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So i didn't care a whole lot about all the extra features of current go pro or spending all that money, but I did want to have some fun with filming some rides as well as filming my commutes for legal purposes should someone decide to cause an accident.

Enter the GearBest: Online Shopping - Best Gear at Best Prices website and this particular unit for under 30$

A9 HD 1080P MJPEG 2 inch LCD IP68 30m Waterproof Sports Action Camera DVR-30.58 and Free Shipping| GearBest.com

while it does record in 1080, i was not impressed with the clarity of the image and went with a lower resolution for higher frame rate and smaller file size.

here is the first sample run from my dark 5am commute (50 minutes cut down to under 3 minutes ) you will have to excuse the massive watermark, i'm still looking around for what video editing software to use if anybody has a suggestion on software please chime in.

 

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lol thats a knock off of my knock off (SJ4000)
only thing i can say is watch out for over charging the battery, it doesnt seam to be protected (here is mine after being plugged in for about a week in the camera

 

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batteries are the main issue with the cheaper go-pro knock offs...either they are very limited to run time or don't last long due the charging issues mentioned...I too used the filmora software to edit a ride video...I didn't want to pay to remove the watermark either..but I did like the software...I went with the Sony HDR-AZ1 and wrist screen/controller for $245...I like it's small frontal area and it's added features like GPS tracking...one of the main things I needed was removable batteries for those all day rides...with a 64GB micro card I can also get a whole day's (up to 8 hours) ride...the knock-offs had just hit the market when i was buying and were known to be a real hit or miss proposition..but you can get 5-10 of them for what i paid...

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thanks for the heads up - i rarely leave anything charging more than overnight.
batteries are the main issue with the cheaper go-pro knock offs...either they are very limited to run time or don't last long due the charging issues mentioned...I too used the filmora software to edit a ride video...I didn't want to pay to remove the watermark either..but I did like the software...I went with the Sony HDR-AZ1 and wrist screen/controller for $245...I like it's small frontal area and it's added features like GPS tracking...one of the main things I needed was removable batteries for those all day rides...with a 64GB micro card I can also get a whole day's (up to 8 hours) ride...the knock-offs had just hit the market when i was buying and were known to be a real hit or miss proposition..but you can get 5-10 of them for what i paid...

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id recomend getting a chargeing station with extra batteries (under $20) and also if you would like here is something to help your videos
Sony Creative Software - Download: Vegas Pro 11


TheQuickZcoper - Sony Vegas 11.zip | Game Front

its what i use
 

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well I should have a real treat for you guys tonight.
It only took 2 days of riding with a helmet cam to get something exciting on video... a nice white tail deer decided to test my brakes this morning. I'll edit it up tonight.
 

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well I should have a real treat for you guys tonight.
It only took 2 days of riding with a helmet cam to get something exciting on video... a nice white tail deer decided to test my brakes this morning. I'll edit it up tonight.
glad you made it out ok, a couple years back my old roommate met a buck @ 70+mph


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you need better lights on the front of that thing for your commute.

add LEDs for coverage of the whole highway right-of-way and a reflective range of 1 mile...you'll breathe easier.

been there.
 

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its brighter than that in real life - you can sort of tell in the video I started braking before the deer could even be seen in the video. I was able to see the deer as soon as it jumped out of the woodline which is only 10 feet off the road.

The brightest light is in the center of the view so the camera is darkening everything else. Not sure the correct "camera" terminology for that maybe white balance, shutter speed? *shrug*

I've got the Cyclops LED bulbs and it was a massive improvement over stock, haven't decided on which accessory lights to add yet.
 

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its brighter than that in real life - you can sort of tell in the video I started braking before the deer could even be seen in the video. I was able to see the deer as soon as it jumped out of the woodline which is only 10 feet off the road.

The brightest light is in the center of the view so the camera is darkening everything else. Not sure the correct "camera" terminology for that maybe white balance, shutter speed? *shrug*

I've got the Cyclops LED bulbs and it was a massive improvement over stock, haven't decided on which accessory lights to add yet.
the proper camera term is exposure and contrast , (white balance is to prevent "wash" and shutter speed prevent blur):nerd:
 

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kohburn - looks to me that your headlight could be aligned better (higher). It took me quite awhile to get them right on both my Gen 1s, and jdrocks has some good ideas on aux. lighting.
 

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kohburn - looks to me that your headlight could be aligned better (higher). It took me quite awhile to get them right on both my Gen 1s, and jdrocks has some good ideas on aux. lighting.
I'm 90% sure its just the video - real world it lights up the woodline on both sides of the road and probably a half mile down on high beam.
 

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I have the sj4000 chinese go-pro & l actually got it for free because l could not switch off the date stamp on my photos (vid is ok) so when l complained they gave me my money back & told me to keep the camera!!!
As for the batteries, l also got 2 extra batt's & a charger for under $8 on either Fleebay or Amazon.

Note; don't even leave them to charge overnight, 4hrs is usually re-charge time on mine.
 

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...Note; don't even leave them to charge overnight, 4hrs is usually re-charge time on mine.
To be SURE you don't leave them connected for too long - run the charger thru a timer....
 

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ok i got board and opened my battery up and it DOES have a managing circuit board on it but it looks like a part on mine fried, also after ordering a stand alone charger and looking into it it also has a on-board charge monitoring board so they SHOULD be safe being left in it as appose to left in the camera to charge
 
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