How to

Choose a Bike Camera

Below is a synthesis of almost 70 camera reviews from our bike community.  Bike Lane Uprising does not endorse any specific camera.  Bike Lane Uprising may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page.   

How to Choose a Bike Camera

Summary compiled by Bike Lane Uprising contributors Elizabeth Foster & Brian Wray

Bike cameras are amazing tools for recording bike lane obstructions, but trying to choose a bike camera can feel overwhelming, even if you know all the jargon - and a lot of us don’t. 1080 HD or 4k? How many fps? Do you need bluetooth? Voice activation? What about ANT+*? What kind of memory card can you use with this thing, and is it one you already have or will you need a new one? Do you actually need to spend $200+ on a fancy camera that also folds your socks and peels your potatoes, or will a $50 knockoff do you just fine? 

 

*ANT+ is how your bike camera can talk to your Garmin, if you’re the kind of humanitarian who worries about your Garmin’s social life, and/or you like to remote-control the camera.

Pros To

Bike Cameras

While bike cameras might not be the right choice for everyone, many cyclists are turning to them.  Here's why:

1.

Continuous Recording

No passing up potential bike lane obstruction submissions because you're in too much of a rush or it's too cold/rainy to pull out your phone. No need to stop and dig out a phone every time - just let the camera record for you and go back for the stills later. When things are happening fast, you won’t waste precious seconds fiddling with your camera app.

2.

Reduced Confrontation

While some cyclists like to make their recordings conspicuous to drivers, some cyclists prefer to opt out of unpleasant or scary encounters with drivers by using a camera. Pro tip: cyclists with audio enabled cameras like to call out plate numbers and other details as they ride by so they can submit the obstruction later.

3.

Evidence

If you have a close call or crash, you have a record of it for insurance claims, police reports, and doctors.

Pros to Bike Cameras

While bike cameras might not be the right choice for everyone, many cyclists are turning to them.  Here's why:   

Different Riders

Need Different Cameras

You can filter through the raw reviews yourself at the bottom of this page  - but first, based on our reviews, a few tips for different types of bikes, riders, and requirements:

Long Commutes

If you have a long commute (over an hour or so each way), battery life should be a priority. A few reviewers had good things to say about the battery life on the Cycliq cameras, and one reviewer raved about the Drift Ghost X. Meanwhile, a lot of reviewers commented that the GoPro and Akaso models had unimpressive battery life.  

Ease of Use

If you need it to be easy, the Cycliq Fly12 and Fly6 earned high marks for ease of use and low fussiness/fiddliness. GoPro got kudos for compatibility with aftermarket accessories that simplify mounting. Cycliq cameras double as lights, which may be why some users found them so convenient.

Best Image Quality

If you need really great photos, GoPro, Akaso, and Garmin cameras can all go up to 4K resolution, and many GoPro users gushed about the image stabilization.  Example of a clear photo from a GoPro.

Bargain Hunters

If you're on a tight budget, the Akaso EK700 4K and the Crosstour CT8500 are both just $60. Reviewers found they did the job well enough. Some reviewers also bought refurbished cameras to save on big brands. Will photos from the Akaso win the National Geographic Photo Contest? Probably not. But it’s decently clear, and you can enlarge the original enough to see the license plate number.

Best in Show

If you want the best, the GoPro Hero 7 and Cycliq Fly6 / Fly12 both earned 10/10 ratings from at least one satisfied reviewer. The highest-rated brands on average were DB Power and DJI - although each of those only had one rating. Not that more money always equals better quality, but average ratings did get steadily better as the price of the cameras went up. 

Shorter Riders

Shorter riders noted they had to get creative when mounting rear cameras like the Cycliq Fly6. If you're a shorter rider and interested a rear facing camera, you might want to double check you have enough space to mount a rear facing camera.

🚲 / 🛴  Shares

It's against the terms of service to attach anything to most bikeshare/scootershares. If you use a share service, try a wearable camera or a helmet cam. Reviewers liked the Akaso V50 Pro (mounts to the strap of your bag) or Drift cameras (helmet mounted). Several reviewers mounted GoPro cameras to their helmets but the weight bugged other users. Also consider camera integrated helmets like CyclevisionCycliq cameras (all of which mount to the bike itself) might not be a great choice.

Severe Weather

If you ride in all weather, you need a water-resistant camera that can handle temperature. The GoPro brand had the greatest number of reviewers who used it successfully over the winter - a few reviewers found that GoPro cameras lost battery power more quickly in cold temperatures, but that happens to all batteries. For rain, several brands (Akaso, Crosstour, Garmin) came with a waterproof case, which reviewers report works well. 

Mounting Methods

Not sure where to mount your camera?  Check out these photos for some inspiration. For more info regarding the mount or camera you can locate the raw camera review at the bottom of this page.  

Video Examples

Many reviewers highlighted it's harder to make out plate numbers at night or in bad weather. Below are recordings from different cameras.  There are duplicate recordings from each camera to show how time of day can effect the same camera.   

Raw Camera Reviews

Below are reviews we received from real cyclists (and a 🛴rider).  Desktop users, filter results by the criteria you find the most important.  

