Spectators are a driving force behind every great athlete's success. With the advent of mobile communications, there are more ways than ever to get your fans personally involved in the performance or game. Helmet cameras are the latest step in bringing spectators closer to the action. They allow anyone to see the action as the athlete sees it and at the same time. Streaming quality is just one of the features made possible by modern cameras. Before taking a closer look at the feature-rich cameras available now, consider the limits of helmet cameras.
Exploring the Applications
Cameras come in several shapes and styles with a variety of mounts. The basic version is a small eyepiece that attaches to your helmet. It has primarily been used in extreme sports. Updates to this technology that has been around since the 1990s include high definition video and instant streaming. You now have access to panoramic lenses, infrared vision, color transmission and remote camera controls. Helmet cameras are now seen in a large variety of sports, such as equestrian events, mountain climbing, auto and bike racing, and rugby.
The GoPro Hero2 and Hero3 series are the best choices on the market. The Hero2 holds an 11MP sensor and low-light performance lens inside a waterproof housing. A three-way pivot and long-range remote make it easy to catch all the action. Live web streaming and wifi capability make this line of helmet cameras the best for mobile technology. As an added bonus, the housing contains a 3.5mm input for a microphone, so you can share the sounds and your commentary as well as the view.
Oregon Scientific brings you a bullet camera for superior video capture. It starts off with high-definition 1080 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second. 60 frames per second is possible at the 720 pixel setting. The 32MB internal memory is expandable to a whopping 32 gigabytes of external storage. Capture modes include video, photo, and countdown timer. It sounds like less power than the GoPro helmet cameras discussed above, but you'll have more control over the exposure, balance and recording modes.