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Helmet Camera that is not bulky, kind of aero?

Old 06-03-15, 08:13 PM
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Helmet Camera that is not bulky, kind of aero?

I would like to mount an action camera or key chain camera on my helmet, to video rides for fun and for commuting safety. However, I have never seen a camera-on-helmet setup that didn't look ungainly. I realize some people want their helmet camera to be very obvious, but I'd like mine to be more subtle and even, let's say it, aero.

Does anyone have a camera-on-helmet that does look subtle and aero while also being - yea, I'm being greedy here - rainproof, with good enough resolution and bitrate and exposure to capture a license plate, and at least an hour of battery life?

If it's not clear, I'm hoping for your recommendations for both a model of camera, and a way of mounting it.

Thank you!. Pictures are appreciated!
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Old 06-03-15, 09:03 PM
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Many road cyclists mount their cameras on the handlebars or under their seat because helmet cameras are ugly and/or uncomfortable.
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Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
Many road cyclists mount their cameras on the handlebars or under their seat because helmet cameras are ugly and/or uncomfortable.
Yep. bars. Here's what it looks like on the bike:





And here's a video from it.


I use the K-EDGE combo mount, which is expensive- there are certainly more affordable options if that means something to you.
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Contour Roam2 comes with helmet mount, smaller than many others. Frontal area is actually not very large. 99 bux from Amazon.
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Old 06-03-15, 11:18 PM
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Old 06-04-15, 08:18 AM
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I'm hoping for something even sleeker.

What do you guys think about something like
Innovv motorcycle camera About $130

I was thinking the camera head, which is rainproof, could be tucked down into a helmet vent, and the recording unit could be . . . well, that's not so convenient.

There are "keychain" cameras by Mobius and others, that are very small, but they are not rainproof.
https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...Video_Out.html

I used to use a tiny camera meant for a RC plane, but it didn't even have a case, and having to wrap it in a plastic bag made it unlovely on the helmet. It could be taped under a helmet visor, but then it points down. It was this one
https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...arehouse_.html

I do prefer helmet mounting to bike mounting, for a forward facing camera.
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Old 06-05-15, 07:45 AM
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I am taking a serious look at this option:

HEDCAM Ten80 - Cycle Bundle

Under $200 delivered to the US. I really like the "aero" form factor. Battery life is the only downside I see. They do sell a battery pack that will extend use for 2-3 hours, however I'm not sure how practical it would be.
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Old 06-05-15, 12:42 PM
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That is the sleekest hemet cam/mount combination I've seen and the price is right too!

I am thinking of brewing something up with the Mobius 1080 keychain camera and an 8" extension lead for the lens. The lens module is small and would easily fit in a helmet vent. The body of the camera is about the size of a box of safety matches, and could maybe be attached to the back of the helmet. Would be a very low profile setup. But protecting this contraption against rain would be an issue, and the battery life is not great. The Hedcam bundle you found looks more practical.
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Old 06-07-15, 08:28 AM
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I noticed the lady interviewing the winning jockey at the Belmont race yesterday was wearing a small helmet mounted camera. Does anyone know what she used?
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Theres a helmet with one built in, but it's a bike-skate type
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I've got a Contour Roam mounted to my bars, hanging down below out of the way. Can't hardly see it. Some people mount this on the side of their helmets, almost hidden.

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Old 07-12-15, 03:48 AM
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Hi Guys ive seen this camera that mounts to any type of glasses maybe you could look into it. Its called a Geco Action Cam

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Old 07-12-15, 06:33 AM
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Looks like I could mount a Replay Mini and my just-acquired helmet light on my helmet at the same time. But the Replay Mini attaches by adhesive, which is a bummer, whereas the light is attached by velcro through the vents.
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The price of Replay XD Introduces Prime X seems to have dropped to $209 at both B&H and Amazon.
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Originally Posted by GovernorSilver View Post
The price of Replay XD Introduces Prime X seems to have dropped to $209 at both B&H and Amazon.
Dammit!
I paid $249 just a few weeks ago from Newegg.
Then before it even arrived, B&H Photo dropped their price to $239.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Dammit!
I paid $249 just a few weeks ago from Newegg.
Then before it even arrived, B&H Photo dropped their price to $239.
I wonder if it's an early Labor Day sale. Or maybe there's a newer model about to be introduced.

Thinking about springing for one now of course
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@jyl, did you end up getting a camera?
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Yes. Mobius 1080. About the size of a small box of matches. Excellent picture quality. Can easily read license plates in freeze frame. Happy with it. $80. I'd recommend it. Only downside is not water proof. There is a waterproof case from a third party.
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jyl, did you attach it to the helmet and extension lead for the lens? Would you mind sharing a photo of your setup? Camera under $100 is a winner. My commute is just over an hour and I think a camera would be a good addition.
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I was thinking about getting a Mobius and working on a waterproof case with a bigger battery.

However, I see that the new version with the bigger battery records 2 hours on a charge, so it may not even be necessary.
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