Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Camera

For some time now, I've been thinking about getting a helmet cam, but choosing a helmet cam isn't as straightforward as you may think.
You need to consider the megapixel rating, the resolution it films at, the frames-per-second filming speed, the battery life, etc., etc. The list simply goes on and on!

And then you get to the price! It would seem helmet cams sell for anything from £100-00 upwards. That's a tad steep for an ordered-online product that you don't quite know the quality of.

Finally, I decided on this one:
For those that know mini cameras well, you would be forgiven for thinking this is a Muvi as the similarities are great. 
The difference is the Muvi costs a great deal more, while this one costs only £16-99, with free postage!
Go have a look here: http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_1&products_id=109457 And before you ask, no, I am NOT affiliated with them in any way, shape or form.

A co-worker had one, and kindly lent it to me to try out. Fixing it to my helmet was a doddle as it comes with a few different mounts. The video quality is quite good, too, except when cycling at night (which is about what I expected).

I'll post some videos later on, as well as a more in-depth review.

The single biggest reaon I got it was not for filming my commute (even if I have a nice video clip of a car catting me up on a roundabout). Nope, I got this little toy to document the Plym Valley Trail, and Drake's Trail.
As I've posted before, I'm slowly putting together what I hope will be a very detailed guide to these two routes. In due course, I may extend it to cover the whole Devon C2C route (NCN 27).