Introducing the all new V.I.O. POV HD Camera



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V.I.O. POV.HD. Click for larger image.

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.

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V.I.O. POV.HD. Click to see larger images.

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.

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V.I.O. POV.HD. Click to see larger images.

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!

Sound:

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


Questions or comments? Leave them below.


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Comments

By Nebojsa
01 11 2010 at 11:16 AM

how long do the 4 batteries AA last?


By PointofViewCameras
01 11 2010 at 11:50 AM

In terms of battery life, you are looking at the following:

Lithium: Up to 5 hours in HD modes, up to 12 hours in SD.
Alkaline: Up to 2.5 hours in HD modes, up to 8 hours in SD.


By windswept
02 11 2010 at 06:57 AM

I invested in a POV.1 about 2 years ago (for about $900!) but haven’t used it at all since I got a GoPro HD Hero as HD has quickly caught on. I have waited & hoped a long time for an HD upgrade from VIO - its design is preferable in many instances. However,  I am very disappointed that it is NOT an upgrade to the POV.1 recorder unit - you have to get a whole new recorder and all!? I am afraid I will have to dump my VIO & accessories & stick with GoPro (could buy a couple at the VIO’s price).


By Dave
02 11 2010 at 04:36 PM

Will the 1.5 be upgradeable for us that own that model?


By Dave
03 11 2010 at 08:36 AM

Will the 1.5 be upgradeable to HD?


By JHoward
03 11 2010 at 12:21 PM

Why do you announce the HD this early against VIO will?


By PointofViewCameras
04 11 2010 at 05:29 AM

@windswept VIO has completely re-designed the electronics inside the POV HD recording unit and that’s why it’s not possible to simply upgrade your POV 1 or POV 1.5. Good news is most of the accessories such as mounts, chest harness, H2O bag etc.. will work with the new camera. Only thing that will not work is the old cables as the camera head is brand new. And you are right, the VIO design is preferable in many instances.


By PointofViewCameras
04 11 2010 at 05:38 AM

@ Dave, see my comment to @windswept above


By PointofViewCameras
04 11 2010 at 05:42 AM

@JHoward We announced the POV HD on November 1st which was the day of V.I.O’s official release. It was pretty hard to hold back though… since we had the product info for week prior to November 1st. We are one of VIO’s key partners and would never release anything without their consent.


By Tee
04 11 2010 at 10:27 PM

way to go VIO. been waiting for an HD cam, gopro and contour are not true HD. you get what you pay for it seems, can’t wait to receive my pov.hd


By PointofViewCameras
05 11 2010 at 08:24 AM

@Tee - we are all stoked about the V.I.O. POV.HD, with its versatile design and true 1080p HD.

But the ContourHD 1080p and the Contour GPS, as well as the GoPro HD Heros all record in True 1080p HD as well, you can also pare down the resolution to 720 and SD… but they are capable of true HD no question.


By Rey
07 11 2010 at 02:26 AM

Any video samples at all?


By PointofViewCameras
08 11 2010 at 10:07 AM

@Rey - None yet! As soon as we get them in stock and have demos to play with, they will be up for sure though!


By graeme
09 11 2010 at 02:18 PM

Hi would be able to give me the camera head dimension across the outside of the lens.. I don’t see any lens protectors on line and need to know how to protect lens before I purchase one. I have pov 1.5 and have aluminum housing to protect camera head with lens protector attached to this.


By PointofViewCameras
09 11 2010 at 03:31 PM

@graeme - unfortunately the manufacturer information we received does not contain the dimensions of the camera head! I will look into this and see what I can find out. It seems like an odd bit of info to leave out.


By Ben
10 11 2010 at 11:58 AM

Seems weird that you get a narrower view angle with 720p. Every other HD POV camera you get a wider field of view when you switch to 720p.

And although this new VIO sports a 142-degree lens at 1080p, the GoPro shoots at 170-degress at 720p.

With POV cameras, the wider the better. The wider your field of view is, the less jittery the footage is. Plus, you get to see more (ski tips, hands, gear, trail, etc).

