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Published on January 17th, 2014 | by Greg


Brinno’s Time Lapse Bike Camera Records Your Rides

One of the best part of a good cycling trip is that it can compress time- your eight hour ride, full of hills and scenic views and traffic woes and small triumphs- can feel like a couple of hours. BMX riders, even, know that a good part of your tracks are a little monotonous punctuated by moments of panic (or awe, or delight). You could strap on a GoPro of other sports action video camera- we’ve tested out many- but video requires editing and post-production, and is best during short, sporadic takes.

Time lapse photography is the perfect solution, but until now, we didn’t know of a good product that was aimed at the biking crowd. Enter the Brinno Time Lapse Bike Camera, technically model BBC100, a modified package that includes an upgraded Brinno TLC200 like the TLC200 Pro that we’ve reviewed in the past. This one adds an f1.2 lens, perfect for outdoors shots, and you also get the waterproof housing in the box, along with a bike mounting kit. It attaches to your handlebars pretty easily, and sits out of the way, capturing images based on settings that you can choose.

As with their other products- they’ve created a small line of similar models including special packs for construction and party photography- this one can serve multiple purposes but has custom accessories that fit the needs of bike enthusiasts. We tested it out primarily on shorter rides, but it can compress eight hours of a ride into abut eight minutes of footage with no hassles- and they aren’t just a set of JPG images either, no stitching or other software is required, and the file exported is ready for watching on any other device.

Overall, the Brinno Time Lapse Bike Camera is fun, easy to use, and the waterproof casing held up well in tests. It takes regular AA batteries, which can last days of regular use- ours never needed changing. Versus a video camera, you won’t notice the bumpiness as much, because the images are taken irregularly, but you might still see some motion blur. The images individually aren’t great, but as a composite, are a great record of a journey. Available now for $289 or so, this isn’t the camera for everyone, but if you like to take longer rides and would love to see a solution that doesn’t require much setup, the Brinno Time Lapse Bike Camera is ideal.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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