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    Action cameras
    on: Dec 30, 2016, 09.24 am
    Dec 30, 2016, 09.24 am
    Has anybody tried the cheapo action cameras advertised on Amazon and other on line retailers? There are loads for under £50, all made in China, but then so are most electronics now.

    I've never used a camera on a bike, but keen to try it out this year. Interested in other folks experiences and recommendations on brands and mounting arrangements etc.

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    Re: Action cameras
    Reply #1 on: Dec 30, 2016, 02.08 pm
    Dec 30, 2016, 02.08 pm
    Hi Stu

    I have tried several over a couple of years and put on Youtube a trip into the Swiss Alps in 2015.

    This shows the Gopro HD2 (looking back) a Sony AS15 on the RHS of Helmet (this has image stabilization) and a couple of SJCAM 4000 mounted on Helmet and Handle bars LHS.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvMh3ZpfZIY&t=7s

    Youtube does degrade the movies.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQXasKHN0KA&t=1311s

    Very pleased with Sony and SJCAM 4000 (make sure they have SJCAM on the front) or they are a copy.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-SJCAM-SJ4000-HD-1080P-DV-Action-Sport-Camera-Waterproof-Camcorder-B7W8-/142227280247?hash=item211d681177:g:FAMAAOSw2xRYZHcW

    If you want sound then the Sony has a mic input under the cover.

    To enable longer run and battery times I use an different waterproof case on the SJCAM and power the camera off the bike (USB or a power pack/Powerbank)
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12000-20000mAh-2-USB-Portable-External-Battery-Charger-Universal-Power-Bank-WI-/262136184319?var=&hash=item3d0888bdff:m:mncwysBjouGHsZgdvr7DNMA

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SJCAM-Charging-Waterproof-Case-Motorcycle-Car-Charger-For-SJ4000-WiFi-Camera-/262713519708?hash=item3d2af22e5c:g:bgIAAOSwB09YMJii

    Setup to power on and off automatically it's powered up (Even use it in the car.)


    Use a high speed 32Gb card about £8 now and this will do many hours and over write if the recording is not required.

    The Garmin Virb is good and water proof.  See the test.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBL-OQcFdLI&t=121s

    Hope this is a help and watch out for cheaper copies of the SJCAM the images are poor and the angle of field is less.....so it will cost you about £55+ to get underway.

    Min G0JMS   :148:





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    Re: Action cameras
    Reply #2 on: Dec 30, 2016, 04.44 pm
    Dec 30, 2016, 04.44 pm
    Hi Stu,
     I echo a lot of what min has already said about the SJCAM . I use an SJCAM M10, which essentially the same as the 4000 but is a cube shape:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-SJCAM-M10-Cube-Mini-Full-HD-1080P-12MP-Waterproof-Action-Sport-Camera-/221929776748?hash=item33ac0ba66c:g:ehwAAOSwmmxW5mym

    This link is for a seller promising the new waterproof case design (different locking clasp)  which is a lot better, if you find cheaper make sure its the new type.

    Ive had mine mounted on my crash bars and using a sticky pad on the screen. Ive been pretty happy with the results.

    What i will say im not sure if the waterproof charging case is available for the M10. Battery life is about 90mins. Some deals come with additional batteries.

    This review is pretty good and will give you loads of info.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tMhb4t-hPE&t=4s

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    Re: Action cameras
    Reply #3 on: Dec 30, 2016, 06.00 pm
    Dec 30, 2016, 06.00 pm
     :0461: with Hartley with regards to the SJcam M10.
    Bought one last year with waterproof case + extra battery pack, charger and SD memory cards, which in total cost less than £100 for my Spain trip and have been absolutely  astounded by the results.
    I can also vouch for the waterproof case as it threw it down over the Picos and it worked a treat.
    My thinking is if the camera only lasts a couple of years a replacement is so cheap it would take numerous SJcam M10's before I got even close to the cost of a Go-Pro or Drift.
    "The more the miles, the bigger the smiles"

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    Re: Action cameras
    Reply #4 on: Dec 30, 2016, 06.19 pm
    Dec 30, 2016, 06.19 pm
    :0461: with Hartley with regards to the SJcam M10.

    Phew, i remember recommending it to you Dave  :038:


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    Re: Action cameras
    Reply #5 on: Dec 30, 2016, 08.00 pm
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    *Originally Posted by Hartley [+]
    Phew, i remember recommending it to you Dave  :038:

    You certainly did Hartley and sure glad of that, thanks. :028:
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    Re: Action cameras
    Reply #6 on: Dec 30, 2016, 08.57 pm
    Dec 30, 2016, 08.57 pm
    Thanks to all for taking time to provide information, much appreciated.

    The SJCAM is certainly worth a punt for the money. What have folks used to fix to helmets, crash or handlebars? Lots of adverts for cheap sets of different types of fitting. Are these good enough quality or do you recommend something more expensive?

    I'll do some digging and get the gear on order for the start of the riding season proper.

    Cheers

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    Re: Action cameras
    Reply #7 on: Dec 30, 2016, 09.08 pm
    Dec 30, 2016, 09.08 pm
    hi ukstu, when i get a camera i wouldnt like to fit it to my helmet.  :110:
    Isnt that what did so much damage to micheal schumacher, i presume it was a slightly different helmet he was wearing, as in probably not as sturdy as a bike lid, but still, it seems like a very vulnerable place to fit the camera.
    I'd prefer the bars fitment just for safety.
    Some people who use them on the lid do get good results as to where they are looking.
    Only my opinion and concern for any ones health and well being, especially as i know you.
    Good luck my good man.  :028:  :031:

    keep it shiny side up !!!