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I have any number of cameras that take HD video. I won't be going out in the wet, surfing while riding, or scuba diving so water resistance isn't an issue.

I have a good Nikon pocket camera that is the best candidate, shoots 720 HD and is light.

Will this mount be good enough to limpet onto the fairing?

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I killed a go pro and decided not to buy another as they are pricey .....so I got a wolf eye hd action camera ......films in 1080 .....really good with built in screen ........cost me £60 with all the attachments
yeah that bracket should be good enough but make sure you attach it to the bike with a lanyard as you never know it may fly off in not properly secured

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I killed a go pro and decided not to buy another as they are pricey .....so I got a wolf eye camera 1080.....really good with built in screen ........cost me £60 with all the attachments
I'll take a look.. Had been looking at this Midland XTC-300 Full HD Action Video Camera - Black: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo before I thought that all I really needed was a mount. They all have a standard thread anyway. I also have a £1000 Panasonic HD camcorder that I use for work but to use that I REALLY need the confidence that its secure.


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I have any number of cameras that take HD video. I won't be going out in the wet, surfing while riding, or scuba diving so water resistance isn't an issue.

I have a good Nikon pocket camera that is the best candidate, shoots 720 HD and is light.

Will this mount be good enough to limpet onto the fairing?

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The main reason to go with a design like a GoPro, is because of the oversampling the camera does. The HD sensor in those types have a lot more pixels than what they claim. The picture stability comes from the software used to process the images you get out of them.

When the camera starts up, it decides where the 'edge' of the image is and maintains that point as the edge, no matter how much the camera body gets jostled around. The software 'tracks' the image to keep it centered in the display, rather than pointing the entire camera body -- much like your eyeball moving in your head (only software driven).
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The main reason to go with a design like a GoPro, is because of the oversampling the camera does. The HD sensor in those types have a lot more pixels than what they claim. The picture stability comes from the software used to process the images you get out of them.

When the camera starts up, it decides where the 'edge' of the image is and maintains that point as the edge, no matter how much the camera body gets jostled around. The software 'tracks' the image to keep it centered in the display, rather than pointing the entire camera body -- much like your eyeball moving in your head (only software driven).
I have software to do image stabilisation.. not saying it would do the same job but I'd be interested in the results


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make sure you attach it to the bike with a lanyard as you never know it may fly off in not properly secured
Excellent plan


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I have software to do image stabilisation.. not saying it would do the same job but I'd be interested in the results
In that case, give it a shot... I would be hesitant to rely on a suction cup mount -- at the very least I would want a lanyard to ensure the camera could not fall completely off the bike and hit tarmac should the suction cup fail.
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I love my GoPro! Great video imaging and the suction cup mount is flawless. I've had mine on the fairings of my unpainted CBR and it never came off, even at 100+! I've also had it stuck on the side of my friend's airplane with no issue. I put a fuzzy back on it and the wind noise is quite minimal now.

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I have the GoPro HD Hero2 and love it.. the video quality is crazy good, even at night. Have a buddy who didnt want to buy a GoPro so he bought a ReplayXD. Its actually really nice and does just as good as my GoPro.. and theyre a lot cheaper too. Might give it a look if you dont have your mind made up already.

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Get the Midland XTC. I have the lesser version and if you've seen my videos you'd think it was a gopro.

Also, a P&S doesn't work well for filming on a bike.
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I have 2 GoPro Hero HDs and 2 Contours. Actually I have to retire one of the GoPros because of abuse. Contours are much cheaper and for the mode I record in (1080@30fps) I think they are comparable in quality. Contour is better if you want to actually mount it to your helmet and the on/off record switch is much more user friendly. I also have a couple of those Chinese keychain cameras that will do 1080p and they were only like 10 bucks each. The record quality isn't as good as the more expensive ones but hey, it's 10 bucks!
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