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ashley101

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ashley101 says:

Helmet Cams

I am looking for a helmet cam, but want some reviews from owners before I go and purchase one, I'd like a HD one but not overly bothered, just got to make sure it has a good image stabilizer, what is the average price? who are the better makes? who to avoid? should i spend more than £100 or can you get a decent one for around £50, any/all info wanted, cheers :smile 

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zanderh

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zanderh says:

ActionCameras.co.uk

has a decent roundup of what it considers 'the top' helmet cams.



There are plenty of others out there but I personally wouldn't spend less than around £200 I think. You want some good quality that's not going to go kaput after a few years!

External memory cards also beneficial, and charging while in use is a useful addition.
Have a look around, see what you like the look of (and is in your budget). And I believe "VONTEN" will get you a 10% discount at actioncameras.co.uk if you get one.

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Rugbyman

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Rugbyman says:

Helmet cam

I tried some of the cheaper ones and as zander says either the quality was poor or they packed up after 6 months.
Current using this which is giving good results and so far is coping with everything I throw at it.

It seems fairly robust and well made

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kcmc

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kcmc says:

GOPRO

seems to be what everybody is using at the track,Moto X or roads

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aehewitt

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aehewitt says:

Helmet cam...

Gopro...:smile Don't bother with the cheap stuff, you only be disappointed with your days filming when ya get home...  cos the quality`s shite...:mad:

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

just remember

to not upload to social media/YouTube or anything else.

 

These vids are more and more being used as evidence to convict.

Hence no on board filming and posting, unless on track but they're not keen on that

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snev

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snev says:

whoops

I just googled "Helmet cam"................:shock:

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zanderh

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zanderh says:

Woo

This is what you need.


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brutale r

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brutale r says:

i have a

contour plus most riders I know prefer it .. its slimmer and it fits on the lid easier

the go pro is a bit bulky

but both give excellent hd quality films

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ashley101

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ashley101 says:

Yep

yes i completely agree zanderh to your picture but im not allowed pillions on my license yet ;)

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philehidiot

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philehidiot says:

Image stabiliser?

You can get them with image stabilisers? If it's a helmet camera your neck should absorb all the vibrations anyway and if you mount it on the bars, your mount should have rubber or something to dampen the vibration there.


Gopro is a pain for a helmet cam due to its profile. It will create wind resistance and therefore drag and pull your head back.

I have a Drift HD170 which I've recently changed from bar to helmet mount and it's pretty damn good. Ensuring it misses your speedo (and avoids too much sky) is easy as you can tilt it on the mount and the lens is rotatable to align it perfectly and get the image straight.

There are now smaller drift cameras but the way this one is shaped means I get no wind noise from it. The downside is the large battery is a definite requirement if you want it to last a few hours (3 or so) and it takes ages to charge.

The Contour ones are smaller which is a defo bonus but as I say, the larger Drift HD170 is pretty damn big and fairly heavy but I don't notice a difference mounting it on the lower part of the side of the helmet.

If you're thinking of using it for "Vlogging" then you'll need a mic separately as the external one will just pick up wind.

You have to be aware that if the camera is found by the cops after they suspect you've been riding silly, they can and will take it as evidence. Avoid your speedo as if it captures it, and you've gone over by only a bit accidentally you'll have a hell of a time. Even though you can show that the speedo isn't calibrated and therefore hopefully inadmissible as evidence in court. Also, in an accident it will show the whole truth and nothing but.

You can get ones for £50ish but they're nowhere near as good. If you want an idea, have a look at a few of the motorcycle "vloggers" on youtube. They usually say on their channel what set up they use. If I were getting another camera I'd be happy with the Drift ones. The lenses are also replaceable if they get damaged which is very handy. They also do a mount which will attach to an RIS rail on an assault rifle.

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