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Using On-Board Cameras For Track Days

Track days are becoming increasingly popular both for people wanting to experience high speed motoring in top of the range cars or simply for others wanting to push their own bikes and cars to the limit in a 'safe' environment. No extreme motoring experience would be complete without a DVD to demonstrate your Lewis Hamilton-like skills to family and friends. If this is a must-have for you it is worth checking out what is on offer at your track of choice before the day itself. Some tracks will allow you to take your own on board or helmet camera, others will allow you to film providing you sign a disclaimer and some have an absolute ban.  There are four main scenarios:

Someone at the track may already be on hand to offer their services to provide you with a camera set up to film your experience. This service generally includes mounting the camera, handling all the filming and burning the video to a DVD.  You should expect to pay between £25-£35 for this type of package.

The second and popular option is to take your own helmet camera with you. Most of the regular tracks around the country are perfectly happy for people to use a helmet camera or on-board camera but they will check to ensure that the mounting of the camera is secure.

Thirdly, the higher profile tracks such as Silverstone or Brands Hatch will require you to sign a disclaimer promising that the footage is for private use only and won’t be uploaded to the web.  At these tracks you’ll also need to have the permission of the race officials to take the camera out and again they will want to check that it is mounted securely.

A handful of tracks are completely against having any in-car, on-board, or helmet mounted action cameras out on their tracks. Unfortunately this includes the legendary Nürburgring where they will give you a life time ban if they catch you trying to sneak a camera onto the track.

Choosing a camera

If you are going to be enjoying track days fairly often or if you would also use the camera out on the road or for various other sports, then it may be more cost effective to buy your own. A starter camera retails from just £99 and for £299 you’ll be able to get a top spec, HD action cam. The most popular cameras and the best for filming track days and other motorsports are on board cameras.

Mounting

There are various ways to mount an action camera to optimise results, dependent on both an individual's preferences and the specific sport.  Within the field of motorsports, correct mounting of the camera is a vital consideration as track day officials won’t allow an action camera which isn’t mounted securely. Whilst industrial strength adhesive has been tested at huge speeds, that simply won't cut it with officials. You’ll need to have a purpose built camera mount which either fits around or clamps onto your handle bar or forks. Panavise suction mounts are also acceptable on most tracks which is good news as the suction mount lets you position the action camera on to your helmet, the bikes tank, the outside or inside of your car or pretty much anywhere else where you can find a smooth surface.

Each track and race day official will have its own views on the best and safest way to use in-car, on-car, on-board, or helmet mounted action cameras to film your race day. You can rent them at the track or bring your own, in which case you need to be sure to have a secure mount so that you’ll be able to take it onto the track to capture your experience.

About the Author

Submitted by Warrick Kernes, Product Manager at Action Cameras.  Action Cameras was founded in January 2006 with the objective of bringing the latest developments in helmet camera technology to Europe so that its customers can record and share their extreme sports experiences.

Need a camera to mount outside day/night to catch a neighbor damaging my property?

I'm not sure what to ask for, but a neighbor is sneaking over and killing my shrubbery, plants, etc. from about 200 feet away to my front porch. I'd like to catch her in action and prosecute. I'm not very technical and not sure what to ask for. Don't want to spend over $100. Any other suggestions? Thank you.

Staples has an indoor or outdoor day/night camera that conects to your pc for $89.
I had a neighbor stealing my cans from my yard and I set up a camera and caught him with a total closeup carrying a big box of cans right in front of the camera in my yard. It was swweet.
Great feeling to nab the bad guys.Expecially when that is all you can do to people who don't respect your stuff.

Spend the money. It is such a great feeling to get them on film, and they get so freakede out that you have them, I told the kids dad I had him on film stealing from my yard and they moved within two weeks.

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