VIO dropped the ball on this one in my opinion. Not only are they late to the game (like, a year late), but they didn’t do enough to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack.

Sorry, not spending $600 on a POV camera when there are better, less expensive ones.


By SledNeck
12 11 2010 at 02:01 PM

What is the video format?  Will it be directly compatible with Premiere Pro CS5?  One thing I hated with my POV.1 was having to transcode to an intermediate format before I could use it in my NLE.


By PointofViewCameras
16 11 2010 at 03:44 PM

@Ben

V.I.O. hit a variety of applications with this camera, many of which requested the narrower field of view. All features on this camera system were a direct result of customer feedback. Unlike any of their competitors they can also release a new camera head at any time to introduce ANY field of view necessary…

In terms of comparing an HD Hero from GoPro and the V.I.O. POV.HD, it is like comparing apples and oranges… V.I.O. produces high end, professional grade equipment, that stands alone in quality, durability and versatility. These cameras designed for a professional clientele and have a specific niche. GoPro’s, being at a much lower price point are accessible to anybody and yes, they are great cameras. But a comparison between the two is pretty hard to constructively accomplish.

A 142 degree lens is pretty wide. The nice thing about this is that it still captures all of the scene, without an overly heavy fisheye effect. You still get that extreme wide angle field of view and it is actually even wider than the Contour cameras come to think of it - which still record the entire scene extremely well. GoPro’s record at a much higher angle of view, but the narrower field of view really doesn’t make a very noticeable difference.

I would suggest digging a little deeper into this camera before passing too much judgment right off the bat because it holds such an integral place on the market. The amount of research and production that go into these cameras provide an incredible quality that really is difficult to surpass.


By PointofViewCameras
16 11 2010 at 03:46 PM

@ SledNeck

The POV.HD produces an H.264 MPEG4 format. According to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5’s help page, this file format is compatible.


By Victor
18 11 2010 at 03:16 PM

@PointofViewCameras

Sorry, but as a long-time user of POV 1 and then POV 1.5 cameras I have to disagree with your statement of “V.I.O. produces high end, professional grade equipment, that stands alone in quality, durability and versatility”.

While the build quality of the recording unit is excellent, there were a few serious flaws that made me abandon this “professional grade equipment” for one of their major competitors already mentioned in this thread.

My major complaint about the video quality is that POV units lag big time adjusting to rapidly changing light conditions, which is crucial in action sports.

The video head attachment to the cable is another disappointment. Even though I am extremely careful with my video equipment, I have managed to twist the attachment socket while unscrewing the cable which instantly killed the video head.

I hope they addressed these issues in POV.HD. I would even give it another try if they made the POV 1.5 firmware upgradable to POV.HD or had some kind hardware exchange program for people like me who invested tons of money in their equipment.


By PointofViewCameras
19 11 2010 at 11:03 AM

@Victor By “professional grade” we mean for a wearable camera in the $250-$600 range. And yes, VIO has addressed all of the shortcoming of the POV 1 / 1.5 in this latest camera design.

Auto Exposure:
Take a look at this just released show case video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tuwyHtdlI8&hd=1
Wouldn’t you agree that the autoexposure does a great job at adapting to rapidly changing conditions?

The cables for the POV HD are new so I’m expecting those interconnects to be improved. One reason why they use the locking connector is to make the unity waterproof to IP 67 spec (1m for 30 minutes)

Does that help?


By Todd
14 12 2010 at 11:51 AM

This website is so awesome cause my gopro had free shipping and it came in like 2 days !!!!!!!!


By PointofViewCameras
14 12 2010 at 12:04 PM

@Todd Good to see you got your order in no time!
Share some footage with us on FB when you have a chance to play with it: http://www.facebook.com/pointofviewcameras


By Ivan
19 12 2010 at 04:32 AM

Is there an extra extension cable between the recording unit and the camera head (around 5-6 meters between two parts on the market?


