The ultimate bullet camera system for motorsports!
Smartycam GP HD is a very versatile racing camera system. It’s easy to install on most racing vehicles, it’s robust and reliable and has been engineered to withstand the extreme working conditions typical of all Motorsport.
Perfect for your installation
Smartycam GP HD comes in three different Fields of View, so you can tailor it to the needs of your particular vehicle:
- 67° Standard FOV (Field of View) Useful for viewing from inside an enclosed cockpit
- 84° Medium FOV (Field of View) useful for helmet cams, open-topped vehicles and UTVs
- 120° Wide Angle
There is also a choice between 2m and 4m Cable lengths.
Real time data overlaid on videos
SmartyCam GP HD overlays all the data you need from different sources. From GPS showing track map and vehicle position, as well as speed, lap and split times. From Aim loggers connected to your ECU showing RPM, throttle, engaged gear, acceleration, temperatures, pressures and – in presence of additional sensors – also their values. All these info will be overlayed on videos in each single point of the track. Here is just an example among the many available:
Race Studio 3, your software for video configuration and analysis
SmartyCam HD uses Race Studio 3, the powerful software which allows to configure all details of your videos and to get plenty of fun and information out of them.
You can configure your overlays in a virtually infinite variety of modes: add your logo and the track map, and choose your graphic objects from a list of pre-determined sets with same layout or even single objects from different sets. Your videos will be truly “yours” in all details, from the data to their graphic layouts.
The video of a whole session, once downloaded on your PC, can now be split – with a simple click – in individual videos of each lap: so that you can simultaneously watch two of them and check where you were faster or slower. The same operation can be performed with any SmartyCam HD video recorded on the same track: you will be able to compare your best lap with your friends personal best!
Direct CAN ECU connection
The new SmartyCam GP HD has been designed integrating the direct connection to the CAN-bus line of the ECU and it will allow to use the can-bus communication protocols included in our official database, or manage the customised can-bus protocols. This new feature has been designed particularly for those vehicle like Formula cars or race bikes, where the available space to fit things in is minimum.
Coaxial bullet cable with dedicated connection
We have introduced new solution in order to make all the connections stronger and more protected by electromagnetic noise, as a new connection cable for the bullet , now more protected, and a stronger filtering on the power connection of the SmartyCam GP HD.
Integrated Aim CAN-bus Hub
SmartyCam GP HD has now 4 connectors, one completely dedicated to the bullet cam, one for the ECU-MIC, one for the GPS08 Module connection and an extra one you can use to add an expansion you might have need.
Now compatible with the GPS08 Module
Differently from the previous model which needed the specific GPS SmartyCam, the new SmartyCam GP HD has been optimized and now can only work with the generic GPS08 Module.
Automatic Start & Stop
You are on the starting grid, ready to sprint, your adrenaline reaching the climax: the last thing you can worry about is… switching on the camera. You have other things to worry about. SmartyCam HD Rev2 is aware of that, that is why it switches on/off automatically and starts/stops recording the same way.
Automatic On/Off Switch
SmartyCam HD can be switched on by the logger it is connected to. Switch-off is automatic, too: simply decide after what period of non-activity the camera will switch-off. Both operations can also be carried out using the keyboard, if you prefer.
Recording can also be started/stopped automatically or via keyboard. With automatic switch-on, the camera will start recording when the speed or RPM threshold is exceeded. In this case, you simply decide how long after dropping below the selected threshold the video will automatically stop.
No “wave effect” with the CMOS sensor and improved video quality
Engine rumble causes vibrations, which are not a good thing for video recording. Never again will you experience that seasick “wave effect” you get when watching videos recorded by a generic camera, when the car rolls at 7000 RPM. SmartyCam HD has been designed for that environment and for those vibrations. “Wave effect” is just a memory.
Wave effect with a standard action camera (LEFT) | Video frame by SmartyCam HD (RIGHT)
The new CMOS significantly improves image quality in low-brightness conditions, reducing the ‘noise’ to the minimum.
The Global Shutter CMOS sensor
Unlike generic multipurpose cameras, SmartyCam HD has been designed to avoid the problem of image distortion, thanks to the innovative Global Shutter CMOS sensor. The camera shutter captures the entire image at the same time, not “pixel by pixel” like traditional sensors. The result is that images are captured at once and are not affected by the vibrations that happen on a racing vehicle, which create the so-called “wave effect”.
Proprietary Lenses Designed for Motorsports
Generic action cameras are designed to record videos in many different situations, such as skiing or surfing, but in motorsports they tend to record misleading videos. Those cameras straighten out the view ahead: when on track, the corners simply disappear. So, when you wish to check your track performance, those videos are useless, because the images are distorted. Being a camera dedicated to motorsports, SmartyCam GP HD features lenses specifically designed to avoid distortion.
The narrow HFOV lens is preferred for closed-roof cars, as it “sees” the track just within the wind-screen pillars, reducing that unpleasant black frame around typical of generic camera on-board videos.
The wide HFOV lens is specific for open-roof, formula car and kart use, where it is possible to have a more ample view of the track and there is no risk of black frames.
Wide Colour TFT Display
The wide SmartyCam GP HD 240 x 320 pixel TFT color display makes installation and aiming very easy.
High-quality small-size video file
Other HD cameras are focused on the highest pixel number. The rproblem with this, is that their video files are far too large, taking too much memory. SmartyCam GP HD videos have the same quality as other HD cameras but their files are smaller because the H264 compression system parameters have been optimised to a perfect balance between video quality and file size. You can choose among three video file quality levels: one-hour recording takes 4GB (high quality), 2GB (normal) or 1,5GB (low). Files are stored on SD cards: with current SD cards reaching 128GB capacity, you can record more than 30 hours of high-quality videos without changing the card.
Designed to withstand extreme on-track working conditions
Frail things have a bad time on track. An on-board camera designed for Motorsport, must guarantee great resistance against the extreme working conditions typical of track racing and against the most adverse weather, such as: strong and prolonged vibrations, storms, continuous rain, and extreme high and low temperatures.
Now with External Microphone / Jack
SmartyCam GP HD is very flexible: you can add optional modules to fit it perfectly to your needs, like the ECU Bridge to connect it directly to the Engine Control Unit, the GPS, or the external microphone/jack.
Compact, handy and easy to install
The small bullet size (24 diam x 73.5 mm) and light weight (just 55 g) which make SmartyCam GP HD easy to install inside or outside your car/bike. To make installation even easier, a wide range of brackets are available.