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post #1 of 18 Old 12-17-2008, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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I just purchased the Tachyon XC (http://www.tachyoninc.com/main.html) helmet cam with the handlebar mounts. Based on the comparisons on youtube, it seems like the best one. Under $150 too. Once I get it and take it out, I'll post the videos on youtube if anyone cares to see them. I doubt they'll be too exciting though.

It's also waterproof to 28 feet. Nice to know if I take an accidental swim with the KLR.
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Yes please keep us posted...
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Not a bad price and the examples look pretty good, but don't they always. Will be good to see some real life tests. I'm in the market for a camera, want to have one by the time spring arrives.
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Here's a low quality test of the Tachyon XC camera I mentioned earlier. Again, it's low quality so don't expect much. But it's a first test. I used my Honda Nighthawk instead of the KLR for this test. The camera was mounted on the handlebars. Unfortunately it managed to catch all the vibrations. I do have to say the sound quality was better than I thought it would be.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXZZaJnYb5I
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Just in case anyone is interested, I've posted 2 more videos with the camera. Not great quality, nor very exciting. But I did use my KLR this time. I mounted it on the cross bar since there really isn't many other places it'll work. Here's the link:

www.youtube.com/clcrisler

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interesting review:

http://www.helmetcamreview.com/4camShootout.htm

I am leaning towards the ATC5K. I have AN ATC2K. The biggest problem with it is not being able to see what it is pointed at. The ATC5K has a usable viewscreen, something none of the other self contained helmet cams have.

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Just a thought for some of you who ride with friends. I have a helmet cam (VIO POV) and it is great but so often I'm shooting footage of my friends rear ends.
So I build a simple bracket on the luggage rack and mounted my Nikon back there. Turns out it works pretty well and is simple to use. He's a sample in dial up quality. Nice to see people from the front!

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Good point. I find the POV gets boring after awhile. I mounted a second camera to a boom, pointed back at the bike and splice the results together. This is one of my early efforts:


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Good point. I find the POV gets boring after awhile. I mounted a second camera to a boom, pointed back at the bike and splice the results together. This is one of my early efforts:

I think you and I discussed this on ADV when I was still deciding what sort of Helmet cam to get. Since then I've tried many mounting points and angles with diffrent cameras. Now I'm also to the point I run multiple gear to get diffrent prespectives and then splice them together. My u-tube link has several of my latest efforts. Still working on hammering the process out

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I've decided to go with the Canon 1100 Digital Elph camera. I mount it on my backpack strap. The quality is pretty darn good. Unfortunately, it picks up mostly wind noise for the sound. I'm going to post a video I did today on the KLR on the ride home from work. But YouTube was undergoing maintenance. So maybe tomorrow. The Tachyon's sound quality was better than I anticipated. It's also tough. It survived a fall off my handlebars going 45-50mph. No damage sustained.
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