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    あなたの母親の肛門 Shifty's Avatar
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    Older gopro vs newer generic camera?

    Long overdue for a camera on the bike. Mostly for safety, not really interested in filming heroics, but I need a reasonably good camera as it is a bit buzzy (4.5k on the highway, if it gets a handful 8k or so, and everyday riding 3k upshifts).

    Im on a tight budget so am either looking at quite an old gopro $150-200 absolute max, or just getting a generic 'action camera' which seem to be $50 or so. If theyre both going to suck id prefer a new generic one, but dont kind spending the extra if it is going to very noticeably better. Again im not talking a gopro 5, 6, 7 which have obvious benefits but arr way out of budget.

    Are generic cameras pretty good now they've been following gopro for 5 or 10 years? Or are they absolute junk.

    Recommendations? I know nothing about cameras, have no concept of storage needs or battery life.
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    You missed the opportunity before Xmas to buy the GoPro Hero that was flashable to full GoPro Black 5 recently. Theyíd be right at you price limit but really the only thing you want to look at. Has the first level of all the tech thatís in the 7 Black just canít run it all at 4K.

    If the Sony form factor could work for you I have a AS20 (1080/60 HD with image stabilisation) and a bunch of extras that Iíd be happy to part with well inside your budget.

    For the most part all the cheap ones are rubbish, which is why GoPro Hero3 Blacks are still $$$
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    Check out the mobius action cameras They are pretty cheap, can record in up to 1080p and are small and simple. You can set them up to start/stop when power is applied ie. turn ignition on. I've put these on a mates bike and one in his car as a dash cam and he's really happy with them. They aren't waterproof though so if you plan on heaps of riding in the rain probably not the best solution, they'll cope with a bit of moisture and maybe some really light drizzle, especially if its mostly sheltered and behind your screen. I use one on my small racing drone and it works well for me.
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    If you can find one on scumtree the Garmin virb should do what you want

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    What do you mean by "mostly for safety"?

    In the event you go under a truck and get smeared across the M1, 4k isn't going to be better than 320p
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    I've got a 1st gen GoPro. The weight is noticeable when helmet mounted. It's not something I'd wear every day.

    Look into the smaller ones like GoPro Sessions/Mobius.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GoPro-He...W6iZ:rk:1:pf:0

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    Non removable battery in the sessions makes them useless for anything more than commuting, if thatís all you want it for then sorted

    Otherwise $100 will get you a second hand Sony AS200V these days, good image and are a good form factor for it

    But yeah for $200 you should get a GoPro Hero and flash it to 5 Black firmware if you can find one... or just leave it stock, even factory they ainít bad.
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    Thanks lads, all sorted. Older gopro it is.

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    How much runtime off a battery are you looking for? Youíre going to get half an hour out of an old GoPro with a 5 year old battery

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    Session5 is great little cam, battery life is maybe 1.5hrs on a good day.

    They had them refurb on gopro.com for about $150 landed.
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    GTFO of my ED doctor ed's Avatar
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    Yep, and USB battery bank make life 1000x simpler
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor ed View Post
    Yep, and USB battery bank make life 1000x simpler
    Doesnt having it plugged it to external make it non waterproof though?

    If you are after something cheaper and chinese, then this is the sort of quality you get from a Xiaomi camera. This one is a few generations old:


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