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Bikers What Cam Do You Use?

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by wazza300, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. One

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 24, 2011

    Posts: 6,162

    Location: ABQ, NM

    Do yiu carry a spare battery? Also, do uprated batteries exist?
     
  2. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,781

    Location: Kent

    Yes and yes - there's a twin battery pack and charger on the rainforest, the normal battery is 1010mAh, the pack comes with 2x 1200mAh batteries.

    They last around 20 minutes longer (80-90 minutes) at 1080p 60fps and high settings than the standard battery, so that means with the 3 batteries I have nearly 4 hours of total recording time. My 45 minute commute in the mornings leaves the battery with around 45% battery life.

    Oh and you can record on the Yi when it's being charged, even without a battery in - I can see me rigging up one of these as an always on camera powered by the bike on a top box when I get a touring/summer bike (Multistrada), with a battery in you'd only ever be limited by sd card space. 60 minutes is about 12GB of video, so that's abut 5 hours you can fit on a 64GB card.
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2015
  3. IC3

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 3, 2011

    Posts: 9,230

    Aren't you tempted to see how much you can get out of those batteries with the LED's turned off? :) In my case the Yi holds longer, not sure how long as I haven't measured it.
     
  4. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,781

    Location: Kent

    I'll charge up a battery and let you know :) Only problem then is that you don't know when it's run out of battery!

    I bought a 20000mAh powerbank and I'll need this if I do any timelapse as it only lasted the same amount of time as doing video, so for long stuff it needs external power.

    Edit: So 80 minutes with the LEDs on... 82 minutes with them off. :p

    I think I'll keep them on :D
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2015
  5. Tefal

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Jun 30, 2007

    Posts: 66,581

    Location: Wales

    anyone got any hardwired cams?
     
  6. One

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 24, 2011

    Posts: 6,162

    Location: ABQ, NM

    I was thinking about it, I'll need to build/buy something that takes bike voltage/amperage down to yi levels though. I'd probably have the only forty year old bike with a usb outlet :p
     
  7. Tefal

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Jun 30, 2007

    Posts: 66,581

    Location: Wales

    you can get plug an play usb connectors for bikes.
     
  8. wazza300

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 11, 2009

    Posts: 27,065

    Location: BenefitStreetBirmingham

    all usb are universal aren't they? regarding voltage

    just hook one up to the battery or ignition and plug yourself in
     
  9. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,781

    Location: Kent

    Not sure if his bike runs on a normal 12v battery though, being 40 years old.

    if it does, then year it just needs a boogo standard ebay usb power, they take 12v and output 5v.
     
  10. Craig321

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 2, 2004

    Posts: 19,971

    Yep, I use the Optimate one on mine - Optimate adapter connected to battery which allows me to charge easily from a port on my bike, I then have an adapter that sticks in there for USB when I need it.
     
  11. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,781

    Location: Kent

    I've done a proper relay on my CB400 with distribution block etc, so that my USB port and heated grips are only on when the ignition is on.

    I'll want to have a powered connection in a top box on my next bike, looks dead easy to do too, that way I can have a camera mounted on the top box powered by the bike, and charging points in the top box for kit.
     
  12. IC3

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 3, 2011

    Posts: 9,230

     
  13. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jul 13, 2004

    Posts: 42,179

    Location: /* */

    That's exactly how I have mine setup.
     
  14. Captain

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2011

    Posts: 18,366

    Location:

    Anyone who has a GoPro with an external mic, does the mic cancel out any road noise and only record what the mic picks up? Or will I still hear traffic and background noise?
     
  15. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,781

    Location: Kent

    It'll depend on where you mount it, inside your helmet should eliminate any wind noise but you'll still get background/exhaust noise. I'm pretty sure they don't have noise cancellation like the bluetooth headsets which cancel out road/wind/exhaust noise. It'll record exactly what the mic hears.

    Where you mount it depends if you want it to pick up your voice - you could mount the mic anywhere on the bike with a long enough mic cable.
     
  16. wazza300

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 11, 2009

    Posts: 27,065

    Location: BenefitStreetBirmingham

    hows your yi holding up paul? definitely want one of those,not bothered about no external mic
     
  17. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,781

    Location: Kent

    Yeah it's all good - the 1200mAh batteries I got last a full days commute, 45 minutes to work and 40 minutes home - and I get pretty much a full weeks worth of recording onto the 64gb sd card at 1080p 60fps high quality settings. It's never crashed or stopped recording for no reason, or corrupted files.

    Only issue is that nothing really interesting happens on my commutes! :D
     
  18. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    It depends where you mount it. Under the seat will probably just get engine and exhaust. The below video used an external mic on a belt bag and it gets everything - road, engine and other external noise. Thankfully not much wind though.

     
  19. wazza300

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 11, 2009

    Posts: 27,065

    Location: BenefitStreetBirmingham



    ordered one of these,eken h9 cams,comes with a waterproof housing and loads of mounts £30,also ordered a spare battery and Samsung evo 32gb memory card:D

    video seems better than the yi to me?
     
  20. Captain

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2011

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    Looks a good camera, when it's arriving?