Camshot HAT28 Full HD 1080P Helmet Cam
This is a fantastic helmet cam. Nice size, nice feel to it in the hand. Has a very small lightweight camera. Has a high-capacity battery. The DVR has a metal frame. It has a very clear screen display that is easy to read and has large buttons which are easy to read and operate. Shoots video up to 1080P Full HD and takes photos up to 16 megapixels. Comes with an external microphone, camera mounts, chargers, leads, remote control and case.
The picture quality is excellent, at times stunning, I think. Have a look at the sample clip below, which I took myself in London on my motorbike with the camera on my helmet.
Sample video clip - Full HD - 1920 x 1080 30fps:
The DVR (Digital Video Recorder - the unit that you plug the camera into) is a nice compact and rugged unit. It feels good in the palm of the hand. It has a metal frame inside which makes it feel solid.
It has a high-capacity battery (4,000 mAh). Helmet cams of this size would normally have up to a 1,800 mAh battery, this little beauty has more than twice that capacity! The manufacturer claims six hours recording time at Full HD (eight hours at WVGA). I did a test at home and got almost exactly seven hours on Full HD! I had it recording continuously with the LCD screen off (set to go off after 30 seconds). I had it on cycle mode whereby it wrote a new file every five minutes and overwrote existing files when the memory card was full, as was the case here with a 16GB card and seven hours continuous recording. The unit I tested only had two full charge-drain cycles before, so I feel confident taking this out with me knowing the battery isn't going to poop after an hour or so! The manufacturer's claim of six hours on Full HD should be good in the field.
I like the screen display on this. It is clear and easy to read. It shows you the information you want to see without bombarding you with lots of daft icons. In standby it shows you what resolution you are on and the battery charge. It also shows you the battery charge whilst recording. The menu interface is excellent too. Clear and easy to read. Easy to set up too, with just the right amount of settings (the stuff you actually want to change) but not complicated.
DVR settings and options:
You can preview your video on the screen. Any changes you make, such as exposure etc are shown in real time on the screen. You can also playback the video or view photos on the screen.
Storage is by means of a SD card, with support for up to 32GB. It does not have any internal storage memory.
It has an internal microphone and comes supplied with a small external microphone. The external microphone is automatically detected when you plug it in. You do not need to change a setting to use it. The "Internal mic volume" also controls the volume/sensitivity of the external mic. You can also connect your own audio source to it (such as a helmet intercom) using the provided audio-in cable.
It has a built-in speaker with good sound quality.
It has a manual keypad lock built into the power switch. Video is recorded using the H264 codec and saved as .MOV files.
It can be operated when connected to a power source, such as the supplied wall charger or car charger. If connected to a computer with the supplied USB lead it becomes an external drive and cannot be operated. When connected to a computer the battery still gets charged.
It has a TV Out facility which allows you to view your videos on a TV, using the supplied TV Out cable. It also has a HDMI port for connecting to a HDMI screen using the supplied HDMI lead.
The camera is very small and lightweight, made from aluminium and is fully waterproof (to IP 68 standard). It connects to the DVR via a strong, slim cable and an aviation connector which has a screw lock on it and is very secure. It has a 6G All Glass lens and a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor (same as VIO POV HD).
The wall charger and car charger have USB B plugs on them and connect to the USB port on the DVR.
The microphone is neat. Small head with a gold-plated plug. Is attached to a small clip. The clip can be removed from the microphone to reduce its size for concealing. In this way, I use it behind the cheek pad of my crash helmet, giving good audio for commentary with zero wind noise. I set it at level 4 for this.
There are two camera mounts and four mounting "systems". The camera mount is the small part that clips onto the camera. It has a standard 1/4" tripod thread on it. The mounts can be used on the supplied mounting systems, i.e. a goggle strap mount, helmet mount, handlebar mount and headband which can be used with the goggle strap mount or helmet mount. The headband has rubberised grips inside it and could be used over a helmet. The handlebar mount is a serious bit of kit, made from aluminium with steel bolts.
The audio-in cable allows you to connect an external audio source to the DVR, such as a helmet intercom. The cable has a standard RCA connector and a 3.5mm plug that connects to the "mic in" port on the DVR.
The remote control is infra-red and could be useful under certain circumstances. It can be used to change the recording resolution, as well as starting and stopping recording. Being infra-red it has to be in sight of the DVR, which means you can't use it if the DVR is in your pocket or in a pack.
The user manual covers the basic functionality. It's not the most detailed user manual I've ever seen but it does the job. The manual is in English, translated from Chinese.
What you get
DVR, Battery, Camera with lens cover and attached cable, Microphone, Infra-red remote control, Wall charger, Car charger, Camera mounts, USB cable, TV Out cable, Audio-in cable, HDMI cable, DVR case, Carry case, User manual.
(memory card not supplied)
Worldwide delivery (excluding Australia, New Zealand and Japan - I don't sell to those countries as the factory has a sole agent there). Delivery is by DHL Express. I am currently selling these on a drop-ship basis which means your order will be dispatched direct from the factory in China. You should receive your order around seven to ten days after placing it. The delivery itself is very quick, about two working days. When your order has been dispatched, I will give you a tracking number for it so you can track it online.
You won't hear anything from me for a while initially due to the lead time for placing and processing your order.
(When I have them in stock I dispatch them from here in the UK by Royal Mail. Price is £299 plus delivery. Just to give you a comparison.)
You might have to pay customs duty and/or taxes. You are responsible for any and all such charges and it is your responsibility to understand the laws in force in your own country.
I'm just like yourself, interested in helmet cams. I use one for skiing and on my motorbike in London. I have tried a number of different cams trying to find one I like. I'm pretty fussy. I want good video quality, for me that's the most important thing. I tried some cams that had very small DVRs but the picture quality was poor and the battery didn't last very long.
I got very interested in helmet cams and decided to start selling them. I wouldn't sell a cam that I haven't tried or I wouldn't use myself. One reason for example that I won't stock a GoPro or Drift...don't like looking like an extra from Doctor Who (along with the other drawbacks of such cams)!
Any questions, just let me know.
Note: Description, video clip and photographs are my own.
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