There is a new category of video camera that has sprung up in recent years. It’s the sports camera that boasts a tiny footprint and delivers HD video. Put these pups anywhere and you have a point of view like you never had, and always wanted.
There are two main things that the Wingman has that the other cameras don’t: Let’s start with a built in monitor. Yep, nothing like the old concept of framing your shot before you set your cameras’ position. The other camera does that now, as well, but it’s an add-on feature, with added cost. Then comes the 1/4-20 STANDARD tripod screw mount. What has been missing from the first round of these cameras was the ability to mount the camera on a suction cup mount, Gorillapod or just a simple tripod, without being in a case.
Surprisingly, many of the details and specifications about this camera are missing from the Delkin website:
Its lens has a 150-degree field of view, which is less than some of the other motorcycle video cameras but we thinkbetter off because of it. The videos and photos show almost none of the severe barrel distortion noted on some of the other motorcycle video cameras we’ve reviewed, yet the 150-degree field of view is still wide enough to capture all the action.
Video and Photo Resolution
The 8 megapixel CMOS sensor in this camera will capture 1080p “full HD” video at 30 FPS (Frames Per Second), but it will also take 720p video at 60 FPS. WVGA at 60 FPS and QVGA at 30 FPS video are also available. The video files are saved as .MOV files in H.264 format.
The camera will take still photos at 3, 5 or 8 megapixel resolution and the camera has both a self-timer mode, which allows interval shooting at 5 or 10 seconds. A continuous shooting mode is also available for still photos at 2, 3, 5, 10, 20, 30 or 60 second intervals.
Live View Screen
Having a live view is critical to ensuring that the video you want to capture is actually what you’ll get. Besides giving the user the ability to accurately align the camera before pressing the “Start” button, a live view allows you to review the videos and photos you’ve just taken. And finally, it provides an easy way to change all of the camera settings.
It has a very nice color 1.5″ TFT LCD screen, although the waterproof housing makes it a bit more difficult to clearly read the screen.
Video File Looping
A “loop” feature is also available and can be set through the menu system; it will take continuous video in 15-minute increments and the camera will close and save each file. Regular video recording is limited to 30-minute increments; when the limit is reached, the file is saved and a new file is started, up to the memory card capacity. Memory cards (microSD) up to 32GB can be used.
It is sold worldwide, so it can be set at either 50Hz or 60Hz in NTSC or PAL formats.
The Wingman comes with an 1100mAH rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Delkin claims about 2.5 hours battery life average and that seems about right, based on our experience with the camera. The temperature operating range is -10 C to 50 C with 15% to 85% relative humidity. [UPDATE: See Owner Comments below, it also can be powered with a 12 Volt connection for continuous shooting up to the capacity of the SD memory card.]
The camera body and the waterproof housing have a metal tripod mount in the standard 1/4″-20 format. You probably will not want to mount the camera outside of its waterproof housing, however. There’s a problem with the location of the tripod mount on the waterproof housing, as we’ll describe in the next section.
The camera has many other features, such as the ability to replay video with sound using the live view; a triple-shot mode to take 3 still photos in sequence; a flip and mirror mode to orient the image if the camera is held upside-down; and even a rewind, fast-forward and zoom capability for audio, video and image files using the live view and menu system.
1.5 inches Color LCD for real-time view & playback
Professional 1080p HD Video Recording
Universal Mounting 1/4-20 inches Tripod Thread
3x Digital Zoom in 720p, 480p and 240p mode
150 degree Wide Angle Lens
8 Megapixel Sensor
Waterproof Case (30 meters)
8GB MicroSD Card
Vented Helmet Mount
Wall and Automobile Charger
Power and Data USB Cable
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