Vievu Wearable Digital Camera First Look, A Hands Free Version Of The Flip

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Most wearable video camera casings make it pretty obvious you are wearing a camera, they look like cameras or have an obvious video lens attached. Not the Vievu wearable video cam. This camera is the size of a pager (remember those?) and you clip it to the front of your shirt or jacket. It’s very unobtrusive and nobody knew I was wearing a camera when I tested it during shopping and at a coffee shop.

I’ll post a video sample here eventually. The video I shot was in daylight and the colors were vivid and sharp.

One of the markets the Vievu serves is the for use by security and law enforcement wishing to capture their daily events or protect themselves from liability. The other uses are more personal. Recording family picnics or parties seem like logical uses. Imagine it as a Flip camera you don’t have to hold in your hand and even easier to use. There is a single large record on/off button that also covers the lens when not in use. That’s it!

Vievu makes two units the Vievu PVR-PRO and the Vievu PVR-PRO 2.

The unit I reviewed and in the photo is the Vievu PVR-PRO.
It has:

  * 1 hour of recording
  * 1 GB memory
  * Waterproof housing

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The pro unit has better low light capability and 4gb memory for 4x recording time.

The PVR-PRO goes for $299. We’ll have more coming soon.

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Top 4 Reasons Not To Make Your Own Helmet Cam

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Found the photo above on the interwebs.

When will people ever learn not to make their own helmet cams?
Yes, it’s laughably ugly but more seriously here are 4 good reasons why you should not make your own helmet cam besides looking like a dork wearing one.

1) Drilling holes in your helmet weakens the structural integrity of the helmet. The reason you use a helmet in the first place is to protect your melon. Wearing this is taking chances with your life if you ever get into an accident.

2) Screw up by drilling in the wrong place? Whoops, there goes the helmet; can’t return it now. The warranty is void.

3) Consumer or even prosumer digital cameras are not meant for shooting point of view action sports, their plastic casings will disintegrate into tiny plastic shrapnel when dropped. We’ve seen it. Take into account most of these cameras are not weatherproof or shock proof. Chances are you are going to find yourself with a dead camera if you end up in the rain or the bike trail turns out to be bumpier than you imagined.

4) No ultra wide angle. Most consumer digital cameras only provide a 65 to 75 degree angle of view at their widest. To capture more of the scene and provide a real immersive video with a sense of speed you need a much wider lens. POV cameras come with anywhere from 90 to 170 degree angles of view. This extra angle puts the viewer right “in the action”, something missing from the regular cameras.

Point and shoot cameras have their place at parties, portrait shoots or still scenery shots. They don’t belong on the helmet of a motocross bike going 50 miles an hour along a mud splattering trail in pouring rain.

Those elements are best left to the special features unique to point of view cameras.

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A Typical Day At The Office, Over $2500 Worth Of Pov Cams

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Our workbench the other day. This is what it looks like when you’re playing with and testing pov cams for a living. On the bench, a vholdr wearable camera, pov 1.5, pov 1.5M moto, Firecam FC II, and the gopro helmet hero. Also on the table are a bunch of extra straps, mounts, SD memory cards and of course batteries galore.

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In May 2009, Underwater Photography Will Be Revolutionized

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The Macintosh is introduced to the world.

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The world’s first digital SLR camera.

There have always been revolutionary technologies.

THIS is one of them.
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The world’s first full HD underwater scuba mask camera from Liquid Image.

At the end of May you will see a game changing waterproof camera beyond anything you have seen before.
This is the first of a continuing series on the introduction of a whole new line of high definition scuba cameras. Come back soon for more details on pricing and models with large high res photos.

Strap yourself in and be prepared to be shocked.

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