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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little camera for what it does, December 30, 2011
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This review is from: GSI Super-Quality Multi-Function Mini DV High-Definition 3MP Camera/Camcorder/Webcam/Voice-Recorder for Car/Truck/Bike/Morotcycle - Includes Installation Tools for Car, Helmet and Bike - All in One (Electronics)
I've never tried this camera mounted on bicycle/motorcycle handlebars or on a helmet, but it works great for shooting videos from a moving car. It just requires a few cheap modifications.

This is the same camera as the Swann model MDV-450. However, this version comes in a tin box which is kind of cool. However, it does NOT come with any MicroSD card, so you'll need to purchase one before it's useable. Note that the card MUST be a class 10. A Class 4 or Class 6 will not work. Swann claims that you can use up to an 8GB card, but I've been using a WINTEC Filemate 16GB card without any problems.

The cool feature with this camera is that you can mount it to vehicles windshield. That creates the smoothest possible videos while driving -- far less vibration than a dashboard mount. Unfortunately, the only way to mount any camera to a windshield is with a suction cup, and these will eventually fail. However, a cheap fix that works very well is to use Velcro strips with adhesive on the other side and stick a couple of them up on the windshield and then do the same with the suction cup.

There's also a threaded plastic rod leading from the suction cup that has a pivotable plastic clamp on the other end that snaps around the camera. The clamp has 3 curved plastic teeth on each side to grip the camera and they break off. You can superglue them back on, but there needs to be a more permanent solution because this is the only way to hold the camera in place. I'm still checking around for a solution to this.

The videos are not clear enough to read license plates, but very good for basic recording. I've recorded all kinds of bad driving occurring in front of me, as well as mattresses and other items sitting in the middle of the freeway. At this price, don't expect good night video unless there is a lot of light around. And forget about audio. The camera has a microphone, but you need something much higher end than this if you want to hear anything.

I've bought two of these over the last year and use them daily. With the above modifications they've been very dependable.
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