5. Liquid Image Summit Series HD
The problem with trying to integrate a video camera into a pair of snow goggles is that you risk creating a device that’s mediocre on both counts. And while Liquid Image’s Summit Series goggle is a good first stab at marrying these two products, it so compromises the user’s peripheral vision that it’s almost unwearable.
Goggles, remember, are really important in a sport where the world moves by you—or at you—at high speed, and mistakes can lead to injury.
The flashing record light, situated right between your eyes, is just visible enough to be completely distracting while trying to execute sick moves on the slopes. Meanwhile, the video is a disappointing 720×480 resolution in a world where 1080p is now considered standard, and the still camera shoots smallish 5 MB jpegs. (The updated HD 1080P model hits retail shelves in October and will cost $400.)
Operation is easy, though, which is nice given the high-speed, low-visibility settings this is intended for. The camera’s two buttons are an on-off/mode switch and a record/shutter button. A long press on the power button gets you going; a short press toggles between still and video modes, which are indicated by blue and red LED lights on the top of the goggles. So all you have to worry about is not crashing (which, again, will be a bit more challenging while wearing these).
get-gadget Unlike helmet- or harness-mounted cameras, the Liquid Image goggles are guaranteed to shoot exactly where you’re looking. Proof that you don’t have to wear a dorky appendage if you want to film POV shots of your runs.
TIRED Instead of the mini-USB cable that every other gadget in the world uses for charging and downloading footage, this camera relies on an RCA cable. Have fun finding a replacement. Until they partner with a serious eyewear maker like Smith or Oakley for the goggle half of the equation, we’d sooner buy Steve Martin’s Opti-Grab invention from The Jerk.
$250, Liquid Image