meh battery life (~1.5 hour, but replaceable battery), no circular recording, can't figure out how to have the date/timestamp be right    W/ included cage Unknown Unknown Yes    Yes Probably    Sorta Sorta 128gb    0 1.5 hour (removable battery)    accessory mounts were included with the     On top of helmet 4k No Sorta Yes    5.0 I'd say it captures license plates about a 5.  For traffic moving in the same or opposite direction it gets the plate (see daytime photo), for traffic moving across you or turning into you, it often doesn't capture a clear photograph of the plate (see dusk photo).high-quality specs (4K video and 20MP photo) for cheaper than GoPro    no access to menus with case on With case Yes Yes good for any bike use yes, but need additional accessories - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M3ZW3MI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HR77DZ7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1    Yes, but need additional accessories - Yes, but need additional accessories to mount rear-facing Yes - need third-party app on phone to access footage/control camera yes - comes with bluetooth remote to capture footage yes - i have 64GB (camera accepts up to 64gb) n/a about 2 hours on full charge... includes 2 batteries and charger    mount is included with item, only downside is you need backpack with shoulder straps... but I feel it is much more stable and secure than helmet or handlebar bag strap - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HR77DZ7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 up to 4k, 30fps No No Yes 8.0 On smooth roads, reading plates is 10... but on uneven roads/swerving/turning frequently, reading plates would be 7 or so Great picture quality, lots of frame rate and resolution options, records every metric you can think of including speed, time, elevation, location, acceleration and direction. One big sliding on/off record switch. Big easy to see status LED.    No loop recording (you need to wipe the card). No protected recording like a dash cam. Heavy. Bulky mount that’s not suitable for a helmet. Yes Untested Yes No. Yes, on a solid helmet, but it’s very bulky Yes, if the bat has a horizontal section such as a road bike. Doesn’t work well on swept bars Yes No No Depends on resolution and frame rate settings as well as card capacity. About ten commutes to work at 1080p, 30 FPS on a 32 gig card    One a week Easy, but needed an accessory bar as I run a mountain bike handlebar Cradle attached to accesCheap, comes with good range of accessories, decent video quality, buy direct from manufacturer. Superseded by the M20    poor video quality at night. occasional white balance issue. Battery will die after a year or so. warranty, connection issues, warranty claims painfully slow and not exactly up to 'western' standards. In the waterproof case provided, yes    Seem OK in car as dash cam in hot summer. Not tested What are bike shares? Yes, but for safety I prefer to to mount on a helmet Yes Yes Yes No yes as above depends on SD card. an hour or so A bit of DIY required for a really solid mount    Custom bracket on stem. 1080p No No Yes 7.0 This is not as simple as a single score. In daylight, and not rain and at distances up to about 7m away they are readable (score 7). At night, the reflective nature of plates and the poor camera performance I'd give it a score of 1The image stabilization is great, it's essentially a gopro5 at half the cost    The app was never able to connect the camera feed to my phone, which is fine, I just have to be more careful about framing shots before my ride Yes Unknown Unknown I used it with the velcro backpack strap around the handlebar and it works great while also being easy to setup and remove Yes Yes Yes Yes, but haven't been able to connect It's supposed to be, but I haven't been able to successfully connect it    I have a 36 gb and a 132 gb None A day, sometimes as little as 4 hours if I'm filming a lot The mule mount is attached with zip ties, the backpack strap is super versatile and easy to use I use a velcro backpack strap either on my backpack, on the handlebar, or a mule mount on my chain stay 1080 No No Yes Image stabilization, looping, 1080p, relatively inexpensive Not GoPro quality Case is Yes Yes    Yes Yes Yes Probably with extra hardware Helmet 1080 No No Yes Over-writes old files, one touch operation Former camera, 2nd camera stopped working after replacing first non-working camera under warranty. Don't recommend. Not great battery life. Yes    Yes Yes    adjustable mounting strap, but would worry about forgetting it    No Yes Yes No No No 8 GB or 32 GB Handlebar   No    No Waterproof, durable, long battery, one button operation, automated video saving on crash detection, video looping.    Not great recording at night, sound is lousy. Yes    Yes Yes    Yes Yes with a GoPro adapter mount.    Yes it mounts to the handlebars. Yes, the camera allows for rear facing, but you need their special mounting bracket.    No No No 32 GB Internal, rides depends on configured resolution. 15 - 100 rides... YMMV 8 hour charge, 2-3 weeks between charges.    Simple rubber strap. One and off in seconds. "I wrap a rubber strap around my handle bar and secure it to the back of the camera body. I wrap black duct tape to thinking my handle bars to provide a better perch for the camera and to minimize camera shake. The rear camera has a solid mount that attaches to the rear of the seat post.  The camera straps to that post just like the handlebars. Easy." 1080p, 720p, 480p 170 degrees No One button touch will save a recording for later, won't be overwritten. 5.0 Night is difficult to make plates, some angles don't pick up plates very well either. Cheap! It was $75 new, and they can now be found new/refurbished on ebay for $30. Also, it comes with a million attachments/accessories, and the battery is swappable. I bought 2 extra batteries with a charger, so I can just bring extra batteries with me and never worry about the battery dying.  It has a loop mode, so I don't have to worry about manually deleting old videos or filling up the SD card. "Removing the battery resets the date/time, which makes the timestamping feature useless for me. Loop mode also has a bug related to date/time resets, which has resulted in me accidentally filling up the card and not recording a ride. I would happily take a camera with non-replaceable batteries if the battery lasted 3-4 hours instead of 1 hou It's not obvious when the camera stops recording.The video quality is not great at night.Raindrops on the lens (hello Seattle rain) cause a huge loss of video quality as well.  I'm sure that's a problem with all cameras, but I wish the lens were shielded from rain or something. The helmet mount is shaky. I had to shove a piece of foam into the mount to keep it from rattling/shaking." With the proper case, yes. The waterproof case won't record sounds, so I use the non-waterproof one. It keeps water out during light rain, and the video quality isn't good in heavy rain. but it's crappy wifi. The device becomes an access point, so you can't have your laptop online and also download videos from the camera at the same time. No Yes. At one point I was using a 32gb microSD card, but it died. No internal storage. I use a 16gb microSD card. That covers a week's worth of riding.    Official time is 90 minutes. It needs to recharge after an hour. (The 3rd party) helmet mount needed foam to make a tight connection. Other than that, mounting to helmet and handlebars was easy I used to use a helmet mount, but recently switched to handlebar mount purely out of vanity 1920x1080 No No Yes Waterproof.  1080p. Option to have Time and DateStamp displayed on video.    "Short battery life. Doesn't hold a charge. Has to be left plugged in at all timesCamera often does not connect with computer when plugged in, so I have to open it up and pull out the MicroSD Card, and plug the card into the computer via a card slot to get video from it.  Camera has rolling record mode, (old video is deleted if the SD card gets filled up) but this does not actually work. I have to manually delete all old video. Some video files produced by the camera are corrupt and can't be opened by windows media player or quicktime, but can be opened by obscure VLC media player.  There is only one button for power, still photo, and video. User must double-press the button for video, and despite having used the camera hundreds of times, I still have trouble double-pressing in a way the camera likes. Sometimes takes 30s-1m of trying to get the damn thing to start recording." Yes Never had an issue    Never had an issue. There are no accessories that come with the camera that allow for helmet mounting.    There are no accessories that come with the camera that allow for handlebar mounting.   There are no accessories that come with the camera that allow for rear facing mounting.   No No Yes. I bought a 32gb MicroSD card 8gb MicroSD card comes with, i think that records ~2 hours    If I haven't charged it overnight, it doesn't last my 20min ride to work. I keep it plugged in when not in use   My mount is homemade, so once the mount was made, it was easy to install. Custom 3d Printed Seatpost Mount. Camera is rear-facing.    