Can anyone recommend a GOOD small, light weight, helmet cam that will except a micro SD or similar, and is rechargeable via USB ?
Just as good info would be what NOT to buy !
Essentially, I want to record my daily commute, as a record in case of accident, but I am sure it will be used for fun too.
One day I will get a helmet cam. This small bullet-shaped helmet camera sounds interesting. Contour HD 1080p is the world's first full HD wearable camcorder to shoot and share $349 in Jan-2011. www.sportscamera.com.au/contour-hd-c-81.html
Helmet mounted is better than bike mounted, because it gets cyclist's view, e.g. to vehicle on left failing to give way to right. Dr Marilyn Johnson, MUARC, did a study where cyclists wore helmet cams. Used software to decrease the jerky movements or sea-sickness feel for film viewers caused by alert cyclists moving their heads.
Cyclists need a second cam to catch pictures from the rear.
AVO has or had a remarkably good one that was remarkably cheap, not a remarkably long recording time but I think he said larger memory SD's were available.
Tell me more A.V.O. ...
He might be on Ride for Repat
He he.....soon no motorist will be safe.
Motorists feeling exposed and vulnerable.......I like it.
I have also bee interested to see what these are like - only $150
HD Video Sunglasses...
Take a look here...
Very useful site, Thanks !
Not wanting to sound like I am having a go at you Pete but i dont understand the record my ride just incase scenario. I dont get this current trend. Am I missing something? I have taped a bit of mtb action before and that was fun but I have never felt the need to record my comute.
Each to their own I guess:
For me, I ride Main North Road every day at 5.30am.
If, God forbid, I am injured / killed one day while I am on my commute, because of some one else's fault, there will be no witnesses at that hour, and that 'drunk driver', or 'Hit and Run' driver will not look after my family when I am dead.
If I can spend a few dollars on a bike cam to help protect my family, I think it's money well spent.
There have been some recent accidents recorded and posted here on AC which highlights exactly the above.
Saying all that, I like toys, and I reckon it will be fun :)
Until you have been knocked off your bike by a car driver who then proceeds to deny any contact and it's just your word against theirs as of course no witnesses ever stop to assist, then you don't appreciate the benefit of having recorded evidence of an incident.
I never considered one either until I got knocked off - now I am pretty keen and seriously considering a Contour Roam - especially after another near miss today with a sheeple driver following his smokebox mate through a right turn across my path without actually looking to see if any traffic was coming...
Don't think people record commutes to relive the excitement at home - I would think it is exclusively for safety, and also the occasional extremely attractive female that might be worth a second look ;)