My friend, Nate, recently let me borrow this Pedco camera mount so I thought I would write a little bit of a descriptive review for it in case any of you out there were interested in a product like this. I would recommend it.
The Pedco camera mount is specifically for bicycle handlebars, but it’s also made for clamping down your camera on desk tops, poles or what have you as long as it’s either a round bar of some kind or a flat surface. It’s a really stable mount and is a big step up than most home-made camera mounts.
The part that mounts to the handlebar is grooved on one side as to let the clamp not move around. It’s also rubberized so it won’t slip when clamped down tightly. The knob on the underside makes for easy tightening/loosening of the clamp.
This mount is really adjustable – there are literally knobs everywhere. The bottom knobs clamps the mount to the handlebar. The knob directly on top of that allows for lateral side-to-side adjustment. The knob on the back side of the above photo controls the height/angle of the camera, but it also releases the ballhead that is at the top of the image. Loosening the ballhead not only allows you to move the camera freely, but it allows for easy attachment to the camera. Use the knob on the top of the ballhead to screw the mount into the camera instead of having to turn the camera itself onto the threads.
Below are a few videos of the camera in action. I have a Canon G10 (larger point and shoot) on the mount. Compared to the iphone mount I recently tried, it’s much more stable. The wind filter option on this camera obviously did not work. I would not recommend putting an SLR camera on this mount though.
Despite some of Oakland’s poorly paved roads, I found the mount to be pretty stable. I would recommend this if you’re in the market for this type of thing and I think it retails for around $30 dollars. I am really looking forward to trying out some nice downhill sections with the video camera on the mount!