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

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

Postby francovendee » 8 Jun 2020, 8:00am

What are you going to buy when you get a refund, try another Garmin :) ?

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

Postby De Sisti » 8 Jun 2020, 11:18am

Crosstour CT8500?

Here are a couple of reviews done by a chap in our club:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebcuUyG ... 7-gvkDGZDI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUCYuHI ... S44ywB2-Ls

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

Postby ratherbeintobago » 8 Jun 2020, 3:54pm

I think Garmin have given up on the action cam market (may be wrong) which seems a pity, as their cameras seemed to have some nice design features e.g. GPS integration, the wee ANT+ remote.

IIRC the Ultra 30 came out nearly four years ago...

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

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 10 Jun 2020, 2:14pm

francovendee wrote:What are you going to buy when you get a refund, try another Garmin :) ?

No way. I’ll have a look at some of the other suggestions. I’ll be taking it back tomorrow.

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

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 10 Jun 2020, 2:15pm

ratherbeintobago wrote:I think Garmin have given up on the action cam market (may be wrong) which seems a pity, as their cameras seemed to have some nice design features e.g. GPS integration, the wee ANT+ remote.

IIRC the Ultra 30 came out nearly four years ago...


It’s probably for the best. It only lasted a couple of weeks before it went bang.

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

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 12 Jun 2020, 11:16am

I got my money refunded with no fuss or hassle yesterday, so now I’ll be looking closely at some of the recommendations made here 8)

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

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 12 Jun 2020, 11:19am

De Sisti wrote:Crosstour CT8500?

Here are a couple of reviews done by a chap in our club:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebcuUyG ... 7-gvkDGZDI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUCYuHI ... S44ywB2-Ls


That is pretty much identical to the Garmin. So much so, I reckon it’s a rebadged Garmin, using the same internals, but constructed by a different manufacturer, as is common with tech stuff.

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

Postby De Sisti » 12 Jun 2020, 12:10pm

Marcus Aurelius wrote:
De Sisti wrote:Crosstour CT8500?

Here are a couple of reviews done by a chap in our club:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebcuUyG ... 7-gvkDGZDI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUCYuHI ... S44ywB2-Ls


That is pretty much identical to the Garmin. So much so, I reckon it could possibly be a rebadged Garmin, using the same internals, but constructed by a different manufacturer? (as is common with tech stuff).

Were the operating instructions the same? Anyhow, for £40 or so, I will give it a chance.

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

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 12 Jun 2020, 4:24pm

De Sisti wrote:
Marcus Aurelius wrote:
De Sisti wrote:Crosstour CT8500?

Here are a couple of reviews done by a chap in our club:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebcuUyG ... 7-gvkDGZDI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUCYuHI ... S44ywB2-Ls


That is pretty much identical to the Garmin. So much so, I reckon it could possibly be a rebadged Garmin, using the same internals, but constructed by a different manufacturer? (as is common with tech stuff).

Were the operating instructions the same? Anyhow, for £40 or so, I will give it a chance.

40 quid is a bargain. It doesn’t matter so much if it does go bang really at that Price.

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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby Si » 13 Jun 2020, 12:42pm

Harpsta22 wrote:https://chilli-tech.com/content/new-bullet-action-camera/


I've one of these. Not bad for the money. Runs for about 3.5 hrs on one charge. No problems when it gets rained on. Picture is not bad mounted on handle bars.
My two quibbles - the bar mount isn't the best ( I've made my own replacement). Every time I upload the vids to my pc it resets the date/time to 2015. Not a major issue but annoying.

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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby De Sisti » 24 Jun 2020, 10:53am

Si wrote:
Harpsta22 wrote:https://chilli-tech.com/content/new-bullet-action-camera/


I've one of these. Not bad for the money. Runs for about 3.5 hrs on one charge. No problems when it gets rained on. Picture is not bad mounted on handle bars.
My two quibbles - the bar mount isn't the best ( I've made my own replacement). Every time I upload the vids to my pc it resets the date/time to 2015. Not a major issue but annoying.

Does it have a disc to upload drivers etc??

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

Postby philg » 24 Jun 2020, 11:24am

When my GoPro Hero died last I replaced it with this
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07 ... UTF8&psc=1

The results not quite GoPro but far better VFM and the mounts are compatible.
Does about 1hr40 per battery (2 are supplied) and can be externally powered, though not with the waterproof case fitted.

Akaso do a range of similar units, the cheaper ones don't have IS which IMO is essential for a bike cam - it copes pretty well under most conditions.

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Re: Recommended cycle camera

Postby Si » 27 Jun 2020, 3:48pm

De Sisti wrote:
Si wrote:
Harpsta22 wrote:https://chilli-tech.com/content/new-bullet-action-camera/


I've one of these. Not bad for the money. Runs for about 3.5 hrs on one charge. No problems when it gets rained on. Picture is not bad mounted on handle bars.
My two quibbles - the bar mount isn't the best ( I've made my own replacement). Every time I upload the vids to my pc it resets the date/time to 2015. Not a major issue but annoying.

Does it have a disc to upload drivers etc??


Nope.

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

Postby Timotheus » 6 Jul 2020, 10:43am

With regard to the Chilli-Tech Bullet Cam, my experience has been unhappy.
The money was charged with the order, not just before delivery.
I found the camera to be unsatisfactory when it eventually arrived.
I emailed - no response.
I used the online contact form - no response.
I returned the item, and have evidence of delivery - no response.
Today I called the number on the website - "the number is not in service".
Caveat Emptor!