By PointofViewCameras
20 12 2010 at 10:04 AM

@Ivan We suspect VIO will be offering the 1.5 m and 5 m cables just like they do for their POV 1.5 camera. Let us look into it for you. We will post a reply here as soon as we find out.


By Peter
21 01 2011 at 03:38 PM

Hi VIO,

Just received the new VIO POV HD, and I’m very exited to bring it into use (mostly with snowboarding, cycling, kayaking, mountaineering and windsurfing).

As to the last activity (windsurfing) I plan to place the camera head in the tops of the masts, and consequently I’ll have to extend the cable between the recorder and the camera head.

The question: Do the POV Extension cables (3.5 metres or 1.5 metres) fit with the POV HD system? Only the POV.1 and the POV.1.5 is mentioned in http://www.vio-pov.com/products-all/pov-extension-cable-3-5m.html .
Best Regards
Peter

——

Peter:

Thank you for using our products!

The POV.HD does not function well with extension cables. We have found video quality will degrade severely and in some cases your video will not record.  This is why we do not recommend extending the POV.HD beyond its standard 1.5m cable length.  If you need the extra length, we would recommend you use a 1.5, or find a way to mount the recording unit to the mast as well, which is possible. 

Regards,

VIO Customer Care
Eric Sundell
V.I.O., Inc.


By Glenn Gorham
03 02 2011 at 03:54 AM

Just got my new POV HD to replace the POV 1.5
One issue is no protective lens covers as an accessory in dirt track racing these are a must .

The other issues is intermittent message with camera head not detected, will be playing with in the weekend to see if this is a fault in the camera head


By Tee
16 02 2011 at 03:43 PM

@Glenn Gorham - did you resolve the issue with the no camera detected message? mine did the same after functioning properly for the first few minutes. if I put new batteries in, it will work for a while until I shut it off. turn it on and get the same message, no camrea detected. not amused….


By Adam
25 02 2011 at 04:50 AM

Hello all, I have been wanting to buy a POV camera and thought that VIO is the way to go.I of course I want the HD model but I have been reading and watching youtube video comments on the unit and have seen that many who have purchased this device have had some “bugs” with their POV HD like the comments above about the “no camera detected” message and possible problems with the firmware?

I guess what I am trying to say is: would it be worth my time and money to buy the POV HD now or wait a while until the “bugs” get worked out? any suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated!


By Louis
26 02 2011 at 06:13 AM

Hello,

I’ve been looking all around to find the resolution of the photos stills the VIO pov HD takes.

Can you help me?

Best regards


By PointOfViewCameras
28 02 2011 at 10:19 AM

@Adam
We have been seeing some similar reviews as well and believe that some of the initial issues may be rectified with a firmware update. We just received our first POV.HD and are working on an initial review to give our own impressions.

V.I.O. is a trusted and established brand so if you were to get a camera now, you can be assured that any significant issues will be addressed. You may however prefer to wait and see how things pan out once more people get a chance to use the camera and the product is in stock for immediate shipping.


By PointOfViewCameras
28 02 2011 at 12:39 PM

@Louis
The POV.HD takes 2.0MP Still Images at a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels at 96 DPI.


By BobbyBrown
13 03 2011 at 01:12 AM

I too have had the issue with the intermittent “no camera detected” message. VIO this is not on. My POV 1.5 used to randomly switch off and not save your footage (that was an “invalid clip message”). I thought VIO had ironed out all these bugs - it may be acceptable for a £200 unit but not for one costing £500!!!!


By Ivan
13 03 2011 at 10:37 PM

How are things now with the “bugs” and “no camera detected” messages?

And what about extra extension cables? any progress in this issue? I really need the extension above 1.5 m
If not - what is the range for the wireless remote control?


By PointOfViewCameras
14 03 2011 at 01:41 PM

@BobbyBrown
V.I.O. has identified a couple of issues on the POV.HD which are explained below:

For those who have experienced the intermittent “No camera detected” message, this is occurring when battery life is low, the alert appears and the unit needs a reboot and fresh batteries. This issue will be fixed on the next firmware release. 

