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CYCLIQFly12 CE Front HD Bike Camera and Light
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About What I Expected
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This camera is well built. Definitely looks and feels like it can withstand some drops and/ or (hopefully not) crashes. I did a firmware upgrade and it was seamless using Cycliq's "Auto-Updater for Mac". I did have to re-format the SD card (for some unknown reason) soon after the firmware update because it stopped recognizing it. No big deal. My biggest disappointment is the video quality at night / dusk/ dawn. Its pretty poor and I can scarcely make out license plate numbers, etc. I think that's pretty important given the camera's intended use, but its max resolution is 1080P at 60 FPS, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I read lots of reviews that complained about the quality of the handle bar mount so I went with a aftermarket Garmin "out front" with a go pro style adapter on the bottom. Light is good, I do run an additional light in complete darkness, just as an added safety measure.
Overall I'm satisfied with it. I think Cycliq is onto something - building camera's with a very specific purpose. I'm sure they will continue to improve their product line, look forward to future innovations.
A great idea, poor execution.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was excited about the features in this camera and thought it would be extremely useful for me on my early morning rides. I was wrong.
The light is barely sufficient for riding in the dark. I have $30 cheap-o non-rechargeable lights that offer more spread and brightness.
The picture itself is shaky, there is no discernible difference the stabilized picture and the regular HD. And without an adequate light you can only make out the things that are within 10 ft. Forget about recording a vehicles license plate.
For 4 months I tried different combinations on the settings to see if there was something I was missing. At that point the malfunctions started happening. First it would not turn on, support told me to update the firmware. Over the course of a week I attempted their instructions 20-25 times without success. Then without the update, the unit began working again but will now not sync up with the computer app.
I have had regular contact with the support staff....and when I say regular, what I really mean is that they respond every couple of weeks. On one occasion it was 35 days before they responded.
I have asked for my money back and the response I got was a reset from the first email I sent, "try and update the firmware".
I am done.
No Memory Card Included
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The camera itself is rad. So happy to have something to capture all the shenanigans out on the road.
It would have been swell to know there's no memory card included with this device. Minus a star for that missing component / knowledge during the purchase. Had to make an extra trip before firing it up.