or skiing downhill and don't care much about the audio, then it works great... You can add music or natural sound later...

It comes with one mount and there are no additional accessories you can purchase to mount/affix the camera to something else other than a helmet. If you want to mount it to the top or front portion of your baseball cap, it's not so easy without some additional home made modifications... A miniature tripod with minimum adjustments (leveling for example) would have been very useful as an accessory. Since the camera itself does not have a tripod screw, you cannot mount it on your own tripod..

Another thing to consider is that when you mount the camera on your helmet or any surface such as a tripod, make sure it is leveled, or all your video will be tilted to one side or the other. You won't know that until you finsih filming because there are no video monitoring capabilities on the camera... This is made for ruff, action packed, upside down footage where the location of the horizon is irrelevant... There are no leveling bubbles on this camera but you can level is easily with an external leveler.

Despite the above features or lack of, the camera is excellent for lots of uses.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aekero on June 7, 2010
I bought this video camera to use for recording some mountain bike trails here in Colorado, but I decided to give it a test ride this week on my high powered rc car. I used the velcro dual lock strip they provide to attach it to the car, and I was pleased how well it fit on there. The camera also comes with two other mounts for top or side helmet mounting.

Anyways, I bounced this thing around the backyard for a while with no issues whatsoever, obviously a little jostling doesn't effect this, the picture quality is decent, definitely not hd, but very passable watching it full screen on my computer. The real test came doing some speed runs, I had a mid drive collision with a buddies car at about 40mph, the camera came flying off and went flipping end over end about 40 feet down asphalt. Picked it up fearing the worst, but after I reset the batteries it came to life immediately...that's crazy, I don't know that I've owned any other electronics that could have survived that.

It's not perfect though, I'll run down the features that stood out to me, pros and cons.

Pros:
Rugged - you could probably throw this out of your car on the highway and it'd survive, well built no doubt
Waterproof - haven't put that to the test but it certainly looks like it, I think it's submersible to 30ft or so.
Plug and pull video, i.e. plug it into your computer with provided usb2 cord (non proprietary connection!), and it opens a folder with your avi's sitting right there, very very simple, no software.
Convenient size (fyi tachyon makes a smaller version of this cam too)
Complete instructions online, some people might think this is a con but I like it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Hollaway on May 19, 2010
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Received the camera today. Camera was what I expected, I'm happy with the overall quality of it. There's always room for product improvement but for the low price they ask for this camera I feel quality passes expectations in a positive way.

A few hours after testing the camera, I had to call tech support. They answered the phone in two rings, didn't asked for a ton of information, just what's the problem and how can they help? They were American too!

Anyway turns out batteries were the issue and they figured it out within 30 seconds of the phone call. The tech then spent 15mins extra with me on the phone explaining some rendering techniques and the best types of batteries to use. Note: They recommend Use energizer ultimate lithium Batterys. Plan normal ones I had issues after 2 hours of recording.

I was floored, it's rare in this day in age to be met with quality service.

I recommend this product, and i'm picky.
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