LAS VEGAS, NV, November 03, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/
-- We are excited to announce the release of the new VIO POV.HD helmet camera.
VIO took the world by storm with their innovative POV1 helmet cam a few years ago and they now make their first foray into the HD helmet camera market with the VIO POV.HD. This new product has a host of new features including:
Native 1080p resolution
VIO are the first company to release a native 1080p HD helmet cam which is pretty exciting. For non video geeks out there, native 1080p video means that the camera uses a full 1920 x 1080 (progressive) sensor. Other HD cameras such as the GoPro/Contour/Drift use a 1280 x 960 sensor - they create 1920 x 1080 video by cropping the image and then upscaling it which is why these cameras have a reduced field of view and reduced clarity in 1080p mode. The VIO POV.HD feeds the information from its 1080p sensor into a Texas Instrument Da Vinci processor that performs real-time video enhancement for lens distortion (fish-eye), vignetting (reduced brightness/saturation around edges) and lens softness. The reason for the larger bevel on the camera head is they are using a proper 6-element glass HD lens. All of these elements combined point to the VIO POV.HD producing absolutely stunning HD video.
In Field Editing
The original POV1 and 1.5 allowed you to "tag" your videos while recording (using the remote control or recording unit), which acted like a bookmark for you to later find the highlights of your day. While good in theory, it required you to use the POV Manager software which was terrible to say the least. VIO have taken the tag function and expanded it so that you can compile all your tagged scenes into one continuous clip directly on the recording unit. Anyone who has spent hours trawling through footage looking for the days highlights will see the massive potential in this feature.
All of the features that were popular with the POV1.5 carry over to the POV.HD - color screen for playback and alignment, 4 x AA battery power (always easy to replace), waterproof and dustproof design, carry case included and remote control (although range for this was poor; should be fixed for the POV.HD). A lot of people felt the only thing letting the POV1.5 down was the lack of HD video. Now that that has been addressed it looks like VIO are well and truly back in the game.
Price and Availability
In Australia the VIO POV.HD will be available for AU$795.
In Canada the VIO POV.HD will be available for CA$649.
In USA the VIO POV.HD will be available for US$599.
The VIO POV.HD will be available from all Launch stores from approximately November 15th 2010.Launch Helmet Cams is a specialist retail company that deals exclusively with helmet camera and point of view camera products and accessories. We have been in business since 2005 and are passionate about the products we sell. Launch Helmet Cams has offices in Australia, Canada and USA.