Carl Tyler has created a monster. A few months back, I bought the Swann Freestyle HD cam for using on bike/car trips. It works very well but I wanted something more sleek to connect to my helmet for longer hauls. Devin Olson teased me with his SportsVue 360, so Carl was good enough to order one for me and ship it to Belfast (they don’t ship outside USA).
When you get the SportsVue, it comes with a bag, two batteries, remote control and a list of mounts/attachments. It does not come with the required SD card. The device is self contained with the LCD on the side. It also has a big record switch on the top, which is useful for motorbike gloves. The camera lens is adjustable to take angles into consideration. You want to position it flat? Just twist the lens 90degrees. From the LCD screen you can review and playback/edit video and pictures. It advertises itself as waterproof and virtually indestructible. Lifetime warranty is included.
So, in a brief period last weekend when it got over 5C (41F) I took my 796 out for a play. Edited youtube recording (I am playing with iMovie) is below. The device feels rugged. Buttons are hard to press and the battery compartment is a bitch to close, but it is designed to work in just about any condition. It does not have the functionality of the SwannCam or the venerable Hero HD devices but it does more than I need. It secures nicely to the helmet and doesn’t look as “odd” as the other models. I think it will be coming along with me on future rides.
I have sped up the boring parts in the video, but left some of the North East coast of Northern Ireland and the titanic quarter at normal.