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meridaman, I find the weight of the go pro on the helmet for longer than 15 minutes to be annoying, I still notice it for shorter trips and while the POV can be nice, for comfortable mounting then on the body the chest mount (so I hear) is best - otherwise directly on the bike.
The GoPros are not heavy as such but still heavy enough to be noticable and they catch more wind than a compact side mounted contour. Have a look at this video, it could give you some ideas for mounting and angles: New Zealand Cycling Video
Though I havn't had much time to play with it, the remote for the GoPro is really handy. You don't need to film the whole time so rather than trying to fiddle with the camera while riding or worse, stopping to turn it on or off, the remote does this, turn it on/off as well as start/stop recording. On my older GoPro Hero Original I am getting more than two hours filming time though for longer day rides would pick the parts I wanted to film. With a remote strapped conveniently on the handlebars this is easy.
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Yep. I was wearing my HD2 the other day while cycling in the Eifel National Park. Had it on for about 10 minutes down a downhill section and the weight was starting to get annoying after that time. Definitely wouldn't want to be wearing it for any longer than needed. Although the POV footage does look pretty cool at 1080HD. I was wearing the headband mount though, so all the weight is at the front of your head. I think that if it were mounted to the top of a helmet it would be more balanced and less noticeable.
After cycling and touring around Europe 'au natural' for the past 8 weeks anything more than a cycle cap on my head starts to get annoying. So for those who are used to wearing those weird looking foam hats on their heads might not be as bothered by the weight and bulk as I. Not sure how I will adapt when I get back to Australia.
I also had an issue with the weight of the GoPro on my helmet. I put some custom padding inside the helmet, as follows:
The velcro hook strip + window-sealing strip combination can of course be redone when the padding gets a bit flat, which I've done a few times now.
Yeah, the weight is an issue. I was happy enough on a short commute though I needed to keep the helmet done up tight to stop it wobbling around. If you want a helmet mounted cam the Contour seems to be the better option. I have two moto riders near me at work and both have the contour for that reason.
the weight/aero issue is pretty minimal once it's mounted on the bars though. i wouldn't even notice it's there.
+1 to the wifi backpac. I don't have one but they're dead nifty. It's worth noting that you can either use the wifi backpac or the battery one - not both.
Oh, and check this out if you're worried about durability!
The GoPro is great and there are several places you could mount it. The main one would be the bars, mount it as close to the stem as you can, this will reduce a lot of sideways movement, You need to use a small strip of rubber under the mount, this helps to reduce vibrations, you also need to make sure the mount is as tight as you can get it, this includes the connection from the camera to the mount. You could also use the Chest Mount and Helmet Mount. The helmet mount isn't all that bad, if you use it for short distances.
If money isn't an issue, you could buy a few Battery Bac Pac's, this will give you plenty of recording time.
For some variation you could mount the GoPro onto the quick release on the front or rear wheel, this gives a different perspective and looks pretty cool.
This only takes a couple of small metal L Brackets, check out the DIY mounts, scroll down to mount 8.
To add some interest to your ride, you could also buy a couple of Jumbo cameras approx $40, these are 720P and very good for the money. These cameras are small and light, you could put these on various parts of the bike to give different angles/views.
Check out page 1 of this thread for more info.
These are easy to mount and again look at the DIY Mounts for some ideas on cheap easy to make mounts.
You can also buy and external battery pack for these approx $17. Check out page 1 of this thread for more info.
These are not waterproof but there are some DIY cases for it on its own, or with the external battery connected.
For more information look at the links in my signature.
I started out with the Suction Mount, but didn't like it. I now have the GoPro mounted under the rear view mirror, I used one of the flat adhesive mounts and one of the arms. It sits upside down, but that's not a problem because you can either flip it in the camera or do it in software.
Having it under the mirror keeps it out of the way and gives a very good view of the front of the car.
Hmm interesting idea. I use my camera upside down on my trike so would save me the hassle of flipping it each time. And yep better field of view, guess what I'm doing when I get home
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Also keep in mind that you will need a high speed SD card (Class 4 min, Class 10 is best) with the GoPro HD Hero 2 to us it to the fullest extent (especially for time lapses).
http://gopro.com/support/faq-hd-hero2-c ... -or-higher
Can any GoPro users out there please provide a sample or two of the still images (photos) these cameras produce.....? I'm interested in a portable / mountable video camera that can expose a scene correctly.......
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In good lighting it takes really nice photos.
Not so great in overcast, low light conditions though. Typical for a action camera.
Photos/video look amazing in golden morning/afternoon light.
All these were shot on my HD Hero 2 at 11MP wide screen mode.
I really want to get a small, light-weight portable tripod for doing time-lapses.
Then look at the Tamrac Zipshot.
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I stumbled across a video from NAB 2012 (some kind of video/camera conference?) where the chief software engineer was talking about an improved camera video mode called protune that adds the following: 35mbps h264, flat color, no in-camera sharpening/de-noise, 24p. A bit more poking around and I found this screenshot comparison of the current and protune videos: http://i.imgur.com/7XPey.jpg
It'll eat up SD card space faster but it's going to be a very nice quality improvement if that screenshot is genuine!
Its actually avoiding encoding damage more than anything else that I can see. (Cameras have to encode a frame on average at the frame rate otherwise they'll overrun their buffers and drop a frame). Go pro will be offering it on the HD Hero 2 as a firmware upgrade (as it requires no new hardware features to implement). So basically they are turning off all the smarts that process the image and waste time and using a relatively simple encoding step and dedicating time to the data transfer.
I'll be interested as usual, because encoding is a source of damage to night footage. May finally tempt me into joining the go pro owners brigade (I've tried just about everything else).
I love my gopro, I have a curved adhesive mount on the dash of my car and the bow of my kayak. I use it on the bike too. I have the battery bacpac and I think you could just buy spare batts and use the bacpac to charge them while you are using the camera. Also I would not bother with Class 4 SD cards anymore. I got a 32GB class 10 Kingston for $30, and you can get even cheaper than that.
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Update: Not surprised but the retailer confirmed that this was accidental (my liability) and not a manufacture issue. Obviously it did get a knock though I asked why the mount failed before the case. I certainly accept the verdict and have ordered a new one. Despite this, I will aim to avoid this type of mishap again because at $60 it is pretty expensive - that said it is a worthwhile investment to improve the video quality (especially if you don't break it).
Ongoing point of criticism of the K-Edge GoBig GoPro Mount
I find the Allen Key screw to be too soft and within a short time it was worn.
Mount this UNDER the handlebar. I didn't do it as it was a bike on load and there were too many cables in the way however it means that the camera is also exposed. Mounting underneath the handlebars keep it more protected and also it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb.
A note, I have now spotted these at lower prices locally (online Aussie retailer) than overseas.
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Have you thought of taking it to a TIG welder and getting it fixed?
Can't hurt giving it a try.
They list the max torque on the Allen key screws as 2nm...very low - not far past finger tight. I wouldn't recommend moving it around much.
Who is the local retailer? I'd be interested in another for my second bike (due to above point!)
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It seems every man and his dog are coming out with video cameras these days. This is of course a good thing because it will help to bring prices down as well as better smaller cameras. But I am just surprised at how fast this has happened.
Looks very impressive, thanks
What's the best thing about riding up a long steep hill climb? Descending it of course! Here's a vid I've put together of me descending my local hill climb here in the Snowies. I found some recommeded render settings in Vimeo which seems to have improved the quality a bit. Obviously descending at speed has caused a few vibrations from rough road surfaces but all in all not too bad.
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