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Missing Elfrida A.
04 September 2019, 07:18
I hope you have bought your camera.

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Thumb Dean K.
04 May 2012, 08:08
Further to handle bar mounting - I have tried it a couple of times only with very bad results on the audio. The mic tends to pick up every bit of road/brake/wheel/suspension and gear change noise. Ok if you want a specific shot and intend to add an audio track but not recommended for general usage. Helmet mounting offers variable shots and obviously POV. Could I just digress for a moment and take this opportunity to add a comment regarding the trend of naming and shaming other road users with video footage? I believe that the usage of cameras when commuting has it uses when involved in an accident or a blatant case of dangerous driving or, worse, an assault. However, it appears to me that some cyclists are so desperate to get their 15 minutes on Youtube that they post the most rediculously mundane nonsense as close passes etc. This kind of posting is not good for cyclist/car driver relations especially when we decide to use the road rather than the cycle lanes provided. May I just urge people to be sensible when posting videos on Youtube and consider both points of view?

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Thumb Dean K.
04 May 2012, 07:44
I use a Drift HD170 mounted to the top of my helmet. I have never had any issues with the picture quality and I often grab stills from the video with great results. Compared to the GoPro Hero it has been said to be a little light on the colour saturation although I have never really had any complaints. With the long life battery fitted it will easily record continually for six hours at 1080p (if you have the card capacity) My only gripe is that the lens cover is quite large and vulnerable. On the earlier models it is a problem to get a replacement and a complete strip down to fit one, however, on the later models this has been overcome with four external mounting screws and the replacement lenses readily available on the net. I prefer the streamline shape of the Drift compared to the GoPro which is a bit boxy. The Drift also benefits from a small lcd screen and revolving lens for setting up your shots and mounting angles. Set to take continuous stills every two seconds it will record for ever (ish) The menu is very user friendly and I would doubt that naybody would even need to read the instructions. The newer models have even been reduced in length making them even more bike/helmet friendly. I recommend it.

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Thumb David H.
20 April 2012, 09:59
hiya again. i can't help replying to this thread so here i go again. i have a similar version of these in the form of sunglasses. they work well for the price (under £50) they are very simple. have a record button and a micro sd card. battery lasts about 20 mins. view results when back at chalet. oh and on the 'filming whilst snow boarding' lol, i ski and just don't use poles whilst holding camera - and i also ski backwards and jump in the boarder park lol again. what makes good film is when i or anyone has a wipeout, otherwise it's pretty boring. lol for the 3rd time. hope you get a good cam at christmas.

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Thumb Phil B.
11 April 2012, 06:48
I have no experience with bike camera's what so ever - but I saw these in a mag and thought they were kinda cool http://www.amazon.co.uk/Liquid-Image-Summit-Offroad-Goggle/dp/B004MTHLXE/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt

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Thumb David H.
29 March 2012, 23:20
erm. when i just posted the above long reply it seems to have blotted out your original post mr. Trakka. sorry i can't edit or delete it now !!!

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Thumb David H.
29 March 2012, 23:18
hi Trakka, i have a bit of experience in this field. firstly cameras are getting better all the time so whatever you buy today will be out of date next year. ok so saying that i am on my 3rd helmet cam. i currently have it mounted on handlebars but it mounts almost anywhere. i have had trouble with it on my helmet because when downhilling you actually need to set it up pointing at the sky due to the fact you will be looking at the ground just in front of your bike. as most don't have viewfinders it is a lottery as to how the footage looks until you view in on your pc or telly. i have now got a 'Tachyon XC' ( american) 30 fps in HD. the most common cam is the 'Gopro' ( this is rather like the iphone in cam terms - you can get all sorts of extras for it. i didn't go for this as it is rather bulky. Another option is a 'bullet ' cam which needs connecting by wires to a hard drve recorder stowed in a back pack or similar. i have posted some results on my wall. watch out for more. i could talk about all the other cams but will take ages. one important thing - if you do fast single track you may want to consider a cam that shoots at 50+ fps as you get a steadier pic. but these cams are more expensive. bearing in mind the human eye registers frames at about 28 fps. best thing i can suggest is to do a lot more research and go on youtube to see results. people usually say what cam they used. if i can be any more help- just ask. cheers

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