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.
I have done extensive research on helmet cams as I too was in the market for one and decided to purchase a go pro hero 2 - which I am exceptionally happy with!! Worth every cent! :) It's waterproof to 60mtrs which will be great for when I'm in the water or when I go to the snow. The picture quality is exceptional and cannot be beaten by any other action cam (Hence all the pros use it). (It also has a number of different mounts which allows for different angles - head mount, chest mount, wrist mount etc). You can shoot 120fps and see action shots in slow motion - very smooth picture quality.
Here's a test video I uploaded of one of my rides (unfortunately it was an overcast day):
My second choice of helmet cam would be a contour roam, GPS or + model. These seem relatively easy to use and would be good for your everyday commute. They are however very pricey and picture quality is definitely not as good as the GoPro.
If you have any other questions about the GoPro feel free to ask.
You can also clearly make out number plates with the GoPro hero 2. (I know when it's been uploaded to youtube the video looses its quality but for the purposes of surveillance video uploaded to your computer its very good!)
I borrowed a hero camera for a recent ride.
Quality of photos were superb, but......the handlebar bracket stem (new) snapped after 4 hours on the road. It was under warranty, but apparently it was the second time it has happened. Camera survived tumble and casing only had a few minor scratches.