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Camera recommendations

  • 18-08-2020 4:08pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭ DelBoy Trotter


    I've had a quick look and can't see any recent threads for camera recommendations. I'm looking to get myself a camera to mount on my helmet. My current budget about €100. Ideally that would include card and mount in that budget. Anybody bought a camera recently and have any recommendations?

    Thanks!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭ DelBoy Trotter


    Bump :o


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,008 ✭✭✭ mr spuckler


    Drift Ghost X are meant to be pretty well thought of. I'd a Drift Stealth before and was happy enough with it but traded up for a Cycliq camera with integrated light.

    You can get them cheap enough on AliExpress if willing to wait for delivery.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭ DelBoy Trotter


    Thanks for the recommendation. I'd never heard of Drift cameras before, so will have a look.

    AliExpress is a no no for me though, have had issues with them in the past!


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,089 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CramCycle


    I have a drift Stealth 2 for over 5 years now and still works well (well did till this week). Unfortunately broke the screen on it just this week so am looking for a new camera. Considering the Drift 4k but would take other recommendations


  • Registered Users Posts: 799 ✭✭✭ mp31


    Mobius Maxi


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,656 ✭✭✭ Fann Linn


    Would there be any customs issues buying from AliExpress or Bangood?
    Thanks.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,089 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CramCycle


    Fann Linn wrote: »
    Would there be any customs issues buying from AliExpress or Bangood?
    Thanks.

    Not so much issues but you will likely have to pay tax as they are stricter than they used to be.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭ DelBoy Trotter


    CramCycle wrote: »
    I have a drift Stealth 2 for over 5 years now and still works well (well did till this week). Unfortunately broke the screen on it just this week so am looking for a new camera. Considering the Drift 4k but would take other recommendations

    Have you found any decent deals in your search? I've been up the walls with work so haven't had a chance to look yet


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,089 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CramCycle


    Have you found any decent deals in your search? I've been up the walls with work so haven't had a chance to look yet
    Its really the cost that's stopping me. I am probably going to go with a Drift again. There isn't really much value from China unless your getting the full kit, and I think getting it from the UK will make warranty issues (which I hope not to have) easier. I simply don't like the GoPro looks and they are even more over priced. I know there are cheaper but i have bought cheap in the past and had no luck.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,089 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CramCycle


    So I haven't bought anything yet but I did get a Hero 8 in work as they are using it for demonstrations etc and I get to used it. Anyway, I borrowed it for a test use after work (with permission).

    Positives:
    - Image is perfect
    - Image stabilisation is incredible

    General comments:
    - software may or may not be good, it won't connect
    - its annoying that you have to pull the card rather than be able to transfer files through the charge cable they provide

    Negatives:
    - The battery is woeful. I mean, lucky to get 50minutes at 1080p/60fps. I am sure I can turn off some things to improve it but its poor compared to the Drift, Cycliq or Contour.


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,708 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Weepsie


    Started using my virb again. Forgot quite how decent the pic was on it.my shimano cm1000 is still my go to, due to the size/form factor, but image isn't as good.

    I'd ideally like a nice small form camera, that can take a 64-128 hb card with a 4+ hr battery. Don't need a light in it as I have dynamos installed on 2-3 bikes


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 128 ✭✭ RuckingSwimmer


    Has anyone found a decent camera for under €100?

    I want to get one for my partner, but he wants one with decent battery life (4+ hours) - I could stretch the budget a bit if I need to

    Have looked at a few on amazon but the reviews seem to only mention battery life when filming in 4K (and it's not long enough), but no mention of what it could be if you filmed in a lower quality


  • Registered Users Posts: 36,082 ✭✭✭✭ ED E


    Has anyone found a decent camera for under €100?

    I want to get one for my partner, but he wants one with decent battery life (4+ hours) - I could stretch the budget a bit if I need to

    Have looked at a few on amazon but the reviews seem to only mention battery life when filming in 4K (and it's not long enough), but no mention of what it could be if you filmed in a lower quality

    Ghost X with extended battery


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,124 ✭✭✭ Ryath


    Good discounts on cycliq for Black Friday. Rear for €153, front for €209 or both for €336. Tempted to get a camera for a good while now, cyclic looks the most discreet option.

    Would like the bundle but it’s a good chunk of change. If I was to just get one which is more of a benefit front or back camera? Rear seems best to catch close passes? Or is the front enough, often find drivers pull out far enough but start pulling back in early before they’re are even past. Benefit of the front you can point it where you want to record to?


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,089 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CramCycle


    If you have only enough for one, I'd recommend a helmet cam as it will catch more than any front or rear on its own as well as show that you were observant. Cycliqs are too heavy for that IMO, a drift sleath might be an option in that regard for similar money.

    I had the rear cycliq for 135 from CSS although it broke, twice and the distributor was less than friendly getting it replaced, thankfully CSS were very decent and refunded without query. I also got the front Cycliq from CRC on offer for about 150 2 years ago and it has been bomb proof.

    Long story short, you'll get them both for less if you are not in a rush.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,124 ✭✭✭ Ryath


    Definitely not wearing a helmet cam! I said I wanted discreet! :pac:
    They're the newest V3 versions though so doubt they'll be discounted much more than that for a while at least. If you had to choose between front and rear alone which would you go for?

    Thinking maybe to get the Cycliq rear for the moment and maybe something like the Ghost X down the line.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,089 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CramCycle


    I'd flip a coin to be honest, I've had as many near misses from the front as the rear. The rear is far more discreet. The front will show more likely who is at fault. I think.


