Introducing the V.I.O. POV.HD Advanced Point-of-View 1080p HD Camera
At long last V.I.O. has released a 1080p HD version of their signature camera, offering extreme versatility in filming situations requiring the very best in technology. An ideal choice for extreme sports due to its separate camera head and recording unit, the V.I.O. POV.HD provides stable footage, minimizing camera shake and vibration. With the recording unit mounted to your body, excellent shock absorption is provided, allowing you to excel with your skills, without worry of encountering skipping, jittery video upon review.
If you are a sports junkie who has a thing for showing off your skills to your friends, family and competitors, you've landed on the right page. This extreme camera is prepared to travel to the ends of the globe with you, documenting your adventures, while backing them up with hardcore, quality footage in stunning 1080p high definition format.
But sports are just the tip of the iceberg for this innovative little camera. Thanks to its minimal size, the V.I.O POV.HD is an obvious choice for applications in the security sector, as well as law enforcement and the military. V.I.O is the leader in innovative, wearable video and and was the first company to have introduced helmet cam systems of this caliber for the purpose of capturing hands free video content. V.I.O. boasts a distribution span of more than 60 countries world wide, and with their incredible versatility and streamlined body, they are even becoming a widely used element in major film production.
Sporting the widest field of view on the wearable camera circuit, the POV.HD films through a 142º lens when filming in true 1080p, but the field of view drops to a significantly narrower 95º lens when you swap down to 720p. Also equipped with an omnidirectional mic, the POV.HD captures excellent audio, while boasting a built in speaker, so you can playback what you just recorded to ensure that the sound is up to par.
As if this camera could get any better… oh wait it can! The V.I.O. POV.HD's recording unit has been constructed with a 2 inch LCD screen, which enables you to playback recordings in full color. To boot, it also features an environmental rating of IP67, while its minimal measurements make it the perfect companion for wherever, or whatever, you might be filming.
This rugged camera is easy to use thanks to its fool proof navigation and straight forward controls, but it's also extremely durable, standing up to hard hitting situations with its shock, water and dust proof construction. An extremely versatile option, the POV.HD offers users the convenience of modular mounting and a wireless remote, while the unit conveniently draws its power from 4 AA batteries or Power Hatch.
Get it Right - the First Time
The V.I.O POV.HD camera features advanced software processing, thanks to the inclusion of Texas instruments Da Vinci real-time enhancement. This provides lens distortion correction, vignetting correction and lens softness correction. This is an amazing tool, allowing you to get the shots you want with minimal effort due to a drastically reduced level of error.
Make it Crystal Clear with HD
Capturing crisp 1080p footage at 30 or 24 frames per second, the adaptable V.I.O. POV.HD is also capable of filming in 720p providing nice clear imagery with a buttery smooth flow, thanks to a lightening fast frame rate of 60 fps. In addition to high definition, the POV.HD also provides users with a standard definition mode of 480p at 30fps for those instances where you just need to get it on film. Saving files in H.264, MPEG-4 format, the POV.HD is set up with automatic exposure control and white balance, which enables it to find the most ideal balance, for the filming conditions it's faced with. Providing a bigger sensor for a crisper picture the V.I.O. POV.HD has been built to capture only the best, thanks to the inclusion of its 2.7x1" HD CMOS sensor. Now, every video is as sharp and as clear as real life.
Tailor Your Footage with a Range of Filming Modes
The V.I.O. POV.HD provides the user with four recording methods, so whatever the situation, you have the right tools for the job. In clip mode, you are set up to start and stop recording action from your point of view, while loop mode enables you to capture footage from the past. Loop and forward mode allow you to capture footage from the past as you continue to record footage into the future. Boasting a still image mode in addition to these great film settings, the POV.HD has got your back, no matter what's being thrown at you.
Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed
In POV video, the biggest fear is the unintentional cutting off of elements of the scene that you'd prefer not too. The POV.HD combats this fear with a super wide 142º field of view when filming at 1080p. This means that everything you see is captured, providing your viewers with an accurate depiction of your experience. Meanwhile, when you swap down to 720p, you are provided with a field of view of 95º, which is still wide enough of an angle to take in the elements you don't want to miss. In standard def 480p mode, your footage is captured at a 120º angle of view… so no matter what mode you decide to use, the fear of missing out on any of the action is eliminated. Brightening the scene with an aperture of f/2.0 and a focal distance of 2m to infinity, the V.I.O. POV.HD always ensures the absolute best recordings, thanks to its wide set view on the world.
