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    Senior Member sandracer1's Avatar
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    I am looking at getting an onboard camera for the buggy. What kind are you using? I would like to have several mounting options.
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    Go-Pro HD Hero.

    I wish I had one.

    For what you get, the price is excellent. They also have at least a dozen mounting options.
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    I think GoPro also accepts RAM mounts - every which way to mount that there is to man - well - more than "several."
    I like things that move. Pretty much limits me to cars and strippers.
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    GoPro for sure. I have one on the racecar and a few at work we use on UAV's. Great little cameras.
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    Ive got a POV1. Last time I checked they were considerably more expensive (and serious) than the Go Pro (non HD).
    I've used several types (but not the Go pro HD yet). So I'll exclude that one from my comparison, but in summary, the Go pro isn't the best quality output or the most convenient to mount, but IMO it is the best $ value (by a reasonable margin). Especialy if you wern't going to be using it all the time. You'd have to imagine the latest Go Pro (HD) is better than the old one.
    Though one thing worth noting is that the no. of pixels (or being HD) is only one factor. There are other equaly important factors, like lens quality, ability to deal with fast changes in lighting etc.

    Though regardless of which one you get I suspect you'll be surprised at how difficult it is to get the quality of footage that is shown on the manufacturers demo videos. They always film in perfect (consistent) light. All of the ones I've used really struggled with high contrast lighting situations and changes in light (riding through shadows etc.) Conditions that my handheld videos deal with very easily. If you used the camera in the dunes or desert it wouldn't be a problem. But we mainly film in the forest and its a bit of a pain for us.
    I'm not saying don't get one, we have heaps of fun making our motorbike videos, I'm just saying how surprised I was at how much footage we had to discard to get a few minutes of good stuff.

    Here's one from the POV1. The quality is much better on the original, the hosting site has compressed it pretty heavily.
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    We were just talking about this recently...here it is:

    https://www.minibuggy.net/forum/minib...ity-video.html
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    Infit,
    here is an example of the GoPro HD Hero's video quality, courtesy of minibajaman's youtube video. Notice the conditions are not ideal, yet the image looks great.

    YouTube - GNCC Racing Pilot Class Millfield Ohio June 5th 2010
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    I am sold. Great quality. Conditions not ideal? Not even close to ideal.
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    Even though you are already sold, word is they will be selling an LCD bakpac for the HD sometime this summer for $50. It will turn the little action camera into an all around good camera for mundane land excursions too and help to aim the lens and watch your playbacks instantly. I think the LCD comes with an extra large backdoor enclosure so it too can be made waterproof.

    Hopefully they move to release it soon. It would make it an all around awesome camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by minibajaman View Post
    We were just talking about this recently...here it is:

    https://www.minibuggy.net/forum/minib...ity-video.html

    Cool video!
    Interesting to see a buggy race from the drivers point of view.
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