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Old 02-19-21, 09:29 PM
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best one handed POS camera

I currently just use my iphone 8 while riding my bike. Anyone have a great one handed Point And Shoot camera they can use while riding their bike ?

Something that easily fits in the back of your three pocket bike jersey.

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I don't know about great, but I've used a few point & shoot cameras for riding.

The current one is a Lumix which is OK but the battery door just broke off. Before that a Canon which was not great & before that another Lumix I think. You can get them practically for free used.

Sweat gums up the lens cover after a while, But I like being able to pull it out of the jersey pocket & shoot one-handed. The phone is too easily dropped.

You can get some fun shots


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I don't know why anyone would want a POS camera. They are crappy.

Now, for a P&S camera, the Sony RX100 series are very nice.
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I have a Nikon CoolPix I picked up for about $80 couple years back. Big files so pics come out nice but the camera is slow. Takes a pic then need to wait a few seconds to review it but that doesn't matter much to me.

I carry it in a little case. Pretty inexpensive and worth saving the camera from sweat. Takes better pics than the Canon and Sony I had a few years ago. Best point and shoot image but slow.
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For photos or videos?

For videos I'd get an action cam, e.g. a GoPro.

For photos, couple of options. The Olympus TG6 is great if you value durability. For quality, I'd pick one of the Sony RX100 series as someone else mentioned, or the ZV-1 which is essentially a vlogging-focused RX100 model.

I have used both GoPros as well as RX100 (iii, vi) and ZV-1 on rides, and I'll prefer the GoPro for videos and the ZV-1 for a mix of both photography and vlogging.
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I use an Olympus TG-4 that would fit in my jersey pocket but I also like to take along a fisheye lens that fits to it. Instead of the jersey I have a simple feedbag that velcros to the bars and the camera sits safely within, easy to remove with one hand.


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Old 02-20-21, 06:09 AM
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
I don't know why anyone would want a POS camera. They are crappy.

Now, for a P&S camera, the Sony RX100 series are very nice.
Heh. I made that same mistake in a post in the Addiction thread maybe a year ago. I think your first sentence is exactly how someone responded.
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Old 02-20-21, 08:13 AM
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If you're looking for a P&S camera for the bike, get a ruggedized camera (waterproof and shockproof), and don't spend a lot of money on it (because you'll eventually break it). There are only a few companies that make them anymore. I use an out of production Fujifilm FinePix XP120 that was relatively cheap and has button controls. You don't want a camera with touch screen controls if you plan to pull it out of your pocket and use it with one hand. The XP 120 has been superseded by new models. It's a decent camera for on-the-bike photos or videos, but that's all I use it for. Your smartphone camera is probably just as good or better for those times when you can use it.

Panasonic has a Lumix DMC-TS30 that might work for you as well. It is pretty small and not too expensive. I've had Olympus Tough cameras in the past, but they are more expensive.

Frankly, I would just use my iPhone for bike photos, but I keep it in a waterproof case in my pocket so I can't use it on the fly. I like having a camera in my pocket to pull out for quick shots that I might miss while fishing for my phone (e.g. bears in the woods, or the license plate of the car that almost hit you).
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I’m following out of interest to hear what the options are; I’m so far out of the camera tech scene!

I’ve been using a GoPro Session for some years, and it’s pretty handy for what I do. I can capture short vids and stills for illuminating Strava posts and other social media, and because it’s mounted at-hand on the bars, I can quickly pop it out of the cage to grab other angles. It’s a small square, so I’m confident holding it, though my fingers do get in the way if I’m careless, and it’s one-button operation.

The downsides are the unimpressive picture quality (low light response is weak) and the battery life is short.

I’m thinking seriously about stepping up to the new Hero 9 and taking the opportunity to step up my own game in terms of the kind of stuff I produce and share. I thinking having that sensor data overlay would be fun to use, and I think it would be cool to produce ride vids to share with my mates.

The other neat thing about an AC like GoPro is that you can use a remote to fire it, so it’s super easy to mount, say, on your helmet and just grab pics with a button remote on the bars.

I’m definitely open to hear what good options there are, though.
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Maybe fits the bill for fitting a jersey pocket, one handed, etc.

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Maybe fits the bill for fitting a jersey pocket, one handed, etc.

I've seen some people use this before. Takes some experience and guesswork to aim the thing and get the picture you want. On the other hand, it draws a lot of attention from those who've never seen such a thing - common questions include, "is that an inhaler?"
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Old 02-20-21, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
I don't know why anyone would want a POS camera. They are crappy.

Now, for a P&S camera, the Sony RX100 series are very nice.
Yeah you are right. Need to fix that.
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Old 02-20-21, 12:15 PM
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A P&S to show your POV?
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Old 02-20-21, 01:21 PM
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If it's a done deal you're going to drop it and break it eventually because you're fiddling with a camera while riding, I'd rather lose a P&S camera than a phone or gopro, even if it's a POS or extra baggage. Fiddling is out of the question too.
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If it's a done deal you're going to drop it and break it eventually because you're fiddling with a camera while riding, I'd rather lose a P&S camera than a phone or gopro, even if it's a POS or extra baggage. Fiddling is out of the question too.
Someone please translate this into English.

