After a few near misses by cars and two mates actually being hit I want to start using a camera for taping video footage.
These are my requirements:
- Long battery life (3h+)
- Inconspicuous (absolutely no fancy GoPro-stuff on top of my helmet)
- Small & lightweight
- Reasonably priced (< 200AUS / 150EUR / 200US)
- Reasonable easy to use (with gloves, in the rain, ...)
- Good enough quality / angle for footage, but no further HD++ requirements
I'm aware of these questions (Recommendations for inconspicuous helmet-mounted video camera, What is a good camera arrangement for city riding?) from 2010 & 2012, but with camera technology advancing rapidly, most recommendations and discussions are outdated as of 2014. I thought about adding to them, but think starting from a clean slate it beneficial for everyone.
After a lot of internet research I think I boiled it down to a handlebar-based setup with one of following cameras (for people with a larger budget, this looks like an interesting comparison of mostly more expensive models):
- 1: 2.5h - 3: 96g - 4: 200US - 6: HD/125° - 7: :(
- 1: 2.0h - 3: 70g - 4: 200US - 6: HD/135° - 7: :/
- 1: 1.5h - 3: 62g - 4: 250AUS - 6: HD/135° - 7: :)
- 1: 2.5h - 3: 144g - 4: 275AUS - 6: HD/170° - 7: :)
- 1: ???h - 3: 155g - 4: 450AUS - 6: HD/170° - 7: :)
Polaroid XS 100 (identical to cheaper Easypix xtasy?):
- 1: 3.0h - 3: 136g - 4: 170AUS - 6: HD/170° - 7: :/
- 1: 2.5h - 3: ???g - 4: 150AUS - 6: HD/???° - 7: :/
To finally come to my questions:
- have experience in that problem domain / with one these models?
- know about further alternatives?
Will try to update the question with further information...