but I didn't mentioned that Drift cameras have something that all the other brands do not:
Built in LCD for easy menu selections and instant playback.
170 degree field of view in 1080p
Built in 1/4 20 standard thread mounting point
The Drift HD will be available to buy on August 31, 2011. MSRP, $369USD.
But just a note on the existing HD170 Stealth, to me this will still be my go to camera for snowboarding as it can house the long life or all day battery. And it's easier to handle in winter time with gloves on. (Bigger buttons)
You know what one of the many camera companies need to do is separate the lens from everything else.
I'm considering the Liquid Image goggle cam becuase they don't have the camera sticking out there to get damaged. As hideous as many say the goggles are, I'll take the trade off of functionality.
I might F up a regular helmet cam wiping out, or beat the crap out of it unexpectedly getting into an area where tree brances can smack it.
Same thing if I were still dirt biking.
Separate the camera; it's smaller and less protrusive. Have a length of wires that can be ran down to my inside pocket in my jacket where the battery and everything else can be.
There are a couple of reasons why that doesn't work well. The main reason is that you usually want a fairly direct path for light coming from the lens going to the sensor.... and for quality reasons you typically want as large a lens and as large a sensor as is practical.
I haven't seen the goggle camera that you mentioned, but I doubt it has the quality of the larger POV cams.
I was meaning to put just what is necessary to mount on the helmet (lens, sensor, associated circuit board that would be needed) and run the wires down to the rest of the unit/equipment that could go in a pocket. Could even use bigger batteries without having an obnoxious protrusion off the helmet.
It's possible the below might not have as much quality; but if I find the quality to be acceptable, goggle view to not be obstructed, for me it would be worth getting these. Like I mentioned, my biggest worry about the investment is protecting it from getting damaged when I face plow. I've been known to take some darn fine tumblers... at least a few times every weekend. It's all in good fun, gotta keep pushing the limits.