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Michael Faircloth
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Camera..

Postby Michael Faircloth » Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:55 pm



Today I installed a small forward facing video camera on my 1500 aspy. It runs on a continuous loop video or will take short videos of 2 min,5 min, or 10 min and store them on a SD card, or snap shots. I have it mounted with suction cup on the front of fairing with a short leash... just in case it comes loose. Tried it out this morning on a ride and it works very well. It is called a GS8000L Car Camcorder and cost $20.00 with free shipping on Amazon.
Mike in Naples



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Re: Camera..

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:53 pm

I do like the idea..continous loop recording...It would be even better if the time can be extended.
If something bad should happen with what you have,you only get a total of 10 minutes of recording?
It takes me that long to crawl up out of the ditch and get my trunk open...I'd hate to have that whole event overwritten with a 10 minute video of the other guy being duct taped to a tree :lol:
See if a larger size memory card would work to extend the continous loop recording time...

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Re: Camera..

Postby Michael Faircloth » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:09 pm

Virgil,
I understand.... but the camera shuts off with the bike and saves the last recording. So it is not recording while I beat the crap out of some idiot... and in South West Florida we have a bunch of them.
Mike in Naples

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Re: Camera..

Postby fnickel » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:30 pm

How is the resulting video quality? Is the video jumpy or jiggly? I guess it depends how smooth the road is. I wonder where the best mounting point would be to get the smoothest quality of video.

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Re: Camera..

Postby Michael Faircloth » Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:28 pm

This particular camera has a setting to take out any "jiggle" and it actually comes out really good. Keep in mind this thing only cost 20 bucks with free shipping, so if it fell off and bounced down the freeway tomarow I would not be out much. I think it works pretty good... I may get one for the Rolls Royce. :P
Mike in Naples

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Re: Camera..

Postby fnickel » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:58 am

The Rolls doesn't already have that option? Must be an older one!

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Re: Camera..

Postby Michael Faircloth » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:38 am

Fnickel,
YOU must be the only person left in Canada... the rest are all here in Naples.... every third car has an Ontario plate.
Yes the Rolls is a '57 Silver Cloud (shown on right) I drive it when not on the Goldwing. I think I will get a camera for it BEFORE someone hits it. The car has been in 4 magazines as articals, centerfold, and cover, as well as 2 newspaper articals, and many trophies. For years I drove it to work... when I was still working.. :D
Mike in Naples

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Re: Camera..

Postby dingdong » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:07 am

I for one would like to see a sample video. How clear is a license plate ahead or you for example. How about it???
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Re: Camera..

Postby Michael Faircloth » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:32 am

Ding dong,
It is 12:30 AM and I just got back from a 15 hour ride.... in the morning I will try to post a video for you.
Mike in Naples

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Re: Camera..

Postby Michael Faircloth » Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:55 am

Dingdong,
I tried to post a video for you... but forum said that "avi" files were not supported... so not sure how to do that now. I also tried to send video in an email to a friend and got a "file too large"... so more research is needed. Sorry. However I can tell you from watching my own video that at speed I could not read a bike plate from 20 feet... but at a stop, from 8 feet, I could read it fine. Maybe that will help you. I have the little camera mounted on the front of the left (from the saddle) side of the fairing... and it is a little bit tricky to reach and push a tiny button with your clutch hand. There may be a way to mount it on the dash behind the windshield that might make it easier... I will have to "experiment" some.
Mike in Naples

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Re: Camera..

Postby raven41951 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:32 am

I got curious so I went on Amazon to check this out. There are many variations of this camera. For $38.07 you can get the camera and a 32GB class10 micro SD card (some versions do not support 32 Gb). I have Prime so 2 day shipping is free, but some sellers offer free shipping.

Reviewers rated the unit from -5 (negative) to +5 stars.

You will need to be somewhat tech savvy to use this unit, unless you have a lot of luck. You need to make menu choices prior to inserting the SD card otherwise it goes directly to recording. Reviewers said they could not read license plates unless stopped and fairly close (10 feet).

It comes with a lithium battery, USB cable and Lighter power cable. Battery life is from 0 (zero) to 10 minutes according to reviewers. Supplier rates battery life at 10-15 minutes.

Recording loop is programmable to off, 1min, 2min, 3min. No idea if external SD card changes that option.

Hope this helps

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Re: Camera..

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:53 pm

Michael Faircloth wrote:Dingdong,
I tried to post a video for you... but forum said that "avi" files were not supported... so not sure how to do that now. I also tried to send video in an email to a friend and got a "file too large"... so more research is needed. Sorry. However I can tell you from watching my own video that at speed I could not read a bike plate from 20 feet... but at a stop, from 8 feet, I could read it fine. Maybe that will help you. I have the little camera mounted on the front of the left (from the saddle) side of the fairing... and it is a little bit tricky to reach and push a tiny button with your clutch hand. There may be a way to mount it on the dash behind the windshield that might make it easier... I will have to "experiment" some.
Mike in Naples


Video files are huge, too large to email (and to post here). What you should do is post it to Youtube, and then post the link to the video on Youtube here (and send that link to your friend via email).

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Re: Camera..

Postby Michael Faircloth » Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:19 pm

Thanks Wing,
Sounds like a plan... as far as THIS camera goes... there are plenty of videos already on youtube that anyone interested can see. I just thought that for a lousy 20 bucks some folks might be interested. Keep in mind that there are several different versions of the same little camera... but I got the cheap "no frills" one and it seems to work fine for what it is.
Mike in Naples

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Re: Camera..

Postby fnickel » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:42 pm

Hi Michael,
Not quite the only one left in Canada. There are still plenty of us up here trying to support the economy. Wish I was down there in Naples, though. It's going down to about 0 deg Fahrenheit tonight, a nasty chill, and the Great Lakes are starting to freeze over again. But it is going to warm up the next few days and on the weekend. We have decided to stay put up here again this winter, our third in a row. We just made a decision to embrace winter. The one drawback about going south for a week or two in the winter, is that you have to come back again to the winter once your vacation is over. However, 2 more years of work and the plan is for retirement. Maybe then we can come down for a month or 2 over winter to help us get over the worst of it. Say hi to our Canajun brethren.

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Re: Camera..

Postby dingdong » Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:35 am

Thanks for posting this info. I am currently looking at cameras so I am interested in any info regarding this. Can't justify the cost of a Go Pro however.


Tom

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