In some cases, the frame rate may drop to 17-19 FPS when the SD card is not formatted on the POV. If you are experiencing this problem, please ensure that you format your SD card through the POV unit’s menu and and NOT on a PC/Mac.


By PointOfViewCameras
14 03 2011 at 01:46 PM

@Ivan
See above for information about the “No Camera Detected” error.

In regard to using extension cables, V.I.O. has indicated that the POV.HD does not function well with extension cables and that video quality will degrade severely or may not record and do not recommend extending the POV.HD beyond its standard 1.5m cable length.

The RF remote is tested to work within 5 feet of the recording unit.


By Matt
14 03 2011 at 11:54 PM

New batteries, 32g card formatted from the devise, new unit.  This is the second unit which was replaced by the first unit which lost video, no camera detected, and total system crash just last week.  Now while only testing this new replacement unit over the weekend by it simply sitting on my desk prior to actually getting to use it during Tuesday’s flight lesson.  No camera detected which stops the recording intermittently & erratically without warning. WTF!  UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE NOW because this is NOT COOL!  However, VIO has excellent customer service and sent the replacement next day air.  But…... Here we are again….........>:/


By PointOfViewCameras
15 03 2011 at 10:35 AM

@Matt
V.I.O. has stated that the No Camera Detected issue would be fixed in the next firmware which is still underway. The next upgrade should hopefully be out within 1-2 weeks.


By Ivan
23 03 2011 at 03:20 AM

PointOfViewCameras

would there be any extension cable for the 12V power lead?


By PointOfViewCameras
23 03 2011 at 09:58 AM

@Ivan
The V.I.O. Power Hatch uses a standard SAE connection to connect the hatch to the CLA or Hard Wire connectors. So you could use a standard SAE Extension cable to increase the length if needed.


By Ringo
25 03 2011 at 05:06 AM

How well are VIO HD in low light?
How low lux vs. contur-HD
Cant find the spec. lux #.## ???


By PointOfViewCameras
25 03 2011 at 08:42 AM

@Ringo
The POV.HD’s imaging hardware has a sensitivity of 3300 mV/(lux-sec). Contour doesn’t have specifics on sensitivity.

Both cameras will work well in low light conditions, but results may vary based on the adjustments made to the lighting settings which both cameras offer.


By Ringo
26 03 2011 at 11:00 AM

How do i compare a sensitivity of 3300 mV(lux-sec) of the POV, to what others eg. sony, canon use for lux sensiivity - say 4 lux for a sony handycam?


By PointOfViewCameras
28 03 2011 at 03:11 PM

@Ringo
mV refers to Luminous emittance. There is no way to easily convert mV/(lux-sec) to Lux but we have contacted V.I.O.‘s technical support to see if they can provide the sensitivity spec in Lux similar to the POV.1.5 or other cameras. We’ll post it as soon as we hear from them.


By PointOfViewCameras
29 03 2011 at 08:32 AM

@Ringo
We heard back from V.I.O. and unfortunately they weren’t able to give us the sensitivity specification in Lux and only the mV rating of 3300 mV/(lux-sec) is available.


By Narbs
01 04 2011 at 02:48 AM

Bought mine this week and upgraded to firmware v1.09.  A few quick comments… Receiving ‘camera head not detected’ messages, fresh batteries or not, although it resolves (so far) after 1-2 starts.  Agree with previous posters - this is poor form!  I await the firmware update.  Also why are the lines engraved on the back end of the camera head offset from horizontal by about 30 degrees? It would make levelling the head easier if they were.  On HD I am getting under 2 hours on a set of Duracells (I will experiment if different data rates affect that) and finally, after paying all this money, why don’t VIO throw in tripod and pipe mounts, they must only cost a dollar to make?


By martin
14 04 2011 at 05:47 PM

What is the diameter of the outer lens


By PointOfViewCameras
19 04 2011 at 12:59 PM

@martin
The diameter at the camera head’s widest point is 35mm. The outer glass lens cover is 32mm.


