Welcome to the RoadBikeReview Holiday Gift Guide! In this economy, money is tight so you will want to be sure that you spend wisely. Our suggestions below are designed to save you time and let you know everything you need to about the different products on the market vying for your hard earned cash. Below is today’s list of top rated picks, and be sure to head back to the RoadBikeReview 2011 Holiday Gift Guide main page to see the rest of the gift suggestions to help you this holiday season.
Video cameras for cyclists (aka “helmet cams” or P.oint O.f V.iew cameras) are growing in popularity and technology almost monthly! Just a year ago, there were only 2 or 3 serious brands in the game. Now, there are many proven contenders and the features (HD, GPS, 3D, slo-mo, burst mode…) just get better and better.
These cameras provide a way to re-live and share your favorite rides. With a little bit of creativity, maybe YOU could be a YouTube star (or crash dummy!). These are also great tools to have to provide evidence in the event you have a mishap with another moving vehicle on the roads. Though our fingers are crossed that doesn’t happen!
Cameras can also be mounted on your bars, on your helmet or even on your chest (with harness). Some riders even get creative with placements on their bikes, including from behind the seat tube or near the front fork. You should try out multiple positions, as each placement provides a unique “perspective”.
GoPro HD HERO2
|Announced just a couple of weeks ago, the GoPro HD HERO2 is backed full of features and is twice as powerful as GoPro’s original HD HERO camera. GoPro is one of the leaders in the industry and it is easy to see why. As an added bonus, with the release of this latest model, all the older models got a price decrease to further help for those “budget-minded” shoppers.
Our sister site Mtbr got an advance look at the GoPro HD HERO2 and have a complete write-up with sample videos, specs, photos and product analysis here>>
|While GoPro offers many models with many features, there is one feature that they don’t offer….GPS This is where the Contour GPS camera really shines. By adding GPS to your videos, it opens up a whole new dimension of fun and sharing. And for all you tech geeks out there, you can actually user your smart phone as a view finder with the Contour GPS via Bluetooth…how cool is that? “Contour Unlocks Bluetooth Chip in Contourgps”
|Drift (aka Drift Innovation) is another solid player in the POV camera game. The have recently released a new, smaller version of their well regarded HD170 model. The new Drift HD has the same great features and reputation as the 170 but it comes in a more compact design with some added improvements. Like the GoPro, the release of the new model has created a trickle down effect and the older 170 is also now a bit cheaper. We haven’t yet got our hands on the new Drift HD, but here are two reviews of the Drift HD 170 done by our sister site MTBR. Read Lee Lau’s review here and Brian Mullin’s review here.