SENA 50C Camera & Bluetooth Intercom
Harman Kardon powered intercom with integrated 4k camera, HD voice and mesh technologyView full details
Verified Customer Reviews for SENA 50C Camera & Bluetooth Intercom
I purchased this for the trip to Cornwall and Wales mainly for the Camera use. And it worked extremely well. The unit is integrated very well that I did not have any difficulty using all the main functions. Example switching between FM Radio to Sat Nav on the Phone whilst recording the ride and even when the battery was running low, I stopped and plugged an usb lead to the unit and continued onwards. Seamless. Only con is that I would like to have control of more camera recording settings such as adjusting exposure etc.. as it overexposes the highlights thus they come out blown.
Got this to replace an old Sena kit from my Shoei GT Air.
After about 300 miles of use, I'm pretty impressed. I wanted a helmet cam and when I found this with it integrated with the comms kit I decided to take the plunge.
Great footage, the image stabilization isn't amazing but it's better than it bouncing around.
Amazing sound - the H&C system is great!
Battery life is great.
It's easy to mount. Nice features like allowing it to charge whilst in use means it could be used for long tours with the right cables.
Clever charging dongle allows it to update the firmware automatically as you charge.
Easy to use on the bike, buttons are nicely spaced apart and each do a different function.
A bit big. Not so much face on but side on its a bit of a unit.
It needs a separate Sena app for each feature and it's frustrating. To access the footage is the Sena camera app which is different to the normal app. You have to connect via WiFi for the footage and Bluetooth for the general Comms stuff. Really could use a single app for both. It is a real head scratched trying to get it all to connect. I haven't tried manually inserting the SD card into a PC yet, might be easier. I could go on and on about features they could bring in for the apps but summed up they require a bit of tech savvy to navigate and workout.
All in all, worth it but a hefty price tag for something which isn't massively user friendly app wise.
I was looking at the 50S then decided on this for a few reasons.
1. 50C is 'supposedly' IP65 rated, though I haven't actually seend that documented anywhere on Sena's website or user manual.
2. Camera can record audio from the microphone in the helmet with video.
3. I'm not expecting the camera to be full youtube quality, there's other devices for that. This essentially for me is the equivalent of a dash-cam and additional footage.
4. Can be powered while in use so battery doesn't wear out.
Rather than focus on everything that is great about this comms unit, I'll focus on a few major flaws that lose it two stars.
The software and the documentation - it's just utterly poor. It's challenging to work out the various options and how they work. The youtube videos from Sena themselves are equally unclear.
I cannot detect the 50C using the PC based Sena Device Manager, the software itself doesn't list it as being compatible during setup, however the manual says it is. The Sena Motorcycles App is 'okay' when it connects - sometimes has a huge delay before it shows as connected.
I can pair via intercom with my Sena SRL2 which my son uses, and then subsequently Mesh with friends so we can all communicate. My motorcycle has Intercom mode too, which is designed for both intercom to connect to the bike and phone to connect to the bike, giving the bike controls for music, phone calls etc. from the switch-gear. However, when connected like this I cannot mesh with friends, which is odd and frustrating.
Playing music and sharing music doesn't seem to work well. I've been able to get music to play in my headset alone, but not sharing over intercom. I'm not suggesting this is impossible, the documentation isn't brillaintly clear.
The dial - I'm unsure if I'm the only person in the world that has this problem, however it appears the volume dial on the side of the device catches on my shoulder while doing shoulder checks, causing the volume to drop off regularly. When adjusting back, it almost appear as though the dial doesn't stop and low or max but cycles round, making it a challenge to actually set the volume accurately and keep it there while riding.
My entire group of friends who all have Sena devices all have issues with the built-in Sena voice commands.
With 1.21 gigasettings, many of which seem overly complicated and poorly documented, it would be better good if you could disable and/or reconfigure buttons to your liking.
Perhaps when bikes themeselves have Mesh and all legacy technologies are finally removed and we're mesh only, things might be better, but the software will need to improve drastically.
All in all though, I still think this is worth the extra in difference over the 50S for possibly being IP65 rated and having the camera. Are any of these actually worth the price we pay for them..? Probably not.
As others have said this is not cheap but I feel you get what you pay for I feel the build quality which is good reflects the price.
