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.
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
Thanks Cheryl. The info on the link looks interesting and you say it can pick out rego. Some bullet cams are dearer. At that price could buy 2 for forward facing and rear facing.
Yep the footage is very clear, used it to complain to Toll IPEC when one of their trucks nearly hit me in a bike lane, they said they would use it in their driver awareness training.
I record 10 trips a week, mostly nothing happens and I just delete them but its useful for that one incident when you need some evidence.
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.