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Old 12-30-13, 10:54 PM
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GoPro vs Midland vs Drift etc etc??

For several months I have had the Midland XTC100 (standard definition) camera and have loved it, it's durable even without the waterproof case, has pretty good video, functions well and is small and can be placed in many positions. However, I really wanted to upgrade to a GoPro Hero 3 Black for a while, but it is insanely expensive and actually increased on amazon recently. I have read dozens of reviews, from awful to awesome and still not sure what to get. I am thinking of getting a better Midland instead, it's much cheaper, battery life is longer, however I like that on the GoPro you can charge while recording, so I could use a battery pack, and of course the wifi, stills, slow mo etc. The Drift is a distant consideration, but any comments on it would be appreciated. Any advice on the new GoPro vs Midlands HD line up? Thanks.
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Old 12-31-13, 09:09 AM
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I have the 720p Midland 200, and it is possible to charge while recording. You just need something to be putting power down that USB cable that's not trying to open it as a USB drive; i.e. in a car, I can use a USB adapter in the power port, while on the bike, the ML-102 charger/power supply works a treat:

http://www.fasttech.com/product/1137...harger-version

It's true it doesn't have the many features of the GoPro, but that's why it's cheaper, I guess.
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Old 12-31-13, 01:54 PM
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Awesome, thanks. I wanted to use a car charge when driving and Anker 15000mah battery pack for cycling. GoPro may be too high risk. I just really like that you could use the app with it and control it from your phone, plus good night vision and slow mo :/. I'll think about it, thanks.
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Old 01-02-14, 11:56 AM
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Not sure this helps but I have the Sony Action cam and I am satisfied with that. I also debated the go pro but went with the sony. I am satisfied with it and it seems to do the job well. I do notice that in the summer with the camera mounted and enclosed in the waterproof case that the heat of the camera recording will cause the camera to shut down after maybe 20 minutes. I resolved this by having a extra case and drilling some vent holes in the case and that took care of it. The bike mount that sony makes though is terrible the wheel that you use to tighten the camera to the mount is two plastic pieces that will result in the pieces being stripped if you tighten them to much. I really don't think the handlebar mount is any good at all. I use a different system. It was hard for me to get any information about cameras for bikes from anyone so I just got one and it all worked out I guess.
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Here's another one to think about. Garmin VIRB: http://sites.garmin.com/virb/

I'll probably get this one for use on my touring bike and my motorcycle.
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Another option is the Mobius with an external battery. Really quite good value for the price. For me touring this would be the sort of camera I would consider; much prefer to loose or damage this than my GoPro Hero 3.


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