If you want to really get a good view of the action in front of you during a race, or you’re just interested in recording the things that go on during your commute into work, you need to know what to look for when you go shopping for cycling cameras.
Quality of picture, ease of use and durability are all important factors that you should consider, which means it is often not a good idea to just buy the cheapest one on offer. After all, the extra money you might have saved isn’t going to do you any good when the picture you’re viewing is so grainy that you can barely see what is going on.
With that in mind, we thought we would take a look at some cycling cameras that are definitely worth being attached to the front of anybody’s bike.
Being waterproof is something that is always going to be an attractive feature in any cycling camera, as it means you can keep recording come rain or shine. However, the Contour has much more to offer than a simple resistance to water. The ‘Instant On’ switch makes it extremely easy to start recording at any point in your ride and it is available in a wide range of colors, so you can get one that suits your gear. Couple that with a 60 frames per second (fps) filming rate, offering superb video quality, and you shouldn’t have any problems with this little beauty.
Get the best of two worlds at once with these excellent cycling sunglasses that also offer good video capture. Not only will you be able to protect your eyes from the sun at all times, but the camera will capture whatever you are looking at when you ride in high definition 720p. With 8GB of memory allowing you to capture plenty of footage, the camera portion of the package is also Plug and Play, so you don’t need to worry about installing any pesky software if you just want to watch a couple of videos on your computer.
We all know that the Black Boxes on aeroplanes are meant to be almost indestructible. In fact, the whole reason they exist is to protect important flight data that can let people know what has happened. That’s the thinking behind the Rideye Black Box Cycling Camera, which evaluates hundreds of different parameters every single second to help you avoid accidents, while also being extremely sturdy so it will survive practically any encounter. This is the ideal camera for people who are wary of road cycling and want to have something that will always be able to record any vital pieces of evidence.
Polaroid has long been one of the most recognizable brands in photography and video, so it should come as no surprise that they create some great cycling cameras. This one films in stunning 1080p, with a low-light performance feature that allows you to capture great footage in the dark. It comes complete with both helmet and handlebar mounts, so you can choose where to put it, plus the design is extremely aerodynamic so you don’t need to worry about it affecting your performance on the road.
Shimano makes some of the best equipment in the road cycling world, which is knowledge they have used to craft a cycling camera that is ideal for road cyclists. It’s light and able to capture footage in darker conditions, plus it has a number of wireless features that allow for videos to be transferred between different pieces of equipment quickly and easily. Couple that with the fact that it is waterproof and able to film in either standard or super-wide modes and you have one of the most versatile cycling cameras on the market today.
The gold standard for best cycling cameras available is the GoPro Hero4! If you are looking for the best of the best look no further. This camera comes with all the bells and whistles. Want your picture to seem like a professional videographer captured it? The GoPro Hero4 Black has delivers a new ultra HD video in 4K30, 2.7K60 and 1080p120.