DVR? Other cameras for safety?

junglepig

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I'm considering adding a dual (front/rear) DVR camera to my bike before taking it on the road much.
I figure it may be a great help in the event a car hurts me. e.g. should record license plate and car images, as well as what happened.
Also, I figure it never hurts (in my likely situations) to have video rolling if stopped by a "Protect and Serve" agent of local government.

Cost: about $30. I suppose it could get ripped off while parked.

But if I or my family ever needed to make use of the video, it could be priceless.

Anybody else using a cam for safety purposes?
What do you use? Go-pro? Cheap DVR like I'm considering? Phone? Others?
What are your thoughts?
 


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I just ordered one of these cheap SQ11 cameras for $8.15, it got pretty good reviews. Also had to get a memory card for it for $5. It claims to have a battery that will last 100 mins but I don't know. It comes with a mount and a clip so you can clip it on your clothing. I will let you know how good it works after I get it.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SQ11-Car-Mini-DVR-Camera-HD-Camcorder-1080P-Video-Recorder-Night-Vision-lot-rs/253781271080?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&var=553063337166&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kingston-32GB-Micro-SD-SDHC-SDXC-Class10-Memory-Card-TF-80MB-s-R/273548804563?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
 
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Hmm. I took the 100 minute working time to be the recording time on a 32GB card since it specified about 100 mins at 1080p and 30fps.
Let me know how it works for you.
They had this for $28 during last sale, but it's gone back up since then. I was considering it but not ready to buy one yet.
Thanks, I really would like to see some video, especially night video, from that camera when you get it.
 

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Hmm. I took the 100 minute working time to be the recording time on a 32GB card since it specified about 100 mins at 1080p and 30fps.
Let me know how it works for you.
They had this for $28 during last sale, but it's gone back up since then. I was considering it but not ready to buy one yet.
Thanks, I really would like to see some video, especially night video, from that camera when you get it.
I'm certain that one will be much better than the one I got. I don't expect much since it was so cheap, I bet that the night vision won't be very good at all. Here is a video of a guy who put it on a drone and another who used it at night. Still, not bad for under $14.
 
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Cool. I was looking at the cheap 4K one for ~$25 without memory card.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SJ9000-Wif...rstClass!53072!US!-1:rk:7:pf:1&frcectupt=true

But, this is a nice cheap, cheap alternative if you just want to have something. Also, make sure you buy from a US seller. If you buy from China as in that link above, you just don't know when you will get it and no tracking. Here is a US seller for that SQ11 for same price. My only question is how will you mount it? I know you can do top of helmet but the video looks better from a chest mount (see speedo, better sense of speed); this one dont have a chest mount.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SQ11-Spy-H...h=item2ce00e3c69:g:z8YAAOSwr-Bb-2aS:rk:3:pf:0
 
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32GB can go pretty far in case something happened like a wreck. The built in battery isn't much but it does accept 12v-24v power wouldn't be hard to add a few hours extra runtime.
 

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32GB can go pretty far in case something happened like a wreck. The built in battery isn't much but it does accept 12v-24v power wouldn't be hard to add a few hours extra runtime.
Cool. I must've misread a spec somewhere that made me think it had like a 10 minute recording loop.
 

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That's not bad at all for $40! The one I ordered for $8 was just so I could attach it to my bike and record rides occasionally as well as use it for other applications. I didn't really get it to be a permanent part of the bike but this one with 2 cameras don't look too bad at all if you want to record every ride.
I don't even see the biggest benefit as being able to record every single ride, but being able to record while seeing what is behind you while not having to turn to look behind you or in extremely violently vibrating mirrors to see what is coming up behind you. I might buy one.
 

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yea, i mean crazydan is right. the vibrating from the engine and jolting from the road unless you have like $500 in front and rear shocks will make a handle bar mounted cam practically useless. as i mentioned before, of the ebike and gas bike videos ive seen, the best results for us come from a chest mounted cam. now that $8 cam does not have one but mebe there is an accessory available or you can rig your own chest mount. i want to get one to make YouTube montages to rap and trance songs of me speeding and doing reckless riding :p also to document my ebike hybrid build and ride.
 

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yea, i mean crazydan is right. the vibrating from the engine and jolting from the road unless you have like $500 in front and rear shocks will make a handle bar mounted cam practically useless. as i mentioned before, of the ebike and gas bike videos ive seen, the best results for us come from a chest mounted cam. now that $8 cam does not have one but mebe there is an accessory available or you can rig your own chest mount. i want to get one to make YouTube montages to rap and trance songs of me speeding and doing reckless riding :p also to document my ebike hybrid build and ride.
Even the $8 one claims to have motion detection. I wonder how good it will be though. I can't wait to mount it on my handlebars to test it out.
 

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Even the $8 one claims to have motion detection. I wonder how good it will be though. I can't wait to mount it on my handlebars to test it out.
Okay, let us know because I am in the market for one too. The other camera I posted has a lower quality ($10-15?) previous year version but has a ton of accessories including a chest mount. These cameras are super low budget so I don't expect any significant image stabilization software embedded. And, I like chest mounted because you can actually see the speedo from that angle and provides more realism for the viewer.
 

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Okay, let us know because I am in the market for one too. The other camera I posted has a lower quality ($10-15?) previous year version but has a ton of accessories including a chest mount. These cameras are super low budget so I don't expect any significant image stabilization software embedded. And, I like chest mounted because you can actually see the speedo from that angle and provides more realism for the viewer.
Ha! I'm certain you are right, the picture will probably be too unstable on the handlebars to view. No doubt it will work better on the chest or helmet. It comes with a clip to hook it on but I'm not expecting much.
 

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