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MSR-200 High Definition Motorsports Camera

The Hoyt Technologies MSR-200 High Definition Video Camera holds tight to our ZO6 for some fast corners!

I have always been intrigued with the video cameras mounted inside race cars. They can show the driver hard at work fighting the wheel or even the car behind pounding on the rear bumper. Whether it is the local dirt track or NASCAR the images are captivating. I have been thinking about how this technology could be put to use for us lesser mortals who don’t spend a lot of time on the race track but would still like some action video. That led me to Hoyt Technologies and their high definition motorsports camera the MSR-200.


I recently picked up one of these sweet little cameras  and most of the optional toys that go with it. Although I am going to eventually give you a thorough review of the camera on this page I want you to know that this little guy is going to be with me anytime I am on the road or at a car show. I have some great ideas including a few Candid Camera uses I will get to later.

The camera is approximately 4″ x 2.75″ x .8″ and weighs next to nothing. It is encased with a soft cover that helps protect it from shock of being dropped and moisture if it is mounted outside your ride. The dimensions do not include the small lens that projects out from the camera approximately .5″ and has a protective clear lens cover built in. Options that either come with the camera package or can be ordered with it include:

-Lithium-ion battery (I got a spare)

-Remote record button with cord

-AC Adapter

-TV Cable

-USB Cable (one is also built into the camera)

-Automobile Power Cord

-In-car Suction Cup Mount

-External Suction Cup Mount (really makes a tight grip)

-Roll Bar Mount (we didn’t get this option)

The camera comes with a simple and easy to read User Manual that is all you should need to become proficient with the unit. The camera can also take still digital pictures. When they say the camera is High Definition, they mean High; the picture quality at the lowest setting is terrific. The camera also has zoom capabilities and exposure compensation as well as night time capability.

Here you can see the camera mounted on the side of our Cale Yarborough Mercury Cyclone Spoiler facing the rear. This particular mounting bracket has a manual pump (white cylinder in photo). A few pumps and it is firmly attached to a smooth surface. The camera has no mounting locations directly on it, but comes with a screw on clamp device that provides far more options than would be allowed by placing the mounting holes directly into the camera body.

The MSR-200 has a high quality viewing screen to see what you are shooting as well as preview recorded video or stills.

Downloading is a snap with the built in software. Hook the camera up through the USB cable and download your video or stills. The video is converted to Quicktime for immediate viewing and can even be sent to YouTube with ease. We had to learn a couple of tricks to import both video and audio into our editing software but it is quick and easy once you figure it out.

In this photo you can see the camera is mounted on the rear glass with the standard suction cup mount and facing forward. It can easily be mounted in this location and record to the rear. Although it is shown with the standard suction cup mount in this location I would strongly urge you to get the optional external mounting bracket for use on the outside of the car. If the the standard bracket lets go on a bump while it is mounted inside the car you will get some lousy photos. If it falls off the car while mounted on the outside you will likely be out a terrific camera. I do not believe the soft case can protect it from the tires of on coming cars!

Overtime we will be bringing you a lot of example video from this neat little video camera but for now we will just show you how easy it is to use. We have even used it instead of our regular video camera by just holding it and letting it run. The built in hard drive and SD Card (mine is a 2GB) will hold a tremendous amount of video and run forever on one battery. (Sure would hate to be on the track running for first place and have to stop and change batteries!)

For this example we mounted the MRS-200 on the inside of the windshield of our Ford Talladega facing forward. We will also be trying it facing backward out the rear window, another facing the driver and will also try some shots from the rear window looking forward.

We have mounted the camera using its suction cup alternatives on several vehicles and in several different locations. I have no fear that the fender would be dented or the paint scratched. However, please remember to always have the car clean and the suction cub clean. Suck down a suction cup on a dirty car and it will not be secure and you risk damaging the paint on your car. The mounting devices are extremely versatile and provide for almost any imaginable location with enough flat area for the suction cup to grab onto.

We have much more to come on this little jewel but wanted you to get a glimpse of it before we test it to death. Oh yea, candid camera applications? Ever want to know what people are saying about your car when you aren’t around? How about mounting it under an open hood at a car show and letting it run (while you stand by to make sure it doesn’t walk off in some stranger’s hands)?

What would you like to see us do with this camera? If you see us at a show with a autocross event ask us to put it in your car for some action shots!


Here is our first video using the MSR-200; this has been edited with text and music added through software not included with the camera. However, the raw video was downloaded with the camera’s built in software.

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  1. Ron Petrich says:

    Hi, I’m thinking of purchasing this camera for track days and other activities. There is a photo of the camera on the Hoyt website mounted directly to the vinyl dash top. Have you tried this technique? I emailed Hoyt and they confirmed the photo but stated it depended on the texture. Sounds like their lawyers speaking. I don’t know anyone who has one so I’m still soliciting opinions from reviewers. Thanks.

    Sacramento, CA

  2. Richard says:

    Ron, We have not yet completed our full review of the MSR-200 but may be able to help you some. I will also begin with a disclaimer! Results may vary……this information is based on our experiences. I would be hesitant to use the regular dash mount on a car that will be seeing track day activity. It is true the regular mount might work but my experience is that it doesn’t work well on any dash board. There are two issues. The first is the grain in the dash cover and the second is the shape of the dash. The regular mount likes a clean, flat and smooth surface. A glass windshield is perfect. The problem is that the suction cup is very thin and is like most GPS and Cell phone mounts. It works but not very versatile. HOWEVER, the optional mount which has a small pump on it and a much thicker suction cup should work fine. We tried it on a dash with grain and with a curve in it and it held great. It is intended for exterior applications on hoods, fenders and such but I find myself using it all the time and leaving the other mount in the bag. Hope this helps. We will be posting our full review in the Product Review pages in a few days with more details and updates over time. Thanks for visiting our site.

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