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I would like to get some feed back as to which i should buy , A Helmet Cam or A dash Cam , there are some pretty small helmet cams on the market , but I am wondering if the dash cams would be a better choice , all Opinions are Appreciated
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Dash cam has more vibration but has a constant view

Helmet cam has less vibration and sees what you see but is a bit disorientating to watch afterwards.

Partly depends whether you want it for enjoyment/sharing or for evidence. And either one of them could be looking the wrong way when you need it ( the helmet will catch a conflict that carries on off the bike or one side but might miss something while you look over your shoulder/ into a junction and so on.
 

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With the emergency services you sometimes see bike riders with the cam
on their shoulder, it seems to work well.
 

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Both! They both have there advantages and place.
I currently only have one but can mount it in several locations.
The dash cam gives the best view of the ride but misses some of the scenery and points of interest off to the sides of the road
The helmet cam will get those shots but also gets everywhere your head turns such as at a stop sign looking left and right and can cause nausea when watching later.
So get one that can be mounted to both and experiment for yourself and find your happy place for it!
The key is really in editing the footage which I need more practice and time with.
 

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I use a ContourHD 1080p helmet cam, but I have it mounted in the bar, big disadvantage of dash cams in my opinion is that need to be plugged into the power outlet most of the time, at least you get a very pricey one.

you can check out this video i shot weeks ago, its like half an hour realtime and I fast forwarded 20x and turned out 1.5mins.

http://youtu.be/fMvjEekQIx8
 

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which one works best inside? you can't take a dash cam to your g/f 's boudoir but helmet??? heey its power ranger time :shock: :oops: uh as in power ranger fixes broken lamp that is
 

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which one works best inside? you can't take a dash cam to your g/f 's boudoir but helmet??? heey its power ranger time :shock: :oops: uh as in power ranger fixes broken lamp that is
lol ... works best inside what? the helmet, the bike or what?
 

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Well Thanks Guys , your Input was Great , I will check them all out , and will report back at a later date as to what I bought .
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I have seen the Sony Action cam mounted on a ram-mount with a motorcycle Larry break res. plate with balls attached... depending on your windscreen type,,, a 3 inch or 5 inch arm is used with a Ram camera base mount adapter... There is a waterproof case the Action cam slips into... neat package...
 

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I spent months trying to get a stable picture from a bike mounted cam on my AN400. Could not solve the vibration problem inherent in single cylinder bikes in a satisfactory way. Bought a helmet cam, a Drift HD170, instead.
 

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Generally helmet camera and dash cameras adopts similar solutions, but usually they have different mounts and power supply. Some dash cameras comes with mounts which suitable both bike and car.
 

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I prefer mouting a small video camera on the dash or front fairing. Video from a helmet mounted cameras can be pretty jerky. Just pulling up to an intersection you swing your head back and forth several times to check for traffic.

You get some distortion (and reflection) filming through the windshield. Putting it on the front fairing is better, but more difficult to turn the camera on and off.

I made this short video with my GoPro HD camera. It was mounted to the front fairing of my Goldwing. Fortunately, I could easily reach it while driving. My video shows a ride across the Gettysburg Battlefield.

 

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Just added a mount on my Burgman 650 Executive so I can have a dashcam with my GoPro. Need to pick up some more flat stickies so I can move the camera around to other places on the body of my Burgman. So far, I can put the camera on any of my helmets and to the dash of my Burgman. (Used up the rest of my flat stickies on my V-Strom.) I will see tomorrow how good the GoPro shoots on the front of the Burgman (hopefully really good) as I am leaving on a four day ride and camp trip with my riding buddy.
 

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I didn't realize I needed a cam until reading this post. I picked up the Polaroid xs100hd, and it came with many mount options. I mount it on the AN400 using a handle bar mount, attached to the left end weight outboard from the left grip, very smooth.
Really works well.

I tried the wind screen with a suction cup, awful shake.

I also put a stick on mount on my HJC helmet. Bit tricky with all the ridges. Really nice, and not tied to just once motorbike.

The camera shoots good 1080p video, super simple to use, and no external case to fiddle with. Water proof to 10 M right out of the box.

Thanks again.
 

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I have a Sony camcorder mounted to the bars. Works great but as someone said, even though I run it on wide angle mostly, you still miss some scenery. I tried it mounted to the rear passager foot rest once but there was too much wind noise. On the handlebars behind the windscreen works best for me and there is hardly any vibration with the "steady shot" setting turned on.
I bought a Go-Pro from Walmart that I returned. The film was so wide angle that it made you seem to be going 200mph and had what they call fish-eye. Also bad sound. They are widely used and in certain uses, or wet uses like on a jetski possibly the best choice but did not work for me.
I have not tried the chest or shoulder mount, but I think that would also be a great location, and it would follow you when you leave the bike. I sometimes remove (unscrew) mine and lock it up on the bike if I need to leave my bike.
Tom
 
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