1080p No Yes    5.0 Polaroid Cube, Night - 2 (Also does poorly at night. This is my rear cam.  If headlights are on, there is no chance an image of the plate will be captured) Polaroid Cube, Day - 8 (almost never fails as long as there is good light.  I sometimes have to scroll through the video frame by frame to find a good image) (BLU Comment - we averaged the overall rating for the license plate legibility rating.) Cheap and effective. Standard batteries and GoPro compatible mounting options.    Not much to dislike; some UI quirks that are annoying and the sensor isn't as nice as a super expensive camera, but that's what you get for a budget. No, but a waterproof case is relatively cheap. Yes Yes Yes, if mounted on the helmet Yes    Yes Yes Yes No Yes, a 256gb microSD card No internal storage, though it can accept a microSD card up to 256gb. That's about four hours of ride time An hour and a half, roughly. I just keep a bank of charged batteries at the ready (batteries are 3 for $15).    It required a specialized mount that cost $35, and I'd say it was about a 6/10 in terms of annoyingness On the front of my helmet. I ride with a full-face cross-country mountain biking helmet, so I attach it to the chin bar. 4k is the max resolution; I run it at 1080p. No    Yes, although the voice commands have never been useful to me so I can't vouch for them Yes Cheap, lightweight, helmet mountable, removable batteries, WiFi connection with app to update settings, update-able firmware    Picture quality could be better, poor battery life, no cover for rain and not waterproof/water resistant, very poor battery life in cold weather, can be difficult to see license numbers during video freeze frames    No Yes No Yes, since it can be mounted on a helmet Yes Yes Yes Yes No Holds up to 32 GB SD card (removable), can overwrite files, but battery only lasts about an hour    After every ride Got creative with velcro strips Helmet 1080p@60fps No No I think so    it's also a phone Mounting a phone with optical image stabilization, like the newer iphones, to your handlebars causes a lot of vibration that will eventually break the optical image stabilization, resulting in a jittery picture even when the phone is held still. Apple will usually fix this if the phone is in warranty. Just a warning to cyclists who mount their phones to their bikes.   no    handlebars   Reasonable small. Came with mounts. SD card access.    Mediocre batter life - I can only cover my regular commutes for a day. Have to pull the SD card or use the phone to access footage. Biggest downside: Not a circular record, so I have to always remember to remove old footage.    Yes Has been working in Midwestern summers. We'll find out come winter. sure Yes with what came in the box. Yes, if you buy the gear. Sure, if you've got a place to put it. Yes No Sure, you can put whatever you want in it.    Uses an SD card. The card I have covers abot 10 miles which is enough for my commute. Anectodally a couple hours? I charge it every night. Came with a sticky mount bracket and the arm. I haven't purchased any other types. GoPro mount on helmet.    1080P No No Yes 6.0 On a scale of 1-10 I’d rate license plate grabbing a 6. If I stop and intentionally aim it’s pretty good, but to catch a car that’s failing to yield or passing too close I generally have to go frame by frame to catch a good still. Size -- it's the little cube so it doesn't look (too) ridiculous on my helmet, where it's mounted.  Would prefer the bullet/cylinder style (used to have a Contour 2) but the quality of this one was much better. Doesn't have auto-overwrite of old files, so I have to manually clean up the mostly useless recordings. Rain-proof, not dive-proof Yes Yes n/a Yes Yes Yes Yes No 64GB card depends on SD Have to charge 2x/week on average; about ~5hours worth of rides    easy helmet 1440p30, 1080p60 No No Yes Durable, waterproof, lightweight, and pulls double duty as a car dash cam     Short battery life and inconvenient interface with my laptop Yes Yes Fairly    No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes I could upgrade 32 gigs. Several hours of riding    45 minute charge No tools, but had to buy a special and fairly expensive mount Using a clamp on mount, with a quick release shoe    480 No No Yes Easy, just push button to start, takes good videos, runs for about a week on one charge. "When memory card fills up, it locks up and you need to run down the battery to take additional videos.  Recharge takes awhile" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes, 64GB card No internal storage    About a week On helmet    1080p "This should be run with image stabilization OFF so you can capture license plates easier.Durable, lots of aftermarket mounting hardware accessories"    Short video record duration, can only record about 20 mins of footage on my memory card. Downloading and editing footage is tedious, but that’s likely with all cameras.    Yes Yes Yes Helmet mounted so yes Yes as described above Yes - I have a handlebar mount option but rarely use it No Yes Yes Micro SD cards None    ~3 hours of run time, charge time 2-4 hours Easy - I used the adhesive from a aftermarket mounting kit that had heavy duty 3M mounting strips, plus tied the mount hardware to my helmet with attaching straps.    Helmet 1080p No It can be Yes Great images in both high and low light conditions, waterproof, tough, one-button operation, fairly inexpensive (compared to Cycliq, for example), includes voice-activated timestamping functionality to mark violations (just say "GoPro, highlight!), and it's easy to grab screenshots from imported clips using Quik, GoPro's importing software. Lots of mounting options.    Battery life is only so-so (it won't quite do my daily roundtrip of two hours), only shoots one direction (unless you buy two) and the camera is bulkier than some competitors—too bulky to mount to a helmet in my opinion (I carry it on my handlebars). Yes No problems so far - riding in the mid-to-high 90s. No problems so far - riding in the 20s. It would have to be chest- or helmet-mounted. Yes, that mount was included.    Yes, but that mount is sold seperately. Yes, but that mount is sold seperately. Yes Yes Expandable with micro SD. I upgraded from the included 64 MB card to a 128 MB card. No internal storage - just micro SD. On my current settings (720p video, 24FPS), it lasts about 100 minutes. No tools. Easy to remove and remount before and after a ride. Handlebars 4K capable, but it's a battery killer. No Yes Yes, but you have to be in still mode - it can't switch on the fly.   It's small, video images are good, easy to mount Battery span is short, not easy to take photos while video is recording Yes Yes Yes Haven't tried but I would think so Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes, I have 128GB Depends on SD card I need to charge after 2 hours of use, which is daily for me Bought a specific handlebar mount that it easy to use, camera clips right in and mount is easy to remove from bike. Mounted on a separately purchased handlebar mount Multiple resolutions available    Yes Yes Yes Small, lightweight, and very easy to mount.     Clumsy WiFi interface and poor batttery life. Yes    Yes Looses battery power. Yes Yes Yes Yes    Yes Yes Yes. 64gb None. 1 hour run time on video. 8 Hours time lapse.     Easy. Handlebar. 4K. No Yes Yes Form factor is brilliant.     "* There is no true dashcam mode. There is a 'loop' mode which loops the current recording in the space available when the recording is started. e.g. you've 28GB free on your 128GB card and press record, it will preserve the 100GB of earlier recorded content and only record in the 28GB free, deleting the beginning of today's journey to continue recording. * I need to return one of them because it's temperamental about turning on after charging. * Battery life is only about 1.5 hours, so need to be charged every night.* Software is crap – it needs to connect to the camera via WiFi to make changes that I know can be done via Bluetooth. I even wrote my own.* Even using one of their recommended SD cards, I've had sections of video missing."    Yes Unknown Unknown No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes. There's no published API for it but I managed to write my own app to use Siri to turn the cameras off. SD card. 128GB (x2, front and rear). None. SD card only. Lasts maybe 1.5 hours. I charge it nightly. Definitely need to buy mounts in addition to the $250 camera, but they are plentiful. Some are cheap plastic and I've had the mount broken off and stolen when the camera was with me, so I've replaced all my mounts with metal connections. Rec-mounts Head Spacer Mount for the front, although now I need to replace my brake and gear cables because they're in the picture. GoPro Pro Seat Rail Mount for the rear. 4k No Yes. I discovered this _after_ I wrote my own app for turning them off!     Yes. And has a nice button for marking a point in time while using video. 