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post #1 of 11 Old 07-05-2012, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Question Cameras (recording the adventure)

Looking for a good camera to record some advriding but could not find a discussion on this site on the topic....I know there are many sites that conduct reviews but I am looking for the opinion of other KLR owners on what you prefer...

I know of the following brands, maybe you can speak to the pros/cons for one of these or you maybe have a different brand and please post your personal opinion on that brand (pros, cons):

Looking for opinion on battery life, image quality, software used for editing, how much video can you take at one time, or any other opinion you may have

Contour GPS HD
GoPro HD Hero2
Drift HD
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I have the go pro hd 2. Nothing but good to say about it. Tons of mounting options. I bought the motor sports edition and have the used the suction cup quite a bit on different vehicles. It's unbelievable how well that thing holds. The stick on mounts work just as well.


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I have the go pro hd 2. Nothing but good to say about it. Tons of mounting options. I bought the motor sports edition and have the used the suction cup quite a bit on different vehicles. It's unbelievable how well that thing holds. The stick on mounts work just as well.


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Have you tried the stick on mount on the win screen of the KLR or have you mounted it on the handle bar, cowling, or helmet.

I have reviewed some youtube videos with the various points of mounts and here are the pros and cons of each:

Helmet mount
PROS: very nice point of view on the trails when the only thing the rider is doing is watching in front.
CONS: not a nice point of view on the highway runs because the rider is driving safe (i.e. head is on a swivel watching out for everything) and the camera is going every direction.

Handle Bars:
PROS: Nice point of views on tarmacs
CONS: not a nice point of view on gravel or especially on trails, there is too much vibration leading to very shaky shots

Cowling:
PROS: Nice point of view on the highway and less swivel motion then handlebars and helmets
CONS: lower point of view then the helmet (so not the same experience watching the ride) and also vibration on the trails...

Have you or anyone tried the chest mount for the go Pro? If so any link to videos for it?
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I haven't tried it on the klr yet. I have used the suction cup on my fj cruiser 4 wheeling and on my sport bike in various positions. Always sticks even upside down. I have used the sticky mounts on a helmet and plastic fender and they work great. The helmet pov is ok but like you said when the bike is in a turn your head tends to be focused in a different direction than the bike.

I've thought about the klr and will probably stick it to the windshield or maybe suction it to the side of the tank. You can aim the camera just about any direction you want and there is a menu setting for upside down which comes in handy.

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I have a GoPro Hero2 as well. Really liking it. I've used both a helmet mount and I purchased a chest strap. I've liked the chest strap best so far. The vibration is certainly reduced with the chest trap. The helmet mount seemed a little heavy after a while. Tough camera. Love mine. I also purchased the additional LCD screen, but I haven't used it as much as I thought I would.

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Well, there's this:
and on a lighter side for the Roam this:

*** KLR650, Tweeting long before your kids thought it was cool.

ADVFilmer videos of trails, reviews and other dual sport related stuff. http://www.youtube.com/user/advfilmer
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If you do with go pro I would suggest an extra battery or use the setup where you can run it off a cigarette lighter plug. I found that the battery is the one weak spot for me.


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+1 on a spare battery especially if you use the LCD back. The LCD back is great for making sure the camera is pointed at what you want to see but after you get the hang of aiming it, you tend to use it less. It sucks to find out after a really good ride that the camera was pointed down too low or up too high and you shot 15 minutes of your handlebars or blue skies. I also carry the lens replacement kit because some great shots can get a bit rough!

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I've used both a helmet mount and I purchased a chest strap. I've liked the chest strap best so far. The vibration is certainly reduced with the chest trap.
Any chance of putting a ride with the camera mounted on the chest strap so we can have a see?

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