Product Evaluation: VholdR Wearable Camcorder

Making movies on your motorcycle.

VholdR Wearable Camcorder - Product Evaluation

VholdR Wearable Camcorder - Product Evaluation

Wouldn't it be great if you could digitally record your adventures, download and edit the full-color files on your computer and then share them with like-minded enthusiasts?

That was the question ski buffs Marc Barros and Jason Green asked each other. Their answer is the VholdR, a compact, lightweight, water-resistant point-and-shoot camcorder. Images are captured at 640 x 480 resolution at 30 frames per second and stored on a removable micro SD card. A USB cable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, universal mount, 1GB micro SD card, and Mac- and PC-compatible software are included.

Unlike most handycams, the VholdR does not have a built-in display, so you can't see what you've shot until you download the MPEG4 files. To avoid embarrassing slip-ups, the self-focusing glass lens is equipped with two laser beams that indicate where the camera is pointed and if it is level. Rotating the lens as much as 192 degrees in either direction allows you to compensate for horizon shifts.

Continuously pressing the raised button on the back of the camera for 3 seconds activates the camera. A beep sounds, followed by the appearance of the aforesaid laser beams. Filming begins once you slide the large, glove-friendly "switch" on the top of the camera forward. After 15 minutes of non-use, the camera powers off.

VholdR claims that 75 percent of the buyers of its camera—the VholdR "community"—have shared their videos on its website. For good reason: The camera is really good. Hand-held action can be shaky, but when we attached the camera to the adjustable universal mount and stuck it on the fairing of our long-term Kawasaki ZX-14, we got picture-perfect images that were easily edited, or "clipped," to the desired length and uploaded to the VholdR site.

Bottom line? On-bike movie-making begins and ends, quite literally, with the VholdR.

DETAILS

**VholdR

1319 Dexter Ave.

Seattle, WA 98109

866/397-6920

Price...$330**

Ups

  • Supplied 1GB mini SD card (2GB maximum memory supported) holds up to 50 minutes of TV-quality video

  • No external wires or battery packs

  • Handlebar and goggle mounts ($20) available

Downs

  • Can't see shot until file is downloaded

  • Engine sounds drowned out by wind noise

  • "Clipping" limited to one take per video