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I got a aluminum tank-mount and an entry level HD camcorder from my girlfriend for Xmas. The plan was to start filming ride and track days, but also film skiing, biking, hunting etc.

After seeing the quality of the videos some of these guys are getting with a GoPro, I'm wondering if I'll be disappointed with the camcorder. It was 6 degrees F this morning, and I just don't have the cajones to test out the equipment, so I'm wondering if anyone has any advice?

I think the obvious benefit of the GoPro is quality, versatillity (easily mounting to various locations).

But you loose the civilian use factor (cant get the kid's first steps on a go pro, unless you make him wear a helmet around for the 1rst person perspective).

What do ya think.
 

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I have both, the GO PRO HD and the HD camcorder, and I could not imagine using the camcorder on the bike. I think that the elements would ruin it.
I've been caught by rain wile with the Go Pro and nothing happened to it, its made to take the vibration and it comes with a great protective case. I really doubt the panasonic HD could stand the vibration alone before you end up with $600 down the tube.
My recommendation is the Go Pro, imagine all the bug guts on the camcorder lens and all the hard to get places.
 

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I saw someone at a track day that had a Canon SureShot mounted on a tank bracket. I would have never thought of that. I have the same camera and it does take great pictures and decent videos.

I like my GoPro HD. The audio is crappy. If I could turn it off I would!
 

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Hmm, bike cameras - I have been looking at these all Xmas, I have a horrible feeling some of the moths might escape from my wallet.... or maybe not :idunno:

From what I have seen, there are 4 cameras in contention.

GoPro Hero - Sturdy looking little camera. Has a lithium rechargable battery. No viewfinder so setting up will be a pain. Wide angel lens gives a fish-eye effect at the edge. Not sure if it can be switched on / off on the move.

Contour - Again sturdy looking and again has a lithium rechargable battery. No viewfinder but has 2 lasers to aid aiming. Has a large sliding record switch that may be possible to use on the move.

Drift - Another small self-contained camera. I think both the HD and non-HD cameras run on 2x AA batteries. Has a small LCD screen so it can be set up easily. Has a remote control so it can be used on the move.

VIO POV - Sturdy 2-piece camera. Much bulkier than the others. Can be hard-wired to the bike or used with 4x AA batteries. Has a remote control. Screen on the main recording unit for easy aiming. Can be set to record all the time, or to record in pre-determined sections each time you hit a button on the remote. Expensive though.

Of the 4, if I get anything I reckon it'd be a VIO POV camera. I think the extra functionality would be useful, and being able to operate it on the move seems to me the way to go.

Of the others, it would be either a Drift or a Contour for me. On functionality, it would be the Drift, but I would need to do more research to decide.

I am no expert on this stuff, this is just what I have found when on the internet over Xmas, which was preferable to the absolute rubbish that was on the TV!
 

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From my own experience, when I got the Go Pro I thought the same as far as set up goes. but the wide angle lens capture so much of the road it has never been an issue and the dampening of vivrations is great. I agree on the sound it could be better without having to modify the case.
 

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The GoPro is a tough bugger. I dropped mine right on the track once. More of an embarrassment than anything else.
 
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