The Emerson EVC-355 is one of the lowest price tags you will find on a HD helmet cam. Retailers like BigLots have this on sale for the holidays. If you want a cheap alternative to the more costly adventure cameras, take a look at this review. Plus, we've got some user tips for those of you that already own this model. Stay tuned as we also present our Top Unique Tech Gift Ideas this holiday.
Inside The Box
The retail box offers some decent accessories. You won't need to buy a waterproof housing because this is already included. It can operate as a 5 mega pixel digital camera as well since you can switch between video capture and still mode. The video operates at 720 widescreen 30fps. They also include a bike and helmet mount so you can attach this to handlebars or a helmet. Note that this uses Micro SD memory cards.
Instead of using AAA batteries, this model uses an internal Li-on rechargeable battery that is charged via the supplied USB power cable. The small size of about 2x2.6 inches makes this a pretty small camera that is also lightweight (well under 1 pound). Interestingly enough, a 1.2" color screen lets you see what you're about to record - something most other cameras in this variety fail to include up front.
This helmet video camera includes mounting hardware.
There should be somewhat of a charge when you first get the model. We recommend fully charging the unit before first use. You should also make sure that the memory card is securely pushed in place before attempting to record. See our video example on YouTube to gauge the video quality.
The microphone is a small hole on the rear of the camera unit. If you use the waterproof casing, you will be covering the microphone and will not hear sound. After capturing some video we concluded that this camera would be good for teens experimenting or paintball, but not for serious video work. A 4x digital zoom really didn't do much in the end. We recommend not using the digital zoom at all.
At just under $40 bucks this is a pretty cool little helmet camera. Since it comes with a waterproof housing and mount plus it has a small screen to see what you're doing - we think this is especially great for teens. We rated this at a 3/5 stars because the image quality is a little lacking but this is a decent video camera to record at least some of your adventures. You can find this on sale at your local Big Lots.
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