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    Camera

    OK I decided to start to commute to work again, I quit due to traffic, and I would like a camera to capture my ride if something happens. I dont care about using it for anything else but I am sure my son will have fun with it. How are the contour cameras?

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    It's really easy to put a Gopro on the bars- very elegant little brackets.

    I have an old Contour, I like the shape but as a company (and in tech) they are .. meh.

    Look at the Garmin Virb and Cycliq Fly12 too.

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    I've been using my ContourGPS now since 2011 and I like it.
    The bullet shape makes it easy to mount anywhere(helmet,
    handlebar, rear triangle, frame,etc.); no special mount for
    each place. I just use strips from an old inner tube.

    In this video; I mounted the cam on the seat post and fork:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jea4...6zPoymgKaIoDLA


    In this one; I had the cam recording in a heavy downpour at night:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jf...6zPoymgKaIoDLA

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    Contours are OK but I sold mine. I just did not like the inability to change modes, erase the card, or really do anything but turn it on and off without connecting to a PC, since there's no screen at all (may not be true of all the cams). Also shorter battery life and no replaceable battery.

    I do like the long/thin form factor for helmet mounting. The worst cam to mount IMO is the gopro style (SJCams, etc). I have an SVC200 but those are getting into the close to $200 range these days, and for that money you can do better.

    If you're going to go into the "close to $200" range, I'd probably look at a Sony cam. They're very good and about $200. The Drift HD Ghost is about $190 and is also very good. They have a Drift Stealth which is smaller and cheaper but no color screen and a fixed, non replaceable battery - up to you.

    Personally here is my wishlist:
    2+ hour battery life (3+ is even better)
    Waterproof (no keychain cams)
    Replaceable battery (so you can just swap in a new battery and keep going)
    Loop recording
    At least SOME kind of screen that at least allows mode changes, card formatting, etc from the cam. A full color screen is nice - I've read of cops watching video on scene and immediately writing a ticket to the other guy. This is worthwhile IMO.

    I can waive some of those if the camera is excellent in some other way; I just bought a Fly6 which does not have a replaceable battery, but it's so good in other ways and has a 6 hour battery life that I decided it doesn't really matter in this case.
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    I have the SJ1000 and Mobius camera.

    Both have excellent video quality even in low light.

    The Mobius is perfect for mounting on the helmet.

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    The Mobius has excellent features for its price, but what about battery life? It's less than an hour right?

    I have a couple of 808 keychain cams and I've been thinking about trying to design a case for 3D printing that will take one of them and will also hold an 18650 cell and a standard LiIon microUSB charging board. I just can't find the time to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
    The Mobius has excellent features for its price, but what about battery life? It's less than an hour right?
    80 minutes.

    You could also purchase the 820mAh battery (I believe fit it in yourself) and get around 2hrs of recording time.

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    I have three Contour, one GoPro, two Sony cams. The ones that get the most use are the Sony's But battery life will always be an issue if you want to go small and light. I have followed the rather long and very complete Mobius thread over at RCGroups (the flight guys love this cam) and it has some really nice features for the price. Probably doesn't help the OP much but it does show that there are options.
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    Try this GoPro one , it might help you , a stylish one , can be attached to cars, boats, motorcycles and more

    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/gopro-suction-cup

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