By Paul
24 04 2011 at 10:02 AM

Some interesting info here.

I am wondering why there is a time limit of 30 minutes for the water sealing? If the seals can stand the water pressure at 1m then what happens after 30 minutes?

I was thinking about doing some videos for a fisherman friend. The hook would not be below 1m for the video but the camera may need to be under water for a while waiting for the bite.


By Robert
24 04 2011 at 10:12 AM

I have the same “Camera not detected” error. It never sees the camera fresh batteries or not. It worked for the first few hours and just quit. I have the 1.09 firmware and LOTS OF DISAPPOINTMENT. I left an email with Vio’s support on the website and am waiting for a reply…


By PointOfViewCameras
26 04 2011 at 09:23 AM

@Paul
The POV camera head is rated at IPX-7 which means it’s Ppotected against water immersion for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter. Longer exposure could result in water seepage and damage the camera.


By PointOfViewCameras
26 04 2011 at 11:11 AM

@Robert
This is a known issue and is usually resolved with the steps you’ve taken. If you’re still having problems, disconnect the camera head, remove the batteries and SD card, then connect everything back up to see if that resolves the problem. If not, and the problem is persistant, the unit may be defective and would be covered by warranty. If you purchased it from us, please contact us to assist you with an exchange.


By David
14 06 2011 at 05:58 PM

I’m considering switching from the Contour HD because of the angle of the FOV.  The Contour HD is 135 degrees and is too wide.  I read somewhere that in 720 mode, the angle of the POVHD is 90 degrees?  Is this true and what differences will I see upon playback? 

I’m planning on using it for paintball and the wider angle makes everything look so far away in the woods.


By PointOfViewCameras
15 06 2011 at 08:55 AM

@David
The POV.HD’s field of view is 142° in 1080p and 95° in 720p. With the ContourHD or ContourGPS, you can drop the FOV from 130° to 110° by filming in 1080p. The lower field of view will cut out the outer frame and objects will look slightly larger.


By Iain
24 06 2011 at 03:32 AM

Could you tell me what voltage the POV HD unit runs at? I’m currently attempting to look for a rechargeable Lithium battery pack. I work 12 hour shifts and I use the unit quite regularly for work in Loop mode. I’m trying to find a battery pack that can extend the hours of operation without having to change the AA batteries mid shift. Any ideas would be good. Thanks.


By PointOfViewCameras
24 06 2011 at 09:51 AM

@ Iain
The POV.HD can use 4 AA alkaline, rechargeable NiMH, or Lithium batteries or be used with the Power Hatch that can be connected to a 12V vehicle power source through the cigarette lighter adapter or directly to the battery.


By Rob
05 07 2011 at 08:07 PM

Hi
any update on extension cables for the pov hd?

I would like to upgrade but 1.5 m cable length only is a real deal breaker for me. I would need the 5 m that that you can get with the pov 1 or 1.5

Thanks


By PointofViewCameras
06 07 2011 at 01:29 PM

@Rob
According to V.I.O, the POV.HD does not function well with extension cables and the video quality will degrade severely and in some cases your video will not record.  We do not recommend extending the POV.HD beyond its standard 1.5m cable length.


By Rob
09 07 2011 at 05:09 PM

Thanks for the update on cable length
but my question was aimed at if there are any news from VIO that they might adress this question and will present a fix for the cable lenght problem soon?


By PointofViewCameras
11 07 2011 at 10:03 AM

@Rob
According to V.I.O., product development for an extension cable that will work with the POV.HD is currently in the works, but they do not have any further details to offer at this time.


By Adrian
26 07 2011 at 06:39 PM

I am seriously looking into purchasing the POV HD but have concerns regarding some of the issues raised here. Definitively, have the “no camera detected” and file saving issues been corrected?


