Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Bikes: Tsunami Bikes
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I've tried a few of them. I use and like the VHoldr ContourHD1080 (set per YouTube user "slowroadie" recommendations). It's about $330-350, and it uses MicroSD cards (I have a few 8GB ones - they're about $20 right now). Battery life is about 2 hours of recording on the stock battery, at least that's about how much I get. Very easy to turn it to "record" or "don't record", and it's reasonably easy to turn on and off too (power switch). I like it because I don't have to see it to turn it on/off or to record/don't-record. I'll regularly turn it on and off while it's on my helmet which is on my head.
I tried and didn't like the original GoPro. I didn't try the HD version, but one of the things I didn't like was the large frontal surface area (and that hasn't changed). Also not as easy to turn on/off when it's not in front of you.
I used to use a bullet camera from chasecam.com (best site and service as far as I'm concerned), linked to a Canon camcorder. It was heavy, had limited recording time (DV tapes are limited), and required a lot of work to extract the video from the camcorder. It also was impossible to turn on/off once I was riding, although it regularly turned itself off when I stuck it in my pocket or the camelbak.
Now it's just the ContourHD, a wide velcro strap (normally used to hold a battery onto a frame, or a minipump to a frame) combined with their "goggle".