I didn't really want to shell out for a high end camera to put on the Vee so I found this one for $60 ($54 + $6 for the 2 year warranty) and bought it. If I lived someplace where every road was a roller coaster ride I'd probably have shelled out for a GoPro, but while I'm living in FL it's just not worth the investment because I won't use it much. Yesterday I had the chance to try it out finally. Here are some thoughts:
The video quality is better than expected. Certainly not great, but not bad overall. It's a little shaky, but that's due to how I have it mounted. I've got it on top of the gauges, behind the windshield. I simply used a fastener made by Scotch that is a hard plastic instead of Velcro fabric. I like it because it's stronger & it's cleaner than Velcro. See pics below. I've got some ideas on how to steady up the video, but I'm not too overly concerned with that. I'm not a professional film maker after all!
I wish I had taken a peek at the manual before buying a 16gb card. It will take up to 32gb, so I'll be making another purchase.
The waterproof case seems solid. I'm not a fan of the latch because even my fingers are too big to easily open it. I see a modification coming. Also, when it's in the case you can't push the “display” button to turn on the screen. The reason you would need to do that is because the display screen goes black shortly after you start recording. To preserve battery I presume. Still haven't decided if that's a plus or a minus. I figured out you can turn on the display by pressing the “capture photo or video button”. I was concerned doing this during recording may affect the recording in some way, but it does not. Also, in record mode the numbers displayed on the screen (showing the record time) turn red when you press the record button and are difficult to see in bright light. Initially I wasn't sure it was recording.
The on screen instructions are idiot proof. I figured it out without having looked at the manual. It is very simple to operate, and the first time you plug it into a PC the drivers load quickly. It comes with software, but I haven't explored it much. Upon initial inspection it looks to be completely unnecessary if you've got video viewing and editing software standard on your PC...which Windows does.
It comes with several different mounts. 5 or 6 if I recall. For my purposes it worked best to slightly modify (trim the base & remove the straps) the mount intended to be strapped to the top of a bicycle helmet. The bases of the other mounts, even with trimming, would be too big for where I chose to locate the camera.
Playback on the screen is smooth. It has a play, pause, stop, ff & rev so no complaints there. Also, you can use it to record video as it charges. Although you can't charge it while it's in the waterproof case. So if the weather is dry you can keep the camera charging as you record your ride.
Overall I'd have to say it's a very inexpensive way to be able to record the occasional ride. For $60 it appears it will do exactly what I need it to do. However, I do reserve the right to change my opinion at a later time, but for now I think this will work.
I figured out how to get rid of some of the shakiness. I put a small piece of Velcro on the front of the camera case. I then cut out a piece of foam from a buffing pad & put some electrical tape around it to stiffen it up a bit. I mount the camera so the foam is touching the windshield. May not be the prettiest, but it works!