7.0 7/10 for license plates. Often they're crisp, sometimes I can't make them out.Image stabilization, image clarity, weatherproof without housing Battery life Yes Yes Yes If helmet-mounted Yes Requires additional mount If reversed in housing Yes Yes Yes, 64gb None battery life is 65-70 minutes. I charge once a day Very easy - came with 3M-adhesive mount Helmet 4k No Yes Yes   The GoPro Fusion is a 360-degree camera, so it captures all angles that aren't blocked by my body (I mount it to the handlebar). This is extremely useful for biking, because the most dangerous cars are the ones coming from unexpected directions.    The software is buggy, so it takes a while to create clips from the Fusion, and some workflows that should work don't, for mysterious reasons. The resolution is also too low to catch license plate numbers. Yes Yes Unknown Yes. I use https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HQ9Q2VL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_FQ0FCbK2BG47Q to mount it on shared bikes.    Yes Yes Yes Yes I think so No internal storage. It takes 2 microSD cards; I have a pair of 128 GB cards, which lets me record 5 or 6 hours.    75 minutes; I charge nightly For my bike, once the handlebar mount is attached, attaching and detaching the camera is easy.    GoPro official handlebar mount 5.2K (the 360° equivalent of 1080p) Yes Yes Yes Ubiquitous mounting options and aftermarket mounting parts.     Software is clunky and battery life is dismal. Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes, both Yes Yes No No Yes. 64GB on both, have to charge batteries more often than clear space on card.    depends on the card you put in. MicroSDs. 1 hour, every ride. Easy, thumbscrews at most. But makes it necessary to remove when locking up bike on street. Session is mounted on a Paul Components Headset mount on multiple bikes, Hero is mounted on an aftermarket gopro rail mount on the backside of the seat, also on the other bike on a standard mount on the cargo rack.  2 bikes have a stem cap mount to un-clutter the bars. https://www.paulcomp.com/shop/components/mounting-solutions/camera-mounts/stem-cap-gopro-mount/ 1 bike has a rear saddle rail mount https://www.amazon.com/GOHIGH-Bicycle-Saddle-Campark-Cameras/dp/B07MZNYXR3/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=bicycle+seat+gopro+mount&qid=1567898797&s=gateway&sr=8-4 the other bike has a standard sticky go pro mount stuck to rear cargo rack base. Picture not included.    720P No No Yes 5.3 "Daytime pictures are OK and attached, nighttime pictures are atrocious, but video is not bad. I did not include nighttime pictures because they are that bad. Perhaps newer go-pros or different settings would achieve better results. I primarily use the camera only for liability and delete everything unless something notable happened, and use my cell for typical BLU photos. Also, the GoPro standard software is almost unusable. I would say nighttime ability for license plates is = 1 on time lapse photo, maybe 4 on video. Daytime ability for license plates is = 7 on time lapse photo, 9 on video."It was a free hand-me-down! The wide angle, simple interface, decent battery life, can be mostly ignored on a ride and capture everything (i.e. don't need to stop and take pictures). It (in the case) took the brunt of a crash/fall once and survived just fine.    It's old, so the resolution is pretty bottom of the barrel. It is hard to read plates or see car details clearly in a lot of lighting. Small memory. No recording light on the back so I have to look at the face of the camera to make sure it is recording. Bulky. No, but I have a waterproof case for mounting. Yes? I've never had trouble with it. Yes? I haven't had trouble with it. No Yes, with a stick-on mounting base and camera case. Yes, with adapters and a bar mount. Yes, with adapters and appropriate mount. No No 32g card SD card max None More than week worth of rides could fit on one charge I think? Which is 2+ hours. I charge it any time I think of it, so it rarely goes to the point of battery death. I park outside so I take the entire thing off when I arrive at work and put it back on when I leave, the mounting process is easy enough but carrying the whole thing around is cumbersome without a backpack and with how bulky my dinosaur camera is I don't have a lot of places on my bike it fits well.  I only have photos of my current setup, it is different on my other bike. I don't like it on the drops but the mount is such a contraption it's hard to put it anywhere else without excessive wobblyness (top of handle bars) or being a major pain in the butt to get on and off. I've been made fun of on my commute for having it on my drop, but lets be honest drops aren't super necessary for my commute or really any ride I'm doing in Chicago. GoPro brand bar mount attached to waterproof case. It has options! 960p 1280 × 960 at 30fps, 720p 1280 × 720 at 30fps, WVGA 848x480 at 60fps No Yes    4.0 "I have to be right up on a car and going the right speed in the right light to catch a frame in the video where the plate is fully and clearly legible.  GoPro screen shots in every condition you could possibly imagine. One problem (which I included photos of) is that a good part of the year I am biking directly in to the sun both directions and the wide angle of the lens captures a lot of sky and a lot of ground - so the ground and object around me are almost completely dark and the sky/sun is blown out. 3. License plates:  4? I have to be right up on a car and going the right speed in the right light to catch a frame in the video where the plate is fully and clearly legible. " Clips on to body. Ease of use. Preview screen. No other mounts available. Yes (IP66) Yes Yes It's OK because it clips to one's body. No No No No No No. 32 Gb. Good for at least 12 rides.    7+ hours or several days of commuting. N/A Clipped to safety vest. 1296P No No Yes 7.0 Sliding switch to both power on and start recording. Camera vibrates when turned on, and this is easy to feel in my helmet. Camera also vibrates when out of battery. Waterproof. Threaded mount available. Claims to have 1080p, but quality is pretty low, lower than my Polaroid Cube that cost half the price    Yes No issues so far I rode with this camera in -20f weather. Camera stopped recording after about 15min. I believe this was due to the cold. No long-term damage resulted There is an sold-separately accessory one can buy for helmet mounting    Yes, there is a handlebar mount included with the camera The handlebar mount could conceivably be used to attach the camera to a seatpost.  There is no accessory for rear mounting this camera that I know of. Yes. I've tried several devices, and never been able to get it to work.    No Yes. Added a 128gb MicroSD MicroSd card. 2-3 hour battery life. I keep it plugged in when not in use Homemade mount out of wood that fit into the slots in my helmet. Helmet Mount    1080p is advertised, in reality it is lower.    No Yes    3.5 Ion Air Pro, Night -1 (Even under a streetlight, there is basically zero chance of capturing a readable plate.  I read the plate out loud to myself so it will be recorded on the microphone) . Ion Air Pro, Day - 6 (Usually reads the plate.  If I shake my head too much it will be too blurry to read. I usually ride up very slowly behind a parked car to make sure i have a stable shot.) (BLU Comment - we averaged the overall rating for the license plate legibility rating.)Cheap (I have a couple I paid about $30 each for tops), plenty of accessories for various mounting options, very easy to use, very sturdy (dropped on concrete dozens of times and it still works like a champ), waterproof (ridden in unexpected downpours and not only was the camera not affected, but I also got some interesting footage!)    Mounting threads are plastic and easily wear out quickly (I permanently mounted mine to a slide-in mount with Gorilla Glue), software can't set the correct time VERY yes yes don't know There is a headband for a helmet mount available, but the camera adds uncomfortable weight to one side of the mount. Yes - the accessory kit has a handlebar mount Don't know The wifi is basically to interface your phone with the camera, but it doesn't work terribly well. No According to the manual, 32GB (microSD), but I use a 256GB card in it. I think it can actually only handle 128GB, but that's about two weeks' worth of rides (about 18 miles / day in my experience)    No internal storage About two hours between charges. To be safe, I charge it after every use. The mounting is easy; you just have to be very careful with the plastic threads. Handlebar mount FD and standard definition No No Yes 8.0 Works great in the daylight, but if it's dark out, even in good lighting plates can be hard to read at timesdecent video, durable, waterproof "Not intended for use as an incident recorder - no endless loop / mark for retention modeCan't auto-start on movement or USB power applied and auto-sleep on idle" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No 32GB / 8 hours no/0 ~2-3 hours runtime, 2-3 hour recharge, use drop-in charger with multiple batteries.     Minoura Camera Mount Holder (28-35-mm) clip on handlebar 1080p No No Yes It was cheap. Quality is fine. Has image stabilisation.    Sound is bad when it is inside the waterproof casing. hard to mount on a bike with a quick release settings - so have to unscrew each time.    