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Old 04-08-13, 06:38 AM   #1
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Pocket Camcorder, any suggestions?

I have the gopro on the bike. It is good but lacking in some respects. If someone is bothering you from behind, I would like the ability to grab a camera and film them.
Gopro doesn't always get the plate. There has been a few instances where a handheld that had good enough vid would be handy for filming or even to be able to take a picture.
I don't use my droid as it is too hard to get unlocked and into camera mode esp. when on the bike.
I would like to find a pocket camera that is easy to power up and start. Something to keep in the pocket or maybe a handlebar bag. Reach in, get camera and power up and shoot. Even a bit larger of a footprint would be ok, and just leave it in the bike bag.

Has anyone any suggestions or cameras they use and like?
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Old 04-08-13, 08:39 AM   #2
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I have a Flip Mino HD from back in the day that works really well and is very small.

They were bought out Cisco and the new flip looks really pricey, but the old Mino can still be found and the price isn't too bad.
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Old 04-08-13, 10:44 AM   #3
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I use 2 Go Pro recorders. One is on my hb's to record rides. The second I carry in my jersey pocket. It is attached to a small 6 inch tripod that I use as a handle. I got the idea from the Go Pro Grenade stick $40 but a $5 cheapo tripod works just fine as a handle.

I will say when I ride on mtn roads, I encounter some crotch rockets and wannabe race car drivers. I hear them gunning engines as they approach. When I raise the recorder in the air, they seem to settle down as they pass ...The tripod gives it a little extra height on recording angles and it's a little more noticeable to others. I do hold it with my right hand though, easing the temptation of any passer by from snatching it from my hand.

at 20 second in you can see that I pan around with the tripod recorder.
fast fwd to 3:50 in, you can see the difference on the ride, HB vs tripod recorders (if you watch the music video)

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Old 04-08-13, 11:12 AM   #4
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Panasonic just announced a new wearable camcorder at CES in Vegas - HX-A100 Wearable Camcorder

It actually looks like it might be a nice alternative to a go pro if you like wearing it, and not as obtrusive either. The controls are mounted on an armband, I guess.

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Old 04-09-13, 05:56 AM   #5
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I didn't want to get another gopro. I need something that has a normal field of vision and a video clear enough to read plates . A supplement to my gopro. If the license plate is more than a few feet away I find it almost impossible to read it on the gopro. But the gopro is priceless for what it does do.
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Old 04-09-13, 06:37 AM   #6
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I have a Kodak PlaySport Zx5 I picked up on closeout at Staples. It is 1080p capable, waterproof to 10 feet, shockproof, and easily to carry in a jersey pocket. I only paid somewhere around $60 for mine, but availability now might be tough. As far as whipping out a handheld and zooming in on a license plate at speed, that might also be tough.
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