Stealing the Audio from Every Angle
The V.I.O. POV.HD is hooked up with a cable mounted, monaural, omnidirectional mic, providing exceptional sound, while filtering out excess wind noise and distortion. To increase the usefulness of this feature, the POV.HD is also equipped with a monaural 8 ohm, Mylar 0.7W max speaker. This'll come in handy when you want to play back that audio you just recorded to make sure you said what you meant to say!
Loads of Space for Endless Video
The V.I.O. POV.HD caps out at 32GB of storage - so no matter what you're getting up to, you know you're backed with the storage you need to capture every second of the footage. With recording capacities of 4.33 hours at 1080p (30fps) and 720p (60fps), the POV.HD can also capture up to 16 hours of footage in SD (480p) mode! If you find you need more space… simply toss another SD card in your bag and you are set to go.
Easy to Use and Multi-Functional
Sporting a nice, big 2" LCD screen, the POV.HD allows you to playback your recordings, so you can be sure that the shot you just recorded was framed the way you'd envisioned. With simple navigation and the easy to use controls, this camera is the ideal piece of equipment for any filming situation. In addition to this, the POV.HD also gives you the option to control your recordings with the convenience of a remote control. Perfect for surveillance and security applications, the remote is also a great tool in those situations where fumbling for the recording unit is not an option. Be the best you can be, with minimal effort.
In Field Flexibility
In field editing allows you to tag scenes while recording from either the recorder or the wireless remote control. In addition to this, it also enables you to compile tagged scenes automatically into highlighted clips and in-the-field.
In field exposure control improves video brightness, color saturation and contrast in significantly bright, or grey shooting conditions. This feature also lets you set the exposure metering to automatic, so the camera controls the sampling area.
Durability, Adaptability and Convenience
The V.I.O. POV.HD has been constructed to take on whatever you can throw its way. Constructed with a durable, dust proof and shock proof body this camera can take a beating - so, you can push it hard to capture all the footage you can! The POV.HD also boasts a waterproof rating of 1 meter up to 30 minutes, which makes this camera a great option for playing in the rain, snow and sleet - with no worries.
Lightweight and Compact for Complete Versatility
Weighing in at 328 grams including the 4 AA batteries, the recording unit boasts slim measurements of 40mm x 60mm x 167mm. Attaching to the 58 gram camera head via the 1.5 meter digital A-V cable, this unit provides filming opportunities you could only imagine, before now.
Ultra Stable Modular Star Mounting System
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. Because this mount is so strong, it assists in keeping wind resistance of the POV.HD to an absolute minimum.
Boasting the capability to mount anywhere, the star mounting system even mounts effectively to a baseball cap, so when you are not wearing a helmet, you can still capture footage from your head! Place 3 magnets on the inside of the surface and then let the 3 on the mount meet and stick for an extremely strong hold that won't slip slip off.
Mac and PC Users UNITE!
The POV.HD easily connects to PCs and Macs just like a digital camera and with a few simple clicks, the POV.HD transfers HD video right to your computer. Now all you need to do is drop the footage into your favorite video editing program and edit those movies up like a pro. Share your videos online, with your friends, family or even your competitors… and just wait for the props to roll in!
