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Feb 9th 2016, 06:56 AM   #1
 Naza's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Rent'n

  2002 Honda RC51, 2005 Honda RC51
Question Motorcycle Camera Recommendations

Greetings,

I am tagging this as Technical question post.

I have never had nor have done any research on helmet cam, bike cam, GoPro, etc. products and I am thinking it is about time to get one.

I really do not want to the latest and greatest multi-hundred dollar special, but late model units or great model for the bike recommendation is fine.

1. What is a good sport cam to purchase?

2. Where is a great place to mount?

3. Does the unit come with mounting gear or is this extra purchase for bikes/helmets?

4. Bonus: What units have expandable/swappable memory (SD)?

Thanx

Naza
Feb 9th 2016, 07:03 AM   #2
 SilvieFox's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
for helmet i run a drift hd720 (modded for external mic) (came with helmet mount and flat mount)
for every were on the bike i use a $35 sj4000 (some times on the swing arm some times on the dash )(came with shit load of mounts)


i plan to build an on board 2 camera security system for bikes with a target price of $250
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Feb 9th 2016, 09:04 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  bikes, all kinds.
I have an older Contour HD 1080p. It does 1080p@30fps and 720p@60fps along with some other less interesting formats. It has removable battery which lasts 2-3hrs depending on the mode and takes memory sticks as large as 32gb. I get a little over 2hrs with 720p@60fps. Most cams will come with some basic mounts. I prefer helmet mounting. You can find these older Contours for less than $100. Get yourself 2 spare batteries and you'll be set for all day recording.
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Edited by tunus on Feb 9th 2016 at 09:19 AM
Feb 9th 2016, 09:24 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

I have looked at camera's but they are so dang big and bulky! Waiting for someone to build small one with a micro lense that is small enough it does not look like an arm from the space station... I would rather have a remote battery and storage pack and small camera's.
Feb 9th 2016, 09:40 AM   #5
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  Feb 2016
  Normandy Park, WA

  Yamaha FZR600
...is it legal in WA to mount a camera to your helmet?
Feb 9th 2016, 09:47 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
Contour

The Contour Roam at 720p 60fps mod.
I thought I "needed" a GoPro, but these things totally rock!

They are hardly noticeable. I mounted mine opposite my Chatterbox and it creates just enough drag to be balanced.
Unfortunately, I'd rather run it upside down so I can hit the button easier (crossing over LH since its now on throttle side), but I don't have editing software to flip the video...
This thing survived my high side with the very tiniest of marks on it. It is truly tough like they say.
The laser for lining up the horizon is brilliant too!


One thing to note, when setting it up, the camera doesn't sit parallel to the bottom of the helmet (as you might think it would). Surprisingly, the camera sits at probably a 30 angle pointing up. It depends on what bike you ride as to what position your head is in but I was a bit surprised on my SV650. That gets me thinking, it will be shooting to the clouds on my UJM!
Feb 9th 2016, 11:55 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Renton, WA

  2010 BMW S1000RR, 2015 Yamaha FZ-07, 2009 Husky TXC250/310
Quote:
Originally Posted by PapaTango
...is it legal in WA to mount a camera to your helmet?
Following up on what Redkat600 said, I've been stopped about 5 or 6 times with my Contour mounted to my helmet and the cops / troopers never said a word about it.
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Feb 9th 2016, 12:22 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton, OR

  08 FZ1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parilla125
I have looked at camera's but they are so dang big and bulky! Waiting for someone to build small one with a micro lense that is small enough it does not look like an arm from the space station... I would rather have a remote battery and storage pack and small camera's.
That is the reason I got the Replay XD 1080 MINI HD Camera. It's small and does really well. 720p @ 60fps and 1080p @ 30fps. Comes with mounts, one for a helmet, one flat and another that is threaded and can mount to any camera mount.
Feb 9th 2016, 12:22 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by PapaTango
...is it legal in WA to mount a camera to your helmet?
cant have something "rigid mounted" that sticks out more then 1" as i recall.... loop hole use hook and loop tape and its not rigidly mounted
Feb 9th 2016, 12:47 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
I have a Contour Roam that has almost never worked. Several different memory cards, several downloads, and reboots, still very iffy. Almost every time it says corrupt file. Won't buy again.
Feb 9th 2016, 01:32 PM   #11
 DocB's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77 (AMA Nat'l landspeed record holder), CB750K, CB750F
Have not used one, but the Mobius ActionCam is pretty tiny. I've seen gimbal mounts for it on ebay, which could make for pretty cool bike mounted videos on twisty roads.

https://www.mobius-actioncam.com/
Feb 9th 2016, 02:33 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Fairview, Oregon

  '06 FZ1
Samsung Galaxy S5, mounted like a dash cam. I got it for free when I signed up with Sprint, and it does just fine for my needs.
Feb 9th 2016, 04:10 PM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Quote:
Originally Posted by SilvieFox
cant have something "rigid mounted" that sticks out more then 1" as i recall.... loop hole use hook and loop tape and its not rigidly mounted
I believe that 5mm (aka 1/4" or so) is what the Federal law is.

Cameras, bluetooth systems, decorations (fauxhawks, Cookie Monster covers, etc.), almost all of them are not letter of the law legal. Doesn't stop most from using them though, just have to be smart about it. Don't give Mr. LEO a reason to notice you and if they do don't be an ass about things.
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Feb 9th 2016, 04:19 PM   #14
 Naza's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Rent'n

  2002 Honda RC51, 2005 Honda RC51
Thanx

Great suggestions! I now have some brands/models to check out on Amazon.

Cheers!

Naza
Feb 9th 2016, 04:30 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  '06 Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 & '12 Honda Goldwing
I have 2 Gopro and 2 Contour cameras. I got tired of dealing with charging and managing the memory cards. I started looking for a setup that would get power from the bike and recordings that would cycle with the newer recordings overwrighting the older ones. That way it is always recording and I can ignore recordings that I don't need to save, but can copy current recordings that I want.

Anyway, I decided on the Innovv C3. I have 2, one in the front and one in the back. They also have a new one, the K1 which comes with two cameras. If requested I can post up some pictures of the setup on my Goldwing.

Innovv motorcycle camera | motorcycel recordign system | car dashcam
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