Recommend a cycle camera ( update : Garmin VIRB 30 ultra FAILED )

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Recommend a cycle camera ( update : Garmin VIRB 30 ultra FAILED )

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 4 May 2020, 3:53pm

After ( yet another ) ridiculous manoeuvre from a brain dead Moton, nearly caused an off for me yesterday, I’ve decided it’s time to invest in a cycle cam. Does anyone know of any particularly good ones?
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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby yakdiver » 4 May 2020, 4:49pm

I have the sj4000, well I have three of them, they are a go pro copy, but make sure you are buying a genuine sj4000 as there are copies of that as well.
Good footage and clear number plate recognition, night time not so good.
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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby richardfm » 4 May 2020, 4:53pm

I have a pair of Cycliq cameras, one for the front, one for the rear. They double as lights. I find the image quality good and they are reliable https://cycliq.com/

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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 4 May 2020, 4:56pm

richardfm wrote:I have a pair of Cycliq cameras, one for the front, one for the rear. They double as lights. I find the image quality good and they are reliable https://cycliq.com/


I had a look at those on a couple of cycle shop websites. I presume one is rear facing ( red light )and one is front facing ( white light ) and you can’t do both with one?

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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby richardfm » 4 May 2020, 4:57pm

Marcus Aurelius wrote:
richardfm wrote:I have a pair of Cycliq cameras, one for the front, one for the rear. They double as lights. I find the image quality good and they are reliable https://cycliq.com/


I had a look at those on a couple of cycle shop websites. I presume one is rear facing ( red light )and one is front facing ( white light ) and you can’t do both with one?

That's correct

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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby mikeymo » 4 May 2020, 5:04pm

richardfm wrote:I have a pair of Cycliq cameras, one for the front, one for the rear. They double as lights. I find the image quality good and they are reliable https://cycliq.com/


Those look nice. My bars are a bit full, but I've got 50mm of spacers on the steerer, so loads of room there. It doesn't look like Cycliq do a spacer type mount themselves, but do they use some sort of "universal" mount, that there might be a steerer mount for?

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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby tim-b » 4 May 2020, 5:55pm

Hi
I presume one is rear facing ( red light )and one is front facing ( white light ) and you can’t do both with one?

The earlier Fly 6 (Gen 1) can be used with the light switched off; there is a single, small LED that orbits the lens to show video operation so you could use two Fly 6, one at the front. I masked the red parts of the lamp with tape and just left the lens visible if you'd prefer belt and braces. The Fly 12 gen 1 (front) doesn't have such a good battery life IME even without the lamp being on. I don't have experience of the gen 2 cameras
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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby richardfm » 4 May 2020, 5:56pm

mikeymo wrote:
richardfm wrote:I have a pair of Cycliq cameras, one for the front, one for the rear. They double as lights. I find the image quality good and they are reliable https://cycliq.com/


Those look nice. My bars are a bit full, but I've got 50mm of spacers on the steerer, so loads of room there. It doesn't look like Cycliq do a spacer type mount themselves, but do they use some sort of "universal" mount, that there might be a steerer mount for?

Thanks.

Mine is one of the older models, it can use a go pro mount. I'm not sure about the new ones


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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby nez » 4 May 2020, 6:39pm

tim-b wrote:Hi
I presume one is rear facing ( red light )and one is front facing ( white light ) and you can’t do both with one?

The earlier Fly 6 (Gen 1) can be used with the light switched off


I've owned one of these since they came out but I didn't know this. Doh!

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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby millimole » 4 May 2020, 6:57pm

Harpsta22 wrote:https://chilli-tech.com/content/new-bullet-action-camera/
Thanks - that seems to tick my boxes
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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby Farrina » 4 May 2020, 9:26pm

Those look nice. My bars are a bit full, but I've got 50mm of spacers on the steerer, so loads of room there. It doesn't look like Cycliq do a spacer type mount themselves, but do they use some sort of "universal" mount, that there might be a steerer mount for?


If you are short on bar space try this, a duo mount https://cycliq.com/product/duo-mount/?v=79cba1185463 which I have used successfully for 18 months on my Fly 12 CE.

You’ll also need one of these to mount the camera https://cycliq.com/product/universal-adaptor/?v=79cba1185463

I sourced my brackets from Wiggle/Sigmasports - unfortunately they appear to be quite scarce at present

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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby richardfm » 4 May 2020, 10:28pm

millimole wrote:
Harpsta22 wrote:https://chilli-tech.com/content/new-bullet-action-camera/
Thanks - that seems to tick my boxes

I bought two of these before I bought the Cycliq cameras. They are awful, not worth the money.

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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby millimole » 5 May 2020, 8:41am

richardfm wrote:
millimole wrote:
Harpsta22 wrote:https://chilli-tech.com/content/new-bullet-action-camera/
Thanks - that seems to tick my boxes

I bought two of these before I bought the Cycliq cameras. They are awful, not worth the money.
What were the issues?
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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby st599_uk » 5 May 2020, 9:39am

I get some quite good results from a DJI Osmo Action that I got on a Black Friday deal last year.

Most Action Cameras require 2 addons - a decent microphone if you don't just want wind noise and a set of ND filters to tame the ridiculous shutter speeds.

Out of the box with a fixed aperture you might get 1/1000 which gives poor motion rendition and far too many aliases for a video encoder to deal with. Stick a decent ND filter on and you can get down to something manageable.

My only complaint is that, like most Action Cameras, it's far too saturated.
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