The wife and I are off to Switzerland at the end of June to visit friends and do a bike trip (see post http://londonbikers.com/forums/Topic370741-78-1.aspx) and wondered if anyone had a bike or helmet camera I could use?I think that some of the passes that we’ll be using, pictured on that post, will make for some fantastic footage.
I’m hiring a Kawasaki GTR1400 out there for the trip, as it should be great 2 up with luggage. Anyone have any experience of them? It’ll be slightly different to the VTR!
That’s a bit of a problem with user reviews, personal expectations vary so much.
There are some people out there who want to pay the least then complain when they don’t get the most. (I work with one of those and I think he’s beggining to get the message from me and others that he’s a tightwad little prat.)
At £70 it’s not going to be a Sony professional job. You’ll get better from a decent palmcam, but pay £’s more.
The only thing I’d say is to repeat that Gadget Show rated it best value for money and it survived their quite severe tests that included a lot of strapped to m/c stuff. (I expect the programme is still out there somewhere if you want to look.)
At the end of the day, it’s your money, your judgement. (Amazon do have fairly decent returns policy but open the packaging carefully and retain.)
I’ve seen some pretty good videos from the ACT2000, I agree it’s not going to be the best but for a compact, all in one waterproof camera the results are surprisingly good. Great for rideouts, track days etc.
GSXRAng also pointed out that they are the ideal shower cam . . . now there’s a thought ! ;)
cool have fun - sorry I don’t have anything I can lend you but just wanted to say hi and wondered where in Switzerland you are going, will you ride around the alps? I started riding when I lived in Switzerland and I think it is just a fantastic place to be (when on a bike) sometimes I totally miss it.
Here’s a map of where we’re going to. The trip starts in Elgg, where our friends live, with us boys on the bikes and the girls in the car with the baby. We then meet up in Flims, where Ivo’s family live, dump the car and hand the little 'un to Ivo’s family. The girls jump on the bikes and we head off to the lake.
I’ve been riding with Ivo once before on the roads around Elgg and it’s just fantastic. Brilliant roads, fantastic views and no traffic!
I have an ATC2K. Initially it lived up to my zero expectations, picture was so shaky it was not viewable.
Have now mounted it solidly to the fairing and it has made a huge difference, I had it on the mirror stalk, but the camera cannot deal with vibrations. However after doing that I had in excess of an 80% failure rate with it quite often corrupting the SD card (needing a reformat). Yesterday I got a Sandisk Ultra II SD card and tried it out on the ride to the BM, worked perfectly no locking up, turning itself off or the file corruption. It is only 1 test, but I’m impressed with the improvement. It’s ended up being not too bad after all.
Find somewhere that does not move and also that won’t transmit too much vibration to the camera. The sound is awful, but if the volume is kept low on playback it is OK, but watch out for wind noise. Get high speed SD cards, the cheap and cheerful ones will end in tears.
I know the Swiss are anti most things motorised, the bullet cam might be mistaken for a radar detector and draw unwanted attention from the authorities. I have seen a similar type of camera which looks like a mini point and shoot, but is about double the price. The upside of this one is there is no mistaking it is a camera and the mounting brackets seem far sturdier than the ATC.