Digital Camera Gadgets: Hot Camera Gadgets - Hatcams For the Flip Video Recorder

Hot Camera Gadgets: Hatcams

I bought a Flip Video Camcorder last year on sale at Costco - I ended up paying right around $100 for it - and my life has never been the same since! I love this little camcorder because it is so light and so easy to use it's incredible.

However, I was trying to find a way that I could use the Flip Video Camcorder hands free - enter the Hatcam!

In my opinion, the hatcam is one of the neatest inventions ever - it is certainly one of the hot camera gadgets that is a must-have for the photographer and videotaping enthusiast!  Visit their website for more information on hatcams.

Pictures by Audrey Kirchner
Pictures by Audrey Kirchner

Some Ideas and Uses for Hatcams

Since I already had the Flip Video Camcorder, and had tried it out on several outings, I was trying to think of a way that it would be easier to use - as in hands free. As usual, I turned to the Internet and discovered much to my delight, a baseball style hat that was made for my Flip Video Camcorder (it might also fit other lightweight camcorders).  Being a dedicated consumer, I just had to try it out!

I bought it as a present for my husband so that he could film mushing and give us a 'bird's-eye' view of the action rather than me trying to capture it on video as they approach. But that was not the only use I discovered for it! There are some other great things you can do with a hatcam.

How it works:  You basically place the video camera bottom onto the screw that is located on the hat, and screw it down. Place the hat on your head if you'd like and push the 'on' button - it's as simple as that!

While wearing the hatcam you can:

  • Videotape a hike and capture all the wildlife or beautiful scenes while walking your dog and carrying a backpack
  • Tape a fishing trip and be totally hands free when you real in the big marlin
  • Videotape your kids or grandkids playing at the park while pushing them on the swings for instance - totally hands free
  • While cross country skiing or snowshoeing, wearing the hat you can videotape the entire thing while maneuvering your skis or snowshoes and poles
  • Wear it while jogging
  • Video tape a program without having to hold the camera out to get a good view with other people in front of you and enjoy the show - hands free!
  • Place the hat and camera on the dashboard of your car and videotape the trip - my husband did this while mapping out a route for someone and the quality of the videotape was perfect. He could drive and narrate the entire thing.
  • Wear it horseback riding or canoeing - get great footage
  • Wear it while demonstrating 'how to' - wear it and narrate how to paint a perfect corner
  • Videotape a cooking demonstration - either wearing the hatcam or have someone else wear the hatcam. It provides a good angle of perspective at close range or further away
  • Use the hatcam while training your dog - if you want to make a video, it's the perfect opportunity to capture the steps on video but have your hands free to give commands, work through the training and give treats.

There are many, many uses for the hatcam and too many to name of course. It really is a clever little gadget that you can take or wear anywhere.  Simply attach your video camera, shooting away while you do whatever you were doing.  It's a great little gadget to enable you to use your hands for other things such as skiing.

I plan to use mine this winter for making a demo of sledding with the malamutes. When you're done with your video, all you have to do is come home, detach the video camera and plug the camera into your computer via the USB pop-out that is on the side of the video camcorder.  Voila - movies at your fingertips to email, convert to youtube or save for posterity.

Summing Up Hot Camera Gadgets: Hatcams

Purchasing the hatcam was one of the neatest things I've ever purchased just spur of the moment - as was the Flip Video Camcorder! I had no idea about the quality of the videos but I can attest that the videos are crystal clear and so much fun to make.

Add to that the hot little camera gadget called the hatcam and there is just about nothing you can't do and do it hands free! I look forward to many hours of wonderful videos using the hatcam or having Bob wear it to capture the 'flavor' of mushing activities. The uses for the hatcam are simply endless and hope you will get a chance to try out this hot camera gadget!

There are other models available of course - and some that are actually hidden hat cameras, but for my purposes, the hatcam is just the ticket for hands free videotaping!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks TLL - I love gadgets too and this one is a definite keeper for 'action' packed adventures!


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TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

I love a good gadget. I'd have a lot of fun with this hat cam.

Thanks for the information - and what fun - a how to video! Yay!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Hope you get one soon - they surely are a kick!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Cool! I HAVE been wanting that Flip camcorder for quite a while. I need to more money. :D Haha, cool Hub!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

No kidding~!


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anonimuzz 6 years ago from There

This hub is giving me all sorts of dangerous ideas about hidden cameras (nothing sexual, don't see me like that). These hatcams are a little bit too obvious, but the spy world has many interesting varieties... Woohoo.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Lela - thanks for the read - and maybe time for an upgrade! It is too slick!! The model I got at Costco even came with a little tripod and it is so slick. I set it up not too long ago and taped my son and my mom playing piano and could just sit back and enjoy the music and not have to hold it!

I have vids posted up on youtube - mostly mushing so far, snowshoeing with the pups - and I usually put them into my hubs. There was a scootering trip I did a hub on for Central Oregon and had some of my vids there.

