Helmet Cams and POV Sports Action Video: This consumer video category includes the light rugged and portable video cameras which can mount to helmets, skis, arms, chest, etc. They are typically water and snow resistant as well as shock resistant. They also must be very lightweight so they can mount to a ski or snowboard helmet without hindering mobility or one's coordination and balance during actions sports activity. All helmet cam or "Point of View" (POV) video cameras listed are HD compatible:
Apple iPhone 5 and the Mophie Outride case
Mounts by Fat Gecko recommended.
GoPro Hero 5: Black
HD Resolution: 4k (FPS: 30, 25, 24), 2.7k (FPS: 60, 50, 48, 30, 24), 1440p (FPS: 80, 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24), 1080p (FPS: 120, 90, 80, 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24), 960p, 720p (FPS: 120, 100, 60, 50), 960p, 720p, WVGA
Still Images: 12 MP
Battery: 1220 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion
Features: Video time lapse (0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 sec), Wi-Fi for view control by mobile device or GoPro control, micro SD, voice control, USB-C, micro HDMI, RAW and WDR photos
GoPro Hero 4: Black (discontinued)
The Hero 3 is available in the "Black", "Silver" and "White" editions with the "Black" edition having the most features.
Features: Waterproof case. Leader in the compact portable sport video camera field.
GoPro Hero4 Session shown
Live streaming video transmission (and recording). Uses cellular 4G mobile cell phone technology and Android OS. Add sim card (LTE-FDD/WCDMA) and stream. WiFi, Blue tooth.
Action Cam HDR-AS10 or HDR-AS15 (with Wi-Fi)
This camera is a game changer in this market due to image stabilization enabled by their BIONZ processor and algorithms brought in from their DSLR line. Image stabilization does reduce the field of view from 170 to 120 degrees.
The menu system and buttons you have to press are not user or glove friendly. It is even worse when using the waterproof housing. Use the smart phone app.
Video Camera Notes:
GoBandit "Race" (entry level) and GoBandit "Live" (all features)
Detachable video LCD "BacPac" display and protective case extension. The display plugs into the socket on the rear of the video camera. Note that GoPro cameras do not normally come with video display and that this accessory is required to view video upon recording, playback or while on standby.
3D video for display on 3D enabled televisions.
The Contour has built-in blue tooth support which can connect with Apple iOS and Android based mobile phones. The Contour Connection App on the mobile phone can connect with the Contour video camera to act as a real time viewfinder. This app may require you to upgrade the firmware on your Contour video camera. The App can also change and view settings to adjust video mode, GPS settings, volume, check battery and memory, check GPS signal, etc.Accessories:
Video camera ski pole mount
Goal Zero: Nomad 7 - solar power charger for USB devices
Go Puck: USB battery charge
GoPole: helmet extension
VuVantage: body harness and pole mount
Polar Pro: Backpack strap camera mount
Polar Pro: Go Pro camera filters
Polar Pro: Go Pro microphone kit
Polar Pro: Go Pro waterproof hand grip, long duration external battery (12 hr), and light bar