film my route
March 21, 2010 11:02 AM   Subscribe

Video camera for a runner?

An idea for a project includes filming my running/walking/biking routes. I am looking for a small video camera to clip on the brim of my hat that faces forward and can film 3-4 hours of daytime footage. Sound would be great, but is optional. Google turns up results, but everything I find gets negative reviews for poor quality or length of record time being too short. Advice on where to find such a camera or specific experiences with small video cameras/simalar projects is very appreciated!
posted by archivist to Media & Arts (5 answers total)
Wouldn't this be a well-positioned iPod Nano?
posted by tmcw at 11:08 AM on March 21, 2010

Image stabilization will be a big concern. Unless something has changed, this rules out any of the Flip cameras, since the motion of your head will yield a very bouncy video indeed.
posted by tss at 11:23 AM on March 21, 2010

It's UK-based, but this store is a good place to browse for ideas. Their reviews section will give you more info and you can see footage taken on the cameras.

The Drift Innovation X170 seems to get pretty positive reviews (1, 2, 3, 4). It's $199.
posted by MuffinMan at 12:13 PM on March 21, 2010

I have seen many a helmet cam equipped skier so that is another avenue for you to research. I will however echo tss' comment of the need for image stabilization. Motorcycle riding or skiing at the very least involves gliding across the ground. Running will cause your head to bop up and down and produce video that will be nearly unwatchable. If only you could find a way to attach a homemade steadycam to yourself.
posted by mmascolino at 12:42 PM on March 21, 2010

Also from a recent question on muscians using in-ear sound monitors comes this video taken from a glasses mounted camera on Bono. Notice when he moves around the video is tough to watch.
posted by mmascolino at 2:46 PM on March 21, 2010

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