With the War on Britain’s Roads “shockumentary” still fresh in people’s minds, I want to update a roundup we covered a while back on helmet cameras for cyclists.
If you’d like to use a helmet camera for safety, or even if it’s just for recording your mountain bike rides, here’s a roundup of the best options.
As always, feel free to chime in with your own suggestions in the comments.
A camera for less than £12.85
First off, you don’t need to rush off and buy an expensive new piece of kit. In fact, most of us already own a camera that can be mounted to our handlebars. All you need is an attachment.
Obviously, there are some downsides to this method.
Primarily, the lack of a waterproof case. Not only does this mean you can’t use this in the rain, but it also means that if you fell off your bike, you could damage the camera.
Obviously if you are using some kind of rugged camera, such as the Kodak Playsport, then this is less of an issue.
Mount your smartphone to your handlebars
Thanks to the clear space at the back of the mount, you can easily adjust the camera so it is recording your ride. The biggest downside here for cyclists is the battery life issue. However, you should be able to record your entire bike commute and simply charge up when you get to work.
A helmet camera for £35 – £50
The big advantage is that the cameras are fairly discreet and they come in a weather-proof casing. Also, included in the package, is a helmet mount and a handlebar mount.
However, it has to be noted that reviews on Amazon are mixed.
James Bond’s helmet camera
A camera we’ve extensively tested here on London Cyclist is the Veho Muvi. It costs £35 for the camera and an additional £10 for all the mounts.
The Muvi is tiny and the recording quality can be described as “good enough”. With the supplied memory card, you should be able to get around 90 minutes of recording.
For more on the Muvi, read our review.
Go big, Go HD
Of course, if you want to go all out, the real deal are the cameras sold by GoPro and Contour. These feature very clear image with HD recording. They also have a wide range of mounts.
The GoPro is great but the new version has yet to arrive in the UK. What doesn’t make it that great for cyclists, is the design of the camera body. This means it will look rather odd when attached to your helmet.
On the other hand, the Contour camera fits to the side of the helmet, so you don’t look so odd!
The price tag of the Contour helmet camera is a bit of a shock to the system. It costs £300 which is roughly £100 more than the GoPro. However, there is an impressive list of features. From the waterproof case, to the GPS recording and the connectivity to your smartphone. It essentially offers everything you could need, which is why helmet camera cyclists such as CycleGaz who was featured in the BBC documentary, use it. You can check out the reviews on Amazon here.