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post #1 of 9 Old May 15th, 2019, 10:15 pm Thread Starter
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Recommended Camera for the RT rider

I was thinking about going with the Sena 'on-helmet' camera.

But then I am getting to wonder if there isn't something better out there.

I once saw a guy on a GT at Russell Day Long shop in Shasta who had a computer camera set up on top of the mirror. It was pretty spiffy set-up...especially the way he turn it on or off.

Can I get some insight from you Bike-Camera Jed-I/s? thank you
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post #2 of 9 Old May 15th, 2019, 11:51 pm
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A LOT of things are better than the Sena camera. The main selling point to that unit is that its all in one package, cheap Chinese cameras will give you better video. :-\

I guess it really just comes down to what you are wanting to use it for. If you are just wanting it for a dashcam and for personal viewing and need a new/update comms unit then the Sena might be the way to go. If you are wanting to record videos of you riding on the streets and sharing it to others on social media then a GoPro would be the better route. https://www.innovv.com/ makes a pretty widely used "dash" camera system if you want something hardwired and off your body.

There really are countless options, it 100% depends on what you are wanting to do and get out of your videos.
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If it's for dashcam'ing then there's some info on Innovv and HaloCam options in this older discussion.
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Capturing video is easy and most cameras on the market do a good job, the hard part is finding time and inspiration to edit. I bet I have hundreds of hours of unedited video kicking around on several hard drives. Most videos I have watched are 1080p and look good to me, when compared to 4K it is lower quality but you may end up being the only one that cares.


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Capturing video is easy and most cameras on the market do a good job, the hard part is finding time and inspiration to edit. I bet I have hundreds of hours of unedited video kicking around on several hard drives. Most videos I have watched are 1080p and look good to me, when compared to 4K it is lower quality but you may end up being the only one that cares.
What gerhard says - editing the video down to something watchable seems to be my problem as well. To that end, i went with the Sena Prism Tube - it's comparatively cheap and super easy to use. Basically, on/off and that's about it. You can also hook up the included mic to capture (mindless, rambling - in my case) audio.

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I have never been a fan of helmet mounted cams. Besides looking bulky and aerodynamic issues, you get too much movement as your head swivels around.

I had the original Garmin Virb camera for a few years until it gave up the ghost. I used a suction cup mount on the side fairing, with a tether to act as a failsafe in case the suction gave out. It never did, over thousands of kilometres. It was OK, but you get the wheel in the shot, as well as missing some things from the other side of the bike. Here's an example:


So I used a 3M sticky mount in the gap right under the headlight, above the fender. I am not sure a GoPro would work there because it is not as low profile as the Virb, and fork travel would be an issue, but it was fine with the Virb.

I have now got a TomTom Bandit camera, which has a similar form factor as the Virb, mounted in the same spot. I like that location because I get a nice view of the road I am travelling on. Main thing I have to remember is to clean bugs off the lens periodically, but it's not as bad as you might think.

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If purpose makes a different then:

I want to be able to archive my travels...mostly for myself. I am not interested in the watch-dog camera on the back and front.


...yea, yea, I 'll probably join all you who have a kazillion miles of video sitting around collecting dust--unedited...may I join your club?
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Pretty sure that any of the current action cameras will serve you well. What I would concentrate on is how easy do they mount where I want to mount them, what kind of battery life do they have, how much do spare batteries cost... In the bad old days some cameras had proprietary video formats but I think those days are long gone. If you plan on editing video and posting it to the net make sure your computer is up to the task.


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If purpose makes a different then:

I want to be able to archive my travels...mostly for myself. I am not interested in the watch-dog camera on the back and front.


...yea, yea, I 'll probably join all you who have a kazillion miles of video sitting around collecting dust--unedited...may I join your club?
Well in that case then you will more than likely want a camera that is going to give you some good quality video. On top of that you will more than likely benefit with a camera that has image stability..

That cuts down a lot of "budget" cameras, if you don't care about image stabilization or the perfect image take a look at the YI 4K Action and Sports Camera. The YI 4K does have stabilization but its not great. Its a really good budget camera that gives very good quality for the price you pay for it. Its a good entry level camera to start with.

However, since we all ride BMWs we have deep pockets right??? lol Can't really go wrong with the GoPro 7, it has the best video of any action camera currently on the market. It also has some amazing image stabilization with a small amount of cropping. You can go to the GoPro 6 which saves a bit of money, its image quality (now after firmware updates) is pretty solid but not at the GoPro 7 quality.

There is also a new kid on the block that people are raving over, DJI Osmo Action Camera. Once again the video quality isn't 100% at the level of the GoPro, but I'd say its about 95% there. Its very likely that with some firmware updates that this camera will be as good if not better than the GoPro 7. The image stabilization is also AMAZING however it crops the image almost double what the GoPro does. It is a new camera, you can order it directly from DJI or if you want it in a store you have to wait till the 22nd.

There is another post that is discussing mounting points. There are actually quite a few different places you can mount a GoPro on the bike, or you can mount it on your person.

***Just saw someone above mention battery life.. The new DJI goes longer than the GoPros at 4k video, the YI 4k runs about the same as a GoPro. All three of the cameras are able to operate off a battery bank which could give you HOURS of run time. Or you could just use the on bike power and have unlimited run time***
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