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Old 06-08-21, 05:21 PM
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front camera suggestions?

Does anyone have any suggestions for a front facing camera? either on the handlebars or my helmet? I have been using a Veho Muvi on my helmet, but it seems kind of bulky . I was considering the fly 12 for the handlebars, but it's a little pricey (and I need a new computer so cost is a factor). ANy suggestions? Thanks
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Old 06-08-21, 09:34 PM
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Look at the Drift Ghost cameras. They are a favorite of motorcycle riders. I use the Ghost XL.
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Old 06-09-21, 05:48 AM
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Those Ghost cameras look good. I was checking out the site and mounts. Does anyone know if there are after market mounts out there? Looking for something minimal to mount to my handlebars or to my FSA Control Center mount:
https://www.amazon.com/FSA-Control-C.../dp/B006TX9CL0

The one Ghost offers does look good though, just looking for options.
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Old 06-09-21, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by MrWasabi View Post
Those Ghost cameras look good. I was checking out the site and mounts. Does anyone know if there are after market mounts out there? Looking for something minimal to mount to my handlebars or to my FSA Control Center mount:
https://www.amazon.com/FSA-Control-C.../dp/B006TX9CL0

The one Ghost offers does look good though, just looking for options.
The Drift cameras use a standard tripod screw. You can get GoPro bracket adapters.
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looks like stuff is available off the shelf, including quick release mounts

Review: Drift Innovation Ghost HD Camera

I'm a big fan of q/r mounts, so I can move my cameras, to different locations while I ride
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Old 06-09-21, 06:29 PM
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Thanks. I'm leaning towards the ghost XL. 9 hour battery life is impressive.
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Old 06-10-21, 12:39 AM
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Ditto, the Drift Ghost cameras. I've used a pair of Ghost X with the 5 hour batteries for almost two years. They're an outstanding value.
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I just outfitted my bike with two GoPro Hero 8 cameras, one mounted looking forward, the other one looks rearward. The rear camera (more important in my opinion, since that is usually the direction cars are approaching from) is being powered by an external Anker power supply, so there's enough power for an entire ride. Front one taps off the USB port on my Garmin external power pack. Both have 256MB SD cards good for over 7 hours of recording.
One feature I like is the voice control. I can hop on the bike, say "GoPro, turn on" and both turn on. Then I can tell them to start or stop recording, highlight a particular spot in the recording to make it easy to find on playback, or tell them to shut off.
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I have been using an DJI Osmo action camera, and a K-edge gopro handlebar mount. Works GREAT. I threw together this video of one of my first rides of the season mounted to my Gravel bike.
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Whatever you decide, double-check these things:
Long lasting battery in temperatures from -10C to 55C at a video resolution that can read licence plates.Spare batteries and a separate battery charger.

Date and timestamp remain as you change batteries.

Each time you start a new ride, check that the camera's timestamp is correct.

The following don't exist yet but you might as well ask in case there are good solutions.

Good internal microphone that can pick up a conversation 10ft away while in its waterproof case.

Audio recording that stays in synch with the video recording.

Waterproof case that gives you access to the micro usb ports.
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Old 06-18-21, 12:28 PM
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I have been using an DJI Osmo action camera, and a K-edge gopro handlebar mount. Works GREAT. I threw together this video of one of my first rides of the season mounted to my Gravel bike.
wow! very smooth!
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Old 06-19-21, 12:28 AM
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Agree'd, I was very happy when I saw how smooth it was. I plan on taking it through some single track soon through a rock field to see how it does there lol
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Old 06-23-21, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Ditto, the Drift Ghost cameras. I've used a pair of Ghost X with the 5 hour batteries for almost two years. They're an outstanding value.
I need to attach usb external battery for my gopro9 to get that kind of battery life.
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Old 06-24-21, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by sean.hwy View Post
I need to attach usb external battery for my gopro9 to get that kind of battery life.
Same, when I used an Ion Speed Pro from 2016-2018. Good compact camera. Battery runtime per charge eventually declined from 90 minutes to an hour, so I strapped a small spare USB battery onto my helmet, in the vent, to get a couple more hours. But for more than 2 hour runtime I needed a larger USB battery that wasn't practical for helmet mounting.

The Drift cameras take care of almost every issue other than image stabilization, which isn't absolutely essential with a camera mounted on the bike with a reasonably sturdy mount. But it could use image stabilization for helmet mounting. I tend to be a bit bobble-headed due to old neck injuries, so my helmet mounted videos are very shaky without stabilization.
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