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Old 04-01-2014, 05:33 PM   #1
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The best of the non Go Pro....Go Pro's

Hi all, I know this could have gone into gear, but I was looking for aussie feed back there seem to be a lot of much cheaper go pro look alikes. Not sure yet if I want to commit the big bucks. So the best of the rest? Or a second handy. Like a lot of electrical stuff buying second hand could be a pig in a poke....so the collective wisdom
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:16 PM   #2
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Not sure about "best" but I have a 3 Six T from Big W. I have a few videos taken with it like this one:

http://youtu.be/SRYP44HTglE ← for the phone users who can't see embedded youtube links.



The image quality is not that flash, but for $50 you wouldn't complain. I get the impression that most of the cheaper Go-Pro knock-offs are of this ilk.

The 3 Six T comes with a couple of mounts and no memory card. I got a 32Gb micro-SD card from ebay for about $30. There is no easy way to mount it on your motorbike helmet. I have a prototype mount I cobbled together for mine which I have not tested yet.

Oh, and this video is motorbike orientated:

http://youtu.be/Mn84Bzr81qY

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Old 04-01-2014, 06:35 PM   #3
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This is a good one for about $70 on ebay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QppW_0_DuiE
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:47 PM   #4
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Google "keyring camera", and you will find 720p cameras for around $14, and full 1080p cameras for around $40, and all you need to mount them is a velcro dot. Tiny, reliable, cheap.
If you want to see what quality they produce, google "chuck thrillseeker" and you'll find footage from remote control aircraft, and I gotta say the $14 camera does a damn fine job, and the 1080p one is also neat.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:28 AM   #5
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much of it comes down to the size of the sensor. the cheapies will do 1080p but using a few tricks to claim that resolution from what is always a smaller sensor. i've edited in a lot of footage from other types of cameras into ride vids anything from a sub $200 camera isn't going to come close in terms of quality.

but if you aren't playing your files on a large screen and aren't fussy there's nothing wrong with the cheapies.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:49 AM   #6
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I got one of those $150 Hi-Def jobs from Jaycar.
The little I've shot with it came out well, and the sound is pretty fair too.
It just doesn't do well on 'wide' shots - you can see the curvature of the earth!
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:03 AM   #7
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Better than GoPro Black...

SONY HDR-AS100V (yes its 3 bills but this isnt for the KLR owners...)
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:03 AM   #8
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I have a Sony HDR-AS15

got it from grays online factory refurbished and only paid $160 odd

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Old 04-02-2014, 04:07 AM   #9
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I can say that the Vivitar 785HD is pretty shitty. Poor video quality, shaky mount, bad audio, but it is cheap.
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:28 AM   #10
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The key is the mounts

I currently own five - yes, five sports cameras. Two are GoPros and the other three are cheapies. One of these cost around $90 and nearly matches the GoPros in terms of video quality.

HOWEVER, in my experience, only the GoPros produce decent mounts - and a large variety of them. I have mounts all over the bike (and me) and they are fantastic.

The other three cameras are all but useless as a sports camera because they move and vibrate too much. One of them is used in my car and is passable, while the other two sit on my bookcase.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:26 PM   #11
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This is a good one for about $70 on ebay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QppW_0_DuiE
Have ordered one of these off ebay for a jetski camping triip i'm planning.
These camera's have some great reviews.
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:14 PM   #12
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I have a gopro2 and a replay 1080 and have to say that the replay shits am over the gopro in every aspect. I did run it hard mounted and hardwired on my Strom and with a 32 gig card could record all day. Also plenty of other mounts available including camera and ram mounts, very unobtrusive when mounted on the helmet due to it compact size and shape.
They also do a 720 version for very little money which I would buy if I was looking for another one now.
I would think that WiFi capability is the only thing that gopro has over it, but after a brief play with it, I never use it anymore anyway.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:10 PM   #13
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I have a full gopro setup, hate it!
I just bought a Jaycar one on special ,ready for the World Trials and Broadford, so report/video to come
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:59 PM   #14
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I have a full gopro setup, hate it!
I just bought a Jaycar one on special ,ready for the World Trials and Broadford, so report/video to come
i have a jaycar one , good thing for the coin

even put it under water at the beach on Australia Day, still works
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:45 PM   #15
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this is the one i prepared earlier



jaycar look a like
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