The market for Point of View (POV) videos has exploded over the last decade. From extreme sports videos on Youtube to first-person Hollywood action movies, the POV viewpoint drives viewers into the action.
Most POV cameras are small, but still obvious square blocks that need to be mounted on a helmet or harness. The Ultra POV Camera Glasses offer a different perspective. A small digital camera set into the centre of a pair of sunglasses. With a price point that’s much lower than their competitors, they seem too good to be true. So are they a bold new horizon, or will they leave you needing an eye test? Read on to find out!
One big advantage that the Ultra POV Camera Glasses have is their discrete nature. You can walk around a family gathering with an action camera strapped to your head, sure, but you’ll have to be prepared for odd looks and a lot of questions! With these camera glasses, the pinhole style lens is set into the bridge of the frame. Small and hard to notice, this camera is fantastic for taking candid footage of crowds and conversations without putting people off.
Let’s move on to the Ultra POV camera itself. With a 5 MegaPixel digital sensor, it records 720p footage. This isn’t the product’s strongest point, unfortunately. While it definitely records in HD, there are plenty of other action cameras out there that record in 1080p or higher, and it would have been nice to see more resolution coming from this camera.
The other issue is the 30 frames per second (FPS) recording speed. Most action cameras on the market record in 60 FPS for a smooth image. This helps reduce blur and stops you from getting motion sick as you watch back your recordings. It won’t make too much of a difference if you’re only walking around, but if you shoot a video of yourself plummeting down ski slopes or climbing up a mountain you might want to consider a sick bucket.
Another important aspect any camera enthusiast will want to consider is the camera’s Field of View (FoV), how much of the world you can take in with the sensor. The Ultra POV lens has a 63° FoV, which is a middle distance between the FoV of traditional cameras and true widescreen recording. You might think that you want the biggest number possible, but anything higher and your footage will be distorted by the ‘fish-eye’ effect.
As with almost all digital video cameras, the Ultra POV Camera Glasses record all footage onto a microSD card, which in this case is slotted into a port set into the thick plastic frames. The maximum capacity that these glasses can take is 32GB, larger cards won’t register on the device.
Theoretically, this gives you up to 90 minutes of continuous footage, but these Ultra POV glasses are best suited to lots of short clips rather than one long continuous shot. If you’re determined to practice your oner takes, using higher quality Micro SD cards that are designed for use in digital cameras might net you better results.
In conclusion, the Ultra POV Camera Glasses sacrifice image quality for insane portability and a low price, making them a good choice for amateurs to experiment with POV photography. True, there are action cameras out there that will give you more pixels, but you’ll have to fork out much more cash to match.