I am going to start on the sledding training ones here soon - and of course can only hope to get some of my comedic moments on tape!

Crewman6 - TOO funny - but at least with these hatcams, they are NOTICEABLE - like hard to miss that big video camera on your head...oh duh! But the video I included on my hub shows you how to make a different kind - and there are some that are totally invisible - like nanny cams! Too much - I guess I kinda sorta prefer that someone can see me taping them so it's a no brainer! Thanks for the read!!


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Crewman6 6 years ago

Now I've seen it all... would never have thought of that! But the legal repercussions could be amazing. Can you imagine everybody in America wearing one? No lawyer should be allowed to file a lawsuit without hatcam video backing up his claim!


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I've had the Flip for about 5 years and it must be an old model because it doesn't have a hole in the bottom of it for a screw. I wanted to at least put it on a tripod. But no. Never thought of wearing it around my neck. That might work. Or maybe I should just update to a newer model. At any rate Flip videos are really cool and you can watch mine at http://www.youtube.com/user/LCargill

Where can we see your videos at, Audrey?


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

No kidding, Holle!

Thanks, HH for the read - and it really is so cool!!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

That sounds fantastic. Thanks for telling.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Too cool! Why didn't WE think of it??


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Nell - I know - it just opens all KINDS of possibilities and good lord, I only hope I'm the narrator, not the subject....oy vey - I have a feeling this is going to go very badly!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Audrey, I was thinking more of you running away from the snakes! ha ha great idea, now we want to see your videos, you might well become famous! lol great hub cheers nell


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Pamela - I know! I was thinking about this when we started Griffin out on the scootering....it is such a pain running after them or trying to get AHEAD of them to videotape them coming in from a run and then I can obviously only get so much footage - they come up on me really fast! So I did a little research and couldn't believe there was a gadget that you put on your hat! Too amazing.

Faye - I am so lucky to have the camera and then to have found the hat! I am so jazzed for winter! Last year I carried the video camera snowshoeing and it was really hard to maneuver ski poles and the camera - I ended up falling down actually (so HARD TO BELIEVE) and the end of the video is a collage of trees, snow, faces, etc). This way, we can get it all and it may just be really interesting instead of just dizzying!

BJ - See above - if I had had this puppy so to speak on, just THINK of the money I could be making on youtube. My funny moments would be legend - and on tape! Bob thinks I should wear the hat at all times but I kinda think that is a little mean. I mean come on - I DO have some moments when I'm actually quite light on my feet...yeah right.

I am in the process of finding out though if they have a bathing cap hatcam and a waterproof flip video because I'm thinking ahead.....it's not just about mushing - I could take this to my swim aerobics class and think of the vids I could make! Of course most of my pals probably wouldn't be speaking to me anymore but I could at least video BOB!

Prasetio - Thanks so much for the read as well - it is a fantastic little camera and so light I usually string it around my neck but with the hatcam - I'm set! Unless there's a severe windstorm, I can videotape anything I want. I'm just so in love with the whole thing!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love this camera. I looks useful benefit by using hatcams. I never thought about this before. But I believe this could be good idea for us. I also enjoy the video...amazing, my friend. Thumbs up for you. Vote/Rate.

Prasetio


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

You realize of course that the inevitable next step is for you to recreate all your amazing adventures - with fish killing, swimming, mushing, etc. while wearing the amazing camcorder screwed into your amazing camcorder cap. Then you can add the resulting vivid realistic videos to your hubs so we can all laugh at, oops, with you.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Hey Audrey, it sounds like a great camcorder to have, I would love to get my hands on one., Thank you for sharing.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Audry, I think that is just too cool. You can catch so many things on camera that you might miss otherwise that I can imagine it is a delight. Voted/ rated up!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Now Katie - would I ever think of using a camera on one of my adventures? Oh gosh yes - if only I'd had this gadget so many years ago~~! Thanks for the read.

Traqqer - I thought about suggesting it on skydiving but guess that probably wouldn't work, eh? Maybe if you strapped it to your head somehow?

Thanks Ken - exactly!! I've only begun to have fun with mine.....I'll have to ask Bob if he's up for a nude jog and I'll video it!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Great informative hub on hat cams. These little suckers could be used in so many interesting ways, Like when your jogging in a nude marathon, you will always have a fresh booty in front of you at all times:0) Thanks for the share it's a hoot and whoop from me.


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Traqqer 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Great idea. Inexpensive and effective. But gotta be careful not to lose your hat in a heavy wind....the camcorder may actually serve as a weight to help keep the hat on!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Now that's handy and imagine the funny video of mishaps and adventures you could get with one of these. I feel more funny adventure hubs coming and now maybe with real video footage. Thanks for bringing the camera gadgets and hatcams to our attention. Peace :)

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