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Old 04-21-08, 08:08 AM   #1
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Current best cycling video camera

Hi guys,

i know there have been a few threads on this, but it's a topic about fast improving tech so thought i'd start another.....

i want to film my rides so am looking into video cameras... so i have a few questions to anyone interested in answering.

1] if money is no object, what is the best all round video cam capable of being mounted on handlebars or helmet?
My main concerns are weatherproofness / shockproofness.
I would prefer a self contained unit but would consider one that has a cam mounted externally that then sends the image along a wire to a recording device (such as a hard drive) hidden in your bike bag. I do not already have a standard video cam that might acts as a recording device.

2] it needs to be able to strap on to a helmet without glue (as glue can compromise helmet integrity as i'm sure u all know].

3] How do you aim your cam? i presume there is no kind of viewfinder, so i am guessing you film a bit then view it on PC then repeat until you get it right. A wide angle lens would be nice to make aiming easier and get more view in general.

4] helmet or handlebar mounted? what are the pros and cons of each?

5] do any come with image stabilisation? maybe its better to use post filming software to do this?
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Old 04-21-08, 05:46 PM   #2
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Hi guys,

i know there have been a few threads on this, but it's a topic about fast improving tech so thought i'd start another.....

i want to film my rides so am looking into video cameras... so i have a few questions to anyone interested in answering.

1] if money is no object, what is the best all round video cam capable of being mounted on handlebars or helmet?
My main concerns are weatherproofness / shockproofness.
I would prefer a self contained unit but would consider one that has a cam mounted externally that then sends the image along a wire to a recording device (such as a hard drive) hidden in your bike bag. I do not already have a standard video cam that might acts as a recording device.

2] it needs to be able to strap on to a helmet without glue (as glue can compromise helmet integrity as i'm sure u all know].

3] How do you aim your cam? i presume there is no kind of viewfinder, so i am guessing you film a bit then view it on PC then repeat until you get it right. A wide angle lens would be nice to make aiming easier and get more view in general.

4] helmet or handlebar mounted? what are the pros and cons of each?

5] do any come with image stabilisation? maybe its better to use post filming software to do this?
I just ordered this HC-1 complete package from www.helmetcamera.com
http://www.helmetcamera.com/acart/ag...plete_Packages

I'll try to answer your questions when it arrives.
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Old 04-22-08, 03:32 AM   #3
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Hi guys,

i know there have been a few threads on this, but it's a topic about fast improving tech so thought i'd start another.....

i want to film my rides so am looking into video cameras... so i have a few questions to anyone interested in answering.

1] if money is no object, what is the best all round video cam capable of being mounted on handlebars or helmet?
My main concerns are weatherproofness / shockproofness.
I would prefer a self contained unit but would consider one that has a cam mounted externally that then sends the image along a wire to a recording device (such as a hard drive) hidden in your bike bag. I do not already have a standard video cam that might acts as a recording device.

2] it needs to be able to strap on to a helmet without glue (as glue can compromise helmet integrity as i'm sure u all know].

3] How do you aim your cam? i presume there is no kind of viewfinder, so i am guessing you film a bit then view it on PC then repeat until you get it right. A wide angle lens would be nice to make aiming easier and get more view in general.

4] helmet or handlebar mounted? what are the pros and cons of each?

5] do any come with image stabilisation? maybe its better to use post filming software to do this?
When I record, I use a Canon "Z-series" Mini-DV camera. The tape can last about 1.5 hours and the battery well beyond. The cost is well below 300.00 and when not used on the bike it functions as the "family" camera, so it does get beat around. It has not been under water as of yet.

Bill
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Old 04-22-08, 08:05 AM   #4
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the best you http://www.vio-pov.com/ or helmetcamera.com hc1 or hc2
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