Cycling in Melbourne Australia
Jaycar Electronics (no connection, my name and theirs is coincidental) have a new sports camera for those interested in such stuff. It's full HD and takes up to 32GB of SD card and has a built-in battery.
Just thought folks'd like to know :-)
My HD handicam records about 30 minutes of 720p on an 8GB card. Mileage may vary from cam to cam, but that's 2 hours on a 32GB card, in theory.
Steve is right about the file size. Another comparison is with a Kodak ZI8 camera in Full HD (1080P 30fps MOV) I have a 23 minute file and the file size is 2.1GB so with a 32GB card you can record about One GB per 11 minutes of video = 352 Minutes. Big issue is though that the battery fails at around 80 minutes. If I was to shoot in 720p it would be at 60fps and is a bit more hungry on memory.
Things to look for though is.
Ease of use.
Mounting (Kodak ZI8 not great on a bike and Tachyon cameras fail here with vented helmets)
Field of view
And a host of other things.
I would like to see some test footage from this camera.
I hope to have 3X HD cameras for the 2011 Melburn Roobaix. Have 2 already just need the 3rd. GoPro mmmm
I expect you are talking helmet or small type cameras:
Not one single camera under 2 grand has a socket for an external mic and built-in mic's a generally shite across the board.
My $155 Kodak ZI8 has an external mike socket. It has a helmet mount but, I doubt if it would work very well as one.
I agree though getting good audio is very important. I just love to get the pa feed and use it in my videos (not bike ones)
Damn, really? You may have solved a problem I've had since my Sony D8 died 4 years ago!
I happily admit to being wrong :-)
Then there's this option, which might serve well as a bicycle evidence recorder.
Mount one on the rear, facing approaching traffic, and one on the front, facing departing traffic. In case of threat or road rage, both recordings provide evidence of motorist behaviour and motor vehicle identity :-) The video tab is worth a look, the quality is quite good.
Otherwise, it's a nice, cheap, mudproof camera for the MTB rebels out there. 2 hours should be enough for anybody ;-)
If you want a cam get one designed for it such as a go pro, contour, drift or oregon, they are the really the ones designed for sports. The 960 go pro can be got for around $200 and the others from $300-450, but much better with up to 1080 resolution and 60fps. Personally I am going to go for the drift stealth as it has on board screen. Other cams just dont have the viewing angle (most of these have 170 degrre) or the battery life to warrant looking at, in my opinion