Originally Posted by forkmeupscotty
There are couple of similar products at that price range, and the unifying theme seems like that they all like to push their own cameras(which more or less all seem like packaging exercise using Sony CMOS sensors...)
Unfortunately, I don't think any of them support 1080p yet, and some of them downright look fn terrible in 2014 standards(varying levels of terrible in rolling shutter effects and sometimes even have interlacing artifacts). It could have been the cutting edge broadcast quality video technology... 10-15 year ago, back when people still used CRTs.
So, you might want to either replace or augment with gopros since they've finally hit the acceptable video quality since gopro2. You still should get an external mic for it, though since the built-in gopro mic sounds awful, and you can even manage to sound even more awful by putting it in a case.
Others you might want to check out include products offered by racelogic, race-technology, and chasecam.
Good write up. Most of the companies actually doing engineering on the camera head side (AIM and ChaseCam) are using Aptina sensors. Same sensors that GoPro uses. However, your point is well taken that it is a packaging exercise, but the complexity becomes the signal protocol as the sensor itself is not designed for a long distance signal transmission. Lots of details here... I will not bore you. But I can tell you that making your own camera can be very painful.
After our experience making our own cameras, we decided this was a mistake.
Our new product range will take video signals from a variety of sources including GoPro, Sony Action Camera, bespoke HD camera heads, and SD bullet cams.
Our market has intentionally changed, so we are not targeting track day people at this point. Even if our product is something that makes sense for that market, we sell more product to other markets that require multiple views and real time overlays.
What sets us apart from all the Chinese and Korean product, is we can do multiple camera feeds (including dual HD or SD Inset into HD) and real time graphics and data overlays with separate audio controls and hands free operations and smart phone apps for control and review, and single dash control, write to USB thumb drives, and 100+ hours of recording time. But we are still in development and beta units are going out this month as part of the development cycle. So, if your requirement is immediate... we are NOT your solution.
We will be actively adding features to the system in the coming months including wireless sensors, wireless OBDII, global shutter cameras, various gauges, dash display, track analysis software. The system is field upgradable.
If you do not mind spending time getting the data and video synced (really not that hard if you apply some data-video points to set to)... and doing post process, it may make more sense to consider separate data and video systems. All in one make it easier, but at a cost.
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