If you’ve a motorcycle, then taking videos while hitting the road sounds appealing. But to do it right, consider Sena’s Prism Bluetooth Action Camera. The Prism is a digital camera possessing the ability to record FULL HD 1080p resolution video. The field of view is a wide one – 137 degrees – which makes sense since this isn’t a portrait- but an action-camera. Obviously it’s more durable and sturdy too than cheapo HD cameras that purport to be “action” based. That it provides about 2 hours of recording time is also good — shooting snippets of video is okay for when you’re walking down a beach or street, but not when riding and certainly not when you’re hitting high speeds and the only thing slowing you down is the end of the roadway. Besides video shooting — 1080p30fps, 720p3060fps and 480p up to 120fps — there’s also a still photo mode (5MP) that includes time lapse and burst shooting.
For those who don’t ride, some of what the Prism offers might not seem all that important, like being able to record over videos being made or communicate with other riders because it has built-in Bluetooth. But consider, having a wired mic can be dangerous if not just a mistake when you’re on a motorcycle so wireless makes the most sense you can imagine. And having that wireless work with a BT headset (any brand that conforms to the BT standards) is plain genius because it is such a common sense kind of thing. Going whole hog, get Sena’s Expand BT Neckband Communication System because this BT voice intercom is designed for outdoor use specifically so it’s more durable and weather resistant than others of a like minded nature. So listening to music or calls or voice comes through all at a higher caliber. As does being able to record your own voice over the video footage being shot. And the 700 meters range is mighty impressive too, as is the Ultra HD Voice tech but really its’a about a better frequency response so that you can hear what is being said.
Now it’s cool that there’s a built-in mic, but when you’re on the move, it’s certainly not going to be that mic that is used if any voices are to be heard (for picking up street and bike noise, sure). A BT can handle remote functions on the Prism (wireless and all) and the addition of voice prompts will avoid making mistakes when using the camera while being on-the-go (lets face it, there’s no reason to have a motorcycle-biased digital action camera if it’s going to be handheld all the time).
Sena also knows that weather can be an obstacle — by that it’s not just about when it’s raining but the aftereffects of same, such as water in gutters being blown around and other fluids making their way around the planet and of course ending up splattering on the bike. So while the Prism has a fair amount of waterproofing by itself (up to 1 meter), sticking it into the included waterproof housing can’t hurt.
But to get back to the camera, as good as all the features relating to and revolving around video recording are, where does placement of the camera take place? Okay, for most you’d say the obvious place is on the motorcycle helmet — and true enough that gives a first-person point of view. But Sena doesn’t play roll over and die like the rest games; a series of mounts are included and these enable the Prism to be placed in varied positions on the bike — not just providing different and more distinct POVs, but opening up videos to have a stronger vibe because they can get up close and personal with the bike. These mounts include for the wind shield, a fog lamp type and a side mirror type mount.
And as another example of sensibility that Sena enacts, the whole mounting system is of the “quick-release” variety: this means that the camera can be moved from the bike to handheld or from one location to another on the bike quickly. so THAT means that it can keep recording instead of having to be turned off and then turned back on later.
The Prism fulfills the needs of the “action” hero to have a camera to match. You don’t just get a quality HD camera for $399, but a system designed to make shooting from and around and on or by a bike simple and efficient. That means the time is spent shooting and not worrying about how to shoot or whether what is being shot looks like what it is intended to be. Sena can give themselves a pat on the back for this one.