In preparation for (hopefully) some fantastic photo opportunities in the coming Raid Pyrenean, I’ve managed to get my mitts on a Shimano SportsCamera CM-1000.
You may have seen some of the footage from the exciting last 3km of Stage 8 of the Tour of California. Video is from Shimano CM-1000’s mounted on Koen de Kort and John Degenkolb’s bikes. More recently, and closer to home, Geraint Thomas and Bernhard Eisel had Shimano CM-1000’s on their bikes for Stage 3 the Tour de France from Cambridge into London.
Obviously there are other choices – GoPro, Drift, Garmin – all of which have their pros and cons. However – the cost and features were right on the Shimano, and so that’s where we are. I’m hoping to collect thoughts and tips – maybe someone out there has one and would like to weigh in with comments or ideas…
- It’s small. About the same size as the Garmin 800. It only weights 86g, not that I’m a weight weeny – but lightness implies less bounce on any sort of mount without any damping required.
- Mounting is a cinch. They’ve wisely (although I’m not sure GoPro will agree) matched the GoPro mounting system. The camera comes with a slide-mount (which attaches to the camera with a slide & click), and a helmet mount (that fastens to that). The interface between these is identical to the GoPro mounting system so that any GoPro mount will also fit the Shimano.
- Battery performance is a bit… Hmmmm. Two hours from a full battery charge, but “less than 4hrs” to re-charge. With a battery that’s not removable, that’s a bit of a pain. However – the reason that it’s not removable is to ensure that the size remains small and yet waterproof.
- Yep – it’s waterproof down to 10m. It comes with an underwater (flat) lens cover too… So no ugly large waterproof boxes a la GoPro.
- Records from ANT+ sensors. Yay! More data to record and draw graphs. I may not be a weight weeny, but I am a data-collection dork.
- Connects to my phone. To setup, view files, view live video etc. it uses a local WiFi network and a free Android or iOS app.
- Takes up to 32GB micro SDHC cards. Not too much of an issue given the 2hr max battery time!
Watch this space…