By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
July 2, 2015
Last updated on 7/03/15.
While making the rounds at NDIA SOFIC 2015 (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference 2015), DefenseReview (DR) ran into Eric Dobbie of MOHOC, who showed us the brand new MOHOC Elite Ops Tactical Helmet Camera system, which is a lo-pro (low-profile), waterproof helmet-mounted camera with full 1080P HD video recording at FPM (Frames Per Second) and 12-megapixel still-shot capability. The camera itself is housed in durable, form-fitting (black) housing that blends well with the helmet both visually and physically/aerodynamically for high-speed, low-drag activities like jumping/parachuting, fast-roping, running, shooting, diving, skiing, etc., some or all of which a military SOF (Special Operations Forces) assaulter/operator may be tasked with on his mission(s).
In other words, the MOHOC Elite Ops Tactical Camera’s housing is streamlined and curved, so as to be optimized for mounting on, and operating with, a combat helmet. Check out the accompanying photos (especially those below) to see just how much more streamlined the MOHOC Elite Ops Tactical Camera’s curved housing and overall lo-pro design is than the equivalent GoPro camera. The MOHOC gives the wearer a distinct advantage in this regard. So, why use GoPro when you can go lo-pro (Copyright: David Crane)? The MOHOC can be mounted anywhere on the helmet with velcro. If you mount the MOHOC on the side of your helmet, just rotate the lens (using the bevel) to right the image, so you’re always filming and recording right-side-up.
The MOHOC Elite Ops Tactical Camera system can withstand a 2-meter drop, and is waterproof to a depth of 30 feet “without the need for an additional case or housing”, according to Dobbie. The system utilizes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which gives you 2-2.5 hours of running time. If that battery runs out of juice, you can just pop in two CR-123 batteries, so the MOHOC has dual-power capability. When the camera’s running, the MOHOC will vibrate to alert you. WiFi and Bluetooth are built into the system for syncing up to your smartphone, operate the camera remotely, etc.
The MOHOC Elite Ops Tactical Helmet Camera just went into production, so it should be available for purchase as of this writing. Defense Review is very impressed with this product upon handling it. We just hope the performance lives up to the visuals and claims. We’ll try to get our hands on one or two for T&E (test and evaluation) and field review, as soon as possible.
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