Ride safe. Attach a video camera to your helmet when you ride.
Car drivers are much more courteous when they see you have a video camera.
We have our helmets and our Bluetooth headsets, now we need to film all the action as we ride. We know everyone has heard of the GoPro cameras and they are great video cameras... however, they are expensive and recording time can be somewhat limited due to battery life. We chose the Midland XTC 200 HD camera because it will record 3 hours of 720p HD video on a 16GB microSD card AND the camera only costs about $100! Our camera is not necessarily better than other helmet cams out there, but you sure can't get more for your money!
If you have the money to spend on an action cam, by all means get a GoPro Hero 3 White, Silver or Black Edition. Keep in mind, there are many gripes about the short battery life on them. Other options for helmet cams include the Midland XTC 100 (not HD) and 300 (1080p HD), the Sony Action Cam, the Contour ROAM and the Drift HD. All are good choices with varying degrees of features and price.
We used the included adhesive disc to attach the video camera to the helmet. The camera has a mount with a Velcro patch on it that connects to the part on the helmet. This is handy when you need to adjust the angle of the camera or to take it off for security reasons. The camera itself will slide in and out of the mount when you press the little unlocking lever. There is no need to worry about the camera falling out of the mount while riding.
The XTC 200 has one huge button on top of it to turn it off and on. You can easily do this with gloves on. There is no LCD screen on it so you may need to stand in front of a mirror to eyeball the alignment, then record a short video so you can see where you need to aim. The camera automatically cuts the video into 30 minute chunks and each chunk is roughly 2GB in size. We use a SanDisk Class 4 16GB microSD card and it works wonderfully. The camera will take up to a 32GB microSD card, but the battery only lasts enough to fill up a 16GB card. It takes a little over 3 hours to run the battery down and fill up a 16GB card. You can buy extra batteries if you want to use a 32GB card but swapping batteries requires a small screwdriver and about 5 minutes of your time.
The video is quite good at 720p HD and audio is average. You get a little wind noise while riding but it isn't unbearable. It is easy to edit out the sound on YouTube if you so desire. Here's a short video showing some idiot pulling out in front of me and me jamming on the brakes to avoid T-boning him. This is why I always have a video camera on when I ride!
- Single Slide Switch for easy operation - On/Off
- Includes Helmet Mount
- Switchable between HD 720p and SD 480p
- 1280 x 720 High Definition @ 30 FPS (16:9 Aspect Ratio)
- 640 x 480 Standard Definition @ 60 FPS (4:3 Aspect Ratio)
- Uses micro SD card (not included)
- Camera View - 140 degree wide angle lens
- Uses 900mA Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (Included)
- Battery Life Indicator
- Low Memory Indicator
- USB 2.0 File Transfer