No, we’re not changing to become a tech review or gadget site but since this camera is built for action sports, it seems appropriate to do a review for other bikers.
I have used the Go Pro Hero 2 in the past and only decided to change because the memory card in the Go Pro shit the bed on a Sturgis ride last year. Maybe I should’ve picked up a new card (and maybe I will) but there were three major issues with the Go Pro that made it difficult to use.
- I never knew which shooting mode I was in
- I didn’t know if I was recording or not
- There was no view finder so I may have been recording the road or my own leg (that happened many times).
The JVC Adixxion offered a few features that I really liked and though the Go Pro 3 offers some of them, I decided to try something different.
The Pros of the JVC are the following:
- 1080P HD recording (the Go Pro has this now)
- A view finder (this costs extra for the Go Pro)
- Link with your iPhone (I think this is likely available with the Go Pro now)
- A very easy way to tell if you are recording or not
- Setting up iPhone connectivity required downloading the newest firmware from JVC. IT DOES NOT WORK OUT OF THE BOX. Luckily I saw this on a forum and after just a few hours of being pissed beyond belief, I got it to work
- The mounting hardware for a bike sucks. It has something to attach it to goggles but this fails with sun glasses and an open face helmet
- Handlebar mounts cost extra and I’m waiting on this piece from Amazon – more to come when that comes in.
The video quality is pretty good and the image stabilizer is also great (here is a video of the first Ride: Ride Video: http://bit.ly/YBokUR) . Switching from video to photo isn’t so easy – you really have to be stopped to do this safely. Separately it does have a time lapse setting that takes a picture every 1 or five seconds and strings the photos together without need for extra software. Cool feature but I haven’t experimented much with it yet.
I’ve heard the battery only lasts an hour or two with consistent recording – again, I haven’t tested this limit yet but it’s early in the season.
It feels pretty solid and is encased in rubber making me comfortable should I happen to bang it around on the road. This is bound to happen sooner rather than later.
I found it at Best Buy marked down to $250 from $300 but after searching Amazon was able to find it for $180. Best Buy matched my price. This is less than the $399 price point for the Go Pro Hero 3 and less than the other competitor called the Contour+ 2 (http://store.contour.com/ae/us/cameras/contour+-2/invt/1700) that also goes for $399.
Based on reading about the Contour+ 2 it seems to have two advantages including a helmet clip and simple slider to indicate “recording on” or “recording off”. It seems under engineered which is a good thing and also very portable but I wasn’t up for springing $400 on a camera that will be obsolete by the time Sturgis 2013 rolls around.