- Nov 25, 2013
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- Dash Cam
Dashcams normally use lower bitrates than action cameras so that they can fit many hours onto a memory card, for the cheaper cameras that is probably the main issue since they still tend to have a maximum memory card size of 32GB, although many also have low quality sensors, lenses, and don't forget the microphone.I appreciate when video footage is uploaded, the holding site tends to compress and degrade it.. but even then, my footage seemed to be higher quality.. (a friend bought a similar GoPro clone, which was shockingly bad, so maybe I was lucky to get a good one)
Still very few good ones, but I think with the need for waterproofing and lower sales than car dashcams, that is always going to be the case.Motorcycle cams seem to be reaching a point of 'maturity' nowadays...
The shockingly bad video I saw for the B1M was purely due to the mounting causing massive camera shake that badly blurred the image.As for the B1M... I have seen some decent video, and also some shockingly bad video...
Dashcams normally use lower bitrates than action cameras so that they can fit many hours onto a memory card, for the cheaper cameras that is probably the main issue since they still tend to have a maximum memory card size of 32GB, although many also have low quality sensors, lenses, and don't forget the microphone.
Image quality on the Viofo MT1 is pretty good, same quality as an A129 car dashcam, still lower bitrate and resolution than a GoPro, but adequate and in low light or at high speed it has much better image quality than the GoPro, also because it is a dashcam, it will try to record detail in the shadows when a GoPro would not bother, instead preferring a high contrast colourful more impressive image even though there is little detail in parts.
I have seen some decent video, and also some shockingly bad video...
Exactly... you have to compare apples with apples.. If you could find manfacturer websites, they would obviously show video in the highest quality to promote their product.It's important to see and compare only raw vid files. Every vid-sharing platform compresses uploaded vids, and with most the available resolution for viewing is based on the vid getting lots of views. On YT for the first few hours you're lucky to get 480p as the maximum resolution available; it's something you have to click on 'settings' to discover. Finding raw vid files isn't always easy, and you can't ever see more than your monitor is capable of giving, but there's not other way to know for sure whether the source is bad or whether it's just the vid platform.
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