Comes with a waterproof case Unknown Unknown If you mounted on your bag/body/helmet it would be fine. Yes Yes Yes Yes No    Only 1 memory card slot available. 32GB memory card, for me that captures about 10 rides. about 2 hours. No tools, needed to use two pieces of equipment to get forward facing.    Handlebar mounting accessory included with camera Lower with image stabilisation on, otherwise decent. No No Yes Cyclevision EDGE helmet uses twin cameras which are integrated into the helmet structure; which at the simple touch of a button record simultaneously from both front and rear cameras in sensational 1920 x 1080 x 30fps HD vision. The helmet also pairs' to your mobile phone (when mounted on the bicycle handlebars) displaying live vision of rearwards approaching traffic. With the cameras being integrated into the helmet structure and as high off the ground as possible the recording 'aspect ratio' is far superior than frame mounted cameras (much more of a natural look to the recorded imagery) The helmets on board power supply keeps the helmet recording for 2.5 hours with 32GB inbuilt micro SD cards which automatically loop record every 4 hours. The ease of use, reliability and quality of imagery is quite spectacular, this is without doubt the most extraordinary bicycle helmet ever to hit the market. The helmet is currently certified AS/NZS 2063/2008 and released to the Australasian market Mid July 2019, so the product is 'brand new' to the market and despite certification has been eagerly scooped up by cyclists from Australia, UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Asia and even Iceland.       "Sorry guys, the cost of the helmet is AUD$450 which is mainly due the AUD$ in free-fall against the US$. we only have the one size, 57 to 61 cm and the helmet is truly maxed out at size at 61 cm (no larger) The battery is fully enclosed (for protection) and can not be replaced in the field, so it must be recharged - although the helmet accepts secondary power supply source " Yes, absolutely IP 65 Yes, no problems tested in Australia to +45 C Yes, tested in Europe to -15C, performing remarkably well in cold weather, which is due in part to the on-board micro processors radiating a small amount of heat away from the internal camera housings through the front and rear heat sinks, this in turn keeps the glass lens's free from frosting over Yes Cameras are fully integrated into the helmet Not applicable Twin cameras record simultaneously front and rear HD vision Yes absolutely, pair to either front of rear cameras to receive the WIFI feed from that camera on your mobile phone screen No    No, sorry about that, this is due to a whole matrix of equations that have gone into the selection of 32GB cards Vs on-board battery run time, vision image clarity, frame rate and bite' rate and economics,, because the cards are inbuilt into the camera housings there is nothing more to purchase    x2 32GB Class 10 micro SD cards, (one in the front camera housing and one in the rear camera housing) allows for approximately 4 hours of vision before loops over the oldest loop Helmet (on-board power supply) run time is approximately 2.5 hours dependent on connection to WIFI (which uses a bit more power)    Simply press the ON button, pop your helmet on your noggin and your good to go Both cameras are integrated into the structure of the helmet, there is nothing to mount 1920 x 1080 x 30fps with an extremely high bite' rate to assist in displaying spectacular natural colors 320 degree recorded vision - each camera is capable of 160 degrees horizontal vision and 110 vertical (to accommodate rider head tilt)     No Yes, however the helmet must be paired to you mobile phone and the still images are captured on your phone "Fits seamlessly into helmet because it is built in. ood image quality and video quality.Menus can be confusing at first but do work and instructions help clarify set up. " "The helmet itself isn’t very comfortable, especially the portion with the front facing camera (camera back juts into forehead slightly).Videos are only 2 minutes long and must all be downloaded individually.The two cameras each of a separate wifi network to connect to phone or computer to download videos; you have to download each differently and connect to each individual wifi network separately to do so."    Yes Unknown Unknown Very. Used on Divvy Yes No Yes. two simultaneous cameras (front and back) Yes, for removal and viewing of footage No. downloaded and viewed over local wifi network (cameras generate wifi) Yes. I have not 32gb. unknown for ride, but 2 minute file sizes ranged from 160-250mb per camera (front and back) I charged daily and had full battery the whole time. There is up to 4 hours of recording per charge. No difficulty. Camera is built into helmet    The camera is mounted to the helmet already and built in.     1080p No, but it offers front and back view with wide lens. some side blindspots     No Still images can be screenshotted from the app of video 9.0 Depends on angle and direction of focus. License plates are legible when looked while wearing the helmet but does not pick up everything automaticallyBuilt into helmet, front and rear, streaming capabilities for “rearview mirror” effect while riding, easy to use    The helmet is very large and bulky (not cute!), the video footage often appears blown out like a Warhol painting, it took a VERY long time to fully charge, the app for syncing the camera to your phone is clunky and outdated. Each video clip is saved in a 2-minute segment, so it’s tedious to watch a whole ride. I also find $300USD to be steep, but I haven’t priced out any other cameras for cycling or scooting, so maybe that’s a deal!    Yes Yes Yes Yes No    Front and rear built-in     Yes It uses Wi-Fi to connect to a smartphone   I can’t remember, but I think a couple hours    I’m not sure, but I charged it for like 6 hours to get it fully charged. It kept spontaneously not-charging even though it was plugged in.   Built into helmet    Not sure No, but both front and rear are very wide angle lenses    No No 9.0 The camera is fairly easy to use and charges quickly. Since it is integrated in to the helmet, it is one less thing (or two, if you use a rear camera!) to remember to put on your bike and to take off when locking up. Also, it follows your line of vision so if you look at a specific car or person, they are captured on video. The quality of the video is good (but not great). Uploading video from the helmet to your computer/YouTube etc is pretty easy. If the SD card fills up, it simply overwrites the oldest files, instead of turning off like the GoPro.    The helmet is heavier and more bulky than a normal bike helmet, which takes some getting used to. If you look up or down while riding or stopped, the cameras bob along with your head motion. The video quality is good but not great, so some license plates are hard to read. The YouTube videos about using the helmet were easier to follow than the written instructions. Not sure if there is a feature similar to the Cycliq cameras that stops the cameras from overwriting video when a crash occurs. Yes Unknown Unknown Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes, although i did not try this feature    Yes, although i did not try this feature Unknown Unknown I did not get the advertised 3 hours from a charge - only just under 2. May not have charged fully. very easy On my noggin No?    Not that I am aware of    7.0 "Excellent price! ~ $60Good quality pictureEasy to useLots of accessories "    "Audio is not great. Battery life is short" Yes - In case So far, so good. No exposure to extraordinary heat.     Unknown Mine is helmet-mounted. Have not tried handlebar. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes SD cards - 64G None    30-40 minutes -> charging battery Was easy. Suggest having a 2nd person help get the location just right. Helmet Up to 4k    No No Yes It's Cheap and relatively easy to use.    Image is shaky, might be due to my handlebar mount.    Yes, when in it's case (included). So far, so good.   Yes Yes Yes With a different mount Yes Yes   No Yes Removeable Micro SD card 2-3 hours, charge it for each commute    It's easy Handlebar Mount 4k No No Yes Rear facing, light and camera, good quality image, long battery    Rubber straps break easily. Field is often limited by under bike bag.    Yes Yes Yes Sure, could easily mount to seat [pst Not without rigging something up    Could Yes No No yes, but i have not done so Cycles through and overwrites periodically.     I charge every 8-10 hours of use. Charges quickly. very easy rubber straps attach camera to seat post   No    8.0 7-9, depending on distance from car."Easy on/offWeatherproofingBuilt-in light & cameraDiscreetCycling-specific functions, such as auto-footage overwrite, auto footage protection in the event that an accident is detectedImage Stabilization"    "Took a lot of setup & firmware updates to get goingOnly compatible with a few memory cardsMounting system leaves a lot to be desired--will consider modding the mount" Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes (this is a rear-only camera) No   Yes microSD 32gb Uses microSD only I charge it about 1x/week, given about 1hr riding per day. I could go longer without charging it. Very easy to mount, easy attach/detach system Seat post 1080P No No Yes Fairly simple to use, robust video, integrated light, quick release mount. Love the looping feature so I don’t have to clear the memory card, as well as the incident mode that saves footage before and after moments when the camera goes horizontal, in case you were in a crash.     