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    Helmet Camera that is not bulky, kind of aero?

    I would like to mount an action camera or key chain camera on my helmet, to video rides for fun and for commuting safety. However, I have never seen a camera-on-helmet setup that didn't look ungainly. I realize some people want their helmet camera to be very obvious, but I'd like mine to be more subtle and even, let's say it, aero.

    Does anyone have a camera-on-helmet that does look subtle and aero while also being - yea, I'm being greedy here - rainproof, with good enough resolution and bitrate and exposure to capture a license plate, and at least an hour of battery life?

    If it's not clear, I'm hoping for your recommendations for both a model of camera, and a way of mounting it.

    Thank you!. Pictures are appreciated!
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    Many road cyclists mount their cameras on the handlebars or under their seat because helmet cameras are ugly and/or uncomfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
    Many road cyclists mount their cameras on the handlebars or under their seat because helmet cameras are ugly and/or uncomfortable.
    Yep. bars. Here's what it looks like on the bike:





    And here's a video from it.


    I use the K-EDGE combo mount, which is expensive- there are certainly more affordable options if that means something to you.

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    Contour Roam2 comes with helmet mount, smaller than many others. Frontal area is actually not very large. 99 bux from Amazon.

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    I'm hoping for something even sleeker.

    What do you guys think about something like
    Innovv motorcycle camera About $130

    I was thinking the camera head, which is rainproof, could be tucked down into a helmet vent, and the recording unit could be . . . well, that's not so convenient.

    There are "keychain" cameras by Mobius and others, that are very small, but they are not rainproof.
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...Video_Out.html

    I used to use a tiny camera meant for a RC plane, but it didn't even have a case, and having to wrap it in a plastic bag made it unlovely on the helmet. It could be taped under a helmet visor, but then it points down. It was this one
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...arehouse_.html

    I do prefer helmet mounting to bike mounting, for a forward facing camera.
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    I am taking a serious look at this option:

    HEDCAM Ten80 - Cycle Bundle

    Under $200 delivered to the US. I really like the "aero" form factor. Battery life is the only downside I see. They do sell a battery pack that will extend use for 2-3 hours, however I'm not sure how practical it would be.

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    That is the sleekest hemet cam/mount combination I've seen and the price is right too!

    I am thinking of brewing something up with the Mobius 1080 keychain camera and an 8" extension lead for the lens. The lens module is small and would easily fit in a helmet vent. The body of the camera is about the size of a box of safety matches, and could maybe be attached to the back of the helmet. Would be a very low profile setup. But protecting this contraption against rain would be an issue, and the battery life is not great. The Hedcam bundle you found looks more practical.
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    I noticed the lady interviewing the winning jockey at the Belmont race yesterday was wearing a small helmet mounted camera. Does anyone know what she used?

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    Theres a helmet with one built in, but it's a bike-skate type

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