Best Mountain Bike Gifts: POV Cameras

Cameras Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the Mtbr Holiday Gift Guide! In this economy, money is tight so you will want to be sure that you spend wisely. Our suggestions below are designed to save you time and let you know everything you need to about the different products on the market vying for your hard earned cash. Below is today’s list of top rated picks, and be sure to head back to the Mtbr Holiday Gift Guide main page to see the rest of the gift suggestions to help you this holiday season.

Video cameras for mountain bikers (aka “helmet cams” or P.oint O.f V.iew cameras) are growing in popularity and technology almost monthly! Just a year ago, there were only 2 or 3 serious brands in the game. Now, there are many proven contenders and the features (HD, GPS, 3D, slo-mo, burst mode…) just get better and better.

These cameras provide a way to re-live and share your favorite rides. With a little bit of creativity, maybe YOU could be a YouTube star (or crash dummy!)

Cameras can also be mounted on your bars, on your helmet or even on your chest (with harness). Some riders even get creative with placements on their bikes, including from behind the rear suspension/linkage or my favorite, near the front fork. You should try out multiple positions, as each placement provides a unique “perspective”.

GoPro HD HERO2

Announced just a couple of weeks ago, the GoPro HD HERO2 is backed full of features and is twice as powerful as GoPro’s original HD HERO camera. GoPro is one of the leaders in the industry and it is easy to see why. As an added bonus, with the release of this latest model, all the older models got a price decrease to further help for those “budget-minded” shoppers. Mtbr got an advance look at the GoPro HD HERO2 and we have a complete write-up with sample videos, specs, photos and product analysis here>>

Key Features:
• 11MP Sensor
• 2X faster image processor
• Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Compatible

MSRP: $299.99

Website: http://gopro.com/

Contour+

While GoPro offers many models with many features, there is one feature that they don’t offer….GPS The Contour+ is a POV (point of view) high-definition sports CMOS camera with a 5MP sensor and 2.8″ aperture, that can record video footage in 1080p, 960p and 720p formats, along with GPS mapping information (speed, location and elevation). Read Brian Mullin’s review here.

Key Features:
• Built-in GPS functionality to capture your location, speed, and elevation
• Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps) recording
• 170° wide-angle rotating lens
• External 2.5mm microphone jack
• Live streaming via HDMI
• Use your smart phone as a live viewfinder via Bluetooth
• Water-resistant aluminum shell for extreme environments

MSRP: $499.99

Website: http://contour.com/

Drift HD

Drift (aka Drift Innovation) is another solid player in the POV camera game. The have recently released a new, smaller version of their well regarded HD170 model. The new Drift HD has the same great features and reputation as the 170 but it comes in a more compact design with some added improvements. Like the GoPro, the release of the new model has created a trickle down effect and the older 170 is also now a bit cheaper. We haven’t yet got our hands on the new Drift HD, but we have TWO reviews of the Drift HD 170. Read Lee Lau’s review here and read Brian Mullin’s review here.

Key Features:
• Full HD for creating crystal clear footage
• More compact housing, 4.1 inches and 4.23 oz., 25 percent smaller that its predecessor
• A playback LCD screen for lining up shots and the ability to play back the footage right away
• A remote control to enable you to film what you want to record, not the boring stuff in between

MSRP: $369.00

Website: http://driftinnovation.com/

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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