Clumsy app, strangely long mounting strap, often needs resetting. Kinda heavy. Expensive. Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes, it’s dedicated rear mount No Yes Yes, removable SD storage 32 gigs, 1 hour charge, long battery. I usually charge every other or every third day.    Easy enough, but the strap is weirdly long and I need to trim it. I’ve included a mounting photo as the first attachment. It’s pretty simple, really— the velcro mount just wraps around the seatpost. I found that the velcro strap was weirdly long and it didn’t feel super secure as the instructions told me to use it, so I stuck one of the included aero seat post shims in there to keep it from wiggling and to add some diameter. It works well now, but either it’s designed for a seat post that’s way beefier than mine (which is a standard road bike seat post), or I’m just fundamentally missing how to put it on. I’ve included the picture of it on my single speed, but I swap it back and forth regularly with my regular commuter (which is what I’m riding in the pictures with a rack or cart).    Using the included strap and quick release mojnt 1080 No No Yes 7.5 I’d give the Fly6 CE a 7.5/10 overall for license plate capture. During the daytime, it’s sharp as a tack, and I can easily read plate numbers several car lengths back in traffic. Its drawbacks in the image quality department are due to its weak nighttime capture. It tends to yield blurry images at night. However, I’ve been fortunate not to have to put it to use as a plate reader during a night time close pass. I’m optimistic that a driver passing within 3 feet even at night would be identifiable using this camera. ease of use. built in lights price Yes Yes Yes na Yes    Yes Yes    see above    sd card couple of hours    yes stem and seatpost 1080    No Don't think so No Captures high quality video and audio.  Includes both headlamp and rear light with multiple strobe or solid options.  With extra mount hardware (additional purchase) can easily switch bikes. Memory (SD card) has to be purchased separately.  Battery life could maybe be better. Yes Seems to be. Hasn't been that cold yet. Rear camera (Fly 6) could be as mount is velcro strap, but I likely wouldn't due to risk of leaving it behind.    Possibly (?) with separate accessories. Yes Yes No Yes, operation only, not video transfer. Yes, you can purchase as much memory as you want with the SD card. None, SD card sold separately.    2-4 hours, once or twice a week. Both easy, handle bar mount requires a screw driver, rear mount no tools necessary. Handle bar and seat post Good(?) some sort of HD I'm told, looks clear enough to me.   No    Need video editing software to manipulate video   Front and rear view of what’s going on around me, automatically date and time stamped footage, clear enough day and night to capture license plates on both cameras, and decent audio capture. Fantastic mounting system (I use a Bontrager Blendr stem and have the mount integrated into it), and easy on/off with a quarter turn mount.     The only thing I dislike is that it’s a bit hard to tell when the camera starts to record, but that’s easy to work around as it’s got a connected phone app to confirm the cameras are indeed capturing footage, and it’ll beep every 3-5min to reassure you so it’s not too bad. Not waterproof completely, but water resistant and does fine in rain.     Yes Have not been able to test it out yet as it’s summer. Haven’t tried it but possibly, were you to mount the front one to a helmet or something. Rear is easy, it velcroes onto the seatpost. Yes, it’ll work with GoPro style mounts. Yes Yes Sorta Yes Yes, a 32gb MicroSD card in both. It’ll take any size MicroSD card. Automatically loops video and will rewrite over the oldest footage when full.     Usually charge it every couple of days. Super easy. Secondary mounts are optional, makes your handlebars a bit cleaner but not at all necessary. Front goes on an integrated Bontrager Blendr stem mount and rear goes on the seatpost. Not sure. With both front and rear cameras, it’s not quite but it’s pretty damn close. No No, but if you’d like to highlight a section to lock footage you can press a button on it to grab screen caps later.     6.6 I'd rate the Cycliq Fly12 (Front) an 9 during the day and a 6 at night, and the Fly6 (Rear) a 7 during the day, 4-5 at night. Both work great during the day and can typically get a clear image of a plate as long as the vehicle isn't too far away, and both are stable enough that as long as you're not going over a pothole or something in the street the image won't be blurry. Both suffer in image quality at night, and I'm able to capture plates but it's more difficult while moving faster, and smaller bumps in the road can cause the images to be too blurry to determine a plate number. Overall I would consider them as a pair reliable enough to capture license plates very well during the day and decently at night.Easy to save blocks of video from being overwritten. Combined with lights. Pictures are usually good enough for license plates    The Fly6CE pretty quickly got water damaged and stopped turning off despite claims of waterproofing. The light of the Fly12CE doesn't turn on in cold weather. Also I can't turn the Fly12CE off anymore either. Turns out not really Not sure, I think cold and rain damaged it before I got to see how it does in the heat No No Maybe?? Yes Yes No Yes A couple of hours, can't address more than 32gb microSD card    I have to charge everytime I want to use it now. Usually takes an hour or so    Non-slip velcro, very easy With attachments that come with camera 1080p No    No No Continuous looping of footage so I don't have to maintain it every day, automatic footage lock if the bike drops or if you press the button to indicate that. Strava integration. It's waterproof without any additional stuff.    I don't need the light and I wish it wasn't there. I wish I could view the footage on my phone for quick uploading so I don't have to use my laptop (and remember when I'm at home etc.). A slightly better interface to see if the camera is on (it's just a little light and beeps which are both too loud and too quiet, depending)    Yes Yes Not sure yet Probably not If you buy GoPro attachments, maybe? But I haven't tried to figure it out Yes Maybe? No No Yes, a SD card n/a 2 hours, every week or so No, at least for handlebars/front rack. I mount it on my front rack No    No Yes   "- Looping footage so I don't have to constantly monitor- It is a light and a camera so I only need one cable to charge both- It has timestamps built in to the video, making it easy to look back over footage and know exactly when something happened.- It locks footage if it senses a 'fall'."    "- It's bulky- It's super slow to start filming(~5 seconds to start)- The app that you need to use to set up the camera is very bad. Changing what light settings you want can take several minutes. Every button press is a several second loading screen." Yes Yes, but not standing in direct sunlight.    Yes No Yes, with an additional accessory. Yes Yes. Through a pannier mount. No Yes Yes. I have a 128gb microsd card in it. 32gb would do if you don't mind overwriting footage. No internal storage. It takes a micro sd card. I get about 3-4 hours of use before needing to charge it. I charge it every other day at work since it uses USB-C and I have a cable there.    An accessory was needed. Once the accessory is in place, it's very easy to add or remove the camera with no tools Handlebar mount 1080p No No No 5.0 As far as license plate readability, I think it depends on the time of day. I'd give this cam about a 5(average) in terms of reading plates. My GoPro Session4 does just as well, without any fancy tech meant to make them more legible. Paired with a blinking front light to help 'focus' the camera on the plate, regardless of daytime lighting, I'd give it a 6 or 7. As long as you're behind a car with a non-defaced license plate and a blinking front light, I'd say a plate can easily be made out up to 15 feet away in most cases. Any further is highly dependent on other factors."DurableCombination light & cameraCan access footage from phoneWeatherproofCycling-specific features (auto footage overwrite, auto footage lock in the event that an accident is detected)"    "Mounting is inconvenientBig & heavyVideo quality leaves a lot to be desired" Yes Yes Yes No Yes BUT it would be heavy Yes No Yes Yes microSD, 64gb Uses microSD I charge it about 1x/week, given about 1hr riding per day, and even then the battery only gets down to 30-40%. Could last longer. Uses standard GoPro mounting system, so a lot of screwing/unscrewing required Front handlebars 1080P No No No "1) Light Plus + Camera2) Very Bright light3) Runs continuously like a dashcam. No need to clear memory cards. Only grab what you need"    "1) Max memory card specs limit to about 2 hours of video (shorter than my commute)2) Image quality is poor during dusk/dawn3) Not the greatest image overall, but good enogh"    Yes Yes Yes No. Unsure Yes Unsure No Yes 32gb 0 60 min, Daily Nothing beyond hex wrench Proprietary bracket on handlebars 720p No No    No 7.0 It struggles when there's contrast in lighting environments, like bright blue sky, but license plate in dark shadow.It “just works” - turn it on, clip it onto the bike, and it goes - you can forget about it    Quality is not good enough to record license plate numbers in a lot of real world situations. Mount is fiddly; can’t easily be moved from bike to bike. More or less    Yes Yes No, unless you figure out some way to mount it    Not easily Yes No, but they sell a different camera for rear facing use. No    No No    It takes a standard mini SD card. It seems to hold like 3 hours of riding. It automatically deletes old footage but you can mark segments to keep while they’re being recorded, which is nice.     