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    Walmart Camera Mounts

    Walmart is now selling handlebar and helmet mounts for compact cameras. I've got a Cannon Powershot and want to try getting video on some rides. Has anyone used these Walmart mounts? Any pros/cons?

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    Why not make your own? A friend made one of these. I cannot speak for the results but it's worth a try, and cheap.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jibbering/5097836614/

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Why not make your own? A friend made one of these. I cannot speak for the results but it's worth a try, and cheap.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jibbering/5097836614/
    That looks like it would wobble and jitter around like crazy. An interesting idea but bottle caps are not really rigid enough. It looks good but I doubt it performs very well.

    I like DIY as much as anyone, heck, my website is all about DIY, but some stuff just isn't worth making yourself when you can go buy something made for the purpose for cheap. I limit my DIY to stuff I can't buy commercially or it's too expensive, and even then I still have more stuff to make than I have time for.
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    I used this before and it kinda shakes a bit:

    Fotopro Bike Moto Road Action Video Mount Tripod For ...
    $6.49 - eBay
    Buy It Now with Free Shipping!
    http://compare.ebay.com/like/1906106...Types&var=sbar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n1_k...ure=plpp_video




    Now w/ the Contour camera, it has a shape that makes it easy to tie down w/ straps.
    More stable, check the next video; same bike/handlebars(2009 Fuji Newest), same route:

    HOMEMADE CONTOUR MOUNT1 by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oK7zbLmm4Q


    If you end up getting this mount or any other mount, I would suggest
    to add a strip of rubber to hold down the camera tighter to the bars.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Midland-XT...ebars/15935160

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    This is a great thread I like the mounting ideas. May have to try something out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myosmith View Post
    Walmart is now selling handlebar and helmet mounts for compact cameras. I've got a Cannon Powershot and want to try getting video on some rides. Has anyone used these Walmart mounts? Any pros/cons?

    Thx
    How do they work? How much do they cost?

    You can find a bunch of different handlebar camera mounts on EBay or Amazon for less than $10 (some less than $2). The ones that attach with Velcro work OK for still cameras, but are pretty terrible for video. The more stable ones are secured with bolts. You can wrap a dead inner tube under the clamp to give it a little shock absorption, but don't use too much or you'll get too much wobble.

    Make sure you camera's tripod mount is sturdy enough for handlebar use (if you're shooting video). Some cameras have plastic tripod mounts that crack or strip very easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
    That looks like it would wobble and jitter around like crazy. An interesting idea but bottle caps are not really rigid enough. It looks good but I doubt it performs very well.

    I like DIY as much as anyone, heck, my website is all about DIY, but some stuff just isn't worth making yourself when you can go buy something made for the purpose for cheap. I limit my DIY to stuff I can't buy commercially or it's too expensive, and even then I still have more stuff to make than I have time for.
    I understand your concern. My friend's DIY mount didn't wobble as far as I could tell. I suppose if the camera was a somewhat heavy model then yeah. My friend had a Canon Elph...a very small camera.

    That Walmart version is quite similar to this DIY version. Do you have any old reflector mounts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
    I used this before and it kinda shakes a bit:

    Fotopro Bike Moto Road Action Video Mount Tripod For ...
    $6.49 - eBay
    Buy It Now with Free Shipping!
    http://compare.ebay.com/like/1906106...Types&var=sbar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n1_k...ure=plpp_video


    Now w/ the Contour camera, it has a shape that makes it easy to tie down w/ straps.
    More stable, check the next video; same bike/handlebars(2009 Fuji Newest), same route:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oK7zbLmm4Q



    ]
    Not only is the second video smoother, the contour camera changes the background from excessive wind noise to The Clash. Very cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Why not make your own? A friend made one of these. I cannot speak for the results but it's worth a try, and cheap.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jibbering/5097836614/
    I'm the person who made and photographed that camera mount. It works well enough, and you can easily unscrew the bottle cap to remove the bolt when you're not using the mount. I never found the mount to add any wobble compared to the vibration of the handlebars themselves. The large washer inside the bottle cap probably helps counteract the flexibility of the plastic. Also, I was working with a small point-and-shoot camera—a DSLR would likely need a more solid mounting system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by telebianchi View Post
    Not only is the second video smoother, the contour camera changes the background from excessive wind noise to The Clash. Very cool.
    Haha, the Contour cam sometimes adds Adele to the mix
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfc...eature=channel

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