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Old 03-27-14, 04:18 PM   #1
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Taking more photos on rides

I'm looking for a lightweight, durable and easy to use (with gloves) camera so I can start taking more pictures on my rides. Right now my only camera I ride with is my phone in a plastic bag which means I really never use it during the ride because it's a hassle.

Anyone have any suggestions on a dedicated ride camera that I can use quickly and easily during a ride (even while pedaling)?
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Old 03-27-14, 04:27 PM   #2
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I just use the gopro video camera and then take still shots from the video footage at home. You could also use their still photo settings on the camera.
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Old 03-27-14, 06:25 PM   #3
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I have a little canon S100 I use (maybe it's an S110, I forget but the form factor is the same). I don't know that lightweight and durable are going to be in the same camera, but when I put a little bento box on the top tube it's very easy to grab the camera and use it.
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Old 03-27-14, 06:33 PM   #4
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I rode this one "segment" just so I could beat my friends time... I saw a nice view pulled over and took a nice camera pic and when I got home the long part of the segment was messed up.. no more picture taking for me
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I just got a cheap digital camera used off eBay. If it breaks, no big loss. Pictures are decent.
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I not only bike but kayak fish. I am a huge fan of the Olympus Tough cameras. They take great pictures for a point and shoot and hold up to a lot of beating and water while kayak fishing. I don't normally carry a camera when biking but if I did my new Olympus TG-830 iHs would go with me.
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Fujifilm FinePix AX.

Carry it on the top tube, in a small bag for quick access



Quick Shot from behind me without aiming while riding.

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One of the cameras I use on rides is a Fujifilm XP50. It's a pocket camera so
it's small and fits nicely in my jersey pocket. I chose this model because I
wanted something durable and able to handle all kinds of conditions: sweaty
back, cold temps, getting wet, vibrations, etc. I've used it while moving on
my bike with lightweight gloves. Pull it out of my jersey, turn it on, take photo
or video, shut it off and back in the pocket it goes. I've had it for over a year
now. Used it on a trip in China during a hot and muggy summer, had it under
salt water while snorkeling in Aruba, used it in subfreezing temps while doing
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I just need to figure out how to carry my camera. I don't use a little pocket point and shoot. My camera is a larger body superzoom camera, the Fuji S700. I can't use a camera that doesn't have manual control or an actual viewfinder (I'm a control freak, I need to control the camera, or at least have some control of settings in the semi manual modes as I can't stand when a camera exceeds it's ability and automatically takes something of horrible quality at ISO 800 or something.) It seems a bit big to be able to put it accessibly in a bag mounted on the bike.

I don't commute, but I do want to carry my camera at all times. My wife's camera which I could carry is terrible at selecting the focal point as such I can't use it. Was really wishing I had the camera when the bald eagle swooped down out of the tree while riding one of my few rides this month.
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consider handlebar bags and then a padded DSLR insert , perhaps View Ortlieb Products \\ Bicycle Handlebar Bags at http://www.ortliebusa.com

plus View the Camera Insert for Ultimate Handlebar Bags at http://www.ortliebusa.com


smaller point and shoot cameras there is a compact bar bag . View the Ultimate 6 Compact at http://www.ortliebusa.com

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I just use the gopro video camera and then take still shots from the video footage at home. You could also use their still photo settings on the camera.
I was going to say the same thing.

Either this, or figure out a way to carry your camera where it more accesible on your bike. Still tough to pull it out while riding without worrying about dropping it, fumbling it, and or crashing while trying to get it though.
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There are lots of brands with similar waterproof/shockproof/freeze-proof cameras. That's what I would recommend. Figure out what's on the market right now that best fits your needs and budget.

I'm using a Pentax WG series waterproof/shockproof cameras. I forget which exact model I have right now. I tend to misplace/lose them long before they break. In fact, I just found one deep in a cubby hole of my car trunk last week. Newest picture on it was late 2011. Charged up the battery and it still works just fine despite a winter with several days down near zero and low teens.

I just keep it in my right-rear jersey pocket. I can pull it out, turn it on and take shots with one hand including with winter gloves. There is a single button on the back for switching between stills and HD video. I don't have to worry about rain, sweat, mud, etc. Just rinse it off at the end of a sweaty or dirty ride. I've never dropped it but have had it swing into the bars by its wrist strap with no ill-effects.
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I just need to figure out how to carry my camera. I don't use a little pocket point and shoot. My camera is a larger body superzoom camera, the Fuji S700. I can't use a camera that doesn't have manual control or an actual viewfinder (I'm a control freak, I need to control the camera, or at least have some control of settings in the semi manual modes as I can't stand when a camera exceeds it's ability and automatically takes something of horrible quality at ISO 800 or something.) It seems a bit big to be able to put it accessibly in a bag mounted on the bike.

I don't commute, but I do want to carry my camera at all times. My wife's camera which I could carry is terrible at selecting the focal point as such I can't use it. Was really wishing I had the camera when the bald eagle swooped down out of the tree while riding one of my few rides this month.
I use a Lumia 1020 smartphone with 41 megapixel, ois camera. Aperture is fixed at 2.2, but otherwise I have full control. The native Nokia camera app provides shutter speed up to 4 sec, and manual control of iso, white balance, focus. I also have a $2 app with HDR, time lapse, shadow recovery, contrast and saturation control. It won't match a high end DSLR, but it takes really awesome photos. With the optional camera grip attachment I have 50% extra battery, tripod mount, very nice shutter button, plus and 290 grams total for Nokia 1020, camera grip attachment, and small joby gorillapod. Camera/phone and tripod will fit into the bag 10 wheels shows above on top tube. The native nokia camera app saves raw files as well.

I got this phone for taking social media photos for my business, and it is a game changer to have a camera of this quality with you at all times, rather than picking up a camera and going looking for a photo opportunity.

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There are lots of brands with similar waterproof/shockproof/freeze-proof cameras. That's what I would recommend. Figure out what's on the market right now that best fits your needs and budget.
This^is the way I decided on my Nikon CoolPix pocket camera. Its tough, water proof, good wide angle/telephoto range, tripod lug and setup features (manual/full auto, timer, etc.) just like the big boys. For rides I set it on full auto and point and shoot away.

At home, this little pocket-size camera produces excellent tabletop photos for forum posting and selling stuff on eBay. On a tripod with the 10 second timer I get wonderful pics of family gatherings.

Don't hesitate to spend a little dough on a good pocket camera for bike outings. It will serve you well all the time, and it will tuck away nicely in your under-seat bag, in a pocket or somewhere on the bike.
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