I never think about it. It’s never run out during a day of riding. The mount part itself is fragile and can’t easily be moved to another bike. And it doesn’t fit all bikes. There is a GoPro mount adapter available, i think.     On a handlebar mount sold by the manufacturer. HD No but it’s like 250 which is good No I think so "* The build quality feels solid.* Footage is good quality, with number plates mostly readable.* Very wide angle lens.* A good front light is integrated with it, saving handlebar space and charging fuss, and making it easier for me to remember to turn it on.* Battery life is solid.* The SD card never needs emptying due to the loop recording feature (an essential, in my opinion). Incident detection prevents it from overwriting footage if it detects a crash.* Customer support is excellent, with responses always within 24 hours."    "* It's pretty expensive at normal price ($289 at the moment). I got a good discount when I bought it due to customer support doing me a favour after the last one (an original Fly12) broke, but I'd have second thoughts about paying full price. Accessories are also seriously overpriced.* Technically, you can connect to it from your phone and do things like put it in alarm mode. However, I've never got that to work, as their Android app doesn't really work at all. (Haven't tried iOS.) Thankfully, the basics (recording and retrieving footage) don't need any special software.* Though it's improved greatly over the original Fly12, the handlebar mount seems to have a weak point in its construction around the hinge. Mine has snapped once already (around a year after purchase), and it seems to be a common problem. Cycliq say it's due to people overtightening it, but I'm pretty sure I had followed their instructions closely. They include a wrist strap that you can wrap around your handlebars in case the mount breaks, though that looks a bit flimsy."    Yes Not really tested Not tested Not really, as you can only attach the mounting bracket using a screwdriver. (It's too heavy to put on a helmet.) No (it's too heavy anyway). Yes No (though the cheaper Fly6 does). No Yes, in theory (see Cons) Yes, MicroSD cards. I have a 16GiB one, I think. None Probably at least 4 hours with the light in medium-brightness flashing. I charge it about once a week. Pretty simple, though to follow their guidelines about not overtightening the bracket (see Cons) you need a torque wrench. Using the handlebar mount (https://cycliq.com/product/fly12-ce122-handlebar-mount/, included). 1080p (1920x1080) at 60 or 30 FPS No No No 7.0 I'd probably go for 7. During the day I'd say 8 or 9, but at night it goes down to maybe a 5, with only close-up license plates being readable. If there's an incident that I think I might want to report (either to the police or Close Call Database), I generally read the license plate aloud into the microphone if I get the chance. Of course, if I was actually in a crash I probably wouldn't have time to do that.Long battery life! I can go on all-day rides with this thing and the battery lasts. To me, that's the biggest boon. Video quality is decent enough in well-lit areas and it has night vision. Fairly durable and water resistant (has withstood moderate rain). Microphone does a decent job. Wide angle lens/wide field of view. Variety of mounting options, but they require various adapters for some things.    Only 1080p. Video quality could be better, but it's alright. Not the most user friendly, but once it's configured it's good to go. No advanced features like auto video protection during crashes. Night vision quality is pretty poor. Water resistant, but not waterproof So far so good! Worked on > 90 degrees days. Survived the cold in March. Deep winter TBD Yes, when mounted to a compatible helmet Yes Yes Not out of the box Yes No 256 GB None five hours to charge. Charge once a week typically I had to buy one adapter on Amazon for ~$5 Helmet 1080p No Yes, but my iPhone would be bettter if I'm taking a still    6.0 "I'd say 6. During the day license plates are typically readable, but the quality is not great. If there's a glare from the sun these images can be difficult to capture. I recently bought a second (identical) camera and I _think_ that the one on my helmet looks worse than the (identical) rear facing one mounted to my frame, so I think I'm going to frame mount both from here on out to see if that gets better images. Apologies for the awkward angle on the rear facing camera :-| That was literally the only place I could mount it. I found that having a rear saddle bag and fender leaves almost no room for a rear facing camera It works well enough during the day for vehicles that get close to me, but it's only 1080p @ 30fps and night time is only so-so. If I really wanted to get a high quality photo of a vehicle in a bike lane I would use my phone. These are more for liability in case of a collision.  Unfortunately, at night, it's harder to see license plates. I'd say night time capture works, but only in broad strokes. If there was an accident it could show what happened, but couldn't get license plates unless you're really lucky or going very slowly. I think there are settings that would help change focus, but I don't know enough to best use those settings. I'd say these are the best images of license plates I could get at night from my ride last night.I've been considering the GoPro Fusion or the Rylo 360 so I could have a single 4K camera that does 360, but the battery life is so limited compared to these."Simple to use, sturdy, good resolution (able to read license plates during the day; night time, or bright sunlight, can be a bit tricky though), can film or do time-lapse imaging, can connect and replay videos on a smartphone Poor battery life (about 1.5hrs per charge) The case is waterproof.    Only used up to about 37C and it's worked fine. Below about -5C or -10C the battery life seems to drain faster and it will shut off. Yes Yes Yes Yes    No Accepts up to 64GB microSD card.   Battery lasts about 1.5 hours, so I charge it every day.    GoPro comes with a waterproof case and it screws on easily to any of the GoPro mounts. Not sure how easy it is to set up a helmet or handlebar mount.    Chest harness 1080p No No Yes "I have 2 cameras, one mounted to my handlebars and one mounted to my helmet.  I use the Hero 6 Black on my handlebars because it responds to voice commands. I can order it to take a photo when I need to, without stopping or taking my hands off the bars.  In addition, the Hero 6 Black also records the GPS coordinates where the photo was taken, date, and time. All the information I need for a successful upload.I mount an older GoPro Hero3+ Black to my helmet using the vented helmet mount.  I have it running video on a continuous loop. This allows me to record my entire commute, so that if anything happens, I have video evidence. Because it is an older model, it is lighter than the newer cameras, making it more comfortable.  " It was expensive. Yes Yes, I use it year round on all my commutes. Yes, I use it year round on all my commutes. If you used a removable handle bar mount that fit the width of whatever bike you were using. Yes. There is a vented helmet strap mount as well as other types of mounts.    Yes, there are several handlebar mount options. Yes, it can face backwards and orientation of the camera can be changed so the video is still right-side up. Yes Yes 64GB sands pro extreme You must supply a memory card. They are affordable and store hundreds/thousands of photos. I leave it on the entire time I ride.  Normally I ride an hour a day. I have a spare battery, so I swap it every day. It is compact and easy to install. A 4mm hex key is included, so no additional tools are required. No other accessories were required. I use the GoPro Pro Handle bar mount. It is made of aluminum and requires a hex key to unscrew, so it isn't likely to be stolen.    12MB 4000 x 3000 pixels No Yes.  It records the GPS coordinates, time, and date as well.   Image/video quality, size/weight, massive aftermarket support for mounts/accessories.    