Cheap & Easy Head-mounted Camera





Introduction: Cheap & Easy Head-mounted Camera

We've had some problems where I live with car drivers who drive too closely to cyclists, so I decided to video my daily bike ride to work each day.  Long story short, it made more sense to use a head-mounted camera than to attach one to the bike.  (Vibration, view angle, etc)

 Fortunately I already owned a micro-camera, the only challenge was to find a way to mount it - and you can see the solution in the photo above.

Step 1: Materials

Parts list:

* Micro video camera ($13)
* Head-mounted lamp ($3)
* Screwdriver
* Rubber-band

These Micro DV  cameras range in price from maybe $90  to $13 shipped.  It may depend on whether they're being sold in a spy store or as a toy for children :-)
The head-mounted lamps are all over the place now.  Mine was a cheap one from China which was already broken, so I didn't mind dumping the flashlight to free up the headband).

Step 2: Prepare the Head Mount

Take the head-mounted lamp and remove the flasdhlight from the mount by removing the one screw.

Step 3: Prepare the Camera

This camera comes with several mounts, incuding a tight-fitting rubber enclosure.  Fit it into the rubber sleeve and then slide the rubber band through the slot as shown in the photograph.  (Or you may find it easier to insert the camera at the end - either way works)

Step 4: Attach the Camera

This is the fun part - follow this instruction carefully and the camera will be held perfectly in place.
Hold the head band with the mount facing away from you, and the camera in place on the other side of the mount where it is going to end up.

Take the right hand side of the rubber band, pass it round the back of the headband, and then round the front of the mount again on the left.
Do the same for the other end of the rubber band that's on the left: take it around the back, across to the right hand side, and hook it round the front again.
If it all worked out right, it should look like the final image in the series above.

Step 5: Use It!

Hit the power button on the right hand side, then the record button on the top, and put the headband on.
Your head makes for a pretty good shock-absorber - your movie should be fairly stable, except when you're looking to the left or right at junctions.  Good luck, and I hope you never need to use the film from your 'accident cam', but if you do find yourself in an altercation with a motorist, the record should come in handy for the insurance and the police.



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    BTW: while not perfect, this little cam is quite good:

    I paid 26$ Canadian funds for the Cam (AVLogic) & $2 for the LED light in a Dollarama (a 1$ store).

    Nice job btw here, thank you ;-)

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    I already had the cam:

    ordered by my friendly local computer store, as I said, paid 26$ plus the sales taxes. Then I read this, remembered I had bought 6-7 months ago the LED headlight, so I searched through my things and made your instructable. Works damn well ;-)

    Thank's again

    You mean you actually went out and bought the parts made this from my instructable? Wow. That really makes it worth the effort doing these things. Thanks!


    Until the Instructables bot gets a bit smarter and finds all the related 'ibles, here's what I found with manual searching:

    If my version isn't what you're looking for, maybe you'll find something that suits you better in that list.

    These little mini cameras are quite versatile and I expect them to appear in a lot more 'ibles.  In fact a friend recently sent one into near space on a weather balloon for his high-school class' project!



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    PS Some commercial equivalents at Amazon. (I hope links are allowed here. These are not referral links, I'm not fishing for a commission here, this is just for the benefit of readers) - mounting kit only, doesn't include the bike helmet that's in the picture.  - very similar to my design but waterproof too - bike kit

    Here's one for the traffic coming from behind:

    Nice. The body-mounting on that one solves the vibration problem in a similar way to mine - just about all the other bike-mounted options will vibrate too much on the roads - maybe good enough for still photography with a fast shutter speed, but a problem for video.

    I've been considering putting 4 minidv cameras on a bike helmet for surround-video, Google Streets style :-) Currently when I look behind, my head turns maybe just 30 degrees - I can see behind or to the side fine, but the camera doesn't pivot like my eyes do and it doesn't record what I was looking at.

    It's going to look a little weird though. Weirder than it already does I mean.