Techalogic CR-1 Rear Light and Camera review - inexpensive and effective, but not as sleek as the competition

If recording events from your bike is important then this Techalogic has got your back covered...

Image shows the Techalogic CR1 rear light and camera attached to a bike
(Image credit: Paul Grele)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

If being seen and recording your journey is important to you - and you don't want to spend out too much - then the Techalogic CR1 Rear Light and Camera is well worth considering. The rear light element works well; not as good as the best in class, but better than many. But the ability to film events going on behind might be the clincher for those wanting an evidential quality backup, just in case...

Reasons to buy
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    Well priced for what it does

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    Good quality pictures suitable for evidential purposes

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    Wide variety of GoPro compatible fixings (on the market) enable mounting to suit you

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    GoPro fitting is a bit of a faff if you're removing the camera/light regularly

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The Techalogic CR-1 is a rear light/camera all-in-one compact unit. It allows easy recording of an incident, should you need to submit evidence (let's hope not, though!), all in full 1080P HD quality, with a 120 degree wide angle lens. 

In addition the rear light has 6 different options depending on whether you're riding in the day or at night, including a solid light and various flashing modes. Settings can be easily configured using the RICAM app on your smartphone. 


  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps Resolution
  • H.264 encoding
  • 120 degrees sensor viewing angle
  • AVI Video File Type
  • Loop recording
  • Date and time stamping
  • 60 Lumen light: 6 light modes available, various flashing or solid.
  • Micro USB charging
  • Battery Capacity 1500mAh. Up to 6 hours runtime with LED. Over 7 Hours recording with LED off
  • IPX5 water resistant – Weatherproof and shock resistant. Water resistant for any weather, and extremely durable.
  • G sensor option. In an incident the camera will recognise the impact and auto lock that all important video file so it cannot be over written.
  • WiFi/app-controlled. Easily change settings. Check and download your videos on your mobile device
  • Dimensions: 80mm by 47mm by 27mm. 120 Grams / 4.5oz

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Over 40 years cycling in a variety of disciplines including road riding, commuting, a self-supported Land's End to John o' Groats trip, XC mountain biking and several Polaris Challenge two-day events. Adventure, escape and fun are the motivations for my riding. I also love bike and kit design and have fillet brazed a couple of framesets using Reynolds 853 steel tubing for myself. A very satisfying experience to ride your own bespoke bike!

Height: 180cm

Weight: 66kg