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Aldi rear light/camera

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  • Started 4 years ago by Edinburgh Cycle Training
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  1. Has anyone ever bought one of these? If so any good?

    Posted 4 years ago #
  2. deckard112
    Member

    Few folk in my club have them, generally good feedback.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  3. paddyirish
    Member

    I've had one for 6 months or so. I think the consensus is that the picture quality is good enough, but not as good as the Fly 6 of which it is an obvious (and cheaper) rip-off.

    The recordings are stored in files which breaks your ride into 5 minute chunks. They can be viewed with a standard USB cable attachment. When the card is full it overwrites the first file again.

    I haven't looked at the recordings too much and hope I never have to. The only exception was to embarrass one of my offspring after it captured a particularly spectacular temper tantrum...

    I've made a couple of amendments to get more out of it.
    1) When I first got it, it had a tendency to turn off after 15 mins of riding. Based on advice in a another forum,I googled for a firmware upgrade and this sorted it.
    2) I upgraded the 8GB SD card to a 32GB (max allowable) and this gave me 4hrs of continuous recording rather than 1.

    Minor annoyances are the following

    1) When you first get the camera you need to calibrate the date. This was a wee bit fiddly and I think I have had it reset once on me. I recommend doing a regular datetime check to see that it is recording accurate times.
    2) Loud beeps when you turn it on or off or plug it in to charge. The purpose of it is to say how much battery is left 4 beeps means close to 100% and 1 less than 25%), but it can have the consequence of waking other members of your household...
    3) the supplied wedge attachment to help it attach to some bike frames didn't last too long for me.
    4) It is also quite bulky/heavy, apparently more so than the Fly 6.

    Hope this helps.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  4. Frenchy
    Member

    How's the battery life?

    Posted 4 years ago #
  5. paddyirish
    Member

    ~8hrs per charge? never really measured it, but recharge about once a week.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  6. Thanks folks.

    My local Aldo are selling it for £19.99 now which I thought was pretty cheap. Probably cant go too wrong at that price by the sounds of the above.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  7. Aldi

    apologies to any Aldo's on the forum.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  8. Frenchy
    Member

    Thanks - that's better than, or at least comparable to, the Fly6. Don't suppose you've ever taken it apart and can say if the battery is soldered in, like in the Fly6?

    Posted 4 years ago #
  9. davidsonsdave
    Member

    I have one and think it is very good for the money. I also bought a helmet camera from Aldi and the picture quality and battery life is far superior on the rear light camera.

    I'd agree with paddyirish on many points. I have never been able to change the date/time that is permanently displayed on the footage, even upgrading the firmware and following the guidance carefully hasn't helped.

    I've put a 64Mb card in it, which is possible if you manage to format it to FAT32.

    It takes up quite a bit of room on the seatpost but I also have another rear light and bracket for a tag-along mounted there too!

    Loud beeps are annoying but you can reduce them considerably by sticking a finger over the holes for the speaker.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  10. paddyirish
    Member

    @frenchy

    With my lack of skills, If I took it apart, I'd have an ex-camera...

    Thanks @Davidsondave for the finger tip...

    @ECT- I'd give it a go. Definitely for £20

    Posted 4 years ago #
  11. A wee bonus this morning. Popped into Aldi for the Bikecam/light and it was down to £14.99 - including an 8gb micro SD. I suspect I'll get my money's worth!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  12. Frenchy
    Member

    So which store is this? Are there any left?

    Posted 4 years ago #
  13. biketrain
    Member

    I tried Dalry and Chesser last week but none in stock.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  14. gembo
    Member

    @biketrain, have you tried their website?

    Posted 4 years ago #
  15. I was in the Portobello store.

    I might have to phone tech support, it seems to only record sound, not pictures!

    I'm not convinced the velcro strap supplied will keep it stable, so might need to cobble something together there!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  16. davidsonsdave
    Member

    My seatpost has a bit of inner tube on which helps the camera (and the attachment for the tag-along) get a better grip. Seems to work quite well.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  17. Ed1
    Member

    After reading the message yesterday about £14.99 I “profiled” Edinburgh cycle training and guessed would be porty and went to portabello aldi around 3 pm but could not see any I checked behind the glass all the shelves but none I could find. Since was out that way also went to musclebourgh but none there either

    Posted 4 years ago #
  18. paddyirish
    Member

    They had at least one in Duloch last time I looked and Cowdenbeath is always good for a trip to pick up discounted cycling stuff, if you can be bothered to go that far.

    Re the Velcro seatpost strap - it is surprisingly sturdy. Dealt many times with the worst Dalmeny and Hopetoun estates could throw at it.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  19. Frenchy
    Member

    Fly6 currently half price at Wiggle: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cycliq-fly6-integrated-rear-light-waction-camera/

    Posted 4 years ago #

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