Video sharing websites have enabled people to share their adventures and experiences with others around the world. As the number of people going online increases daily, video creators are relying on newer and more inventive ways to record their escapades. A good investment is a camera that can be mounted onto a helmet. Point-of-view (POV) angles offer a very different take to the traditional method of viewing videos; it allows the audience to immerse themselves in the action. However, before a helmet-cam can be purchased, there are a few important things to be considered.

 The most important factor, in deciding which helmet-cam to purchase, is its intended use. There are a variety of helmet-cams available; each well suited to a certain kind of environment. For example, cameras that are too big or bulky should be avoided for recording extreme-sports.

While barrelling down the vertical of a half-pipe, a skateboarder or BMX rider would probably prefer a lipstick camera attached to their helmets. The quality of the recorded video may not be the best, but the small size and light weight make the lipstick camera an ideal choice.

 The environment in which the video is to be recoded also plays a massive role in purchase decisions. CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) cameras draw relatively less power than other camera types and are lighter. However, picture quality is slightly compromised and CMOS cameras do not work that well in low-light conditions. For recording outdoors, where the range of viewing distance is much larger, a high-definition (HD) camera would be best. A HD camera draws more power and is slightly larger, but offers excellent audio and video recording, especially colour replication.

The superior quality cameras are very popular with paragliding pilots and urban bikers.

 In the duration of its life-time, a helmet-cam will be subject to severe conditions. It will be expected to handle shocks, bumps and the rare fall. Ruggedness is crucial in a helmet-cam. A good outer-casing will adequately protect the more delicate insides, such as microchips and the lens. It is a safer bet to purchase cameras of reputable brands. A good product warranty also goes a long way in easing fears if the camera should malfunction. It is always a good idea to check reviews of a product before making a decision; customers who have used the product can give a better review about its performance and ergonomic ability. Reading customer reviews also helps filter out any helmet-cams that are prone to be problematic in the long term.

 After narrowing down the number of models, cost is often the deciding factor for the final purchase. Speciality camera manufacturers know that they are part of a very competitive market and the prices reflect that. The most important thing is to shop around; retailers carry a number of different modes, from different manufacturers, targeted towards various budgets. Many stores even have specialists on staff that can help you make the right choice. If you already have a mounted camera for your vehicle or surfboard, like the GoPro HD Hero, you can simply buy a mounting set that will allow you to mount the camera on to your helmet.

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