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Old January 11th, 2012, 08:46 AM   #16
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I've watched some of the sample clips POV has posted on their web site. But I'm not sure what I'm watching, as they're not upfront about whether it was shot entirely with POV or whether only the "trick" shots were and then mixed in with other camcorders.
I'm going to call them to ask.
If they were entirely POV, then it's a pretty impressive camcorder to my eyes. But I doubt it.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #17
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The Gopro produced videos are impressive too, reason why it's shot in perfect conditions, edited correctly and only the best clips selected out of thousands. POV HD would have done exactly the same thing. These 2 cameras are completely different form factors and as such are suitable for different applications.

Your H2 was designed to record live loud music or instruments, not birds in the distant background.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 05:13 PM   #18
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I just ordered a POV to try out for a few weeks. I'll let you know what my impressions are.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 05:23 AM   #19
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So far my impression of the VIO POV vs. the bunch of GoPros I have used for years is a very similar picture. I do not think the VIO has a better picture and the change in exposure is not very smooth. But if you want a wired POV with a screen then it is worth getting. They tell me the extension wire is a long way off. Also the customer service is below average.

I am also buying a Sony HDR-CX560V camcorder. This has a much better picture then all the small POV cameras on the market at 3x the price but it will be the king of my POV group.

I think all the POV companies spend a lot of time producing their demo videos to give results that 98% of the users will never get.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #20
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Paul, be very weary of the Sony Sony HDR-CX560V, it consumes twice as much battery in 1080 60pmode (not much over 30mins stock battery) and the demand on the camera processing affects the focusing big time, extremely slow to refocus. Not really what you want as a POV cam. The only thing this camera does well is the excellent OIS.
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Old January 15th, 2012, 11:40 AM   #21
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Thanks for the input Ian,

I have not purchased the CX560V yet since I don't need it right away. I always shoot 30p. Is there the same focus/battery problem at 30p?

Enjoyed your site. Nice job on using flashlight cases for waterproof cases.

I see you use a HF100. Do you recommend the HF30 over a CX560V? Always looking for marine industry user input. I did have a HF10 and it worked well.

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After looking over a few specs and some online videos the HF30 is another camera in the running for one of my POV's. It says it has a LANC, wonder if it works in the Sony SPK-HCE housing?
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