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Bow-mounted video camera screws into the stabilizer receptacle on your bow to capture footage of your shots, to show your arrow flight, impact, and even your prey’s reaction. The Riser Cam doubles as a stabilizer as well, using Recoil Absorption Technology (RAT) to recover from shot recoil almost instantaneously. Remove the Riser Cam from your bow and it mounts to any tripod to capture footage from any vantage point. Easy to use with one button for power ON and one button for record. Record with built-in 64 MB memory or expand your capacity with up to a 4 GB SD card (not included). Microphone and AV cables included. Operates on 2 AA batteries (not included).
I guess my review would apply to any small action-cam (video camera); this particular model happens to mount on my compound bow. Other action cams would be mounted on a bike or helmet, or you can strap it onto your head, handlebars, dashboard, car bumper, cat, remote control airplane, etc.
With the riser cam mounted in the stabilizer hole on my bow, I was looking for a shot of my arrow flying towards its intended target. The unit takes 2 batteries, which were nearly impossible to install. The battery housing was so tight, I had to use excessive force, almost enough to break the unit. The on/off button is difficult to push underneath its semi-waterproof rubber exterior. I think with all the technology we have today, buttons should have a desirable touch to them. Keypad buttons on cell phones and laptops, keyboards, any type of functional button should have a nice feel to them, with a smooth action. The Roscoby on/off button is too stiff. After struggling with the batteries, I was ready to film. The camera will take AA batteries, but they recommend Lithium, it sucks a lot of juice.
I turned the camera on and shot a few targets. I need to shoot with the riser cam on to see if it changed the sight references. Anything you change on your bow will change the way your arrows fly. After a few little adjustment to my pins, I took it out for the real test… into my hunting stand, for my first archery hunt.
After a long 2 mile walk to my treestand, the unit was small, light and attached to my bow. That’s a plus. Nothing to carry. No more than 2 hours of the waiting game, a buck walked 30 yards broadside. You can’t ask for a better situation! I turned the riser cam on, and made sure the red light was on, indicating the unit was recording. I had my camera man next to me with a Canon GL2 for the broadcast quality video. As I drew back my bow, I loosed my arrow.
After the hunt, I was anticipating watching the riser cam videos. Could I see my arrow flying towards the deer? What kind of vantage point did I capture? I plugged the riser cam into my TV and saw several videos to choose from that I could review. I watched the ones of me shooting at the 3D and block target. What I saw was very interesting.
I was not able to see my arrow flying at all. The frames per second were too slow to see anything moving at 265 fps. Every time I shot, I of course, after my follow through, I let my bow arm down. The camera captured all of this movement, a streak of fuzziness as my arm was swinging down with the camera still in the ‘on’ position. It was something that I had never thought about all of the movement that I am capturing while recording with an action-type mountable camera. Watching this on your screen will make you dizzy!
The video I wanted to see was the archery hunt. My first bow kill. I navigated the video thumbnails to the last video and saw a black thumbnail. I played it back, and the entire video was black. If I had not had a back-up video camera going, I would have lost a very important moment. I played back all of the videos I’d captured that day and the quality was lacking (n my opinion) on all of them, add the unnecessary movement that I recorded with a mountable video camera and that was all the video I ever needed to see from this camera.
If you are in the market for a mountable action-cam, spend a little extra money on a higher quality, higher frame rate video capturing unit. I am sure that when the final video is edited, you could cut out all the motion and streaks, but you would definitely want some quality in the filming in order for the video to even be worth editing. The Roscoby Riser Cam (bow-mounted) failed my test, and gave me little hope that I would want a mountable camera of any type for filming any of my outdoor activities. I thought it would be neat to capture some videos while cruising around on my motorcycle also, but with the quality of the video being so poor, it truly isn’t worth watching. I would rather have a larger, full size camera and deal with it’s size and cumbersomeness rather than see poor quality video.
Roscoby Riser Cam Features:
• Hands free digital recording
• Resolution: 640 x 480 pixels (VGA)
• Frame rate: 30 frames per second
• Focus range 2 to 40 yards
• Operates with minimum ambient light (5 lux)
• Highly water resistant
• SD card memory expansion (up to 4GB)
• Built-in memory 64MB
• 3.5 mm microphone jack
• Saves audio/video as AVI file format
• Operating system: Windows XP/Vista
• USB and RCA cables included (PC & TV viewing)
• Operates on 2 AA batteries (not included,Lithium batteries recommended)
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S&W Makes A .45 ACP 1911– Hell Freezes Over?!
