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    Looking for a bicycle camera!

    I am looking for a cheap camera to mount to my bicycle to take some videos. The smaller and the cheaper it is, the better. However I don't want so cheap that video quality suffers. I would need at a minimum 2 hours record time and expandable memory is a plus. Sadly my digital camera is OLD and will do at most at 30 second video and I have to hold the shutter button to record.

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    Pretty much everything less than $150 or so is going to be 640x480. There are some that claim 720x480 but they are just interpolating up so the quality isn't actually any better.

    Given that, if you want waterproof, go with something like the Oregon Scientific 2000.

    If waterproof is not a problem, I've had good luck with this:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.32022

    It's tiny and for the money, you can't beat it. Between my friends and I we've bought 4 of these and they all work fine. The video quality is surprising. Honestly, everything in the < $150 range, the video pretty much looks the same. This one has a variety of mounts.

    If you want incredible quality, for $270 the GoPro HD Hero simply can't be beat. Heck, Discovery channel uses them for helmet cams for production quality video.
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    Thanks, that dealextreme camera was the one I was looking for. Now to just find a way to mount it on the bicycle.

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    I've been looking for a good camera for a while, but I keep moving away from the GoPro because of the size. Th Has anyone worn this on a helmet? How heavy does it feel (the site says it's 167g, which is about the same weight as 3 PBSFs)?

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    For me it's not just the size but the shape that turns me off of GoPro. I would prefer something shaped like Contour HD. Is GoPro really THAT superior?

    I've been looking at the GoPro, Contour HD and Drift HD and I just get more confused the more I read about them. Are there any other options? I don't care that much about 1080, but 720 at 60fps would be awesome.

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    Hmmmmmmm, the Contour HD1080P for C$299 delivered looks very tempting..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
    For me it's not just the size but the shape that turns me off of GoPro. I would prefer something shaped like Contour HD. Is GoPro really THAT superior?

    I've been looking at the GoPro, Contour HD and Drift HD and I just get more confused the more I read about them. Are there any other options? I don't care that much about 1080, but 720 at 60fps would be awesome.

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    In comparing the GoPro with the Contour, what stands out to me:
    - GoPro comes with waterproof case, Contour has it available as an option.
    - GoPro has a more extreme wide-angle lens. Good because it makes aiming less critical, bad because you get more fish-eye effect.

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    Electa Bikes has a slick looking handlebar mount for a camera with a tripod mount. They sell it on their webpage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
    For me it's not just the size but the shape that turns me off of GoPro. I would prefer something shaped like Contour HD. Is GoPro really THAT superior?

    I've been looking at the GoPro, Contour HD and Drift HD and I just get more confused the more I read about them. Are there any other options? I don't care that much about 1080, but 720 at 60fps would be awesome.

    Adam
    I use a GoPro.

    The weight of the camera on your helmet is really barely noticeable. You notice it the first couple of times you use it, after that, not so much.

    The video quality is outstanding in the 720 mode. in 960 or 1080 it is simply mindblowing.

    You can also get either a chest strap for the camera ( which would drive me insane) or a handlebar mount. The h/bar mount works great and the camera is a wide angle, so you get a pretty good shot.

    I usually use the helmet mount because I'm making videos for my family to see and they like to see what I have seen while out.

    The battery is rated at 2.5 hours recording time and I use a 16 GB card in the camera.

    I have yet to take that much video because it would simply be a back breaking job to review and edit it all.

    Sure the shape is kind of dorky, but the video quality is more than enough to make up for it.

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    I actually prefer the Contour's field of view, I don't like that extreme fish eye effect. Also, Contour is waterproof, i.e. rain and splash proof, the case is for underwater shooting which doesn't matter to me.

    And yeah, editing all that video is time consuming. One more thing that makes me think twice about a video camera.

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    Sears and other tool places have them, including newer ones with LED bulbs built in.

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    My buddy has a GoPro HD. We used a handlebar mount for our trip to Philly from Louisville in August. 7 days of footage is a HUGe task to edit through, so I don't have any of that available. He did also use the camera on our Labor Day Weekend boating trip. Made a really cool movie out of it.

    http://www.vimeo.com/14829659

    The GoPro is super easy to use, and while the shape isn't the "coolest", the quality more than makes up for it. The handlebar mount was used throughout the video above, except instead of a handlebar it was simply attached to the end of an oar. It's light, and pretty unobtrusive on the handlebars. We even have some video footage of it attached to the front fork, as well as the seat stays, and seat post for some additional perspectives. The raw footage is great, and I'll be sure to post an edited video once we get it all together.

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    I have used both the GoPro and Contour and both have many good features. However, I do have a problem with the weight of the GoPro on my fullface when I'm riding my downhill bike. I'm not that big of a person and the helmet tends to slip and obscure my view if I have the GoPro on my helmet. The Contour is lighter for sure. Both provide beautiful video quality though.

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    I have my first video from that $17 DX recorder. I had it facing too high and missed most of the road, but the next video should be perfect!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-cdJUG_YTU

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    Quote Originally Posted by harshbarj View Post
    I have my first video from that $17 DX recorder. I had it facing too high and missed most of the road, but the next video should be perfect!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-cdJUG_YTU
    I have two of these, the MD80 and the keychain cam. The electronics are the same in all of them. For the price (and the size too) you can't beat those little cams. I just got kind of spoiled after getting my little Canon S95 camera and seeing how nice high quality 720p video looks like. I like the MD80 more because it fist nicely in the front vent of my helmet, no mounts needed.

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    I've got the ContourHD 1080P and like it a lot. Had to get a different bar mount though. Helmet mounts works okay but it can be hard to position. $246 on Amazon.

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    I dunno about the ContourHD, for $246 for a camera that isn't fully waterproof, I'd have to put my money on the GoPro HD Hero helmet for $269. Fully waterproof, smaller and lighter, and a whole raft of mounting options. Professional networks have started using GoPro cameras for HD TV production.

    The GoPro also has very useful modes like taking high resolution stills every X seconds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
    I'd have to put my money on the GoPro HD Hero helmet for $269.
    I've got that one to and the fisheye effect seemed worse than on the ContourHD. Both require housings to be waterproof. $39 for the Contour one.

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