Helmet cameras advice

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Bik3 Rid3r
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Helmet cameras advice

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Not that I can afford one at the moment, but can anyone give me any feedback on helmet cameras or any other cameras for bikes. What are your thoughts, are they any good? Can they really get a good image of a vechicle registration number? what type of fitting is best, helmet/handlebar ect? I would really like to know as I am considering saving up for one.
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There's lots of useful information in the archives, including some recent experiences with modern cameras:
search.php?keywords=camera&terms=all&au ... mit=Search

And a current thread:
viewtopic.php?t=153815

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https://toptechreport.org/best-action-c ... ySEALw_wcB

Has anyone had experience with RealAction PRO listed? at £79, battery life 2 hrs?
is it easy to fit to a helmet or handlebars?
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Bik3 Rid3r wrote: 9 Nov 2022, 3:23pm Not that I can afford one at the moment, but can anyone give me any feedback on helmet cameras or any other cameras for bikes. What are your thoughts, are they any good? Can they really get a good image of a vechicle registration number? what type of fitting is best, helmet/handlebar ect? I would really like to know as I am considering saving up for one.
There are quite a few decent ones, but not 4k, high resolution HD from around £19.99. I've heard see good reports about them. Going to invest in one this week, will let you know.
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Unfortunately not that many proper comparative footage of the cheaper range of the market though if you search youtube for a model you might find a reviewer that has done several different ones.

In general the cheaper cameras will tend to have lower dynamic ranges and lose some of the finer detail as a result of cheaper sensors and cheaper integral processors (which aren't as capable of as efficient video encoding)
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Camera on helmet, ooo, be careful, remember what happened to Schumakermikermakermikermakermoo.
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yostumpy wrote: 21 Nov 2022, 7:47am Camera on helmet, ooo, be careful, remember what happened to Schumakermikermakermikermakermoo.
At least worth bearing in mind that helmets are built and tested to specifications. If you add a camera mount you've altered the helmet and potentially the crash performance the helmet is tested too, so you no longer have a helmet that meets a standard.

This is also true of e.g. headlamp mounts too.

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I've been using a (genuine not a copy) sj4000 action camera for 3-4 years now they work well and can see reg numbers OK, but the view is front/rear only as they both are fixed to trike, but like all things a head shot will alway be better as you look were the trouble/action is coming from.
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yakdiver wrote: 22 Nov 2022, 6:31pm I've been using a (genuine not a copy) sj4000 action camera for 3-4 years now they work well and can see reg numbers OK, but the view is front/rear only as they both are fixed to trike, but like all things a head shot will alway be better as you look were the trouble/action is coming from.
I'm a big fan of these too, think I paid about £40 back in 2018, Use it on every ride so probably about 26,000 miles so far. I have mine fixed to the handlebars and tehered to a battery, gives me about 20 hours between recharging, and the 64gb card keeps about the last 8 hours footage.

And yes, be very careful of the cheap copies on ebay (under£20), they are rubbish. The genuine ones seem to record in .MOV and the copies in .avi

As for the quality, here is a screenshot showing reg plates. Obviously in fading light it is not so good, and on unlit country roads at night, it will rarely capture a reg. if moving.
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