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POV.HD Advanced Point-of-View 1080pHD Recorder (Black)
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- 1080p 30fps recording
- In-field Editing
- In-field Exposure Control
- Four Recording Methods
- Shock proof Water proof (1m/30min); Dust proof; Environmental Rating: IP67
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|Item Dimensions||7.5 x 3.5 x 8 inches|
|Item Weight||0.72 pounds|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD, SDHC|
|Shipping Weight||2.45 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||AA|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
From the Manufacturer
The POV.HD from V.I.O. is the most flexible, rugged, and easy to use point-of-view HD video system available.
- Tag scenes while recording from either the recorder or the wireless remote control
- Compile tagged scenes into highlight clips automatically and in-the-field
- Exposure Compensation - Improve color saturation and contrast in especially bright or grey shooting conditions
- Exposure Metering - Set the automatic exposure control sampling area
Four Recording Methods
- Clip Mode - Start and stop recording action from your POV
- Loop Mode - Capture footage from the past
- Loop & Forward Mode - Capture footage from the past + continue recording into the future
- Still Image Mode
Shock proof Water proof (1m/30min)
Environmental Rating: IP67
Powered by 4 AA batteries
IN THE BOX
- POV.HD Recorder with LCD
- Wide Angle Camera Head
- LVDS Cable
- Wireless Remote Control
- Carrying Case
- Mounting Systems
- 4GB SDHC Card
- USB Cable
- Analog A/V Cable
- Quick Start Guide
- 4 AA Batteries
- Preloaded Tutorials
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Top Customer Reviews
Having outlined its distinguishing features I must add the customer support received from V.I.O. has, surprisingly, been a complete annoyance. The camera arrived with an SD card not recommended for use (per their Web site) and with a noticeable scratch on the camera head. When this was brought to their attention, they indicated the SD will work fine and if I wanted the camera head replaced I would be responsible for shipping. I was more taken aback than angry since this is their flagship product and sold at a premium price. As I say, the video is quite good but whether you wish to deal with a company having this perspective on customer service is up to you. Given the camera's normal usage, you may well be forced to rely on them one day. I like the camera and have decided to keep it but I wouldn't buy it again. In summary, have you seen the GoPro?
My device came with firmware version 1.17c, which was the latest available on the website at the time.
The included 4GB class 4 card works fine for recording video at both 1080p 30fps and 720p 60fps. It obviously is too small. I briefly tested this device with my Lexar 128GB SDXC card, and it worked. I first formatted the card using the device. I then recorded video. I was able to play back the video using both the card and my computer. I haven't filled this new card much yet, but over time I will.
VIO Customer Care stated that SDXC cards are not supported because they were observed to not work 100% reliably with the device. They said that you might be able to record with such cards, but you might get invalid clips from time to time, and the write speed may be off. Personally I could find no problem at all with it, recording at 1080p 30fps.
I am currently using Sanyo Eneloop XX NiMH batteries, along with a Maha charger. As of the date of this review, when it comes to AA batteries, you simply can't do better than this. I however have yet to make the device use one full battery cycle.
I did once get an error stating that card size or speed was unacceptable, but changing the batteries fixed it. I will see if this happens again.
You can get a 12v power adapter by VIO from the helmetcameracentral website if you search for "PWR-VIO-POVCAR". I've yet to get it. Per VIO Customer Care, it'll work with this device.
It is just not optimal to record video wearing this on the left or right side of your head.Read more ›
I tried this unit for the first time today and it is a HUGE step up over the POV.1 and POV.1.5
The video is insanely clear in 1080p 30 frames per second, and the microphone is much improved. The recording unit is still larger than I'd like, but this is, in my opinion, the best helmet camera system on the market, no question. Viewing video on the LCD is excellent and the interface is improved as well.
It's more expensive than the contour and GoPro units for sure, but it also beats those units in video and audio quality. If you can afford it, it's the best there is.
Still, despite the drawbacks of the large-ish recording unit, this baby get's 5 stars.
The unit operated correctly for three day trips on a UTV. On the fourth trip it stopped recording loops and the loop counter was acting without logic. Sent back twice for the same problem and it's still not fixed, nor do I have it back in my possesion. I have asked for a replacement unit but the manufacturer isn't responding. At one point I was told in writing that "We are thinking it may be a firmware issue that your are experiencing. We plan to address this issue in the next firmware release. I do not have any time schedule I can give you however at the present time on when it will be complete." I have asked the manufacturer for a refund as I have lost interest in owning anything POV VIO manufactures and supports.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well this fantastic peice of junk is sitting in my shed in a box, worked for a week at a time, sent it back 3 times for repairs(never could get it working (ei: gave up and through... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Redcreek
Considering the price back when I bought two of them a year and a half ago, this camera was pretty disappointing. I use them for recording bicycle rides. Read morePublished 17 months ago by William A. Davidson
All the reviews have me worried. I use it for kayak fishing and when I'm coaching football. I stand behind the defense and get a inside run view. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by coach
Ok...well I've really used this camera. I took it on a year long motorbike trip around North, Central and South America. It went through snow, rain, heat, sand... Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Robert
Purchased this camera for an Afghanistan tour. Worked great, battery life was good, video quality was excellent. Unfortunately it was on the seat of a truck that hit an IED. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Pegasus6
I use this camera 1 or 2 weekends per month, I bought this on 2011 and, 2 Metal PINS just are not there!. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Ricardo Ruiz Serna
I bought this camera in August of 2011 and I have never been happy with its performance. VIO claims it delivers "broadcast" quality video, and it absolutely does not, not even... Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by Brian