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  • Need a new video camera in the car

    I need to get a new in-car video camera. Essentially, all I want is a camera I can turn on and off, and push record and stop while I'm buckled into the seat. I must screw onto a standard quarter-inch tripod mount. I use the I/O Port camera mount on the cross bar of the roll cage.

    It can be wireless or use a cord I don't really care. I don't really keep up with this stuff, so I'm looking for input from the crowd.
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  • #2
    Oh, if I could integrate AiM Solo data with the video feed somehow, that'd be cool, too.
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    • #3
      If you get a Gopro, get a gopro hero2. People haven't figured out how to hard wire a button to the Hero3 and none of the DAQ hardware can control a Hero3. The wireless on my Hero3 occasionally freezes the camera at startup and I have one more thing to keep charged (the remote) and remember to turn off (camera wireless). The quality is great though on my Hero3 Black.

      I don't know too much about the other non-gopro options.
      -Anthony
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      • #4
        Manny said Monoprice has a higher quality version of their camera coming out and it might have a remote control.
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        • #5
          Remote on/off will limit your options quite a bit.

          For me the non-negotiable requirement is "works properly with hard-wired power". How many times have you heard "I forgot to charge the battery" and "the battery died". Screw that.

          I'm using the Contour GPS at present and it's good. I flick the switch before climbing into the car. It actually does have remote start/stop over bluetooth. You need an android or iphone to run the app.

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          • #6
            You should look into a Replay XD. The 1080p one is like $250-$299 if you shop around and the 720p is like $150.

            Way smaller than a gopro. You can get a 12v cigarette lighter/hardwire adapter and set it to automatically start/stop recording when it senses power or the removal of power. Hook this up to ignition switch or a switch on your dash and your golden.

            If your data logger has an output ability - you can have the data logger send the power signal.

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            • #7
              Remote on/off will limit your options quite a bit.
              Yup. I've done several Google searches and I was kind of getting that feeling, which is why I wanted to pose the question to track guys.

              You just never know if Google is showing all available options. A company with a good product that didn't pay Google the vig might not show up high in search results.
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              • #8
                The AIM SmartyCam is pretty awesome. It can start and stop itself based on GPS speed, be hardwired, and overlay data right into the video without needing any post-processing (without even needing any ECU input if necessary): AiM SmartyCam

                The main problem is the resolution is only 480p which is unacceptable in 2013, and that it costs $999. The SmartyCam HD is supposed to be released imminently which has 720p support, and still costs $999.

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                • #9
                  That would be compatible with my AiM solo, but it's way, way more than I wanted to spend.
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                  • #10
                    This is the cap you want if you get the ReplayXD, you can cut off the cigarette lighter and hardwire. Then set it to auto record/stop.

                    Hardwire Car Adapter with Audio-In 4 Meter - Replay XD

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                    • #11
                      GoPro Hero2 + WiFi BackPac/remote + in-car charger.

                      Hopefully GP gets the bugs worked out of the Hero3 - the picture quality is much nicer and having built-in WiFi means there's one less thing to charge. For now, though, they're way too buggy to rely on.
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                      • #12
                        gopro Hero3 also won't connect to Traqmate
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jrx13 View Post
                          You should look into a Replay XD. The 1080p one is like $250-$299 if you shop around and the 720p is like $150.

                          Way smaller than a gopro. You can get a 12v cigarette lighter/hardwire adapter and set it to automatically start/stop recording when it senses power or the removal of power. Hook this up to ignition switch or a switch on your dash and your golden.

                          If your data logger has an output ability - you can have the data logger send the power signal.
                          That sounds excellent.

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                          • #14
                            New wrinkle: My AiM Solo is already plugged into my cigarette lighter.
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                            • #15
                              Has anyone heard of the Drift Ghost camera or had any experience with them? This one has has an on/off remote you can wear on your wrist, which is pretty dang brilliant.
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