Sat - June 10, 2006

Pentax Optio W10 as a Helmet Cam - Inline Skating along the Cache la Poudre River

Pentax Optio WP/WPi/W10 waterproof cameras or Olympus SW 720 are small and light enough to be mounted almost everywhere including a helmet.

I often mount cameras or GPS units on my boat with the aid of creative usage of a duct tape, foam and bungees. I didn't need duct tape in order to convert my Pentax Optio W10 into a helmet cam. I just took a piece of closed cell foam, profiled its back to fit my kong skarab helmet, dug a nest in front for the camera, run a strap through the foam and tied two loops of bungee cord. It is an ugly prototype, but it works perfectly for my purpose. It is possible to adjust a vertical angle of the camera and both off/on switch and shutter button are exposed.

Before trying the new helmet cam on water, I performed extensive land testing. I shot several video clips during inline skating on a bike trail along the Poudre River in Fort Collins. The resulting 9.3 Mb movie edited with Adobe Premiere 6.5 is about 1 minute long.

Skating along the Poudre
All my video clips from Optio W10 have been shot with anti-shake function turned on. I haven't compared movies shot with and without this option yet. It is a software feature, not a real image stabilization.

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