Whether it is for safety purposes on your commute or recording some extreme mountain bike downhill action, helmet cameras are getting popular amongst cyclists. The good news is, most of them don’t have as much of a heart attack inducing price tag as you might think.
See also: How a pro uses a helmet camera
Contour HD Helmet Camera
This is the helmet camera used by my fellow cycling blogger Gaz. He praises the slim line and lightweight design. It is easy to use and has multiple mounting options. The Contour helmet camera also has two lasers that allow you to check the angle is right. Additionally, the lens can rotate separately to the body.
Amazon have the Contour HD camera for £229.99
Veho Muvi Cycle Camera
If you couple the stunningly tiny Muvi with the Extreme Sports Pack you’ve got a filming package that few would complain about. The Muvi first caught my eye at the Cycle Show and I’m glad it did. It looks like something out of a James Bond movie. The Muvi is fitted with a 2 megapixel camera and can record for approximately two to three hours. An impressive extra feature in this helmet camera is the voice activated recording for hands free operation.
To be the boastful owner of this helmet camera the price tag is actually £10 less than what I thought at £42.90 on Amazon.co.uk. This makes the camera a bargain compared to other options. Below I’ve posted up a clip of the camera in action – remember this video is compressed and therefore looses some of the quality..
Go Pro Helmet Camera
When I was filmed cycling around London by ITV this was their helmet camera of choice. It records truly stunning video. It also does fairly well on the audio front considering the level of noise on some of the streets in London.
The most popular version most people will opt for is the 5 megapixel camera at £169.99. There is also a HD version that is quite costly at £319.99 but of course the results might make it worth splashing the extra cash.
The major downside to the GoPro is that it is fairly clunky and you can’t view the video recorded on the go. Therefore, it takes a while to get the setup just right to record. All the video recorded is stored in an SD card which can be quickly uploaded onto your computer. The helmet camera has approximately 2 to 3 hours battery life. The best part of the GoPro helmet camera is that it also comes with a waterproof case to survive the British winter.
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