A while back I posted about Liquid Image EGO camera, so thought I'd do a bit of an update.
Still very happy with it, and I especially like the method that is used to mount it - it threads onto a standard tripod mount (1/4" gutter bolt thread) so making your own mounts is simple. Photo below shows its permanent mounting on the commuter bike:
The bracket is just an aluminium angle shaped to achieve a decent alignment of the camera. However I was really keen to get hold of a chest mount for use on the roadie and MTB, but it looks as if these are still in 'pre order' stage on the webz. I had heard that the mounting system is compatible with the GoPro stuff, so when the local JB had a special on, I went and purchased one of these to test out the theory.
While remarkably similar in appearance of both the quick release clip, and the rotating clevis there are subtle differences that need to be made for the everything to be fully compatible - but they are simple tasks.
Pictured above is the clip that comes with the EGO. I wanted to fit this straight into the GoPro harness, and all that needed to happen was that a 'poofteenth' had to be shaved from that centre groove - I had a fine sharp chisel in the shed that accomplished this in about two minutes. During a subsequent on bike test, I found that if riding the roadie on the drops, I could not tilt the camera back far enough to get a decent view of the road ahead, so I ended up placing the EGO swivel piece onto the GoPro clip - this required a bit of a fine sanding of the centre tab on the GoPro clevis as this was point something of a mm wider than the matting piece from the EGO - The sanding allowed installation without needing the apply force, and also allows smooth rotation. Below is the camera as mounted on the GoPro Harness:
Other things I have found:
The control buttons can be a bit hit and miss when riding along, the the small screen with the LCD can be difficult to see in some lighting conditions. I have missed some great CC racing action from mis-hitting the buttons, and being unable to read the display to guage the success or otherwise of starting / switching on the camera. I'm getting more used to this now, and tend to only operate the camera when stopped so I can be assured of positive engagement. This is mostly a problem with where it sits on the commuter - won't be such a big deal in the chesty.
Camera tends to get warm, and will do a self preservation shut down if it gets too hot. Have not seen this yet, but with our Tropical summer, I'll be interested to see how this handles the heat and humidity. Mind you, I'm often got a healthy headwind to ride into, so this would contribute to an overall cooling affect.
I seem to need to reformat the SD card from the Camera itself. Deleting files from the computer (and then emptying 'Trash') does not seem to convince the camera that it has spare capacity to record. This might also be due to a Linux system I use. I have successfully done a format of cards from the computer, but these were on small 4 GB cards. My new 16 GB cards seem to insist on being formatted by the camera itself. Anyway, its no biggie - in camera format is a simple manipulation of the control buttons.
When reviewing the footage straight off the camera, I still get a surprise at the clarity of the footage. I have found a good setting in my video software to retain this for various compilations I do, but there is a bit of loss when uploading to youtube.
To finish off, I suppose I should include a couple of random samples from Youtube. First Vid is 5 minutes towards the end of my commute to work in Cairns. Shows the camera performance in various lighting conditions (into sun, shade, shadow, good light etc). Also note that the way the camera is mounted, a lot of frame noise is transmitted to the camera - good for detecting brake applications etc. Second vid is chasing a departing train from its originating terminal in Cairns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDVrnoRvW28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5vBjnAL36U
PS - if anyone can pass on the youtube embedding secrets in the forum, I'd be most happy!