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Camcorder for day bike rides/ day and night long car drives!

Hi all,

Im looking to buy a video camera and I need tips from you.

Initially i was thinking of just buying one to mount on my bike so I can videotape my day rides both on and off road. Any cheap compact size camera should do for this purpose. I was going to weatherproof it myself so this shouldn't be an issue.

But then I thought I might as well use it in my car and work van and videotape my long drives (both day and night). But this made the decision on which camera to buy a bit too technical for me because I want night clips to be of reasonable quality too.

So a reasonably priced, compact size, light weight, decent quality (but not super quality), decent quality in night mode and may be some sort of image stabilization to address bumpy roads vibrations.

Im just trying to find one thats fit for purpose. It would be great if you can just help me translate my requirements into video-camera's world technical specification like the suitable MegaPixels and other features that I'm totally unaware of.



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I ended getting a GoPro HD to film during skiing, downhill biking and for my motorcycle. I paid around $300 for it. I've only used it on the motorcycle and downhilling.

The video is pretty good. Audio is pretty good. Battery life isn't that great. I think you get around 2 hours per charge (will be worse in the winter). I really need to get a 2nd battery.

I tried to find a mount on my motorcycle (Buell) but the vibrations were too much - even with the suction cup mount. You have to mount it to a helmet.

I've only used it a hand full of times. I haven't gone through half of the footage. It kinda gets boring after a while. The videos take up a good amount of space on the hard drive. I'd really think twice before filming your work van trips. If you spent two hour driving do you really want to relive those two hours watching that footage???

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Post was last edited on March 17, 2016 3:56 AM PDT

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