Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK
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one thing to bear in mind is that HD gobbles memory
I doubt that anyone truly needs full HD 1080..... even at standard DVD (576x700 odd) quality you will be consuming around 40Mb per minute.. thats about 200minutes on an 8Gb memory card.
full 1080 would be comparable to Bluray DVD. and unless you are a buddign Spielberg I doubt anyone will notice or truly appreciate the difference. my early attempts at running a camera were fine until the lens got a bit of crap water + salt + muck) on the lens which meant the quality when down hill immediately. I've not had another chance to get on the bike with all the snow and ice that's been around since.
I think you need to decide what you think you are going to want to video, what you are going to take stills, and can you afford to risk high end high quality equipment on a bike. I use a 10mp Fuji finepix for stills and this bullet camera for video. if the fuji dies Im not to worried.. it cost around £80 comapred to the basic dSLR fit out which is £300+, or if you have several lenses it could easily be £1000+.
I'd also thik carefully about who the audience is for your video, if its you on the computer you may get away with VGA, if its on a big screen then you may well need D1 DVD quality. ultimately if its to remind you of where you have been then I don't think it matters, the brain is remarkably good at filling in the dots. however I think you need to be very very carefull before subjecting others to your video masterpiece(s)