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    smallest, most unobtrusive helmet camera?

    I am not looking for the ultimate HD resolution. All I want is a really small camera to be mounted on the helmet or, even better, on the handlebar (where it should ideally "camouflage" itself as a front light).

    The reason, as you have probably guessed, is not so much the documentation of my trail exploits, but rather my growing disgust with the careless and dangerous behavior of motorists during my daily commute.

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    Contour's are the smallest with the Drifts right there with them... there are "key chain" camera's that are super tiny but they don't have the record time/battery life...

    Go pro's are kinda big and blocky...

    there is a new-ish cam that is actually used by police a lot now... looks kinda like a blue tooth ear unit for your phone.. loops the ear /glasses... can't remember the name...

    there are bike glasses that have a cam built in also...

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    thank you! I am still a bit on the fence though...

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    smallest, most unobtrusive helmet camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by adriano View Post
    I am not looking for the ultimate HD resolution. All I want is a really small camera to be mounted on the helmet or, even better, on the handlebar (where it should ideally "camouflage" itself as a front light).

    The reason, as you have probably guessed, is not so much the documentation of my trail exploits, but rather my growing disgust with the careless and dangerous behavior of motorists during my daily commute.

    Any suggestions?
    My Contour is often mistaken for a light.
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    Replay's XD1080 or even smaller XD720 would be two small cameras. I have the XD1080 and recently combined it with Breffo's Spiderpodium.





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    hey collideous got vids to see? would love to see what it looks/records like in those mounts you show...


    plus more info on the spider mount and what you think of it.. that looks like a great option... thou how stiff/steady is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomllama View Post
    hey collideous got vids to see? would love to see what it looks/records like in those mounts you show...
    Only one so far, a road ride.



    The spider mount works surprisingly well. Here are a couple of photos of the camera mounted to my bike. When you twist the bendable legs together, the Spiderpodium won't move a bit. It's also an ideal gizmo to attach the camera to branches, fences or place it on rocks or any other surface. Reviews on Amazon are mixed. Some people report that the legs break. At the moment I can't comment on that.
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    wow.. not picking on you or anything, but there is some serious jello effect there in the beginning... is that from the cam/mount/edit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomllama View Post
    wow.. not picking on you or anything, but there is some serious jello effect there in the beginning... is that from the cam/mount/edit?
    Result of the cam being attached to the bike. 120 PSI in the tires on rough pavement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adriano View Post

    The reason, as you have probably guessed, is not so much the documentation of my trail exploits, but rather my growing disgust with the careless and dangerous behavior of motorists during my daily commute.
    Do you really think a motorist is going to notice a camera, think twice about it, and drive any different because of it?

    Seriously, you could probably strap one of the old school VHS recorders to your bike and I still doubt they would drive any different.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    I guessing his goal is not as a deterrnet, but to video-document evidence in the case of a car vs. bike incident. His mention of wanting the camera "disguising itself as a light" would seem to support my theroy.
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    Now that is a slick camera...


    Quote Originally Posted by collideous View Post
    Replay's XD1080 or even smaller XD720 would be two small cameras. I have the XD1080 and recently combined it with Breffo's Spiderpodium.





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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    I guessing his goal is not as a deterrnet, but to video-document evidence in the case of a car vs. bike incident. His mention of wanting the camera "disguising itself as a light" would seem to support my theroy.
    I get that

    And what I am saying is a driver is never going to notice any camera so no matter how big it is, it won't change their poor habits.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    This is the camera being used by police. Not sure how well it would work for mountain biking but might be something worth trying. My department is supposed to be getting them soon so I'll try it out on the trail if someone else doesn't first.

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    I'm also looking for one and my reason is the same: disregard of traffic rules by motorists.

    The reasons why I want a small and unobtrusive camera are that it would be on me at all times and I care somewhat about looks, but also if someone confronts me and hurls insults and threats, them noticing the camera could escalate the situation. I'd rather have them mouth off and leave, and then use the video as evidence.

    Right now a small thing called MD80 has my attention, but I'd rather buy a tube-shaped ("pen") camera that has the lens forward along the long axis of the camera.

    To reduce the need for super wide angles, make sure I record as much as possible and reduce vibration, I'm going for a helmet mounted one. Goggles aren't excluded, but any good ones are significantly more expensive.

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    Our local newspaper publishes bike-related articles every second week or so, e.g. reporting the inauguration of a new bike path etc. And every single time, with remarkably predictability, a chorus of commenters launches invectives against bikers (1)being careless, (2) disregarding traffic rules, (3) hampering motorists, (4) causing waste of public money because of the bike lanes, (5) not having to pay "bike taxes", and much more.

    When I commute to work, however, what I actually see are motorists constantly blocking intersections, speeding within residential zones, cutting off bikes and pedestrians, honking around like drunken chimpanzees, and disregarding stop signs. And mind you, this is in Zurich Switzerland - an allegedly civilized place!

    So, I thought that a little documentation of this kind of "daily terror", with occasional emails to the local police dept., may not harm...

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