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V.I.O. POV.HD digital sports cameraThe POV.HD may be more complex and flexible than any sports camera we've previously tested, but it's also nearly twice as bulky. We put this HD digital video camera to the test to see if its mass gets in the way.
We get to do some really cool things here at CNET.com, especially we car tech editors. Today, I'm on a bike, telling you one of those cool things is the V.I.O. POV.HD camera system. Now, this camera system consists of two parts. The first part's the camera itself. It's a small bullet-type camera with a 1080p sensor that records at 60 frames per second through its ultrawide 140-degree lens. If you step down to 720p, you get 60 frames per second so a little bit double the quality there. The second part of the system is the POV.HD recorder itself. Now, this unit connects to the camera by about a 4-foot cable and a waterproof connection and it features a 2.5-inch color LCD that you can use for framing your shots, looking at footage you've already recorded and a little bit of on-the-fly editing. The system actually has about 7 buttons on the front, all waterproof and dustproof and on the bottom, there's a hatch with an SD card slot and a couple of connections. On the back, there's a port for your four AA batteries that this unit takes. It's kinda hard to open but that's what you get when you want a unit to be completely waterproof and shockproof. Let's take a look at this guy and see how it goes. Now, I've switched over to a head strap mounting system right now but that kinda brings me to one of my small issues with this camera. That's this 4-foot cable that you've got connecting the camera to the recorder. I mean, regardless of how you have it mounted, it's always in the way in some kind of a way and makes it difficult for you to route the camera without tripping yourself up, but I think I've got one more fun use for this camera that I can come up with. Here we go. So we had a lot of fun playing around with the V.I.O. POV.HD and I got one more problem I kinda wanna point out and that's this. They give you this big bag full of all sorts of mounting accessories. You got zip ties, you got magnets. You got a little Velcro in here, but they don't tell you what you're supposed to do with it. Now, if you're really a creative person, you can figure out some really cool things to do with this but some of you are gonna be a little taken aback by this big bagful of accessories. Check out the full review of the V.I.O. POV.HD to see how it stacks up against the likes of some of our favorite cameras like the ContourHD and GoPro Hero over at CNET.com. 'Til then, I've been Antuan Goodwin with CNET Reviews giving you your First Look at the V.I.O. POV.HD system.