Monday, 17 December 2012

Unboxing of the Road Hawk Ride Head Camera

The New Road Hawk Ride "Digital Rider Protection System" arrived today. Pick the actual camera unit up and it strikes you just how compact and lightweight the thing is. 22mm diameter, 78mm length. 32g. I'd wager you'd never notice the extra 32g strapped to your head.

First off, the features are described on the box:
  • 720p HD Video
  • 30 Frames Per Second
  • Loop overwrite function
  • Automatic recording (only works with external power sources)
  • 135 Degree wide angle lens
  • Upto 32GB MicroSD Card (8GB included) (Instructions say roughly 1 hour of recording per 4GB)
  • Low light capability
  • Internal microphone
  • Camera mounts
  • 90 minute built in Li-poly battery
  • 12v/5v external power input
  • 3MP sensor
  • LED record indicator
  • H.264 Video Encoding
  • Mac & PC MP4 playback
  • USB 2.0 connection
  • Waterproof 10m
As I unpacked all the accessories, the cables, mounts and sticky bits an pieces just kept coming as well. The mounting options appear to be either stick it to a surface or strap it round something, no ready made handlebar mounting option, but I suppose the point of this camera is to look where you look, therefore being better on the head / helmet.

Contents from left to right...

Top row - Camera extension cable, USB cable, USB extension cable, camera cable, hard wiring power cable (not for bicycles unless you want to carry around a 12v battery...)

Middle row - Flat sticky mount, curved sticky mount, camera mount fo use with head strap, locking camera mount for use with sticky mounts, rotating mount for use with sticky mounts

Bottom row - Loads of velcro and sticky pads, rubber head/helmet strap, the camera unit and the supplied 8GB micro SD card and adapter, spare end cap and rubber seal, giant sticker.

Looking forward to getting it mounted and testing it out. First impressions are that it is well made and designed. I'll be posting a review once I've had a chance to shoot some footage, so be sure to check back here later in the week.

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