Cameras

How to choose a mountain bike POV camera: There was a time in mountain biking when having your riding captured on video was a very special thing. A time when a 12 second out of focus clip with the inexplicable sound of the wind blowing ferociously in the background provided hours of entertainment and jubilation. Luckily, that day is now long gone thanks to the advent of high definition cameras designed specifically for outdoor sports use. With one of these little pieces of technology mounted to your helmet, body, or bike, all of your mountain bike exploits can easily be recorded and shared with the world. There are a handful of companies providing top-notch video cameras with mounts tailored to the needs of mountain bikers that make filming fun, easy, and relatively affordable.

Cameras

Types

There are two basic types of riding camera depending on their physical design: cylindrical and rectangular. Cylindrical models look more like a traditional point and shoot video camera. They are available with narrower angle lenses and mount best when facing forward. Rectangular type cameras are slightly more versatile in terms of mounting. Their flat back and slim profile allow them to be mounted against a rider's body without being a nuisance. Again, depending on the type of filming both types have their advantages.

Materials

The abusive nature of mountain biking on all gear, including cameras, requires them to be made sturdy. Most cameras are made from aluminum or polycarbonate with strong plastic mounts for a long life.

Things To Look For

When purchasing a camera there are four things to look into: video resolution, lens angle, available mounts, and other features.

Most sports cameras for sale today film in high definition (HD). There are different grades of HD cameras available, so look at the resolution and frame rate specifications. Typically the bigger the numbers the better a camera will perform. More expensive models are able to film higher speed footage more accurately at a better resolution.

The lens angle will affect how broad of a spectrum the camera can capture and how far ahead the focal point is. Wider lens angles capture a rider's immediate vicinity better, while a narrower lens angle focuses further down the trail.

The small size of these cameras allows them to be mounted virtually anywhere: helmet, chest, forks, chainstays and handlebars are all fair game thanks to an array of special mounts.

Some cameras offer other features, such as GPS tracking or photography capabilities, further increasing the versatility of the camera. Looking into these four aspects of a camera will help you choose a model that suits your needs.

How Much To Spend

High definition cameras range in price from $150 to $500.

. In the $150-$250 range cameras can film HD video, and some even shoot at the same resolution as the more expensive range of cameras. These models have great filming capabilities, but lack some of the more advanced options of more expensive models.

Top of line cameras, ranging in price from $300 to $500, film high definition video and have many additional features. They can also take beautiful photos, come stock with several mounts, and are equipped with more filming modes and settings to cater to the most demanding videographer.

Product Reviews

Before buying, be sure to do your research and read product reviews. Reviews are a great way to find out specifics about a particular model, user impressions, and things to watch out for. After you've purchased a product and had enough time to thoroughly test it, we encourage you to leave a review for other people to see when they are researching bikes and parts on the web.

We hope you've found this information to be helpful. If you have a question that isn't answered in this guide, our mountain bike forums are a great place to get advice from knowledgeable riders. Your local bike shop is also a great resource.

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