  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 32,817 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Seth Brundle


    Ryath wrote: »
    Definitely not wearing a helmet cam! I said I wanted discreet! :pac:
    They're the newest V3 versions though so doubt they'll be discounted much more than that for a while at least. If you had to choose between front and rear alone which would you go for?
    I have both (although my gen2 Fly6 (rear) was sent back to the company in Australia and I'm expecting a replacement gen2 any month now).

    I've found that the rear is great at showing approaching drivers and their impatience, etc. However, what I found is in the dark it can be difficult to see the front reg plate. The light on my Fly6 is great. Apparently the gen3 is even better.
    In terms of sound, the rear tends to pick up so much road and bike noise that it won't hear any commentary - even when you're stopped and talking to a driver, it may not catch the conversation. The Fly12 front is very good and will pick up most things said (including you shouting at drivers :D)
    The front is great and will show the second half of a close pass.

    I believe that the new gen3 Fly6 also allows you to view footage whilst out. My gen2 needs me to have a laptop to see the footage and I tend not to bring a laptop with me on a spin.

    I don't know but if I had to pick one I'd probably go for the front.


  • Registered Users Posts: 132 ✭✭ Birka


    Can anyone recommend a strong dual mount for a Garmin Edge and a Fly12. I've gone through two Cycliq mounts and they're not cheap (or robust)


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,124 ✭✭✭ Ryath


    I was afraid the front would be recommended! At the price of the front I'm getting to the point I may as well spend the extra €125 on the bundle and get the rear as well! The drift seems very good but I'm not seeing any great deals on it. Their mounts are bulky too, the cycliq mounts look much neater.

    Cycliq light's won't be main ones for me handy back ups/ get me home in evening. I have several lezynes and one bike with a dynamo set up for night time spins.

    I'll think about it for a bit and see how the budget is tomorrow!


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,089 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CramCycle


    Birka wrote: »
    Can anyone recommend a strong dual mount for a Garmin Edge and a Fly12. I've gone through two Cycliq mounts and they're not cheap (or robust)
    Most of them are built for Heros not Cycliqs and from experience, they can't take the weight unfortunately. Not what you want to hear and I could be wrong.
    Ryath wrote: »
    I was afraid the front would be recommended! At the price of the front I'm getting to the point I may as well spend the extra €125 on the bundle and get the rear as well! The drift seems very good but I'm not seeing any great deals on it. Their mounts are bulky too, the cycliq mounts look much neater.

    Cycliq light's won't be main ones for me handy back ups/ get me home in evening. I have several lezynes and one bike with a dynamo set up for night time spins.

    I'll think about it for a bit and see how the budget is tomorrow!

    Considering the weight, I'd look at making them your main light, otherwise buy a separate lighter camera. I found for any other, hanging the camera under the bar makes it look neater and inconspicuous. I hang my Cycliq upside down under the bar as its too bulky for on top. This is the same for any camera, most of them will hang off the Go Pro or Cycliq hangers


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭ DelBoy Trotter


    I never got around to buying a camera. I still want a camera that mounts to my helmet. I'm thinking of going for the Drift Ghost X. I've been keeping an eye on it, and it hasn't gone down in price on either Amazon or the Drift site for Black Friday unfortunately


  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 32,817 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Seth Brundle


    Birka wrote: »
    Can anyone recommend a strong dual mount for a Garmin Edge and a Fly12. I've gone through two Cycliq mounts and they're not cheap (or robust)
    I've tried loads and they all break. Only the original Cycliq handlebar mount works.
    The fitting for the camera on the Garmin 2-in-1 mounts tend to crack fairly quickly.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,138 ✭✭✭ positron


    Birka wrote: »
    Can anyone recommend a strong dual mount for a Garmin Edge and a Fly12. I've gone through two Cycliq mounts and they're not cheap (or robust)

    These aluminum mounts are less than a fiver including shipping, over at AliExpress.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000130989001.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4d8Rw5py

    MTB-Road-Bicycle-Computer-Camera-Mount-Holder-Out-Front-Bike-Stem-Extension-Support-Holder-for-Garmin.jpg_640x640.jpg


  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 32,817 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Seth Brundle


    The problem is with the weak plastic piece that screws in to the underside of the mount. You get it with your Fly12 and it won't last long. I went through a number of them before giving up on them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,880 ✭✭✭✭ dahat


    Anyone have user reviews on this?

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

    Loooking for a reasonably priced camera.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,770 ✭✭✭ MojoMaker


    The G-EYE 900 from Decathlon gets pretty good reviews

    https://www.decathlon.ie/ie_en/g-eye-900-4k-and-full-hd-sports-camera-with-touch-screen-en-s148060.html#:~:text=G%2DEYE%20900%204K%20and,is%20watertight%20(up%20to%2040m)

    Also the previous model G-EYE 500 if you can find it was well regarded among action cam users. Great price too, but it's white!


  • Registered Users Posts: 36,082 ✭✭✭✭ ED E


    dahat wrote: »
    Anyone have user reviews on this?

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

    Loooking for a reasonably priced camera.

    Thats the F9 Mini DV and is ANCIENT. Very very meh. Dull evening and youll just get a 3GPP esque video like you'd have seen on Bebo. Wouldnt bother.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,458 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko


    In response to this query

    I mount my Apeman on my helmet. The camera itself is tiny, almost matchbox sized. It does come with a perspex case, mounted on the helmet with a cable tie.

    All the accessories are shown in this video, though for an older model of camera.


    It can be mounted on the bars easily, as you can see in the video.


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