Lights, camera, action

August 23, 2011, 5:10 pmmenshealth

Wearable video cameras can make you a YouTube star. We had a high-flying X Games champ put three to the test

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Your motivation? Instant immortality! Just stitch together your own biking, skiing or snowboarding highlight reel. (Hint: wear the cam on your body, not on your gear; the footage will be less bumpy.) Bonus: education. You’ll be able to learn from your mistakes and see your strengths.

1. FOR THE ADVENTURER
Contour HD, $349
Up to two hours run time per charge; 16 hours of video on a 32GB SD cardWhat’s great “It has the highest-quality construction of the three and snaps easily on and off its rail mount. It’s smaller than the GoPro, so it looks a bit sleeker, and at 4.2 ounces (120 grams), you hardly notice the thing’s there.”What’s not “The mounting isn’t as solid, so the footage turns out a bit jiggly. You might have to use some duct tape to really lock this one down.”2. FOR THE PERFECTIONIST
V.I.O. POV.HD, $795
Up to 2.5 hours run time per charge; 4.3 hours of video on a 32GB SD cardWhat’s great “Its built-in screen is a first for me – you can watch the footage to see
how well you’re filming,” says Deegan. “The lens itself is tiny, so it mounts well and its wide-angle lens created incredible scenes.”What’s not “The camera, cable and battery pack/screen combo is bulky. I had to zip-tie the battery pack to my chest.”3. FOR THE CAMERA NOVICE
GoPro HD HERO, $375
Up to 2.5 hours run time per charge; up to nine hours of video on a 32GB SD cardWhat’s great “It’s the easiest to use. You just stick it on, push the button and go. The video quality is outstanding and it comes with the widest array of mounting options – strap it to your chest, use adhesives or bolt it to a rail. The case is tough and waterproof.”What’s not “You have to memorise the button presses to change the video quality or modes, which can be frustrating when you’re in action. There’s a tiny LCD screen, and the icons for different modes can be hard to decipher.”

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