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Sunday
Mar132011

My £50 alternative to the GoPro HD

I wanted to find a way to mount an HD808 keyring camera to my motorcycle that didn't involve using duct tape. I'm not very good at making things, and therefore have to instead rely on repurposing off the shelf ready-made products.  

I ended up utilising a couple of Microphone holders and the end result is surprisingly effective. 

Before anyone says it, yes I know that this isn't anywhere near as good as a proper GoPro HD Hero, it doesn't do 1080p or 720p 60fps, it doesn't have a 170 degree fisheye lens and the battery life is poor. It does however cost about a fifth of the price......

 

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Reader Comments (3)

I used this method to mount my d001, d005, and d011 (out of the case in hopes of better audio but it wasn't). I got good results and stable video. It's much better than velcro straps or duct tape. My vid using the mounts are on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU0U7L7HHXo&feature=player_embedded) and I posted pics on my blog -- http://thewolftamer71.blogspot.com/2011/06/waiting-on-rain.html. Thanks for taking the time to do the reviews and posting your observations. I stumbled on your site when looking for other feedback on the cams I already owned. Now I'm waiting on the 1080p @ around 60 fps in these small form factors until then I'll stick with my three.

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommentertheWolfTamer

You, sir, are my hero! Fantastic solution.

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Well done! Creative problem-solving there with the microphone mount.

As always, jolly good show!

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteflonbubba

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