Thursday, January 20, 2011 4.00pm
By Ric McLaughlin, Mountain Biking UK
The Tachyon XC Micro helmet cam can be attached to your lid with 3M dual lock tape or to your goggles with a clip. We’d recommend the latter, because the camera worked itself free when using the tape, even during light cross-country work. The goggle mount works a lot better, and at 102g the weight is pretty good too.
However you choose to attach it, the Tachyon’s easy to use – turn it on, close the back door then just hit the record button. The video shoots at 30fps at 640 x 480 VGA. That’s pretty slick at this price, but obviously you miss out on HD quality. TV cables are included, along with a USB memory card reader.
The Tachyon isn’t rechargeable and runs off two AAA batteries, which offer four hours of run time. It’s waterproof to 30m but the water-tight sealing does muffle the inboard mic. On the other hand, it does get round the ‘wind-rush’ problem that plagues some other helmet cams.
The XC Micro mightn’t offer HD recording but it does have more than decent quality and usability at a superb price. Our only gripes are that if you don’t ride with goggles then you’re stuck with the 3M mounting tape and we’re also disappointed by the lack of a rechargeable battery.
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