REKA action cam from Aldi-worth a punt as a cycle cam?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by night cycler, 9 Jan 2018.

  1. This action cam currently being sold as one of Aldi's special buys.

    At £29.99 it seems like it may be worth a punt for use as a cycle cam- it has a handle mount. Unsure if this means handle bar mount?

    Only 1mp cam.

    There are no reviews on Aldi's site yet.

    I am planning on buying a wide angle lense Mobius cam at around £65 for my cycling safety, so naturally this has caught my attenton.
  2. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    £29.99 is cheap enough to take a chance. It will have twelve months warranty too.
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  3. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    A camera won't make you safer.
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  4. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    Aldi also have a fantastic returns policy, should it turn out to be not what you wanted.
  5. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    No, but think of the fame on YouTube.
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  6. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    You don't get it, do you?

    It's a gadget, for Christ sake.
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  7. 720 upgrades to 1080p, not bad.
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  8. Tangoup51

    Tangoup51 Well-Known Member

    I've bought a bundle of £30.00 Cheap helmet cameras in my time, they're all mass-produced by the same generic manufacture then people pay said manufacture to engrave their "company logo" into the camera. the cameras stay the same aslong as the price does, despite who has their brand logo slapped on the camera.

    (Forgive the lens scratch and the motion blur)
    30 1.PNG
    30 2.PNG 30 3.PNG 30 4.PNG 30 5.PNG 30 6.PNG 30 8.PNG 30 9.PNG 30 10.PNG 30 13.PNG

    (runs at 1 hour 30 minute battery life @ 1080p with battery well worn in)

    Here's a few pics from my camera over the years. All the same, Cheap, Generic Helmet camera (the ones that look like yours)
    I believe the quality is out-standing in terms of the price.

    They often suffer with red lights (Red light bleeding is a common on my camera) and the camera 'cage' reflects in the upper left corner.

    Outside of that, the quality depends on 2 things. Where you mount it.
    (vibrations on the handlebars can damage clarity as it does in the last photo, unlike the helmet.)

    Your settings. All the cameras I have had at this price range heavily depend on setting adjustment so make sure you balance it right. These pictures have the best settings for each scenario.

    Also for the OP while it's not strictly relevant it's worth mentioning wide-angle lens tend to distort speed perception and make it slower than it actually is. :whistle:

    @goodgabba I believe that's the bike you're after in the last photo ;)
    Last edited: 10 Jan 2018
  9. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    That's true but it could prove crucial in negating the single-witness-suicide-swerve claim by an errant driver, or the he-came-out-of-nowhere, or the he-flew-off-the-pavement etc etc..
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  10. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    Calm down do. Just responding to the OP's reason for buying one.
  11. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    South Glos
  12. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    I think you've extrapolated from his OP to there being another reason other than used as a cycle cam?
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  13. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

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  14. BoldonLad

    BoldonLad Über Member

    South Tyneside
    I bought the ALDI rear light camera, very pleased with it. My general experience of ALDI "gear" is positive. I also have a Mobius camera, excellent bit of kit.
  15. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    Actually I think I just read the words "for my cycling safety".
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