Review: Vholdr helmet cam
03 Mar, 2009
Location: A couple resorts in Colorado, mostly Steamboat.
Snow Conditions: I’ve used the Vholdr cam on snowy days, low visibility and sunny bluebird days.
Setup: Since I don’t wear a helmet and didn’t feel comfortable mounting the cam permanently I went with the goggle strap mount to wear the cam when riding. The mount slips right onto my goggle strap, easy to use with different goggles (only an issue when a goggle strap has something on the side of it). Then I would just clip the cam into the goggle holder and be good to go on the mountain. There was a leash as well from the holder to the cam.
Durability: I took some good falls, hit some tree branches with the cam and it took some beating when I dropped it a couple times. So far it’s been durable in holding up, not freezing or dying on the mountain when the battery was charged.
Filming: I had never rode with a helmet cam but it was easy to understand the beeps once I moved it to the on position and to the off position. I didn’t find the laser aligning something I used at all because in snowboarding it varied on the steep terrain and conditions so I had to rely on what I thought worked all around.
Editing: I am a mac user and edit my films entirely on imovie since I used that program in college for editing. Vholdr is still working on the vholdr software for mac so there’s a couple steps involved in getting the clips ready to edit in imovie.
Sound: It records sound but I never use the sound because you get a lot of wind noise when riding. Just standing around, it records sound just fine.
Memory: I would take clips when filming while riding, turning the camera on and off throughout the day or on certain runs so it wasn’t always filming when riding. I never filled up the battery but I also kept the longest film sessions maxed at less than 10 minutes each time.
Battery Life: Overall I was happy with the battery, to charge it meant just plugging the camera into the USB cable into my laptop and letting it charge. Once it was fully charged, I could keep checking the battery life on the back of the cam to see the charge level. For an entire day of riding, I didn’t have the battery die if it was charged. Typically I could go a couple days of riding with it before I needed to charge it again. If I left the camera accidentally on, it would be dead when I rode next which could be a day or two later.