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Record Your Motorcycle Ride in High Def

  Posted at 08:36:43 AM
  File under  Gadgets
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

We motorcycle riders love to ride our bikes, but when we can't, we love to relive the rides. Many of us tape a specific ride with our video cameras and play them back on the TV at a later stage, or post them on the net for others to enjoy.

Today's HD TVs will show off your motorcycle ride in full glory; high definition, wide screen and superb colors. But... your camera needs to be able to capture the action in the above superlatives, HD, 16:9 and vibrant colors. Most current HD cameras do the job, but have some major defaults when it comes to filming action on a motorcycle. They just were not designed for the job. Excessive vibrations, rain, dust & dirt to name a few, and then most important, size and weight.

If you're going to fix the camera on your helmet, you're going to want it to be light, and easy to place. Duct taping a camera onto a helmet is not a good idea....

vholdr ContourHD camcorder

VholdR Open link in a new window, a US company specializing in wearable cameras, have just released their ContourHD camera. It is billed as world's first and lightest HD wearable camcorder. The ContourHD is equipped to be fitted onto goggles, handlebars and helmets. It weights only 4 ounces.

The High-Def camera films in 16;9 wide-screen format, using the full 1280x720 pixels for HD TVs. You can even increase the filming rate from the standard 30 frames per second, to 60 frames per second, meaning you'll not miss that sweat drop falling from your chin.

The MicroSD card will hold up to 8 hours of action (using 30 fps). The unit is totally self powered, so once you mount it onto your helmet, there are no wires.

The ContourHD can be operated with gloves, since there's only one button. The camcorder uses 2 lasers to align your shot. The camera's body itself if armored and water resistant, so when you take a spill, the camera will continue filming while they take you away in the ambulance.

Cost: US$299.99 (ok, $300).

Click here for more information, videos and photos Open link in a new window.

Via: EngadgetHD

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