V.I.O POV.1.5 Helmet Camera In for Review

by Robb Sutton

As video becomes more mainstream for recreational riders, the need for high quality helmet cameras is on the rise. With the low cost helmet cam offerings from GoPro to this high quality unit from V.I.O., helmet mounted video cameras are becoming a regular sight at your local trail head and serve as another way to document and share our incredible rides.

V.I.O., Inc. sent over their new POV.1.5 helmet cam in for review.

About V.I.O., Inc.

From vio-pov.com:

V.I.O., Inc. (V.I.O.) In 2000, David Ollila founded Viosport.com, Inc. an advertising based Internet video streaming company featuring short clips of progressive sports content. He created a helmet camera system to capture hands-free video content for the site. Customer demand for the helmet camera led David to transform the company into the leading wearable video innovator. Since then, V.I.O. camera systems have been sold in more than 60 countries. Presently V.I.O. designs and sells rugged wearable video cameras, and recording devices for customers in the military, law enforcement, security (government and private), commercial, and recreational sports industries. V.I.O.’s products are patent pending, have achieved traction in their target markets, have received widespread and favorable interest from the press, and are frequently used in the filming of major television productions.

In the fall of 2007, V.I.O. introduced the POV.1, the first affordable digital wearable video camera to achieve global market acceptance across all helmet and motor sports categories with cross-over demand in military and public safety markets.

V.I.O. POV.1.5 Helmet Cam Specifications

The POV.1.5 records in 2 modes, LOOP or CLIP. In LOOP mode, the user TAGs and saves key video segments. In CLIP mode, video is continuously recorded as in traditional video recording. Recording, playback and set-up are controlled by buttons on the POV.1.5 recorder.

V.I.O POV.1.5 Helmet Camera Video RecorderVideo:
Frame rates: 30fps, 25fps, 24fps, 15fps
Resolutions: 720×480, 720×400, 640×480, 360×240
Formats: MPEG4 AVI (DivX Codec) digital, NTSC/PAL analog
Exposure control: Automatic exposure control and white balance

Imaging Hardware:
Sensor: Advanced CMOS sensor with electronic global shutter
Dynamic range: 75dB to 110dB
Sensitivity: 5 lux color sensor (Sub 0.1 lux monochrome sensor)
Processor: 32 Bit MIPS processor, 12 Bit image

Optics:
Sensitivity: F/#2.0, Relative Illumination @full field 90%
Effective focal length: 2.97mm
Field of View: 110 degrees

Audio:
Mic type: omnidirectional cable-mounted, -40dB sensitivity at 1kHz
Resolution: 16-bit half duplex
Sampling rate: 32kHz
SNR: 80dB
Speaker: Monaural 8ohm mylar, 0.7W Max

Input/Output:
Recording capacity: Includes 4GB SD card, 8GB SD card capability
I/O Ports: SD card slot, USB 2.0 high speed (Mini -B), Mic-In, NTSC/PAL Analog TV/Audio Out

Included in the box:

  • V.I.O POV.1.5 Helmet Camera Video RecorderPOV.1.5 recorder with LCD display
  • Wide Angle camera head 110 degrees
  • LVDS Cable
  • POV Manager software
  • Wireless Remote Control
  • 4GB SDHC Card
  • USB cable
  • Analog A/V cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Carrying Case
  • Double-Hook and Loop Mount
  • Star Mount

MSRP – $649.99 US

Initial Thoughts from 198

Out of the box first impression on the V.I.O. POV.1.5 helmet camera is impressive. It comes packaged in a high quality zipper case to make carrying much easier given all of the extra accessories. The actual helmet mounted camera lens is small and light, but you do have a cord that runs to a body that contains the screen and editing functions. The body is light enough for normal use but it is larger than your typical bike light battery. The remote is a really cool tool that should make stop and start recording much easier.

Some serious time on the bike is going to tell of the corded design of the V.I.O. POV.1.5 helmet cam is going to be a hindrance, but other than that…the price is the only negative I can see with this helmet cam. The live screen is a nice touch that allows you to see whether you are pointed in the right direction instantly instead of when you get home and it is too late.

Stay tuned for more footage and review content on this one…it’s going to be fun!

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16 comments

16 comments

Vio Pov 1.5 Guy April 30, 2009 - 8:59 pm

Thanks for the review guys! There is also a vio pov 1.5M (motorsport) version which includes the power hatch kit which is essentially a power adapter that fits into your cigarette lighter and other 12v sources.

The mega bundle comes with an 8GB SDHC Card, Carrying pouch and a right angle hook & loop mount.

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Doug Brummett April 22, 2009 - 11:42 am

Any update on this? How about some videos to sample? thanks.

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198 April 22, 2009 - 12:42 pm

@ Doug

I should have some more footage up next week. I haven’t been really happy enough with what I have captured so far. I think I am being too hard on myself as a videographer/editor since I have background in that area.

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Ron March 24, 2009 - 4:54 pm

When you publish your next post could you share photos with it mounted? I’m excited to see this product.

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198 March 25, 2009 - 10:07 am

@ Ron

I’ll get some good shots on how I mounted the camera. I am still playing with the setup and trying to find that perfect balance.

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mihai March 19, 2009 - 12:38 pm

why doesnt action camera reviews contain some image quality tests (standardized) ?

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198 March 19, 2009 - 1:35 pm

@mihai

This is just the intro post. There will be more to come on performance.

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Luke March 16, 2009 - 9:40 am

I use these head camera systems everyday with my rental business.. I couldn’t recommend anything other than the POV.1.5 for POV filming..

check out some videos at http://www.snowcam.co.uk

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Shat March 13, 2009 - 12:56 am

Do my reviews just flat out suck or something? What is going on here Ken.. biased towards Robb? Dude, I see… I see… Time to bring out the big guns now! You’ll see Robb! My reviews are going to smoke yours!

Just kidding, that camera is sick.. not going to lie.. sick.. But as we discussed, (i’ll disclose public now), it seems the color compensation, light metering and overall IRIS has some serious issues that could be addressed.

When is it my turn to test?

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198 March 13, 2009 - 8:28 am

@Shat

You’ll get your chance. The videos better be top notch too!

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Ken Hurd March 12, 2009 - 1:22 pm

I’m excited to see more… It’ll be interesting to compare it to the HelmetHero – I know they’re not in the same league, but it should be interesting to see what an extra couple hundred bucks gets you!

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198 March 12, 2009 - 3:18 pm

@Ken Hurd

I am going to have some fun with this one. Maybe the VIO on my helmet and two GoPro’s mounted to the frame? You are right though…these cameras are to completely different animals…both with positives and negatives.

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jason griese March 12, 2009 - 10:18 am

That’s going to be a must for the Triumph too.

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198 March 12, 2009 - 3:17 pm

@jason griese

Now that would be some cool footage!

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