The Truth about Water Resistance Could Save the Life of Your Baby (POV 1 or 1.5)

A shocking, little-known fact

Did you know that in an office of 20 people, 15 of those people will believe that ‘water resistant’ and waterproof’ mean virtually the same thing. Could this be you? Do you know just how deep your new POV. 1 (or 1.5 ) can go and for how long? This information could save the life of a POV.1 action sports camera. We dive a little deeper, to tell you just what you need to know.

How to Determine if Your Camera is an Amphibian 101

To test electronics for their water and dust resistance we have a handy little scientific industry standard called the IP rating.The POV.1 (and POV.1.5) have an IP67 rating. IP stands for Ingress Protection. The IP rating is used to specify the strength of the enclosure that surrounds electronic equipment and is determined by specific tests.  Each IP rating consists of two numbers that index two separate standards of measurement. The first number represents the degree of protection against solids; the second, protection against liquids. In the case of the POV.1: the ‘6’ means it is totally protected against dust and the ‘7’ means it is protected against the effect of immersion between 15cm and 1m.

‘Waterproof’ means the unit is designed to withstand submersion in water; that the enclosure is impermeable to water. ‘Water resistance’ means that there is some level of protection from water, and possibly submersion under water, but that there are limitations. Even though the POV 1 (1.5) is technically ‘waterproof’ for 30 minutes up to 1 m, there are limitations on that as there is no perfect rating that includes comprehensive testing on how often the component can be submerged and still retain its waterproof rating, and resist corrosion.

If you plan to use the POV.1 in an salt water environment (surfing, kayaking, etc), or plan to submerge it in the water, we recommend that you cover the recording unit with a dry bag.You may also cover the unit in a waterproof compartment or bag, and slip it inside your wetsuit, but please remember, the POV.1 (and 1.5) is not designed for underwater filming, and should only be used with caution.

But can I take my POV snorkeling?

Absolutely! Use the POV.1 or 1.5 cam for awesome capture, in all conceivable adventures on the ground, in the sky or in shallow waters. For underwater diving up to 10 meters we recommend the Liquid Image VideoMask 311 - The world’s only dive mask with an integrated waterproof digital video camera plus still photographs at 5mp resolution.

So why do so many people believe ‘water resistant’ and ‘waterproof’ means virtually the same thing? It’s pretty simple. The words are often used interchangeably and incorrectly, or not properly defined for each industry. That’s why we’re here.

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First Vio POV 1.5 Unboxing Video From Customer

One of our vio pov 1.5 customers posted this video on Youtube unboxing the camera. It was shot using his old POV 1 camera. Sweet. We plan to have our own official unboxing going over all the components inside the box soon with a very cool presenter. We also plan to have a lot more instructional videos of all our cameras soon. So keep coming back to our blog and watch out for them!


The Liquid Image Underwater Scuba Mask Video Camera Explained

You can find our Liquid Image Scuba Mask Camera here. You get a FREE SD memory card with each order.

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The Best Helmet Camera for You?: We compare the VholdR vs the GoPro Hero

VholdR and Go Pro Hero Go Head to Head in the Battle of the Lightweight Helmet Camera Championship!

You ask, and PointofViewCameras delivers; A quick and dirty comparison between the Twenty20 VholdR Helmet Cameraand the Go Pro Hero Wide 5MP Camera. We take the feedback of customers, our own internal gear experts, and even ask the cameras themselves if they’d like to battle it out. Here’s what we’ve got in the lightweight class championship match;Vholdr vs GoPro .

In the VholdR corner, we have the lean, the mean, action sports cam adventure shooting machine, the Twenty20 VholdR for $279.99

  • The VholdR shoots a bit better than the GoPro in low light, (the VholdR is a bit of a lady’s man)
  • The VholdR is a bit more compact than the GoPro, (you won’t find any love handles on this baby
  • The VholdR helmet camera looks sleeker mounted (the GoPro has its own charm)
  • It has a rechargeable battery (nothing’s going to hold this baby back)
  • Laser Beams!!It’s easier to direct the angle you’re shooting at since it has the laser beams (it’s also a fantastic icebreaker for when you spot a cute girl in the woods)
  • Usability!! The Vholdr is very easy to use (it practically runs itself).
  • Memory!! The Vholdr has more memory

In the Go Pro Camera corner we have our little Hero, The Go Pro Hero Wide 5 MP; $139.99

  • The Go Pro Hero waterproof (waterproof casing works well, check out our Go Pro Surf Hero Wide for Surf mounting options)
  • The Go Pro Helmet Camera is cheap (recession-proof, and your buddy on the slopes is less likely to snatch it off your helmet as he races by)
  • Pictures!! You have the option to take a picture every five seconds. (hands-free candid shots of glory)
  • It comes with several mounts, all of which work well. (Mounting Bling From Surf to Motorbike to Helmet to Hat - Check out the Go Pro Helmet Hero Wide and the Go Pro Motorsports Hero Wide)
  • The Go Pro takes AAA batteries, which are easier and cheaper than a re-chargeable battery (and those little batteries are so cute).
  • Durability! ( this baby won’t break - you don’t have to worry about the lens or the button - even when the VholdR gets in a head lock.)
  • Functional Interface (you can erase videos, including those embarrassing clips *before* playing them back to your friends on your computer or tv)
  • Noise settings - The Go Pro Hero has 2 settings; high and low for noise, so you can prevent wind noise (or drown out your buddy if he/she brags to much about the wave or the powder)

Best Helmet Camera in the Lightweight Champion Class Category; VholdR or GoPro - It’s up to you!

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