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Review: CamOne Infinity POV Camera

Dec 11, 2012 View Comments by

It’s all about the POV cam, man, those diminutive cinematic wonders that bring your couch bound friends into the thick of your action. The market is booming, if you haven’t been to YouTube lately, and into this fray CamOne Tec introduces their Infinity. Like a lot of other POV cameras, the Infinity is a little box that, with any number of mounts, you stick to your helmet, or on your handlebars, or any other place you dare.

The big trick that CamOne has up the Infinity’s sleeve is interchangeable lenses. That’s right Gladys, just like the DSLR, the Infinity can swap out a wide angle lens for one that brings your viewers closer to the action. A wide, 170-degree lens ships with the camera, and 142 degree and 96 degree lenses are sold as options. Anyone that’s shot video with a POV camera before knows how big a deal this is. Most POV cameras ship with a wide-angle lens to make sure that the camera catches the scenery (hopefully epic) and the subject. The problem, however, is that wide angle lenses tend to make subjects smaller and look farther away, so even though you were right on your buddy’s tail as you ran The Dragon, on the video he looks fifty yards away. Interchangeable lenses (they screw in) solve this problem quite nicely.

So how does the thing work? Well, it comes with a whole heap of mounting options and includes an underwater housing. Image quality is very, very good for the category, with good sharpness and saturation, and decent control of rolling shutter effects. Automatic exposure appears to do a fine job with keeping skies blue instead of washing out to white, and the rear screen helps to set up the shot. The camera will shoot time lapse as well, taking as big as an 8 megapixel photo every 3-60 seconds. Still image quality is on par with a point-and-shoot camera, perhaps a touch over-sharpened. A host of interesting options are also available for this camera, from GPS modules, to video transmission set (to view the video from a safe, remote location), and a remote release. Here’s a sample from Maine:

The one weak point of the CamOne (and other POV cameras as well) is usability. The buttons on the top of the camera are small and with no contrast in their markings. The rear LCD helps with composition, but the icons that indicate what mode you are in are tiny and hard to see, and the menu system feels like it’s 1988 all over again. This can add up to frustration on the side of the road as you try to get the camera ready to shoot. As with all complex devices, there’s a learning curve.

But, and this is a big one, if you are looking for good POV image quality and interchangeable lenses, the CamOne Tec Infinity is one of the few if not only games in town. Well played, CamOne, well played. Visit www.camonetec.com for more details.

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You know that little boy who stares at you, mouth agape, as you ride by? That was me, thirty-plus years ago. I merged two of my passions, motorcycles and photography, when I became a contributor to RoadRUNNER.