I picked up one of the Oregon Scientific helmet cameras from a client of mine
that is a rep for OSI and started putting it through it's paces. As a helmet cam
it is much bigger than most I have seen but it is the entire camera, batteries,
controls, and everything. It comes with a couple cheesy mounting systems but I
will probably do something else.
The unit is fairly lightweight and with rubber seals it looks like it will hold
up to a bit of moisture. I don't think it would take too much of that as the
seals are token at best. I did what everyone does and carefully read the
included instructions before using the camera. NOT!!! I slapped some batteries
in there and started hitting buttons. It makes all kinds of interesting beeps
that do nothing to tell me what it is doing. I break down and glance at the
instructions. I find out just enough to tell when it is running and when it is
off and how to turn it on.
Past cameras I have used from OSI have had very poor photo quality and were a
pain to use. This is only marginally better but it is a helmet cam so it makes
up for some of that with it's coolness factor.
I drove around and took a couple movies and found the videos are interesting but
not production quality by any means. It is clear enough to tell what is going on
but frame rate is a bit sluggish and the color is not quite right. The sound is
completely useless so don't even bother.
Video of driving to the shop
**Only works in IE for now**
For the money it is nice enough. It works and you can show others what stupid
tricks you can do and for that is it worth the mere $125 retail price.