The POV.1 is a fully integrated point-of-view (POV) video system that's waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant. The system includes a mountable camera head, built-in video recorder, wireless remote and software for managing your point-of-view videos.
High-quality wearable video camera records with 720 x 480 resolution at 30fps
Ergonomic user interface design enables single-handed operation and hands-free video capture
Modular mounting system provides camera stability while attached to helmets or other high impact gear
Components are shock-resistant, water-resistant and dustproof for use in the most hazardous environments
a Weekend Warrior
from Laconia, NH
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2009
Strengths: Great all-in-one package
High capacity card - can record 5 hour epics no problem
Great image quality
Remote works great
Weaknesses: Not HD
After one year of use, multiple trips, races and so forth, this is still the best camera I have for capturing video.
+ The quality is great, its ability to go from light to dark very quickly, under skiing conditions, on bikes, in cars...
+ Stability of the recording under violent conditions
+ Durability - I have cracked helmets landing on this thing and never hurt it
+ Mounting, Mounting, Mounting - this is such a bonus! Mount it easily on frames, helmets, seatposts, ski-boots, you name it, you can capture it.
+ One of the best lenses. Its sensitivity, color palette, clarity and so forth is top. Very hard to beat. Yes there are HD solutions out there, but size of capture is nothing without lens quality!
Other self contained units are too heavy, too bulky and hard to get good shots with. Teton Gravity Research uses the POV - just look at the quality and proof of concept. The step up would be to go HD with this unit...
Similar Products Used: GoPro, Bullet Cams with regular video camera
Bike Setup: Specialized Epic, Giant Faith 2, Neuvation FC100
a Cross Country Rider
from Houston, TX
Date Reviewed: September 21, 2009
Strengths: It looks nice in its case, comes with a decent amount of accessories.
Weaknesses: If you take it out of its case and break it, be prepared to pay the full amount of the system to have it "repaired".
Steer clear - VIO's customer service is severely lacking.
Purchased a VIO POV 1.5, wore it in a race the following weekend. Had a wreck and the threaded connector to the recording unit slipped a thread on one side so it was cross threaded. When I went to unscrew it, the whole mess stopped working. Called VIO to see how much repairs would cost - I wasn't going to lie and try to sneak in a warranty repair. I wrecked, it was my fault.
Customer service told me the repair would cost, "...$449.95 plus you'll need a new 110 tethered head which will run you $199.95. It's your call...."
Steer clear of the POV - technically a good product, but if you use it as intended and it breaks, don't bother calling VIO - just go buy a whole other brand new unit - at least then you'll have all the extra pieces that come with it.
I'm now stuck with a $600 paperweight. Thanks VIO.
from Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca
Date Reviewed: February 16, 2009
Strengths: Image quality. Durability.
Weaknesses: No indicator on the remote control to let you know if the unit is actually recording or not. Unintuitive interface. Remote does not work when recording unit is in backpack (camelbak). Creates invalid clips. System freezes. No zoom.
It's true. The POV.1 unit has good image quality. However, if it doesn't work... what's the point? The remote does not have an indicator letting you know if the recording device is actually recording or not. The remote does not work if the recording unit is in my camel bak (bad reception?). I have to manually press record, then put it in my pack (WTF?) which creates a lot of unwanted footage. The interface is weak. The buttons are hard to figure out. The recording unit creates 'invalid clips' which is frustrating after you thought you had recorded a killer segment, only to find out later that the recording 'clip' is invalid (unwatchable). Sometimes the recording unit freezes. I have to remove the batteries then reinstall them to re-boot. I sent mine back to Viosport for evaluation... They said that they could not find any problems with it and sent it back to me. So, I guess they all function like this? The POV.1 is grossly over priced. Wait for a better design. Maybe a POV.2? Or, better yet, maybe some other company can design something better and more affordable.
Bike Setup: Intense 5.5 and Intense Uzzi VPX. Shimano XT and Saint. Fox DHX shocks. Mavic 823 wheels. Easton bars.
a Cross Country Rider
from Killeen, Texas
Date Reviewed: January 21, 2009
Strengths: This is a light weight solution to capture that excellent trail footage. It sure trumps having to wield a heavy mini DV Cam and counterweight system atop one's helmet. The recording device can easily be carried in a pouch that you snap onto your camelbak sternum strap. The device records onto SD cards and there is a firmware upgrade to allow up to an 8 MB card to be utilized. Many mounting options are included with the kit. I've already used this system 5 times which is probably twice as many as other solutions I have owned. (email@example.com)
Weaknesses: VIO advetises the camera as wide screen capable. Read the fine print and you'll notice it says that at the highest resolution setting, the cam is capable of a slight widescreen image. This is true; once you import into an editor such as Pinnacle Studio 12, you can see that the editor imports as 4:3 aspect ratio--if the editor forces a 16:9 the image will be stretched--that is for example a round ball will be elongated. There is a work around to get near true wide screen images from this device that are undistorted. The secret is to record one resolution down at 720X400 (rather than 720X480)---the editor will then recognize as undistorted widescreen 19:6.
