That is a simple question to answer, "We are not all Millionaires", so my quest Begin's to find a Great quality Cycle camera at a affordable price!
A Brief list of cameras available for Cyclist,
www.dogcamsport.co.uk/action-pro-3-astak-camera.html Sold at £149.95p inc Vat (1080p)
http://www.chilli-tech.com/Mini-Cam-Pro-HD (Not 1080p) Sold at £79.99p
http://www.astak.com/product_detail.php?id=11 (1080p) ranging from £149,99p to £229.99p for the same camera! (Amazon UK)
http://www.dogcamsport.co.uk/dogcam-bullet-hd-2.html (1080p) £146.46 on Amazon
http://contour.com/ (1080p) £139.99p
And one that nearly got forgotten, but has great raves about it is the Isaw A2 Camera, as recommended by a fellow cyclist!
Toshiba have announced they will be bringing out a New Action Camera in July, and We have seen the Speck, and on Paper, this is the one that could take over from the Mighty Go Pro!
http://www.actioncameras.co.uk/toshiba-x-sports £179.90 inc VAT! Thats right, a £179.90p!
We await in anticipation to this mighty challenge!
Came across this one from EvoMTB http://www.evomtb.co.uk/sj4000-novatek-1080p-30fps-12mp-h264-15inch-170-outdoor-waterproof-sports-home-security-hd-dvcar-dvrcamera-recorder/
A £35 1080 action camera!
So, as you can see there is a mind field of cameras out there all available to the Cyclist and adventure sports man/woman, so, how do you buy the best camera for your needs, one thing talking to other camera cyclist is, They Learned The Hard Way", just ask them how many old camera they have, and if true full will tell you "Loads of old rubbish cameras"! Why you may ask, well its simple, the first camera you buy, looks good on paper, has the right type of quality and price your looking for, so, off you go and purchase the camera, only to find out it is total rubbish!
So, thats your first camera in the draw not being used, so, you look for a slightly better spec one, same thing happens, ends up in the draw, quality no good, battery life is complete rubbish! and so it goes on, untill you have no choiec but to buy a Go-Pro, as you know they are the Best!
But are they? That is what I want to find out, to let you make up the choice, to be able to buy 2 camera for the price of 1 Go=Pro, Interested, thought you may be, so stick around, on my journey into the dark depths of the Camera Cyclist!
A little about the thing called 1080p or as in some camera 780p, well what does it mean....
There are three main resolutions of HD video available: 1080p, 1080i, and 720p. Most HD camcorders on the market record in either 720p or 1080i resolution.
The main difference between the three is how they record video. The “p” at the end of 1080p and 720p stands for "progressive scan." The “i” at the end of 1080i stands for interlaced.
Progressive scan video records each line of video in order without skipping any lines. So it would start first with line one and work its way all the way to line 1080. Progressive scan video typically looks better than its interlaced counterpart with fast-motion video (like sports).
Got it so far! So basically the 1080p is better, but I wont write off the 780p,
Lets start with the Name "Contour", why start there you ask, well, no real reason, apart from last year the company was, so we were all lead to believe in the UK, as folded up, no longer trading, so it left a lot of cyclist out there a bit peeved off, not being able to get help, replacement pasts, access to there web page, well, I think they are back up and running, dont know much about who runs the company, but do we care, if the products meet the criteria, and they are still in business, the warranty is valid.
UPDATEIt seems that the name Kitvision UK has a New action Camera out, (Been out some time but only just seen it advertised!) it is called the Escape, seems to have a good impressive list of great things about it!
It is on sale at AmazonUK at
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Price wise it has good speck for the money, 1080p at under £90.00! Even if it got smashed or broke after 6 months it could be a bargain!
One to look out for maybe when compared to the likes of a AC53 Extreme Plus, this one from Action Camera retails at £189.99. and the speck is much greater than the Escape, but is it worth the extra money spent, check out the link here and decide for self sorry to say as yet we have not managed to get any Product Reviews placed except for the Blast Action camera by Kitvision, and that does what it says on the Box! For the price you cant beat this one, it is solid, reliable, and so easy to operate, well worth a look.
Blast link By Kitvision UK
More updates very soon..
Want to see a good quality GoPro video, try this link from Aston Hill.
It seems that the GoPro boys have added a new camera to the range!
But it is a GoPro after all!
One I missed at Press Day at the Cycle Show was a camera by TOM Tom!
(Just too busy and run out of time on the day! )
But any way you can check it out from a company called Dogcamsport OK
The camera is called the "Bandit" not too sure on picture quality but the spec seems OK
Battery life is just 3 hours so could present a problem for the longer commute ride, unless you can change the battery for a fresh one,, it seems to have its own kind of battery stick!
UPDATE 14/12/2015I have come across a name called Hedcam, there spec of small light cameras look great, check out the site here for details, will let you know more as soon as I can.
Up Date 30/08/2016
Olfi have major supply problems with there first camera, so If you have purchased one I suggest you have a word to see if you could maybe exchange it for this new model called One.Five, how good it Is I have no Idea, Olfi seem to just give me the run around on a test of any of there models, so it is buyer be ware!
Best place is there Twitter feed.
BARGAIN ACTION CAMERA: Came across this one, really is great spec, just as good as the Olfi
H2 4K ultra HD WiFi action camera
Sunplus SPCA6350 chipset
OV4689 image sensor
100 percent compatible with GoPro Hero 4 waterproof case
Ultra slim design, the same size as GoPro Hero 4
2-inch TFT LCD
GoPro-style user interface
4K Ultra-HD definition: 4K 25fps, 2.7K 30fps, 1080P 60fps / 30fps
Image resolution: 12M (4608 x 2592), 8M (3760 x 2120), 5M (2976 x 1672), 4M (2648 x 1504)
Shooting mode: Single shot, continuous shooting, self-timer (2s / 5s / 10s / 20s / 30s / 60s)
Audio: WAV format (Bitrate:176kbps)
Input / output: USB 2.0 and mini HDMI (Type D)
WiFi remote control
30m waterproof with waterproof case
6G 170 degree ultra-wide lens
Support HDMI and TV out
Support maximum 32GB TF card with class10 (not included in the package)
Rechargeable 1050mAh battery, recording time up to 90 minutes at 1080P 30fps, 50 minutes at 4K 25fps
Can be used as full HD action camera and car DVR as well
Ideal for outdoor and extreme activities such as cycling, diving, surfing, etc.