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Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Bollo, 25 Apr 2010.

  1. magnatom

    magnatom Guest


    Ah, but think of it as an investment. In years to come you could sell it on for a big profit once I've signed my second film deal...;)

    Seriously I'm keen to sell so if you're interested....:biggrin:

    Origamist, it just looks too bulky to me. I like discreet. I'm not trying to hide it, as such, but it is better if drivers aren't sure which cyclists might be filming them....

    Anyway back on topic... have you seen this idiot again BM?
     
  2. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    No, it's Bollo's idiot mate. ;)
     
  3. magnatom

    magnatom Guest


    Oops! I'm getting my threads mixed up! In mitigation, one of the kids was sick during the night, so I am on much reduced sleep...;)
     
  4. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    Location:
    Sandbach
    I thought that until I saw one in the flesh, but as you helmet mount, I see where you're coming from.


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  5. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I reckon a visible camera has a noticeable effect on drivers, positive to us. I've had quite a few drivers put down the phone without any fuss or complaint, and a sorry wave too.

    Some other drivers who had noticeable aggression in their driving style suddenly change to driving in a much more acceptable manner. I reckon it's because they suddenly noticed the camera.
     
  6. downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

    Location:
    'ampsheeeer
    That new gopro looks quite cool I have to say. They really seem to have caught up.
     
  7. BigSid

    BigSid Senior Member

    Location:
    Hungerford
    I agree about a visible camera being a deterrent. When I'm in the car I mount mine (ATC2K) on my headrest and "adjust it" if I'm being tailgated. It's amazing how tailgaters suddenly leave a huge gap.
    Phone users usually don't seem to notice my "adjustment" or even my blatantly pointing it out.

    It is front facing but you can't tell from outside the car. :tongue:

    I don't usually have it on the bike as I my commute is off-road.
     
  8. Armegatron

    Armegatron Active Member

    I sometimes mount mine in the car, the muvi fits nicely onto the mirror so it doesn't obstruct my vision, and gives a very clear drivers type of view. I still need to do a route by car and by bike and play the two videos side by side for comparison :smile:
     
  9. downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

    Location:
    'ampsheeeer
    Mounted my muvi clone in me old man's car:


    View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQCA-O0njWs


    Used bluetak though. Seemed more stable that way. :eek:
     
  10. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

    Location:
    Craggy Island
    Horrendous music though!! :biggrin:
     
  11. downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

    Location:
    'ampsheeeer
    On my vid? Its experimental, its supposed to be. :biggrin:
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Bollo

    Bollo Failed Tech Bro

    Location:
    Winch
    Aaaarrgghhhhh! The journey to M&S!!!!! I guarantee that your video will send a chill down the spine of every married man in Hampshire.

    (I quite liked the music)
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Bollo

    Bollo Failed Tech Bro

    Location:
    Winch
    Why the decision to cam-up?
     
  14. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    Location:
    Sandbach
    After years of wavering, it was Broken Betty's post about the camera being akin to an aircraft's black-box recorder that finally swayed me (other factors: I'm a geek where gadgets are concerned and a voyeur).
     
  15. OP
    OP
    Bollo

    Bollo Failed Tech Bro

    Location:
    Winch
    That's a pretty good description of why I keep a camera. After the initial excitement wore off, I began to regard it as a form of insurance in case the worst happened. Although I've no problem with using cameras in a campaigning role, as an educational tool or to expose tosspot drivers (and cyclists) for what they are, the ethics of camming up can get a little murky at times.

    If I do feel the need to post a video, I try to keep to a few homemade rules, for example no kids (I've a couple of shockers during captured during the local school run that I won't put up), not advertising a new video where I've made a complaint to a company until I've had a response, removing videos if I get a positive response to a complaint. That kinda thing. I don't expect others to follow these and don't judge other people's motivations for posting vids, but it makes me more comfortable about recording.

    I had a good six months over the latter half of 2009 with very little grief and so stopped using the camera. However, there've been a few bad and funny experiences this year (the off into the ford could've been Youtube gold), so I'm back filming day-to-day. ContourHD arrived today - yay!
     
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