This is a great light weight no hassle system to capture your rides. Runs on easily obtainable AA batteries and SD cards. I feel it to be the best system for the money given its weight, hassle free operation, and jitter free image. You can search Vimeo (use POV 1 and POV.1 as tags) or search my user name over there (Pete K) to see actual projects shot with this cam. Sony has just released a high def solution--but at approx 2000$ and no mounting solution, that is really for early adopters that want to go through the pain that comes with first editions. Just try the POV 1; I don't think you'll be sorry! Oh yeah, I didn't mention its robustness. Developed in partnership with companies catering to the military this baby is designed to withstand drops to the ground. Five flamin' hot Texas and elsewhere chilis all 'round!!!!! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Similar Products Used: A miniDV Cam which required a cam to be bolted in a protective box to the side of the helmet--see my blogspot for a picture. Very heavy, used it only 2 or 3 times. Also owned a Vio sport helmet cam; maybe used it four times. It required a miniDV cam to be carried in a camelbak or similar carrier--the cords going from the carrier to the cam was a nuisance.
Bike Setup: Specialized StumpJumper Expert Full Suspension circa 2005. Edge 305 and cateye aboard. Waiting to try out my new Exposure Maxx Race light at Terlingua next month (based on Francis's review it was an easy choice).
Date Reviewed: August 7, 2008
Strengths: Very sturdy, good quality image, can handly being in the water, shockfree, many options to attach
Weaknesses: Loses ability to be used in water with external mic, can use only up to 2GB SD cards, cannot zoom, little screw at the bottom breaks off easily (but doesn't influence watertightness), additional software might yet have issues in Vista 64bit
If the lens is faulty and doesn't focus (firmware issue?) VIO will replace it without a problem.
Seems like the best option if you really need to use a cam in harsh conditions. Can handle heavy shaking, water and people that more than occasionally break stuff.
This machine is also used by law enforcement and the army (at least in Holland it is..)
a Cross Country Rider
from Hilo, Hawaii
Date Reviewed: March 9, 2008
Strengths: Easy to use and setup right out of the box. Used for two rides now and havent had any problems, Video quality is great.
Weaknesses: The software stabilization still will not compensate for our extremely technical trails. Not sure if there are any other lens options, but would like a larger field of view. These are still a little more expensive than I would want to pay, but as my boss at the shop bought it for shop rides, I cant complain too much.
As soon as other systems like this begin to come out, these will be a little less expensive. My first video was on a smooth trail and came out wonderfully, the second was an hour race at Kulani and can be a little nauseating at times. I will provide a Google Video link to the second video.
a Weekend Warrior
from Mount Shasta, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: November 12, 2007
The video quality of this unit is great, and when coupled with the overall usability, good recording capacity, out of the box waterproof status, major reduction in cable clutter, built-in LCD, and durability - it makes for a superb wearable video system. This is truly the first helmet cam / wearable video product to get it all right for the consumer market. The packaging, the marketing, the quality, and the usability. It’s just like a camcorder, you buy a box at the store, take it home, and it works! If this product succeeds it means cheaper and better helmet cam systems for everyone.
I'm thinking of getting camera to record video of DH runs. I'm torn between the Go Pro HD with chest mount or the VIO POV 1.5 with goggle mount. Both are the same price. Does anyone have experience of these? Which gives better quality footage (clearly the Go Pro footage is higher def but how about l ... Read More »
I did some searching on this topic and admit I find it a bit confusing. I'm looking to do some basic stuff like edit legth and merge different clips together, add music over the trail noise (so you can hear both), add still pictures to the video in spots, and be able to create a DVD however that is ... Read More »
Posted an ad in the Accessories section for a VIO POV.1
I'm open to reasonable offers.
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Here's a short video I made of a local downhill run using a POV.1 mounted with a goggle mount. While still a bit jerky, it is more stable than mounting the lens on the handle bars. It also keeps the unit further from the ground when I crash (as can be seen about half way through).
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