Tachyon OPS HD Helmet Camera
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- HD Video
- 5.5 Hours Lithium Rechargeable Battery
- Accepts 4 GB to 64 GB Micro Memory Cards
- Shockproofing: Internal shake-proof battery prevents loss of video
- Field Of View: 125° - Wide Angle. Gather more of the action than ever. With the wide angle, there will be a slight fish-eye effect
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|Compatible Devices||Chargeable with any USB-equipped computer|
|Item Dimensions||1 x 1 x 2.9 inches|
|Item Weight||0.08 pounds|
|Media Type||Micro SDHC|
|Memory Storage Capacity||32 GB|
|Mfg Warranty Description Labor||Twelve month manufacturing warranty for parts and labor.|
|Mfg Warranty Description Parts||Twelve month manufacturing warranty for parts and labor.|
|Mfg Warranty Type (i.e. Parts, Labor)||Labor+Parts|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||1.25 pounds|
The Tachyon OPS HD in 720p is the helmet camera from Tachyon, Inc., makers of the world's toughest helmet cameras. The Tachyon OPS HD's patented, shock proof design ensures that users can record in the extreme situations without worrying about their camera. The OPS HD features incredible lightness, strength and a wide field of view. The OPS HD's condensed size combined with its one-button operation and plug-and-play connectivity makes it the ideal helmet camera for the adventure enthusiast. Designed for filming HD action in extreme conditions, the OPS HD comes with mounts for connecting to helmets, goggles, tripods, caps and jackets.
Top customer reviews
This Is the first time I actually used the camera, I was fortunate that it was also a pretty good run for me. 1st game of the day and was a 3 on 3 match. I eliminated all 3 of the enemy players.
The picture is better than I expected I was especially impressed at the quality of the picture when I was running. I move pretty quick and even when spinning around it didn't loose much quality. I uploaded this to FB and the picture isnt as good as it is when I watch it from my computer but I guess thats FB's fault not tachyons. I have a massive PNY 32gig card that is a class 10 I bought from best buy. I would recommend a high quality card that is a class 6 or 10 dont buy them online cuz there are so many bootlegs out there that say they are class 6 or 10 but are really class 2. spend at least $40 on a card and you will be fine.
I ordered this camera from www.amazon.com but since amazon didn't have the Plastic Shell (impact armor) for sale I bought that from the tachyon website. Since I have prime shipping I got it on Friday and custom mounted it to my mask that night was ready to shoot video that Saturday morning. The Impact armor hadn't arrived and I was a little afraid that I would damage it that day but I did have the water resistant rubber shell(which comes with the camera)on it. I bet that the water resistant shell works as well as the impact armor does really, it has a fairly thick plastic lens cover on it and the rubber covers the whole camera. I didn't take a hit directly to it so I cant say for sure how well it would protect from a direct hit but I can say that it did a excellent job keeping the camera lens and all clean from the splattering paint that was covering me.
I will upload a sample video and a picture of the camera on my mask.
Here's the low down
Very small size (might be the smallest there is for HD)
Has a time lapse still picture setting that is pretty cool
Comes with several mounts and rain proof cover
Tons of accessories availible (gun cam mounts, impact armor, chargers ect...)
Uses micro SD cards. (I recommend a Class 10 sandisk or a PNY from a brick and mortar retail store) beware of bootlegs online
Easy to use - turn on/off, upload ect.
Rechargeable internal battery
Battery is said to last up to 4 hours on a charge
Can mount in many positions
Body is square so you can set it on something and have good level shot and it wont roll around.
No cords coming off it unless you are charging the camera or uploading video
Cons: (None really but I will try)
The picture quality is not as good as some of the other HD cameras out there but considering that it is half the price that is reasonable.
It would be nice if Tachyon would offer a lens cover that you could get to zoom the image. I only say this because when I shoot someone I can see it clearly and easily through my eyes but every thing looks far away in the video. ((Wide angle lens)this is typical of helmet cams)
- Comes with multiple mounts for many uses
- Mounts are made pretty cheap
- A lot of flickering in video
- Only records in 720p and not in 1080p
If you'd like to see it in action, check out my youtube series. However, keep in mind that I had to process it to a smaller size for uploading to youtube, so the resolution is not clear in some of the earlier ones. I figured out how to keep the quality up in the later ones (by experimenting with different settings in Quicktime).
Anyway, this is a great camera and I recommend it for anyone who would like to mount a tiny camera on top of their helmets while riding.
I plan to use the cam on a 2-day ride in March, and a 3-day ride in April. The battery uses a usb connect to charge; I'll be using my Galaxy Tab to recharge it while stopped at the campground.
For $150 you can't go wrong. The small size makes for less wind resistance than a GoPro cam, a major consideration for me.
If you record at highway speed, playback is not smooth, even with a class 10 micro SD card. I'm guessing the camera's processor just can't transfer all the data as fast as it needs to. Resolution is great however. I am curious how a similarly priced GoPro camera would compare in smoothness.
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I had it returned and received another unit which has even more problems .Read more