I know this question has been asked before and I have done a search, but couldn't find my answer.

So I've got £100 worth of John Lewis vouchers and after an horrendous week of commuting (despite brilliant weather) decided to finally bite the bullet and get a helmet cam. The benefit of the vouchers is they make a helmet cam much cheaper than usual; the downside is I'm limited to three and I am struggling to pick which one.

Help me spend my money! The choices are:

Garmin Virb - Not the Elite version. John Lewis have this for £229. http://www.johnlewis.com/garmin-virb-1080p-hd-action-camera/p895761

Go Pro Hero3 silver edition - £279, £50 more expensive http://www.johnlewis.com/gopro-hero3-silver-edition-camcorder-hd-1080p-1...

Sony HDR-AS30V - I hadn't heard of this one until I saw it on the John Lewis website, but it is the same price as the Virb and has GPS included. The only thing is that it appears that Sony's software for doing the GPS overlay on the videos doesn't (yet) work with my Mac running OSX (Mavericks). http://www.johnlewis.com/sony-hdr-as30v-action-cam-camcorder-hd-1080p-16...

If anybody has got one of the above cameras, please let me have your thoughts. At the moment, I'm tending towards the Sony as, even without the GPS, the reviews are that it has good image quality (apparently better than the go pro) and that's the most important thing!


Bob'sbikes [852 posts] 3 years ago

try HyVid PRO 1080 HD Video System it's £300 but the battery is replaceable so therefore all day rides are recordable.

this is (hopefully) the link

I have the previous model (6 years and counting) and it's brilliant the camera/lens sits atop the helmet and the body in my jersey pocket, all your choices look as about as aerodynamic as a brick which might affect your cycling pleasure.

Flying Scot [1005 posts] 3 years ago

Virb obviously has the garmin interface, which is only an advantage if you run with a garmin.

jimhammer [4 posts] 3 years ago

I was watching youtube reviews last night on action camera's as i'm looking to get one too, and the best for my budget looked to be the SonyHDR-AS10 (between £100-£150). I know its not on your list but the fact that the video quality on this model was better than the Go-Pro, is a good marker for the Sony that you DO have on your list. also the image stabilization was pretty good too (a must for our crappy bumpy roads)

Heres a review link. The reviewer goes on a bit, but hes thorough;