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April 4th, 2009, 11:04 AM   #1
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GoPro Helmet cam

Hi all, thinking of getting a GoPro helmet cam for a bit of on board filming, anyone used one?
Any feedback on them would be appreciated.

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RE: GoPro Helmet cam

i got the wide angle one for xmas so i havent had a chance to try it on the bike but have used it in my truck and am quite happy with it, the vids look great on my 50" tv a little pixelated, sound quality is good, completely water proof, 2 hundred bucks so i wont be broken hearted if i lose it on the trails somewhere but it does come with quite a few different attachments. check youtube for some shots. good luck with the decision.
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I know that this was filmed with that camera. That might give you an idea.

http://www.xmission.com/~slcorganics/kev/knolls.wmv
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I bought one in February and took it to Morocco with me.

I'm not all that happy with it.

Battery life...so so. They say 50 minutes, but I never achieved anything that close.

Picture quality...good.

Sound...poor.

Biggest drawback...trying to tell when it is on or off. If you have it helmet mounted thee is no way to tell short of removing either the camera or your helmet. Even at that, once you turn it on and confirm the recording light is blinking it might only last 10 seconds then shut off if the battery is low. I have several videos less than 20s long with either me or someone else peering in the lens then the thing shut off shortly after.

Very frustrating, wish I'd bought something different.
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cheers guys, still undecided. Had an Oregon helmet cam that died pretty quickly after being bar mounted.
The reason i like the look of this one is the super wide angle lens.
Does the gopro have a screen so you can line it up properly?

GoldenBoy, was yours bike or helmet mounted? just wondering if the vibration may have upset it. Otherwise it sounds like you may have a duff one.
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the gopro is easy to line up ..... just point in the direction, the wide angle captures everything. no screen to aid in lining it. like all the toys out there, some like it and some don’t, this is the only helmet cam i have used and it is simple and easy, i do agree the battery life is short but i haven’t used lithium batteries like they recommend.
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Check out my vids with the go pro and decide for yourself!

http://www.vimeo.com/user1128047/videos

So far I have used it for the moto, mtb, wakeboarding, even abseiling! Bonuses are, cheap purchase price, durable, pretty good picture and sound quality, easy to use.

cons are, eats batteries (though I always carry a spare set of charged AAA's in a small water proof tackle box). 2gb is only about an hours video, and its hard to know when it is recording, or when it even on when you have your helmet on. This is my set up




From what I have seen, there isnt a better camera around for even close to the money, you would have to spend much more than double to get something that is more functional, and has a better picture quality. These would normally use some kind of lipstick cam attached to a reciever unit you have to store somewhere on your person.
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nice vids cyclesoul, i like how you mounted the camera. i think im going to see if i can move my visor back enought to do the same.
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Cheers for your input guys...... bought one off of ebay last night so i'll be playing with angles and mounts pretty soon.

Oh and buying AAA's like there going out of fashion by the sounds of it!!
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Yeah mounting the cam like that keeps it out of harms way, just remember to set it to record upsidedown! or UPd in the functions menu. Hardly notice it is there and you can hear it beep when you turn it on if everyone is real quiet and no motors are running! (fat chance with a group of blokes on motos )

I bought a couple 4 packs of the highest capacity rechargable AAA's i could from the local electronics store, that way i can always have couple sets ready to go or on charge.
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