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post #1 of 20 Old 05-01-2016, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Dash camera recommendations?

Hey all,

I've been thinking about getting a dash camera for my strom - does anybody else own a model they'd recommend? I'd like to place it in the nook above the instrument panel so sizing would be critical. I'm in a dry climate so rain isn't a huge concern but in the uncommon showers I've rode in it seems like this area stays pretty dry too. d:

I found one on amazon that looks pretty promising - in a youtube review it looks to be the perfect size. It would probably require some custom work to wire it in but that's a challenge I'm up for.

Does anyone else have a camera mounted on their bike? What camera models do you like?
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Sorry for the double post, I can't post links because of my post count so I figured I'd try editing it later but it seems I can't do that either.

The camera I referenced in the OP is the Aukey DR-H1. Available on amazon.
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I've got the Mobius action cam under the front cowling. Very small and compact. Easy to hook up to power from bike. Use it just for accidents/ incidents etc as it is set up to record on a loop.
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I was going to buy a Mobius, I think they are a great value at the price point ($65 or so alone & $85 or so in a package). I ended up stopping by a BestBuy and found a Sony AS200V in the cabinet with no box, battery or memory card and took it home for $99 with the waterproof case and a USB cable thrown in; I'll post a pic in a few. I'm darn happy with it.
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The Mobius is an excellent choice. You can get one with the battery replaced by a capacitor (so it won't fry in the sun). It simply turns on and off with the ignition and. depending on the size of the memory card you add, can store two hours or more. Have one on my car and planning to add another to the new Glee.
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I mounted mine on a Ram mount on the handlebars; used a radar detector pad covered in 3M Dual Lock. I need a longer arm (cam can see part of the windshield), but I'm happy with it.



Here is a time lapse from my ride yesterday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH-2t9yVo1U

Some things I liked about the Sony
1 - it has easily removable batteries that I already use in my handycam video camera
2 - image stabilization
3 - smaller front profile than the GoPro
4 - lots of setup options that you can change without connecting to another device
5 - lots of aftermarket support & gadgets (same with Mobius)

What I don't like
Cost way too much unless you can find a deal

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Hey all,... Does anyone else have a camera mounted on their bike? What camera models do you like?
Hi dpedu, what functions are you looking for?

A dash camera is usually for a fixed install and to my knowledge will only run a few minutes without vehicle power (like the Z-Edge Z3). They start recording automatically with ignition on and with loop recording you mount them and forget them.
Some action cameras copy the dash cam and offer settings like loop recording and automatic recording (vehicle mount mode). They also record while being charged. Otherwise recording will stop when the memory card is full or battery is empty. Running on battery gives you the option to put the camera anywhere anytime.

I like the Hero Session design a lot but with it's short battery life (90min) I didn't want to spend over $200.
Several weeks ago I purchased a similar camera thru Amazon called SJCAM M10 WIFI for $106. An additional $16 got me 2 spare batteries with a USB double charger. Accessories are all plastic but everything you need to mount, including a waterproof case. Got mine mounted on top of the front fender underneath the beak. I like it!

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Cobra makes a good HD dash cam they sell at Costco that continuously records for a good price.

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I'm not sure if this would be called a dash camera, but it's what I use: a Polaroid XS100i. It's wifi enabled, so you can remote view (and operate) it from a smart phone, waterproof (to I believe a depth of 6 meters), HD, and one touch operation. It will also take still photos. It was about $175.00 when I bought it a year ago from Amazon, and comes with everything you need, including various mounts, to put it into operation. I bought a knockoff Go Pro mount and converted it into a helmet mount, but the camera comes with several different stick on mounts and a clamp mount. I used it on a cross country trip last year, and felt that it took great video without a pronounced fisheye effect that some of these cameras produce.

The downside is that is has an internal battery, so unless it's powered by the bike, you'll have to take it out of service to charge it. It has a battery life of I believe about two hours of runtime. It also takes video in .mov format, so you need Quicktime (or something like VLC Player) to play the unconverted file. You can play a .mov file on windows media player, but there is no audio. I use a freeware video converter from Freemake to convert the files to files that are compatible with Windows Movie Maker, so I can edit the videos, title them, add music, or whatever. The converter is a one touch operation; load the .mov file, select the output format, and click one button, and it converts it. The converted files look great.

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The Mobius is an excellent choice. You can get one with the battery replaced by a capacitor (so it won't fry in the sun). It simply turns on and off with the ignition and. depending on the size of the memory card you add, can store two hours or more. Have one on my car and planning to add another to the new Glee.
I like the Mobius for the downloadable software with which the camera is infinitely adjustable. Rather than HD I usually set mine to 1280 SD which gets me 5-6 hours recording on a 32GB card before it starts to loop back and overwrite the oldest recording.
When anything interesting happens you can save that segment by pushing the shutter button. Every option is adjustable including frame rate and file type. My only issue is wind rustle at speed, something that I am working on.

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