I’ve been looking at purchasing a ‘Action Camera’ for a while for recording during my frequent rides. I dipped my toe in the water and had a ‘lipstick’ camera mounted on my helmet for a short time about a 18 months ago. It was small and light but didn’t have the battery life to last more than an hour and resolution was lower than SD. The resolution wasn’t a huge issue given I really only wanted it to capture those occasions when ‘stuff’ happens. The battery life meant that the ‘lipstick’ camera wasn’t much use so I returned it and got my money back as the advertised battery life was significantly different to reality.
Since then I’ve been watching what’s available and have looked at what I saw as the main contenders – Go Pro, Garmin Virb and the Shimano Sport Camera CM-1000. I’ve never really been a fan of the Go Pro for bike applications due to its size and the horizontal mount profile so the Garmin and the Shimano with their horizontal profile where the main contenders for me.
In the end I went for the Shimano Sport Camera and bought it from Wiggle with free shipping.
- It is the smallest and lightest of the cameras,
- Fully waterproof to 10 meters without an additional casing (meets the IPX-8 Waterproof Standard – the best rating for electronics experiencing continuous underwater use). I think the Virb was IPX-7 which covers incidental splashing and brief immersion)
- can be set to super wide 180 degree or standard 135 degree video capture. Whilst riding I use the 180 degree setting
- comes with a 16Gb memory card,
- has wifi connectivity to mobile devices (IOS and Android) to allow live views, video playback, remote adjustments to camera settings and shot framing.
- has ANT/ANT+ integration which enables the device to record data from your heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensors and create video with this data displayed. The software to do the video/data merge was due to be release last month but I haven’t seen it on the Shimano site yet. Here is a sample of what its supposed to look like
- the mounting system is identical to the Go Pro so if I decide to buy additional mounts or expand my use of it I wont have any trouble finding a mount to suit my needs
Here is a video that whilst fishing based explains the features of the camera very well..
Here are some examples of the video captured using a Shimano Sports Camera at the recent Tour of California…