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    Helmet cam / bike cam

    Hi everybody,

    First post from beginner rider... I am looking for advice on helmet cam or bike mounted cam.

    Helmet mounted?
    Frame/bars mounted?
    Battery operated or hard wired?

    Also any advice on quality makes?


    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryM View Post
    Hi everybody,

    First post from beginner rider... I am looking for advice on helmet cam or bike mounted cam.

    Helmet mounted?
    Frame/bars mounted?
    Battery operated or hard wired?

    Also any advice on quality makes?


    Thanks in advance
    Michael Schumacher had one on his helmet

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    Quote Originally Posted by malcy25 View Post
    Michael Schumacher had one on his helmet
    they also had one on the bed head in the movie 'Sista Fista'...

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    Helmet mounts are a bit crap as you always look around and the video jumps about.

    A chest mount with the camera at the correct angle is much better. I use GoPros for our MTB videos. A GoPro 5 and a GoPro 7

    Both are Hero Blacks as they have a removable battery for a longer ride (ie you insert a spare)

    The 7 has markedly improved video stabilisation

    My videos are pretty average - all way too long LOL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQU...P3Mk-os8QVKCRg

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    Quote Originally Posted by malcy25 View Post
    Michael Schumacher had one on his helmet
    Thanks - I won't go for helmet mounted option then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryM View Post
    Thanks - I won't go for helmet mounted option then!
    Its not so bad if its side mounted and light.

    It depends on what you want the video for. Note that if you are on a sports bike you will need an extender piece on a gopro to get it pointing forwards

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    Make sure you scream " You almost killed me!" when a car pulls out 800m down the road.

    Motomadness loves that shit.
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    but once again you proved me wrong.
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    I was hit by one such driver while remaining in the view of their mirror.

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    From experience I can say that the most interesting recordings are when the camera is fixed to the steering wheel. You get video on your helmet with big jumps...

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    I was looking at this camera from Jaycar, it's bar mounted and claims to be for motorcycles or scooters.

    https://www.jaycar.co.nz/1296p-event...bikes/p/QV3870

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    For the various mounting options check out "Itchy Boots" on Youtube. If your clips are as good as hers you'll be famous.

    The shots she takes with her helmet cam are generally steady as a rock. I was watching a series by a couple of English (Scouse?) guys one of whom had a helmet cam - and no idea how to use it. His violent gyrations made it feel I was going to be thrown out of my armchair.

    Thought for a new rider, some track days ban cameras. People can be tempted by the camera to do a little extra. The little extra can result in a diet of hospital food.
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    I have found my helmet cams to give me good feedback on what I can do better. Especially in traffic.

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    I got a Sena Tube Prism Wifi. It's neat and small, has an app and can charge & record at the same time.

    Seems good, I got the usb charger hooked up to battery so can also charge phone if needed

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    Helmet cams are good for a FPV, letting you see close to what the rider was seeing. You can see how a good rider looks deep into the corner rather than straight ahead and most riders don't just jerk their heads around randomly. A chest cam can be a problem on some bikes because it is too much lower than the eye-view so a lot of view could be blocked by the bike.

    I have a ProShot mount - https://motomox.co.nz/collections/pr...ra-mount-white that works really well, but I need a better camera with stabilisation to cut out the vibrations and jitter, I'm looking at getting a GoPro or an Insta360 to use instead of my sub-$50 Eken H9R.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pritch View Post
    For the various mounting options check out "Itchy Boots" on Youtube. If your clips are as good as hers you'll be famous.

    The shots she takes with her helmet cam are generally steady as a rock. I was watching a series by a couple of English (Scouse?) guys one of whom had a helmet cam - and no idea how to use it. His violent gyrations made it feel I was going to be thrown out of my armchair.

    Thought for a new rider, some track days ban cameras. People can be tempted by the camera to do a little extra. The little extra can result in a diet of hospital food.
    I had a guy on a Bronze course a couple of years back who insisted on using a helmet cam while out on the course. He was a fairly new rider, and sold it to me as a crash prevention measure. I had no objection to him using it, and I still don't, free world, all that sort of thing.

    Out on the ride it was immediately obvious that he was so busy chasing good footage that he was riding like a plonker. He even got unnecessarily close to a car at one stage, to make it look like it was their issue.

    The bike I have had a dash cam fitted when I got it. It runs when the bike is running. I've never looked at the footage. Perhaps if it all goes wrong I might, but I don't give the camera a second thought. I think that might be the best way.

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    I use mine occasionally for learning purposes - it's occasionally useful if something unexpected happens to review the incident and see if there were any warning signs that I missed.

    Although, I mostly use it when I'm touring, on photo only mode to take snapshots on a timer.





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