Epic Action Cam Captures Rugged Footage

Epic Action CamI received a sample of the new EPIC Action Sports Video Camera from Stealth Cam last week and we’ve been testing it on Tahoe’s mountain biking and four-wheeling trails. The camera is a compact, lightweight device that weighs 2.5 ounces and measures 3 inches long. It has a 45-degree field-of-view and 2x zoom. The camera shoots video at 30 frames per second and can take up to nine consecutive still images at 5 megapixels. The small, cylindrical camera is housed in a waterproof case which screws on and off. It comes with a variety of straps, clips and pads so that you can attach it to a bike seat, helmet, your handlebars, or almost anywhere else. The camera stores video and still images on an SD card. The 2GB card we’ve been using stores about an hour of video. For longer trips, it’s easy to swap in new cards as you go.

Overall, the camera is a powerful tool in a small, rugged package. The video quality is pretty good and the camera is proving to be durable and easy to use. We’ve started on a project to collect footage of local trails and match it up with GPS data for those trails to present Flash movies that let you see what each trail looks like around every twist and turn. We hope to get the first few videos posted soon, so stay tuned for that.

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  • I got to mess around with this camera a bit and although the size and concept are great, I think there could definitely be a few improvements. First, the velcro straps that come with the camera seem to be the wrong size for pretty much every application. I think they should send their bar mount system with the camera. The waterproof case is great, expect that the plastic mount totally cracked when trying to crank down on the strap to secure the camera to my bike seat as their website details. The video quality is kinda poor, but depending on your application it would probably be fine. The menu system is kind of a pain to navigate and unless you have the pdf instructions printed out, forget about trying to figure out the different settings. I think it would be extremely helpful if the camera gave some sort of audible signal when the recording stops as well. From what I recall, you have to visually check to make sure the recording is still working. This isn’t ideal considering the camera is strapped to your helmet or your bike. Oh, and probably the biggest gripe I have with the camera is the website branding right across the video. No joke… That’s gotta go.