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If it's a done deal you're going to drop it and break it eventually because you're fiddling with a camera while riding,
I’ve taken countless photos with a P&S camera while riding. Never once dropped it. You know how I lost it? While stopped taking a photo on a bridge. Hands were sweaty. The camera ended up at the bottom of the Delaware River.

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if you can do things that draws attention, a news media truck might follow you around with the camera rolling. Gopros have came down & a refurb can be dirt cheap.
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Hope all of you with nasty weather are safe and warm. It's another breezy cloudless day in southern California with temps in the 60's and 70's. To address the OP question: fine suggestions for P&S cameras. The biggest hassle while riding is being familiar with the tiny buttons on your particular camera. Some of the kiddie cameras take decent pictures, are bigger with bigger buttons and are made to be dropped. Lots of cameras cheap at thrift stores but you gotta have what may be unique charger, batteries, connecting cords and manual. If you were born after around 1990 you probably know someone older who still has their complete kits in a drawer somewhere that they used until their phone got good enough to take over picture taking. You may have to deal with the grueling inconvenience of using a connecting cord or SD card reader, but you get the option of keeping photos out of the digital world. As for the translation, an earlier post mentioned the possibility of dropping and breaking the camera, a less significant loss than a cel phone. As for fiddling, attempting to safely navigate potentially unpredictable road surfaces while coaxing pleasing sounds from a musical instrument while taking pictures could put the safety of camera, bike, fiddle, bow and rider at risk.
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I bought a first generation Ricoh GR III digital camera. It cost me $100, including the charger and battery. It is not a POS camera, it is durable, has an excellent lens and sensor, and can be operated entirely with one hand. I have been something of a photographer for many years, and have a pretty large collection of film and digital cameras, I was very impressed by the Ricoh.
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Get an action cam...

A cell phone may get smashed and a point and shoot isn’t going to capture video. I have an Insta 360 R and like it. Others use GoPro. The Insta 360 R has both 360 recording and traditional action camera recording. I don’t think I can go back to a traditional action cam even if for nothing other than being able to easily crop the image afterwards.
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A friend I use to go motorcycle riding with always kept a p&S camera attached to a lanyard around her neck. No need to pull it out of a pocket. I tried doing that and it just didn't feel right. I also find the best pictures are off the bike so don't worry too much about something that can be used with gloves, etc.

I have a Canon S-100 that is amazing for how compact it is. Mine is years old but there are newer models. I think the S-120 is the current one. For people with experience on SLR's it has a ring that can be programmed for zoom, arperture, shutter speed, or just about any function.

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Originally Posted by Medium Size Dog View Post
Hope all of you with nasty weather are safe and warm. It's another breezy cloudless day in southern California with temps in the 60's and 70's. To address the OP question: fine suggestions for P&S cameras. The biggest hassle while riding is being familiar with the tiny buttons on your particular camera. Some of the kiddie cameras take decent pictures, are bigger with bigger buttons and are made to be dropped. Lots of cameras cheap at thrift stores but you gotta have what may be unique charger, batteries, connecting cords and manual. If you were born after around 1990 you probably know someone older who still has their complete kits in a drawer somewhere that they used until their phone got good enough to take over picture taking. You may have to deal with the grueling inconvenience of using a connecting cord or SD card reader, but you get the option of keeping photos out of the digital world. As for the translation, an earlier post mentioned the possibility of dropping and breaking the camera, a less significant loss than a cel phone. As for fiddling, attempting to safely navigate potentially unpredictable road surfaces while coaxing pleasing sounds from a musical instrument while taking pictures could put the safety of camera, bike, fiddle, bow and rider at risk.
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https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best...-shoot-cameras
Wow those prices are steeper then I'd figured. I've wondered about carrying one as well, since my phone's camera lens isn't great and the app is crash prone and slow.

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I tried using my gopro9 today as point and shoot camera with no luck. It's so much easier to just use my phone. I can do everything with one hand.

Are you guys just using one hand while riding your bike taking photos? That's what I really want.
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Originally Posted by sean.hwy View Post
Are you guys just using one hand while riding your bike taking photos? That's what I really want.
Most compacts can be operated one-handed - their controls are typically arranged on the right side of the camera so if you're a right-hander, all it takes is familiarity with the model you buy. Just have a look at pictures online to avoid the rare or odd model with a power button or mode dial on the left side.

Sony RX100 Mark III:
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Olympus TG-850 (one of the rare few all-weather cameras to sport a flip screen and a wider-than-usual lens):
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One guy I know uses the Olympus TG Tracker, it's a bit dated now compared to most modern compacts and action cams, and the ultra wide view often suits video more than photography, but he's been using it for years and he often posts tons of photos on Strava.

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