How’d It Happen?
Several years ago there was a persistent rumor S&W was going to offer a 1911 style in the FBI’s competition for a pistol for issue to their SWAT team-trained agents. That didn’t materialize, but S&W did introduce a single-action pistol called the 945 that had a frame very similar to the 1911, but with a barrel/slide setup pure S&W. So the S&W 1911 is not entirely unexpected. What was a surprise was the statement by a S&W executive that they had wanted to do it a long time ago, but had been held back by management. When the old management left the green light was given. So here we are. Read More
Leaving your home for another place in the event of a disaster means leaving your comfort zone and a lot of the things that define you. Because of the uncertainty of where you will eventually end up, bringing documents that can prove your identity, find loved ones and help return your life to a sibilance of normalcy. Next to the basic items of food, water and shelter, you need these documents to help you manage life when things have settled down.
The thought of your family being in danger is a good reason to start preparing for a worst case scenario. Recent history has shown us that it pays to be prepared because you never know when a disastrous event will happen. You need to pack the things you need to survive and have a clear idea on how to quickly move to another location. This presents a real challenge because in the face of a calamity, moving to another place can become impossible. This is where a bug out vehicle (BOV) comes in handy. Having a BOV can spell the difference between surviving a disaster and being counted as a casualty.
One of the most important tools in a survival kit is a survival knife. By just having a single yet the best survival knife, you can do many things in order to completely survive in a wilderness for instance. Armed with the right knowledge, a quality survival knife can help you in making traps, hunting, self defense and a lot more. There are a lot of knives available in the market and if you have difficulty in choosing the best, then you should consider some tips before buying a survival knife.
Top characteristics to look for a survival knife
Aside from its purpose to perform a wide range of tasks, it also delivers excellent execution in a specific discipline.
(1) Tang: This is the part of the knife’s blade that reaches onto its handle. Both the knife’s blade and the tang are considered one solid part of steel. Referred to as full tang, or tang that continues all the way onto the handle’s base, is regarded as the best for a worthy survival knife. It provides full power for a knife.
(2) Handle: When it comes to survival knives, the handle has a wide variety. There are those that are polymer and some are hard rubber. A lot of handles are good. Always remember that you should avoid knives that have empty handles for storage purposes. Additionally, you should not choose a survival knife that has a compass on its handle. It looks like a cool feature, but it can just give you so much hassle when holding the knife, especially when you are involved in an unacceptable situation.
(3) Metal Blade: Generally, a survival knife has two types of steel – carbon and stainless steel.
Carbon steel – this is commonly known to grip a good edge longer compared to stainless. However, it will become rustic much faster than stainless steel.
Stainless steel – Virtually, it is indestructible, can last for a period of time without becoming rusty, and can take a beating. But a lot of users suggest that blades in stainless lose an edge quicker than carbon does.
(4) Design of the blade: The choice is just between a serrated blade and straight one. Generally, a straight blade is best for chopping wood and easier to sharpen. On the other hand, a good smooth stone can be utilized to sharpen a straight blade even if you do not have a whetstone.
(5) Length of the blade: A common survival knife has a length from 6 to 12 inches. If it’s shorter, then you will not perform certain tasks in a survival situation such as hunting. For your bug out bag, getting a knife that is 9 to 10 inches in length can get you started.
(6) Thickness of the blade: For those who are newbies, this is the harder part. A rule of thumb is that 3/16 to 4/16 of an inch thickness is the best recommended for a survival knife. This will be very helpful in prying and wood chopping.
(7) Sheath: If you are a newbie, you may look at the knife’s sheath as less significant from other parts. But this will cause a lot about the manner of carrying and drawing a knife.
Natural disasters seem to be getting worse with each passing year. People face personal disasters every day from losing a job to the death of a loved one. Disasters affect people differently – some get paralyzed with fear just thinking about the possibility of facing one while others are motivated to start preparing for the worst case scenario. Read More