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, my 3D deer, and my Block target. 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)
PRICE: $349.99 at Cabela’s