So you’re looking to buy a camera, you’ve done your research, made your choice, selected a memory card but are stumped by the loop record option. So what is it? How does it work and do I need it?
What is it?
Simply put, loop record allows your camera to overwrite old files with new files. Once the memory card becomes full, the camera will delete the first video file to make room for the latest file.
How does it work?
Most cameras and action cameras will split their recordings in to smaller, more manageable files. Usually these are between 15 and 25 minute clips and the transition between 2 sequential files will be seamless. Let’s imagine that a camera splits it’s recording in to 15 minute clips. If your card is full after an hour long video, you will get 4, separate 15 minute files. When it comes to loop recording, the camera will delete the first 15 minute clip and start recording the next 15 minutes. This means that you will always have the last 45 minutes to 1 hour of footage. The bigger the memory card, the more clips and the longer the camera will record for before it loops.
Do I need it?
This all depends on what you want to do with your camera. If you’re mainly going to use your camera for evidential purposes then loop record is ideal. If something were to happen then you know that your camera will have captured it. If nothing happens then you don’t need to worry about transferring your files. Simply just keep your helmet camera charged up. On the other hand, if you want to use your camera for a day of riding with friends, on the family ski holiday or if you just need to keep all of your files, loop record isn’t for you. Just remember to capture your files or bring along some spare cards to capture all of you action.
What if I want to use it for both?
If you’re looking to use your camera both for evidence and recreation, then fortunately, most cameras have the option to turn loop record on and off. This can either be done through the camera settings or with a downloadable firmware file to update the camera to the desired mode. When it comes to the Olfi one.five Black action camera, loop record can be turned on from the setup menu.