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rlwiley
03-06-2011, 09:41 PM
We are finalizing our order on X25 tomorrow, How bout some reviews on the 2011 tower camera. We have 4 kids so the wife wants it but I would rather spend that money elsewhere......like gas this summer.
One more thing does the X25 come with a button to make it louder and faster.
Not trying to start anything.....just asking.LOL

RaeRay
03-06-2011, 10:05 PM
We are finalizing our order on X25 tomorrow, How bout some reviews on the 2011 tower camera. We have 4 kids so the wife wants it but I would rather spend that money elsewhere......like gas this summer.
One more thing does the X25 come with a button to make it louder and faster.
Not trying to start anything.....just asking.LOL

At first I didn't order the camera and went with all the Zero off and Chart plotter.... After sesing the camera in use, its a must! So I have the camera, and did away with the other two options.Good luck with that button.... who are you ordering your boat through?

Machiel
03-06-2011, 10:14 PM
Also ordered the tower cam. What they told me is that the 2011 cam is an upgraded version...
I wonder how the quality looks like..

RaeRay
03-06-2011, 10:18 PM
Also ordered the tower cam. What they told me is that the 2011 cam is an upgraded version...
I wonder how the quality looks like..

I think it's amazing.

ddanenberger
03-06-2011, 10:28 PM
the camera is nice. It is supposed to be upgraded to the new HD version. I have been told that April builds and later will have the HD version. our X25 has the POV 1.5, but the dealer indicated he would upgrade it.

Eric2010MCX2
03-06-2011, 10:44 PM
we have the 2010 version and I am verrrrrrrrry disappointed in it. I cannot believe they put a BLACK AND WHITE camera on a mastercraft. That and its pretty poor quality video.

that being said, it was a waste of $1000 and we rarely use it... one last rant.. they only give you a 2 MB SD card with it which will not hold much at all.


Verdict.. HD or not.. I would just for go it and save the money for fuel... you're gonna need it this summer. I am sure we will be paying $4.00 plus a gallon again.

Red Dragons
03-06-2011, 10:56 PM
I would agree that the quality on the 2010 version isn't great but it is nice to replay your ride and see where and what you need to do different right after you get back in. I use mine lots just for that. Its helpful to teach newbies too

vision
03-06-2011, 10:59 PM
Have to agree with Eric. I do not have the mc camera but I have used the vio camera system. For the money, it is not impressive.

Cmpdman
03-07-2011, 12:54 AM
New boat has it but I don't know much about it. I do know that our family records all of our water adventures. We just watched a video of our last year powell trip. They are great! Once I get the boat I'll keep you posted on how well it works ... But for the money I could have spent it a lot better ways .

g-mantrix
03-07-2011, 05:45 AM
buy a Go Pro HD, or similar, mount it on the tower and take your vids/pics whatever, cheaper option...the only thing I suggest is to have someone on the boat that knows how to switch it on etc, and you have many options for mounting ie rear transom, windshield..blah blah blah
this is a wakesurf pic with tower mount on my X2, HD 170deg wide screen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvCDgq1-IF8

Plave
03-07-2011, 10:01 AM
buy a Go Pro HD

This

Save your money and buy a Go Pro HD, it's a far, far superior camera to the MC option and they're only $300. There's loads of different mountings which means you can do more with it, you can use it head mounted or even board mounted as well as tower mounted.

coz
03-07-2011, 10:34 AM
This

Save your money and buy a Go Pro HD, it's a far, far superior camera to the MC option and they're only $300. There's loads of different mountings which means you can do more with it, you can use it head mounted or even board mounted as well as tower mounted.

Agreed, here's a quick GoPro clip, excellent quality in a small package with all kinds of attachments. http://www.facebook.com/?sk=lf#!/video/video.php?v=135356249852825

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=162536490464359&id=126074614110547&aid=47102#!/photo.php?fbid=162536867130988&set=a.162536490464359.47102.126074614110547&theater

If ya need a mount for it let me know, I have connections http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=162536490464359&id=126074614110547&aid=47102#!/photo.php?fbid=162536867130988&set=a.162536490464359.47102.126074614110547&theater

KnoxX2
03-07-2011, 11:06 AM
Agree go with the GoPro and save the money for gas.

SWeaver
03-07-2011, 11:15 AM
Which go pro model do you guys use/recommend?

KnoxX2
03-07-2011, 11:23 AM
Get the 1080 HD. Then buy what ever mounts you think you would want. Mounts don't cost a lot!

FourFourty
03-07-2011, 11:45 AM
X4 on the Go-Pro 1080 HD. The new tower cam promises to be better than before, however, I doubt the image quality will be any better than the Go-Pro. Go-Pro is 1/3 the cost, and the best part is, you can use it anywhere!!

craig3972
03-07-2011, 12:04 PM
just go to wall mart and get a cheapy Sony HD hand held for $250. at least then you have some zoom and focusing functions. The Hero and the POV1 will not zoom, almost essential when 60 to 80 feet away. The POV1 at least has a sceen so you can check your shot before you start recording, on the Hero you check it after recording on the computer and hope you captured what you wanted. The best footage happens when a person is holding/controlling the camera. Hero works best for close shots (2 to 15 feet).

nmcjr
03-07-2011, 06:12 PM
Here is another option I don't own but have looked at. With this you can use any camera that has a tripod mount.

http://wakevideo.com/