If you want to join the helmet camera brigade, then the Veho Muvi will appeal. The price is low (excellent price on Amazon), it’s tiny and operation is incredibly simple.
I’ve taken it out for a couple of rides now, so I thought this might be a good moment to touch base and let you know my initial impressions.
Let’s start at the beginning. Installation. Admittedly, this was a little fiddly. Whilst I first trialled clipping the Muvi to my jacket this didn’t work very well as it ended up pointing down at the road. Unless you are riding a fully sit-up and beg position bike, then you’ll want to attach the Veho Muvi either to your helmet or your handlebars.
Attaching the Veho Muvi to the helmet is a small adventure. There are no real, clear instructions as to how you should go about doing this so the improvisation part of your brain goes into overdrive and starts tugging at straps and coming up with crazy solutions. My solution looks a little something like this:
Messy, but it worked.
Although, it’s a far cry from their suggestion:
But on the plus side at least I was “exciting my mind” as they suggest, by coming up with an innovative way of mounting the camera to my helmet.
With the Veho Muvi attached to my helmet I set off on the first ride:
What you’ll notice in the video is:
- I whistle and sing too much when I cycle
- I tend to focus my eye on drains for no apparent reason
- The video is clear enough to spot licence plates
One of those three bits of information will actually be remotely useful to you. Whilst the video appears like it’s a missing scene from the movie Cloverfield the quality is perfectly adequate for the intended purpose. It also copes incredibly well with being pointed towards the sky and then back at the road. Quickly adjusting to light things up.
The other important thing to note from my initial dodgy attempt at helmet camera filming is that to get the perfect angle will take a little adjusting. I found in my initial setup, the camera was pointing too much towards the sky.
Operating the Veho Muvi is easy. You turn on. Tap the record button and then tap the record button again when you want to save the recording. Then you turn off the camera. However, if you turn off the camera before hitting the stop/start button your video won’t be saved. No doubt a couple of people will get this wrong resulting in what scientists call a “doh” scenario. However, I can also see how its good to be able to discard video so quickly simply by not hitting “save”.
Overall, I’m really impressed with my first few rides and I’m looking forward to filming more with the Veho Muvi to put together a more coherent review. If you are already convinced then grab a Veho Muvi here and you’ll also need the Extreme Sports Pack which you can get from here.
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Update: You can now read my full review here.