Battery life when shooting in 4k. Finicky app control via wifi. Yes Yes Not sure yet    Sure? I use a helmet mount, so the bike is irrelevant Yes, comes with the standard adhesive mounts but I used a cinch-style strap so I could use the adhesive mount on my motorcycle helmet.    There are definitely mounts available for it. Yes, can be hung upside down to point back. Yes Yes 128 gb micro SD card None, uses micro SD card About 45mins to an hour on 4k An accessory strap made it easy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002EF2200/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1    Helmet quick-release 4k No Yes Yes Wide angle, good stabilization, lots of mounting options, not bike specific, battery life is pathetic, touch screen is a little cumbersome, files are large and could be a little easier to get off camera. GoPro Quik software isn't useful at all. I'm sure there's a quick release mount that could be made/purchased    yes, I haven't used this though Yes Yes, haven't used this option Yes Yes 256gb SD card. Not sure how many rides...enough of them no internal storage need to charge after every ride...only lasts about an hour. special mount, needed tools, kind of a pain especially to switch bikes. handlebar mount using 1440 @60FPS No Yes, haven't used it   Yes 2K Video, amazing stabilization, great automatic color correction    Not really great at night, gets things smudgy Yes Yes Yes Yes, if you have a good mount    Yes if I want to and use accessory Sure, if you buy a mount Same, if you buy a mount Not sure   Not sure about that, I think not 128GB SD card that I have is more than enough I don't think it has any. I use external storage    I think around 1hr 30min to the full lcharge Very easy, I just release a tightener and it's free to take off/on. I bought a camera bike mount and attach it to handlebars.     4K is maximum. No Yes Yes It feels indestructible. It shoots gorgeous video and the stabilization software seems like magic. It’s instantaneous to start and stop recording too.     Battery life is bad and requires you to own at least two batteries or remember to charge if you ride less than 45 minutes. Yes Yes I have had some issues in cold but it was a while ago and i can’t remember what the issue was.     Yes Yes Yes - and it’s really good. I assume there’s a way to do this. Yes Yes I have a 64gb micro SD card, which holds about 2h of ride footage at my preferred resolution (2.7k) None About 45 minutes. I change after every ride and own a spare battery.     Incredibly easy. I have a handlebar mount. I also have mount points on one of my helmets and I own a head strap. Can obviously mount it in any of the 9000 GoPro mounts. 4K No Yes Yes Amazing image stabilization and video. They designed the stabilization chip in house because nothing off the shelf was good enough. It can record in true 4K at 60 frames per second. Most of the Amazon cameras (Campark, ASKO, etc.) Will claim they record in 4K but they only have a 4 megapixel sensor (compared to 12 mp for the hero7 Black). I originally had a Campark extreme I from Amazon and saw a box truck almost run over someone on the Dearborn bike path. I assumed I got the license plate but then when I reviewed my video I noticed I couldn't read the plate. At that point I upgraded. The camera is waterproof and can be submerged.     It is more expensive than the competition, but the quality is night and day. Battery life isn't great if recording in 4K at 60 fps. You can find it on sale for about $320 now. Yes, helmet mounted Yes Yes with accessories Yes with accessories Yes I think so Added 132 gb 0 1.5 hours 4k 60 fps Easy Helmet 4k No Yes Yes Quick to turn on. Wifi. Durabke. Good quality. Easy to use. Low battery life. With optional accessories Probably I get maybe 2 hrs of recording time 3m adhesive mount Helmet HD No Yes but I dont use that feature Yes Easy to use, stabilization, ability to capture HD photos from video. n/a so far n/a 1-2 hours Easy Stem Mount 1080p sy to turn on, great video quality, easy to connect/disconnect from bike. Battery life is limited to about an hour. Some models are kinda large.    Yes Yes Yes If you have an easy to remove mounting option, then yes. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes I have a 256gb MicroSD    30 mins or so, have to charge every night    Can be easy w/ mfg provided mounts, but I went with the hard mount.    I have an aluminum handlebar attachment. 1920x1080, 60i No Some models do    Yes Small, good quality in low light / night, waterproof, easy to use ( one button ), good quality of footage    no image stabilization, model discontinued, short battery life / not changeable battery Yes Yes Yes   Yes ( which ones dont ? )    Yes with correct mount No    Yes yes 64GB    - 3 sets of commutes at 30 mins each    very easy, helmet has mount point Helmet mount   No    No Yes   Durable and waterproof, picture is crisp enough    I never really intended to use it for cycling but now I do. I went cheap so it doesn't have excellent stability no matter where it's mounted. And it doesn't have 4K to make out certain details like license plates all of the time. :)     Yes (but waterproof and resistant are different especially for electronics) Doesn't seem to be an issue Yes Sure. Yes, with the right strap. Yes, with the right adapter. Yes No Yes I use a 64gb microSD card   0 Depends on how long I ride and record. I can usually do 4 or 5 commutes without a charge and I charge it overnight. Just the mounting hardware for any GP camera. Helmet or backpack strap mount. 1440p and 1080p. No Yes   Yes Small, easy to use, waterproof+durable. No image stabilization. Yes Are you biking in a volcano? Yes Yes, but I think video is too shaky/too much motion on head    Yes Yes Yes Yes Micro SD Micro SD Over a week of 40+ minute daily rides    Very easy velcro mount. Shoulder strap mount on backpack 1440 I think No Yes    7.0 Visible for drivers, wide angle lens, loop recording feature, gyro stabilization.    Short-ish battery life, about 30 minutes. Yes, with waterproof case. Should be, not tested.    Should be, will see in winter in CO. Yes Can be, with included accessories Yes, same. Yes, depending on rear rack availability.    Yes, but never used No No, one SD card only At max 64 GB, about 30 3 min clips, set to replace the oldest one with the next one. 2-3 hours    Putting on the backpack Shoulder mounted on backpack strap. Mounted on shoulder: advantage of height, turns with me, deters drivers better. 1.4 MP   No No Yes 7.5 7 or 8 rating. Daytime bike lane obstruction. License plate can be read. I usually shout the plate out and the audio records it for verification. Comes with a waterproof case. Good build quality. Compatible with GoPro accessories.  My preferred mode is doing timed/timelapse photos, but video quality is good with and without image stabilization. Haven't been able to get a handle consistently on how it names image files. Thus, it ends up having to reuse similar existing names. Doesn't have geo-tagging. Although you can export from the camera to the phone, it's not a quick and easy process.    It comes with a case that is waterproof. Seems ok so far. Haven't tested in extreme cold. The Yi action camera would shut off in < 25F degree windchills. I typically mount it on a handlebar, so I would worry about those that might forget and leave it on the bike share if they mounted on the handlebar. Yes. Should be able to use a GoPro helmet mount. Yes    Yes Yes Yes Yes. Up to 256 GB. None. Approximately 90 minutes. My commutes are short, so once every few days. DJI cameras can use most GoPro accessories, so I use a GoPro handlebar mount. Mostly thumb screw mounted. Handlebar. 4000x3000 No Yes (English and Chinese/Mandarin) Yes. In fact, my preferred mode is to take timed/timelapse images. When needed, I simply submit a few of the timelapsed images.    8.0 "I would rate it as a 9 in daylight/overcast conditions.It's a 7 at night, assuming you aren't using a bike light. For my night time picture example, I turned off my light.Given it has a waterproof/water-resistant housing, I would rate it at a 7 during weather conditions, but I haven't had a chance to fully test it in those conditions." Yes Unknown Yes, I’ve used it skiing. No Yes Yes Yes Optional extra    No Yes. MicroSD required. 32gb sd cars. ~1gb/15min A couple of hours of use. I charge it once a week. Easy, no tools. Came with mount. Handlebar quick release mount 1080p No No Yes I no longer use this camera     Mine had an issue that caused it to freeze on startup every few times.    Resistant Yes With optional clamp Could be No No Micro SD   Adhesive     Helmet HD   No    Yes Cheap, 4k video  sory bar that mounts to handlebar    All sorts of options No No Yes   Small, easy to use, many mounting options, good low-light quality, image stabilization, integrated GPS    Poor battery life, takes a long time to acquire GPS lock, damn near impossible to hook up reliably to PC via USB cable.    Yes, with included case Unknown Unknown Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, 128 GB microSD Nil Battery lasts ~60 minutes, charge time ~120 minutes, charge it daily.    No tools needed, but specialized handlebar mount required (GoPro compatible handlebar mount) Handle bar mount 4k (3840 x 2160) No Yes Yes        

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