POV Cam Roundup

POV Camera Review

New Releases from GoPro, Sony, Contour, Ion, and Zeal

There's a new crop of POV cams that just came out for this season from GoPro, SonyContour, and Ion. There's also a new goggle from Zeal that puts the POV craze into your goggles. These little things are an easy way to document you and your friends boarding without trying to make a big production out of the day. As long as you can keep up with your buddy, any of these new devices will do you well. Here's a rundown with some pros and cons for each.

 

For under $250, you could get:

Contour ROAM2 ($200)

Contour Roam2 POV Camera review

Contour ROAM2

Contour ROAM2 POV Camera review

Contour ROAM2

contour.com

Dimensions: 100 x 55 x 34 (mm)

Weight: 5.1 ounces

Housing: None

Waterproof: Yes, to one meter

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Capable: No

Resolution: 1080p in Full HD

Mounts: Profile mount, rotating surface mount

Storage: 32 GB

Display Screen: No

Wide Angle Lens: Yes

Shoots Photos: Yes

Pros: Profile mounting option, 170-degree wide angle lens

Cons: No Wi-Fi or display screen, only waterproof to one meter

 

GoPro HERO3 White Edition ($200)

GoPro HERO3 POV Camera review

GoPro HERO3 White Edition

gopro.com

Dimensions: N/A, 30% smaller than original GoPro HERO

Weight: 2.6 ounces

Housing: Yes

Waterproof: Down to 197 feet (60 m) in housing

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Capable: Yes

Resolution: 1080p

Mounts: Helmet

Storage: 64 GB

Display Screen: Yes

Wide Angle Lens: Yes, but not at 1080p

Shoots Photos: Yes

Pros: Wi-Fi enabled, size, LCD display

Cons: Helmet mount only POV option, no wide angle option in 1080p mode

ION Air Pro ($229)

Ion Air Pro POV Camera review

Ion Air Pro

ioncamera.com

Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 108 mm

Weight: 4.6 ounces

Housing: No

Waterproof: 30 ft

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Capable: No

Resolution: Full HD

Mounts: Helmet, tripod

Storage: Micro SD Card

Display Screen: No

Wide Angle Lens: Yes

Shoots Photos: Yes

Pros: Shape, waterproof

Cons: No display

Sony Action Cam ($200)

Sony POV Action Cam review

Sony Action Cam (in housing)

Sony POV Action Cam review

Easy one button recording

sony.com

Dimensions: 31/32 inch x 1 7/8 inch x 3 ¼ inch

Weight: 3.2 ounces

Housing: Yes

Waterproof: Down to 197 feet (60 m) in housing

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Capable: No

Resolution: 1080p

Mounts: Headband, goggle, helmet

Storage: N/A

Display Screen: Display panel

Wide Angle Lens: Yes

Shoots Photos: Yes

Pros: Discrete profile mount, goggle strap mount, lightweight, waterproof

Cons: No LCD screen or Wi-Fi

 

Head to the next page for the over $250 class. 

Contour ROAM+2 ($400)

Contour Plus2 POV Camera review

Contour Plus2

Contour Plus2 POV Camera review

Contour Plus2

contour.com

Dimensions: 98 x 60 x 34 (mm)

Weight: 5.5 ounces

Housing: Yes

Waterproof: In housing

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Capable: Yes, bluetooth

GPS: Yes

Resolution: 1080p

Mounts: Profile mount, rotating surface mounts

Storage: 32 GB

Display Screen: No

Wide Angle Lens: Yes

Shoots Photos: Yes

Pros: GPS, Bluetooth

Cons: No display screen

  

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition ($400)

GoPro HERO3 POV Camera review

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition (in housing)

gopro.com

Dimensions: N/A, 30% smaller than original GoPro HERO

Weight: 2.6 ounces

Housing: Yes

Waterproof: In housing, down to 197 feet

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Capable: Yes, wi-fi remote included

GPS: No

Resolution: 1080p

Mounts: Helmet, headband

Storage: 64 GB

Display Screen: Yes

Wide Angle Lens: Yes

Shoots Photos: Yes

Pros: Wi-Fi remote lets you control from your smart phone

Cons: Top helmet mount only POV option

 

ION Air Pro Wi-Fi ($350)

Ion Air Pro POV Camera review

Ion Air Pro Wi-Fi

ioncamera.com

Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 108.5 mm

Weight: 4.6 ounces

Housing: No

Waterproof: 30 feet

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Capable: Yes

GPS: No

Resolution: Full HD

Mounts: Headband, helmet, tripod

Storage: Micro SD Card

Display Screen: No

Wide Angle Lens: Yes

Shoots Photos: Yes

Pros: Waterproof to 30 feet without housing, Cloud storage

Cons: Non-rotating lens

Sony Action Cam with Wi-Fi ($270)

Sony POV Action Cam review

Sony Action Cam Wi-Fi

Sony POV Action Cam

Sony Action Cam (no housing)

sony.com

Dimensions: 31/32 inch x 1 7/8 inch x 3 ¼ inch

Weight: 3.2 ounces (in housing)

Housing: Waterproof

Waterproof: In housing, down to 197 feet

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Capable: Yes

GPS: No

Resolution: 1080p

Mounts: Helmet, headband

Storage: N/A

Display Screen: Display panel

Wide Angle Lens: Yes

Shoots Photos: Yes

Pros: Price point, power save mode

Cons: No screen display

Zeal Ion HD Goggle ($400)

Zeal Ion HD Snowboarding Camera Goggle review

Zeal Ion HD

Zeal Ion HD Snowboarding Camera Goggle review

Glove friendly buttons on the side of the frame.

zealoptics.com

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Capable: Yes

Resolution: 1080p

Storage: 8 GB

Display Screen: In goggle view finder

Wide Angle Lens: Yes

Shoots Photos: Yes

Pros: No hassle, built into your goggles

Cons: You can't decide to put the camera away