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      06-20-2008, 10:10 AM   #1
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HD Camera for recording on the M3?

I created a camera mount out of my tow hook. It works great. Camera is nice and solid. I have a Sony HD17 which is an HD camera with a 60 GB hard drive. The image stabilazation is amazing. However, it has HD protection meaning that it will shot off if it encounters too much vibration.

Does anyone have a recommendation for an HD camera that won't leave in the poor house that can handle the bumps? I do not want to use tab and Flash-based cameras do not have enough recording capacity. Is there anyone with the HD17 that knows how to reduce the HD sensitivity?

Alternatively, is there an in car mount sold anywhere?

Sorry for the million questions. The video from the tow hook comes out amazing. The issue is it turns off as soon as it experiences any G forces which is easy with our M3s!
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      06-20-2008, 12:06 PM   #2
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Does anyone have a recommendation for an HD camera that won't leave in the poor house that can handle the bumps? I do not want to use tab and Flash-based cameras do not have enough recording capacity. Is there anyone with the HD17 that knows how to reduce the HD sensitivity?

I have the SVCHD flash-based camera. That is one of the reason (main reason) why I didn't choose the HardDisk based HD camera. It has more moving parts that can be easily damage. You can get an 8GB flash drive that will record for an hour (in HD 1080p, more for 720p) or get the 16GB or the latest 32GB.
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I created a camera mount out of my tow hook. It works great. Camera is nice and solid. I have a Sony HD17 which is an HD camera with a 60 GB hard drive. The image stabilazation is amazing. However, it has HD protection meaning that it will shot off if it encounters too much vibration.

Does anyone have a recommendation for an HD camera that won't leave in the poor house that can handle the bumps? I do not want to use tab and Flash-based cameras do not have enough recording capacity. Is there anyone with the HD17 that knows how to reduce the HD sensitivity?

Alternatively, is there an in car mount sold anywhere?

Sorry for the million questions. The video from the tow hook comes out amazing. The issue is it turns off as soon as it experiences any G forces which is easy with our M3s!
I use a Canon Vixia HV30. Until flash and hard drive based cameras use a different file format, I will always stick with tape. The AVC and other random file formats are not well supported with Adobe Premiere Pro. Anyway, that is a different discussion entirely. I have never shot with the Canon on a car mount, but I have shot with it in a helicopter at serious G forces...it won't shut off because it is tape operated. The quality is superb and, in my opinion, it can't be beat for 900 bucks.
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      06-21-2008, 08:42 AM   #4
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Would you mind posting a picture of the mount? I would love to see it.
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      06-21-2008, 09:29 AM   #5
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Alternatively, is there an in car mount sold anywhere?
http://www.cruisecam.com/mounts.html
http://www.stickypod.com/

and here's one i made from a 13" and 18" long piece of 1" square aluminum tubing, with 1/2" holes drilled on 5-1/2" centers between them using a woodworker's dowel jig. I brought my headrest into homedepot to find the correct size of plastic tubing to protect the headrest posts. someone had a DIY that i altered slightly.
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I made one like that a few years ago ^
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      06-21-2008, 10:32 AM   #7
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I've got the Panasonic HDC-SD1 camera which records to SD/SDHC cards. Mine is the original model, I think they are up to "SD9" now. But anyway, I love this camera and the movie quality is really good.

Yes, the capacity is less than the HDD based camcorder, but that's just it - the moving parts in those make them much less attractive. Same for the ones that record to mini DVD.

Right now, you can get 16GB SDHC cards and soon (if not already) Panasonic and others will have 32GB cards. They are not cheap, but heck the cameras have come down a lot and keep getting better in price. Sure 32GB is not 60GB but is it really gonna be too small for what you want? Plus you can always get two (yes, for even more cost) and just swap when it gets full. You can't do that with the hard drive camcorders. And furthermore, I expect 64GB cards will be out soon enough, so then you'll have similar capacity to what you have now without the huge drawback of the camera not working in high G situations.

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