Everything must be recorded! That's the best explanation I can think of for the rampant popularity of GoPro and similar "POV" cameras, which allow for hands-free operation as you bike the trails, hit the slopes, shoot the rapids, and so on.
Of course, while GoPro is the best-known brand in this category, there are others -- some of which offer more for less. Today, for example, and while supplies last, Willoughby's (via Amazon) has the Sony HDR-AS30VR Action Cam with Live View Remote for $199.99 shipped. This same kit normally costs at least $250 elsewhere.
The bundle includes not only the camera (capable of 1080/60p HD recording), but also a waterproof housing, a universal tripod mount and an adhesive mount. (Actually, the photo shows two adhesive mounts, but the description mentions only one, so I'm not sure what's happening there.)
So the Sony can not only ride atop, say, your bike helmet, it can also accompany you on your next snorkeling or even scuba adventure. (When housed, it's waterproof to nearly 200 feet.)
The big perk here is the inclusion of the Live View Remote, which gives you a hands-free view of what the camera is seeing and a start/stop recording button. (Why is it such a big perk? Aside from being super-cool, the remote normally sells for $150 all by itself.) Interestingly, you can also control the camera via your smartphone, a nice option when strapping the remote to you wrist is inconvenient or undesirable.
I've never so much as touched a POV camera, so I can't offer any personal insight into this one. The two user reviews at Amazon are quite positive, but CNET hasn't reviewed this model (only the). Needless to say, if you already own one of these, hit the comments and share your own review.
But for anyone interested in getting in on the POV-camera craze and not wanting to drop $300-400 on a GoPro, this is definitely a more affordable alternative.
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