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Review of i-Kam Xtreme Eyewear Video system

Review of i-Kam Xtreme Eyewear Video system

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Falling under the heading of “Cool as Hell” are the i-Kam Xtreme Video Glasses from www.predatoroutdoorproducts.com  We video a ton of stuff throughout the season but don’t always capture those moments during the “pre-hunt” or “post-hunt” that we wish we had footage of after the season.  The i-Kam Xtreme is a product that will allow you to capture a variety of situations without even realizing you’re the cameraman!

The i-Kam Xtreme is a combination of stylish eyewear and a video camera rolled into one product.  The glasses are camouflaged in Realtree AP and comes with a set of interchangeable lenses.  When we first heard about this product, our interest peaked, but to be honest we didn’t expect the resulting video to hold much water.  We were wrong.

Here are the Specs on i-Kam Xtreme:

Product Size: 170 x 160 x 40mm (folded)
Physical Weight: 39g
Speed Read: Read – 700kbs / Write – 500kbs
USB: 2.0 (HS)
Power Supply: Embedded 550mAh Li-polymer Battery
Power Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Power Adaptor: 5V DC / 500mAh
Memory: Built in 4GB, Max 8GB, Support Max 8GB Micro SD card
Resolution: 736 x 480 Video Playback
Video Format: AVI
Audio: Stereo
Recording Speed: 30fps
Working Temp: 23F – 104F
Storage Temp: -4F – 176F
Player: Windows Media Player, Quicktime, Real player, Storm codec
Operating System: Easily Connected to Your PC, for Viewing, Saving, and Sharing

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Now there are obviously a myriad of situations in which one may utilize the i-Kam Xtreme, but from a hunter’s point of view, they’re simple to operate and they’re always pointing toward what you’re looking at!  As I mentioned previously, we had our concerns about the quality of audio and video.  From the pinhole 3 megapixel CMOS camera to the stereo microphone, our expectations were not very high. 

Video Quality: The quality of the video produced by the I-Kam’s is pretty good.  Let’s be honest here. You’re not going to get HD quality video from a pinhole camera.  But the resulting video isn’t bad for capturing a second angle, a point of view shot, or those times when you’re the cameraman and still have to manipulate equipment (ex. Fishing)
Audio: Here’s where the i-Kam Xtreme dazzled us.  The microphone on these glasses is much better than expected.  I remember plugging the USB cable into my computer for the first time to preview the video that I had taken and thought “Wow, I didn’t even know there was a microphone on these things!”

Here is a sample of some of the video we shot with this product during our 2009 Season.  As is always the case, the quality gets distorted on a YouTube upload but you’ll be able to get a sense of how we used it.  This product is great for those Point of View shot angles:

 

The Down Side: There is no way to preview the video you take without hooking it up to a computer. 

The Up Side: The biggest plus of this product is that it is a “Hands-free” way to video and you still can look cool wearing these at the same time.  From hunting to fishing and all the outdoor activities in between, these babies will allow you to relive the fun.

i-Kam Player: Media Player for download and playback of video (on PC) can be found at www.predatoroutdoorproducts.com

 Our Marks on the i-Kam Xtreme Video Eyewear:

Style: 5 out of 5: These glasses look stylish to the point where you could wear them without the video component

Production Quality: 5 out of 5: The i-Kam eyewear appears to be constructed well, are lighter than we expected and the camouflage finish did not have any flaws.

Video Quality: 4 out of 5: Up close shots in good lighting were the best but unless you’re James Bond videoing a matter of national security, a pinhole camera can’t be expected to do much better.

Audio Quality: 5 out of 5: We were impressed with the microphone capabilities on this.

Overall Value: 4 out of 5: We were able to find these for $160 on Amazon.com.  If you want the “Hands Free” video capabilities, these seem to hold up quite well.

For more information on this product, which also comes in colors other than camo, CLICK HERE

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