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A solid non-action camera for the price but fails the test of any action due to a severe flaw in the mounting system.
May 14, 2017
The quality for the price is pretty on-par however there are a few faults that make this camera border on non-functional and can see why it was discontinued and marked down so much.
It all revolves around the mounting system. The circular rotating metal mount that spins is a very nice feature however it is flawed for certain uses. For me it doesnt function at all on a bicycle and will be similar in any sort of activity involving a lot of movement.
Essentially having a mounting bracket that is separate from the camera enclosure causes a significant amount of shaking. The camera is attached to the mount then the mount is attached to whatever mounting device you are using. If you are using the gopro adapter that's a whole other level.
So picture it like this.
Camera -> mount -> gopro adapter -> bike mount.
A gopro camera is this
Camera -> bike mount.
Double the connections and a lot more area for shaking. Now i have it attached to a specialized road bike with zertz front fork, a shock absorbing raod bike so I have even less vibration through the front handlebars than most bikes ever will on pavement and even still the video is just a shakey mess.
Unfortunately, any real time video is just too much of a mess to be useable. You have to speed up the video to 2x or faster to sort of drown out the shaking and make it watchable.
Now an even larger flaw is the audio. The metal mount attaches to the camera right on the microphone. Even the smoothest of brand new flat paved road that gives very little shaking to the video still vibrates the camera so much that all audio is drowned out by the metal shaking. You dont hear this while on the bike but being that they put that mount on the microphone it's massively amplified. No audio comes through but the metal on metal clanking.
The video file itself is also awkwardly formatted. The tomtom software you can download adjusts quality in post to look nice and vibrant but if you export the video into any other software the adjustments are poor and you'll need to do a lot of tweaking, mostly to gamma, to make the quality acceptable. Just adds another step to any video production, If you dont have a high quality video editing software which will allow you to adjust video settings (most free ones dont) you'll have to import it into tomtom, then export it through there (and that's an annoying process as that software is overly simplified and exporting a whole video is actually really tedious and long process, it was designed just to allow for quick exports of few second highlights, nothing more) THEN you can import that file into another program like gopro software or garmin's and actually do some real editing.
So in the end, the picture quality is great as a standstill camera but it does not function as an "action" camera unfortunately unless you consider a casual walk action as anything more just doesnt work due to the flaws in the design