You have to cover yourself and this is what you should do.
- Get a POV camera and use it.
- When blatantly passed to close or harassed by a motorist show the clip to your local Law Enforcement.
- Post your video to YouTube with the plate number if you have it.
- Feel free to ask questions of Ride Redding on this post or Social Media.
What POV Camera should I consider?
The smaller, lighter option. The menu and on/off procedures are a bit clunky but it is light and compact. Make sure you get the extra battery pack, even with the extra battery pack you only will get about 2 hours recording ride time and need a 32gb class 10 SD card. The GoPro has an optional viewing attachment, but it will take the place of the extra battery. Run time will be reduced.
Garmin VIRB action cam
Much easier to turn off and on, as well as easier to swap batteries. It has an integrated playback screen which is good if law enforcement arrives on scene and you need immediate proof. The Elite has GPS integrated with the video to further help your case. The only drawback to the Garmin VIRB is that it is a little on the bulky side.
The Fly 6 is a purpose-built combination tail-light & rear-facing HD camera that loop records. A pretty cool, small, functional & affordable addition to a front facing camera. You can get it at http://fly6.com.
If you can afford to mount two cameras on your bike that is great. If not, it's a good idea to record what you see by mounting it on your helmet. By doing so you get the additional effect of letting drivers know that you are recording them. You would be amazed by how much respect you get with that.
If you have a Garmin EDGE and want to keep your handlebar mount set up clean and light, the K-EDGE combo mount allows you to mount your EDGE and either your GoPro or VIRB right under it.
Resolution and frame rate
Two basic things to think about: resolution and frame rate.
Resolution is the size of the image. Bigger is better for beauty shots, but not necessarily if your goal is to document a dynamic scene. You also have to take into account the frame rate because there is an inverse relationship between resolution and frame rate.
Frame rate is how many times a second that the camera is taking an image. The higher the frame rate, the less blurry the individual frames will be. Higher frame rate is better to capture fast moving details like license plates off vehicles. So I tend to chose the lower resolution and higher frame rate for this reason.
Loop mode allows you to record video continuously while saving only the most recent video footage. All 3 of the POV's if have listed here allow you to do that.
Ride Redding will be having a POV workshop in the coming months, including mounting, operation, downloading, editing and posting workflow.
Remember, if law enforcement didn't see it, it didn't happen.