Introducing the all new V.I.O. POV HD Camera
It is finally here! V.I.O. has released an HD version of their awesome, tactical point of view camera! As you can see, we are pretty excited about the introduction of the POV.HD, and rightly so… it is opening up some new doors in the world of POV video.
Unique Design with a Purpose
Because V.I.O. is pretty much the founder of wearable video, it seems fitting that they finally release an HD version which, like their previous models, embodies their signature, adaptable and versatile body styling. Designed and built as 2 separate pieces, one the camera head and the other the recording unit, there is no longer fear of camera shake and jittery video! This result comes from the fact that the recording unit is worn on you - away from the location of the camera head, which could be in a place that experiences heavy jolting and movement, such as the handlebars of a bike. Having the recording unit mounted to you means that your body absorbs the majority of any incoming shock and vibration… thus keeping your video nice and still. The POV.HD also comes out of the box with a remote control, offering record, tag and stop functions. Now now matter where you have the camera mounting, controlling it is a snap.
In addition to this, the POV.HD was designed to be totally rugged and able to hold up to some abuse. Its body is dust proof and shock proof, while it boasts a water depth rating of up to 1 meter for up to a 30 minute period. This makes it an ideal camera for rain, snow and overall wet conditions.
HD and Wide Angle = Real LIfe Recording
Of course the V.I.O. POV.HD records in HD! 1080p HD to be exact at 30 or 24fps, while looking through a 142º wide angle lens. This provides superior, clean, crisp imagery while taking in the entire scene, so you miss nothing. If a less wide angle is what you seek, swap down to 720p, in this setting you are recording at 60fps through a narrower 95º field of view. Lastly we have the SD mode, recording in 480p at 30fps, footage is caught at a nice wide 120º field of view. No matter which setting you choose, you are hooked up with an eagle eyed view over the entire scene.
Storage Space, Star Mounts and Sound, oh my!
Ok, heres the deal, the POV.HD has so many great features, but I don’t want to drown you with too much info - so we’re going to quickly burn through some of them… First, storage space… well, this guy can accommodate up to a 32GB SD card, which means more video for you! In 1080p and 720p you can record up to 4.33 hours of video to a 32GB card, whereas in 480p SD mode you can store up to 16 hours! Wild!
Now onto mounts…
A strong and stable mount is critical for all point of view cameras, because there is nothing worse than a shaky mount. The POV.HD utilizes V.I.O.‘s brilliant and innovative “star mounting” system, a totally unique mounting solution on the market. Designed with a special shape, flexible enough to fit onto any surface this mount uses 6 powerful magnets to creates a firm, stable mount perfect for securing it to any metallic surface. This mount is so stable, it provides excellent wind resistance, while giving you the opportunity to mount it to virtually anything, thanks to its genius magnet system!
What more can I say but this: omnidirectional microphone! This means you are getting all the sound you want, with a vast reduction of wind noise, interference and distortion… that is what I call a useful feature. To boot, you are also set up with a built in speaker for immediate audio playback, so you can be sure you said what you meant to say.
Bright Screen, Big City
This is great… the POV.HD also incorporates a nice bright 2” LCD screen… this allows you to view the controls and settings, but also lets you playback your recordings, WITHOUT having to hook the camera up to a computer! This feature makes the V.I.O. POV.HD way too handy for it’s own good!
A bit of a specs rundown, for those of you who don’t like to read too much:
• 1080p/30fps, 720p/60fps, 480p/30fps, 1080p/24fps
• f/2.0 Aperture
• 2m to infinity focal distance
• Monaural Omni-Directional Cable Mounted Mic -40dB sensitivity at 1kHz
• Monaural 8 ohm Mylar Speaker - 0.7W Max
• Battery type: 4 AA
• Max Storage of 32GB SDHC
• 4.33 hour record time in 1080p/30fps, 720p/60fps; 16 hour record time in 480p/30fps - 32GB card.
• 2 inch LCD Screen
• Remote control with Record, Tag and Stop functions
• Standard Clip, Loop or Loop & forward functions. User configurable camera settings.
• Measurements: recording unit: 40mm x 60mm x 167mm; 328 grams with batteries. Camera head: 58 grams. Remote: 24 grams.
So there you have it folks, the rundown on this exciting new camera… of course there is loads more that I could talk about… but if you want to know more… just check out the product page and get the inside scoop on the V.I.O. POV HD.
Watch the POV HD User Guide to see what comes with the VIO POV.HD package
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