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Old 06-08-21, 05:21 PM
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front camera suggestions?

Does anyone have any suggestions for a front facing camera? either on the handlebars or my helmet? I have been using a Veho Muvi on my helmet, but it seems kind of bulky . I was considering the fly 12 for the handlebars, but it's a little pricey (and I need a new computer so cost is a factor). ANy suggestions? Thanks
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Old 06-08-21, 09:34 PM
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Look at the Drift Ghost cameras. They are a favorite of motorcycle riders. I use the Ghost XL.
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Those Ghost cameras look good. I was checking out the site and mounts. Does anyone know if there are after market mounts out there? Looking for something minimal to mount to my handlebars or to my FSA Control Center mount:
https://www.amazon.com/FSA-Control-C.../dp/B006TX9CL0

The one Ghost offers does look good though, just looking for options.
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Old 06-09-21, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by MrWasabi View Post
Those Ghost cameras look good. I was checking out the site and mounts. Does anyone know if there are after market mounts out there? Looking for something minimal to mount to my handlebars or to my FSA Control Center mount:
https://www.amazon.com/FSA-Control-C.../dp/B006TX9CL0

The one Ghost offers does look good though, just looking for options.
The Drift cameras use a standard tripod screw. You can get GoPro bracket adapters.
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Old 06-09-21, 11:00 AM
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looks like stuff is available off the shelf, including quick release mounts

Review: Drift Innovation Ghost HD Camera

I'm a big fan of q/r mounts, so I can move my cameras, to different locations while I ride
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Old 06-09-21, 06:29 PM
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Thanks. I'm leaning towards the ghost XL. 9 hour battery life is impressive.
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Old 06-10-21, 12:39 AM
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Ditto, the Drift Ghost cameras. I've used a pair of Ghost X with the 5 hour batteries for almost two years. They're an outstanding value.
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I just outfitted my bike with two GoPro Hero 8 cameras, one mounted looking forward, the other one looks rearward. The rear camera (more important in my opinion, since that is usually the direction cars are approaching from) is being powered by an external Anker power supply, so there's enough power for an entire ride. Front one taps off the USB port on my Garmin external power pack. Both have 256MB SD cards good for over 7 hours of recording.
One feature I like is the voice control. I can hop on the bike, say "GoPro, turn on" and both turn on. Then I can tell them to start or stop recording, highlight a particular spot in the recording to make it easy to find on playback, or tell them to shut off.
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I have been using an DJI Osmo action camera, and a K-edge gopro handlebar mount. Works GREAT. I threw together this video of one of my first rides of the season mounted to my Gravel bike.
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Old 06-17-21, 08:33 PM
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Whatever you decide, double-check these things:
Long lasting battery in temperatures from -10C to 55C at a video resolution that can read licence plates.Spare batteries and a separate battery charger.

Date and timestamp remain as you change batteries.

Each time you start a new ride, check that the camera's timestamp is correct.

The following don't exist yet but you might as well ask in case there are good solutions.

Good internal microphone that can pick up a conversation 10ft away while in its waterproof case.

Audio recording that stays in synch with the video recording.

Waterproof case that gives you access to the micro usb ports.
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Old 06-18-21, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Noahma View Post
I have been using an DJI Osmo action camera, and a K-edge gopro handlebar mount. Works GREAT. I threw together this video of one of my first rides of the season mounted to my Gravel bike.
wow! very smooth!
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Old 06-19-21, 12:28 AM
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Agree'd, I was very happy when I saw how smooth it was. I plan on taking it through some single track soon through a rock field to see how it does there lol
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Ditto, the Drift Ghost cameras. I've used a pair of Ghost X with the 5 hour batteries for almost two years. They're an outstanding value.
I need to attach usb external battery for my gopro9 to get that kind of battery life.
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Old 06-24-21, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by sean.hwy View Post
I need to attach usb external battery for my gopro9 to get that kind of battery life.
Same, when I used an Ion Speed Pro from 2016-2018. Good compact camera. Battery runtime per charge eventually declined from 90 minutes to an hour, so I strapped a small spare USB battery onto my helmet, in the vent, to get a couple more hours. But for more than 2 hour runtime I needed a larger USB battery that wasn't practical for helmet mounting.

The Drift cameras take care of almost every issue other than image stabilization, which isn't absolutely essential with a camera mounted on the bike with a reasonably sturdy mount. But it could use image stabilization for helmet mounting. I tend to be a bit bobble-headed due to old neck injuries, so my helmet mounted videos are very shaky without stabilization.
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Old 06-25-21, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Ion Speed Pro
my Polaroids have a similar form factor incl. a similar retaining ring for the lens cover. recently tortured one, more than usual, & got some condensation fogging, which came & went depending on temperature. was able to remove the cover, finding a tiny puddle inside the edge of the foam & wiped it away & aired it out. would be nice to replace a cpl of those lens covers but can't find any. would help if I didn't torture then & scratch them. but the cams are cheap enough to just keep buying used ones. it was nice to know a tiny bit of leakage wasn't the end of the camera. never had any trouble w/ the back cover. it was a good excuse to buy some tiny precision screw drivers ...



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Old 07-05-21, 05:33 AM
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I got the Ghost drift XL. I waited for prime day on Amazon. Paid $109. I purchased the helmet mount, but wound up taking off and using just the part that the camera attaches to. I took that and put the strap that I was using with my Veho Muvi and mounted it to my helmet. I can't remember where I got the strap, but it's just one continuous strap with Velcro. It's very simple and holds it tight enough.




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Old 07-06-21, 09:18 AM
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Please let us know how you end up using it and how it works out.
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Did you check out Cycliq's cameras? Made as a dashcam for bikes. Be sure to figure out a charging solution as well while riding. Video is a quite power-consuming!
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I bought one of the cheap GoPro knock off's to learn a few things.
What I learned to this point:
EIS will be very important on a bike — helmet, chest or handlebar mount! (Nah the cheap knock off doesn't have it)
Smaller and lighter is better; that is directly related to how big the battery can be.
The small Action Cam batteries can handle 90 minutes (1050maH) the slightly larger 1350maH another 30 minutes? Charging times seem to equal running times.
Having enough batteries and micro sd cards along could solve that problem
I guess I'll find out which settings will give best battery life.

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P.S. A slightly more expensive cam with more features should arrive on Saturday. More learning coming!
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Originally Posted by sean.hwy View Post
I need to attach usb external battery for my gopro9 to get that kind of battery life.
You mean a power bank??
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Old 07-15-21, 08:25 PM
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You mean a power bank??
I use this

Anker PowerCore 10000


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Didn't think of that .... yet. Since I have one I'll give that a whirl. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by OldRailfan View Post
Didn't think of that .... yet. Since I have one I'll give that a whirl. Thanks!
you will need this little door for you battery

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Originally Posted by sean.hwy View Post
you will need this little door for you battery .....................
Well.....
Since I have a few phone holders not being employed (freebies when I bought other stuff) I came up with another arrangement.




From left to right

Actuator for the e-horn/bell, speaker for the horn, power bank mounted to frame, CamPark action cam, iGS50E computer, LED front light used in strobe mode.
I figure the 10000 mAh power bank probably lasts for 9+ hours. Now the only problem will be to remember to charge all those gizmos and ...... shut them down after the ride.

On the e-horn, riding on our Rail Trail — out and back is 52km — I used to call "Passing on your left", but some don't know left from right. Next I bought a very loud bell, but that wasn't loud enough for "some"; so next the e-horn. Only the "truly out to lunch" don't get the message and get one of my acerbic quips.
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