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.
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 ;)
For me its just insurance... took weeks to establish fault in my car vs bike, while video would have made it crystal clear. Also wouldn't mind showing non-cycling friends what they're missing out on ;)
Adelaide light manufacturer Night Flux is going to release a sort of black box video camera soon. From what I've heard it will record a loop of footage and overwrite it every set duration (like 20 mins) but can be saved if needed.
Someone via Twitter said "ContourGPS. 1080p, comes with a helmet mount" if that helps.
GoPro, the original ones are now selling for about $250 - try Yamaha World on South Road. We've had one for about a year and done plenty with it, there's a myriad of attachments (helmet, handle bars, chest) and it's only 94g. Battery life is a couple of hours and can be charged with a USB cable. Video quality (HD) is very good considering how small the thing is. The rider who got doored (Paul I think) the other day and was shown on the news was using a GoPro.
A helmet-mounted camera would also be a useful tool to educate local government authorities about poor maintenance, cleaning and vegetation management along bike paths/routes.
A helmet-mounted cam could educate authorities where road changes are required for cyclist safety.
And what we encounter on the road -- that driver education and Strict Liability Legislation is required.
Dr Marilyn Johnson, MUARC, did a study with helmet-mounted cams that disproved common statements by police and coroner that cyclists largely contribute to their collisions. Showed that cyclists were alert, looking ahead and defensive cycling. A dead cyclist cannot defend himself.
I have been hit and injured 3 times by negligent drivers. Third party insurance and their 'medical experts' tried to wriggle out of it and pay little compensation.
I use a GO PRO HD and stem mount it.
I got hit from behind once. Got a good pay out for my persistance. Didnt have a camera or any witnesses.
They probably paid up when offered the alternative.....featuring in one of Durian's videos
I bought this in October last year, and its great. Use it on my daily commute from Highbury to the city every day. Quality is good and picks up rego plates easy if there is a close call on the roads. Also use to record 'Dog Sledding"
its great when motorists start mouthing off at you, they soon shut up when you tell them you have a helmet cam!!
Got mine for $159 but I thinking they are selling now for about $179