Techalogic HC-1 Front Camera review - lightweight and unobtrusive

This lightweight camera hits the sweetspot between usability, great film quality, weight and price

Image shows the Techalogic HC-1 mounted on a helmet
(Image credit: Paul Grele)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The HC-1 camera is a really impressive bit of kit. It records events very clearly with both the film and audio being of high quality. Its light weight means that it feels far less intrusive when helmet mounted, and with GoPro mount compatibility it can be bar or chest mounted should you wish. IP65 rating keeps the weather out and a 2.5 hour run time should be sufficient for most users. A good app and one button recording keep everything simple too.

Reasons to buy
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    Great picture quality

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    Reasonable price

Reasons to avoid
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    Micro SD card removal is tricky

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The HC-1 is the latest addition to the Techalogic family of cameras. They are primarily purposed as evidential cameras, allowing you to record events while you cycle, motorcycle, horse ride, etc. As always we hope that they are not needed but the best bike and helmet cameras could make all the difference should they be called upon to show what really happened in an incident. The camera may be helmet mounted or chest mounted or even fitted to your handlebars using the ubiquitous GoPro fixing system.

  • Camera Weight: 48g
  • Camera Size: L46mm by W46mm by H38mm
  • Storage: Micro SD Card 8gb to 256gb
  • Video Format: MP4 with H.265 encoding
  • Video Resolution: 1440 QHD 30 Fps, 1080 FHD 60 Fps, 1080 HD 30 Fps, 720HD 60 Fps
  • Viewing Angle: 120 Degree senso
  • WiFi: 2.4G
  • Data Interface: Micro USB
  • Battery Capacity: 850Mah = 2.5 hours run time
  • Battery Charging Time: 90 Mins
  • Weatherproofing: IP65
  • Working Temp: -5 degree C to 45 degree C

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