- POV.HD Recorder with LCD
- Wide Angle Camera Head
- LVDS Cable
- Wireless Remote Control
- Carrying Case
- Mounting Systems (Star Mount & Goggle Mount, plus zip ties and Velcro strips)
- 4GB SDHC Memory Card
- USB Cable
- Analog A/V Cable
- 4 AA Batteries
- Preloaded Tutorials and Quick Start Guide
|Optics||Focal Distance:||Fixed Focus (2.3ft/0.7m - ∞)|
|Aperture:||f/2.0, Relative Illumniation @ Full Field 90%|
|Field of View:||142° in 1080p|
|95° in 720p|
|Video||Resolution Settings:||1080p: 1920x1080 pixels, 30, 25 or 24 fps|
|720p: 1280x720 pixels, 30 or 60 fps|
|Format:||User Configurable MPEG4 or MOV|
|Exposure Control:||User Configurable
Metering: Full Frame or Spot
Exposure Compensation: -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3
|Imaging Hardware||Sensor:||1/2.7" Advanced Native 1080p CMOS sensor, 3.0 µ meter pixel size|
|Dynamic Range:||69 dB|
|Operating Temperature:||-4°F to 140°F / -20°C to 60°C|
|Processor:||32 Bit ARM Microprocessor, 10 Bit Image|
|Mic Type:||Monaural Omni-directional Cable-mounted, -40dB sensitivity at 1kHZ|
|Resolution:||16 Bit Half Duplex|
|Speaker:||Monaural 8Ω Mylar, 0.7W Max|
|Photo||Resolution:||2 megapixel (1920x1080 pixels @ 96 DPI)|
|Capture Mode:||Single Shot|
|Storage||Memory:||SD card, up to 32GB capacity (SDHC)|
|Average Recording Time:||8min/GB (1080p @ 30fps, 720p @ 60fps)|
|Data Handling||File Functions:||Record, Playback, Delete|
|I/O Ports:||SD Cart Slot, USB 2.0 High Speed (Mini-B), Mic-in,
NTSC/PAL Analog TV/Audio Out (Live Stream Capable)
|User Interface||LCD Display:||2" LCD Screen, Resolution 640x320|
|Navigation Controls:||All On Recording Unit, including Quick Mode Select Keys for Recording, Playback, and Set-up Modes|
|Auxiliary Controls:||Unidirectional RF Remote Control with Record, Tag, and Stop Controls|
|Functionality:||Record, Tagging, File Navigation including Select, Playback, and Delte. Recording Configurable for either Standard Clip Capture or Loop Mode. User Configurable Camera Settings via Settings Menu Screens|
|Power and Battery||Battery Type:||4 x AA Batteries|
|Battery Life:||Lithium Batteries: Up to 5 hours|
|Alkaline Batteries: Up to 2.5 hours|
|Size & Mass||Recording Unit:||1.6" x 2.4" x 6.6" / 40mm x 60mm x 167mm, 11.6oz / 328grams
(with 4 x AA Batteries)
|Imaging Head:||2.0oz / 58 grams|
|Remote Control:||.85oz/ 24 grams (with 4x AA Batteries)|
|Digital AV Cable:||Approximately 60" / 1.5 meter length, 4.5oz / 128 grams|
Follow up review Review by Steve
Have had the camera for almost 5 months now and had the 1st camera and power hatch exchanged under warranty after first 2 weeks.
The main camera unit had a connection problem with the cable leading to the camera head and I'd lose the view on the camera screen indicating a loose connection. Same with the power hatch, found out one of the connectors were broken and loose.
Been using the second camera for close to 4.5 months daily and it is working flawlessly with the power hatch as well.
Tried plenty of different rechargeable batteries and can't go wrong with Sanyo Eneloops or the higher capacity Powerex AA batteries (personally have 8 AA of each brand). The Powerex batteries last 3 times longer than the rechargeable Energizers or Duracells I've used in the past and my Eneloops last twice as long as Energizers and Duracells.
Maybe POV cameras can think about providing the high quality Sanyos or Maha/Powerex type batteries because not too many Canadian dealers/suppliers exist for either batteries and I'm sure it'd draw business from flashoholics as well.
(Posted on 8/9/11)
Nice but Problematic Review by Brando
Everything you read about with the features are true. They're great. Crisp video, small camera head (which makes using it tactically all the more easier), lightweight, and plenty of features to make sure your video is going to turn out well.
However, ever since I've had this camera it's been in for repairs twice on the microphone on functioning. Personally I feel the mic is of low quality, but VIO has stated general reasons otherwise. To me sound makes a difference in a video I'm watching.
In conclusion, I think it's worth the risk to purchase and VIO has been very accommodating on repairing my device without hassles or questions. The end result has been very pleasing to me. (Posted on 5/7/11)
Very good system Review by Kryl
Well, it's a very very nice camera. Works flawlessly, excellent video quality.
You just enable loop and forward mode, and you forget it. As soon as you've done something worth saving, you press the remote tag button.
Unlike what VidTex said, most software (Adobe Premiere, FinalCut, for not naming them) have 29.97fps mode and not 30fps. So, VIO, please don't change this.
I agree with him about the extension cable stuff, but I'm pretty sure they are preparing something for the next months or so, since they used to have a tactical offering, where they had an extension cable. So if they are going to replace the POV 1.5 by POV.HD 1.5, they must provide an equivalent sometime in the future.
Anyway, I've no real use of the extension cable for now, and the quality/weight ratio is good so I bring my camera with me every day... who knows what'll happen!
(Posted on 3/17/11)