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Yes it's extremely bright and it will get you seen. But the beam is very focused and will only anger drivers and others out there. If you've been doing the commute thing for a while now you know that we really need a wide car light style tail light that's visible from many angles.
Still - for price and value (and the usb recharge ability) I'd direct people to this (vs. my Dinotte 140).
Really examine the location you will put it. I only have two vents in my car where this would work and now it covers the radio, clock, etc. It's fine but I may not have purchased if I measured a bit more before buying.
The mount is well thought out but not super secure so minus one star. Otherwise pretty nice.
I bought this to replace my ContourHD which I've used everyday for the last 18 months to record my hour long bike commute.
- Image stabilization is great. Some hit to quality but I'm finding 1080p with IS is the mode I like the most.
- Low-light works pretty well at night. Yes, it can be very grainy, but I can see stuff in my path (illuminated by my headlight) that my Contour just saw as black. (120FPS is not good at low-light at all but I expected that though so no worries).
- Image quality is very good (for the price).
- Biggest issue: lens fogging (because camera runs very hot). Awful and results in terrible quality footage on any of my morning rides where it's less than 55F degrees. I've had some success with desiccant packs but I haven't found one that fits well (really need to shove it in there). I guess I need to shell out for the anti-fog sheet...
- 2nd biggest issue: Usability. Can't charge and navigate SD card at the same time. Either is in playback mode or charging mode. And you have to disconnect it each time. It doesn't seem like an issue but I use this 2x a day and it's just a pain.
- Waterproof case reduces quality of image and is tricky to get camera in/out. (I leave case attached to bike).
- Loud beeps whenever you press a button (can't find a way to turn this off). Also, interval recording makes the picture taking sound... every time. Super annoying.
- Mounting options aren't that great when in the waterproof case. You basically have 1 option.
Summary: I would probably wait until the next version of this camera. I'm sure they'll take feedback and fix some of the problems.
Update: I have now tried this in the pool & ocean. Video came out pretty bad because of the out of focus problem you get with these type of cameras. Above water looked good (playing around in the pool), but underwater (coral reef and colorful fish) were all out of focus. Focus was worse than the GoPro 1 I borrowed the last time I did this, though color was better. I was mostly playing and am not willing to plunk down the crazy amount they want for the underwater lens.
Good standard bell. 2nd one (bought for another bike). One thing they improved is the range of motion (seems to go down just the right amount). Still doesn't work well when wet/rain (but people aren't out that I need to ding the bell out usually then).
Note: this one won't fit oversize handlebars... make sure you measure.
I'm using this as ground cover for an above ground pool (old tarp was done). This one is good, almost too good. When water splashes out, it just pools there because the weave is so tight, there's no place for it to drain. I actually ended up putting a few small holes in the tarp to let it drain. So far (1 month) seems to be doing a good job keeping anything under it from growing... no weeds, grass, plants poking through tarp....Read more
I've used these for the last 4 years or so for a 34mi round trip commute. I just don't want to deal with flats. I'd rather take the 2 minute longer commute (or whatever people will argue a heavier/slower tire like this adds) rather than have an unexpected 15-20 minute flat repair make me late to a meeting. I like the grip these give (ride in the rain a lot) vs. the regular Marathon or something like a Specialize Armadillo. I get about 6000 miles per tire (rear) compared to about 4000 with other brands so the extra cost is worth it to me.
1) the tread does wear down kind of quickly (doesn't affect grip too much). It's bald when I start getting to end of life.
2) the tire tends to pickup debris - I'm always picking out rocks, glass, metal when I give my tires a quick inspection each week.
3) The white reflective stripe is always slights offcenter. Just an aesthetic thing; makes the eye think the tires is wobbling.
Really large, feels like it doubles the size of the camera (it almost doubles the weight btw!). A good idea to try to look at in person before you buy.
Had a problem with the on/off switch. From Contour forums, it's a common issue/defect and Contour remedied quickly.
I use on a bicycle when rain is more than just a mist. Works pretty good... just really big. (Also need to wipe rain drops off the lense front regularly).