By Steve
27 07 2011 at 02:58 AM

Good because that is a major issue for a lot of people not mounting it on their head - i could mount the old pov on my plane wing/tail and control from inside - dont want to stick the whole recording unit on the outside and not be sure if its recording!!


By PointofViewCameras
27 07 2011 at 01:34 PM

@Adrian
V.I.O. has released a few Firmware Updates for the POV.HD since it was originally released which corrects many of the issues previously expressed in these comments.


By Mark Mulders
04 08 2011 at 08:35 PM

Hope the extension cable for the POV HD will come soon.
I use the POV 1 in a boat, high on a pole, and like to upgrade to the POV HD. Is it certain VIO will bring it out? If not there’s no use for me to invest in a new camera.


By PointofViewCameras
05 08 2011 at 09:55 AM

@Mark Mulders
The cable on the POV.HD is the same as the POV.1 and POV.1.5 so there wouldn’t be any difference to the extension cables used. However, if you were to use an extension cable with the POV.HD video quality will degrade severely and in some cases your video will not record.


By James
01 10 2011 at 04:25 AM

Ive had my pov.hd for a while now and recently upgraded to the v1.12 firmware. At 720p it went a whole day with no problems, however i switched to 1080p and “camera not detected” apeared! Now everytime i power the unit up it works for 30 seconds, the image freezes and then says the above error message regardless of ressolution etc… It seems the first change to 1080 since the update has rendered it useless! Has anyone else experienced this? Also while im here, the top part of my picture has always been blured whilst the bottom is crystal clear… Anyone know why this may be?


By PointofViewCameras
03 10 2011 at 07:09 AM

@James
We suggest upgraded to Firmware v.1.17. If you continue to have problems with the camera head not being detected and blurry areas on the video, this may indicate a problem with the camera head or recording unit and should be covered by warranty. If you purchased the camera from us, please contact us so we can get this sorted out. If you purchased from another retailer, please contact them or V.I.O. directly for a warranty claim.


By Marc
01 12 2011 at 05:00 AM

I handled the connector of my Vio Pov 1.5 quite carefully, unfortunatelly did not mention this when lending it to a friend. Result: Pins were bent and no way to fix it.

Does anybody know what kind of connector (specification) is used to connect the camera head to the recording device ? I would like to give it a try to “repair” it, before I buy a new camera head for 200,- € ( price in germany)

Thanks for your help,

Marc


By PointofViewCameras
01 12 2011 at 10:03 AM

@Marc
The V.I.O. POV uses a LVDS Cable to connect the camera head to the recording device.


By Narbs
03 12 2011 at 10:17 PM

I gave a review back in April and said I’d give an update later… and here I am.  Regarding batteries - it sounds counter-intuitive but use NiMh rechargeables and you will get longer life.  Something to do with their internal resistance being lower, in my experience they give way longer runtimes than Duracells in the POV HD.  And with latest firmware, I don’t get ‘head not detected’ errors any more. Overall, I’m happy with the POV HD and would recommend it as a high-end cam if you want good sharp video.


By Ryan
17 04 2012 at 10:52 AM

Does anyone know of at least some sort of lense protection, even if it’s not specifically for the POV.HD, that with work with the camera head. I would very much like to purchase the system but it would be used in an high impact environment and I can’t justify spending $599 for something that I can’t protect.


By mao_03
01 08 2012 at 10:47 PM

Reading that the distributor claims to put it to use in Windsurfing pushed me to try it also. So I used it once for windsurfing shots and the camera ingested water. On a camera in this price range, advertised as IP 67 1m up to 30 minutes under water. So I send the camera back to the reseller and months later they come back with a simple “Sorry, no!”
I’m not yet through with them and don’t want to jump to quick conclusions so this much for now. If you plan to use it in water be aware that it may not comply to its specification.


By mao_03
03 08 2012 at 03:31 AM

short update of my previous comment. After a short email ping pong the retailer called me and offered me to replace the defective recording unit.
Summing up. A camera system in the upper price range but worth the money, only needs a little care when using it in or near water. Probably the waterproof pouch is a good investment.


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