2010 Tachyon XC Details:
• High-Dynamic Sensor and 90º Wide-Angle Lens capture all the action with clarity and without distortion.
• Remote Controlled, Fully Digital, 30 Frames Per Second.
• Patented Shock-Proof Design prevents loss of video. (the most common problem with helmet cameras)
• Only Helmet Cam that can use from 4 to 32GB SDHC memory cards, giving you the longest recording times of any helmet camera.
• Multiple Recording Options allow users to customize settings to suit their individual needs or activities. The new Time Lapse Mode makes the XC an ideal surveillance cam, hunting/scouting cam, and nanny cam.
• Time Lapse Photography lets you take one photo every two seconds. Ideal for special effects or for long term surveillance.
• Mounting Accessories Included. Snap-on mounts connect to helmets, goggles, tripods, bikes, dashboards & many other surfaces and objects.
• Waterproof to 2 Atmospheres (34’ or 10.3 meters), the XC the perfect camera for capturing the beauty of the sea - without the need for an external waterproof case.
• View & Playback videos directly on your PC or TV (NTSC or PAL), using included USB and TV cables.
• Camera requires 2 AA bateries. Remote Control requires 2 AAA batteries (Batteries not included)
The Tachyon XC Helmet Camera is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
VHoldR ContourHD 1080P - The VHoldR camera has a much sharper image, better frame rate, and better sound recording than the Tachyon XC, but at a much higher price tag. I also prefer the Tachyon's use of the larger MicroSD cards to VHoldR's miniature MicroSD. The VHoldR also has simple one-switch operation; you make any settings changes beforehand while connected to your computer, but the factory settings are already optimized.
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Good customer service
Many mounting options
Poor sound quality
Picky about light level
This camera has an average price tag for the helmet camera market, and you get a reasonable product for your money.
The video recording quality is adequate, but not stunning. Again, for the price the quality seems reasonable to me. The camera has a "waterproof" shell, and is extremely durable; the lens took a direct hit from a paintball without a scratch, and I was able to clean it off with a wet cloth and a Q-tip. With fresh lithium batteries the company boasts 8-10 hours of recording time if you have enough SD cards. I've only recorded about four hours of video, but the battery indicator still showed full. The standard package includes three mounts, two straps, remote control, sticky pads for the mounts, and A / V and USB cables, so you have everything you need right out of the box. The company stands behind their product, and is quick to take care of defects or problems.
The video quality is nothing to write home about; it's difficult to make out details like seeing paint break on your opponent beyond a few yards. The microphone is housed within the waterproof case, so it doesn't pick up much in the way of sound. I was able to hear my marker firing, but not my own voice (even when yelling). The buttons need to be firmly pressed to respond. Also, this camera is designed to be used outdoors in bright sunlight, and even in a brightly-lit room the recording returns a barely-visible image.
This is an average helmet camera at an average price; it's a middle-of-the-road camera well-suited for the entry-level enthusiast, or for those who aren't ready to commit to the higher-priced options on the market. This might be better suited for other sports where you don't need to see quarter-sized marks on the other guy.
For a sample video, check out the Texoma Paintball group on FaceBook, and look for the Arena Paintball videos.
7 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 at 8:56 am PST