Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: The Northwet, U.S.
Tachyon camera review
I used this camera to record an entire 1600 mile trip, and I like it a lot. It is rugged, unobtrusive, extremely simple to operate, and produces surprisingly high quality video. (The sound is awful at anything over 10mph, but I don't care about that.) It's very well suited to application as a dash or handlebar cam.
Tech support is very responsive, but a little confused. I asked about modifying their power cable so as to feed 12v bike power directly to the camera, and they said that would be fine. However, they think there are only two leads in the power cable and that they carry 12v. In fact, I found 5 leads and measured 5v across two of them and none on the others.
I decided to just live with the bulky adaptor. I added molex connectors to the cable so I can lengthen it and move the adaptor somewhere else.
Wouldn't you know it, the camera already caught a collision (sort of). I was hit at 5mph by a nimrod kid in stop-and-go traffic, who tried to change lanes into my position and bumped one of my panniers. The camera doesn't see the impact itself, but it does show the vehicle and its owner during our pleasant after-incident discussion on the shoulder, as well as having recorded the jostle and my lane position at the time of impact. All I got out of it was some paint from the bumper of his RAV4.