Setting up takes a bit of time you have to download bits of software onto your mobile to set up the wifi and charging and also for your bluetooth and camera settings. So in all there are three apps you need I have android so got these from google play store with no bother. Once set up all works well. The firmware downloads did not work first time but I just left it connected when I was out for the day and it sorted itself out and got the latest versions. The next step is to learn the button sequences, my first sena so still learning these, not too difficult though. I found it would connect with my friends Sena headsets with out a problem and the comms is perfect. I also use the radio function which is great - I just leave the radio on sometimes and it is clear. I love the volume control with the jog wheel, sometimes I end up doing a click by mistake but it's just a case of getting used to it. The camera is great. I use the 1080p with stabalisation and it looks fine. Battery live is reduced to about 2hrs when using the camera though. I thought there might be a problem getting it straight and level but there are a few adjustments and it is fine on my Nolan n100-5. Using the adjustable clamp puts it close to the sunvisor adjustment but I can live with that. It does sick out a bit on my helmet so I'm just a bit more careful when putting it down. So all in all I'm pleased with it
Great bit if kit. Not cheap but it does all that I wanted it to do in a compact easy to use package.
One word of caution be sure it'll fit your helmet in the way that you want it to. (See below).
It does a lot - I won't repeat the functionality again here but everything works as it should and once linked to my iPhone and Garmin Zumo most of what i need to do when on the move can be voice controlled. If you're a technophobe like me that might sound worrying but when riding it's a real boon - just say out loud what you want!
The controls on the device itself are basic and glove friendly. Some things, like turning it on or taking a still photo do require button pressing. But, once you've worked out which buttons, it's straightforward.
The instructions are, it seems, written by IT people and, whilst lengthy, at first reading I didn't find them adequate or obvious. That said once I started using the device operating it became intuitive. (Also, helpfully, a nice lady whispers on your ear to confirm what you have just done).
Some things, like initially formatting the SD card and confirming it was formatted proved a challenge - as I said the instructions really could be better.
I always think, for users like me, a checklist of what needs to be done in the order it needs to be done in would be helpful but, clearly, to those that write the manual such things are obvious…..
My tip is to download the apps and the manual, allow some time and just work through everything.
Like any good tool though, once you've sussed it, it will pay you back in spades
I mentioned fitment. It has a forward facing camera and so the device will only fit on the left side of the helmet. Whilst it comes with a selection of fittings if your helmet has a flip lid slide control or something similar in the way you might have to think through how you are going to mount it. Also the speakers are slim but a little wide - they need a suitably sized recess to fit into.
SENA 50C Camera & Bluetooth Intercom
- Connects with both Bluetooth 5.0 and Mesh technology
- WiFi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/a connection for updates
- HSP, HFP, A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles
- Bluetooth intercom range of up to 1 mile in open terrain with up to 4 riders
- Mesh intercom is up to 1.2 miles range and can be extended to 5 miles between a minimum of 6 riders
- Group mesh mode can have 24 riders at the same time
- Open mesh mode can have virtually limitless riders with 9 separate channels
- Advanced noise control with built-in SBC codec
- Integrated FM radio operating between 76 - 108MHz
- 10 preset station memory for all your favourites
- HD voice-enabled for high-quality phone calls
- Premium speakers and microphone by Harman Kardon
- 120 degrees field of view with an aperture of f/2.4
- 30 degrees lens rotation to get the perfect angle
- 22 hour talk-time Bluetooth and 12 hours talk-time using Mesh
- This device takes roughly 2.5 hours to fully charge
- Lightweight and reliable 1450mAh Lithium Polymer battery
- 2160p: 30fps (Ultra HD), 1440p: 30fps (Quad HD), 1080p: 60fps (Full HD) ,1080p: 30fps (Full HD), 1080p: 60fps (Full HD) + EIS, 1080p: 30fps (Full HD) + EIS
- Video recording time: 1 hour 40 minutes
- Video file format: MP4 (H.264)
- Max video bit rate: 60 Mb/s (4K)
- 12MP (4:3) still photos
- Burst shot of 8 pictures per second
- Time-lapse mode of one photo every 1, 2, 5 or 10 seconds
- Main module: 95 mm x 59 mm x 31 mm
- Speaker driver unit: 36 mm - thickness 6.5 mm
- Boom microphone: length 190 mm
- Wire between speakers: length 555 mm
- 3-year warranty
The 50C offers an unprecedented audio experience with sound by Harman Kardon. Both the speakers and microphone were created with the audio experts at Harman Kardon to provide world-class sound inside your motorcycle helmet. An all-new microphone, which includes a newly designed sensor, offers robust performance for voice communication while riding. These premium sound by Harman Kardon audio elements combine to help elevate the 50C to the ultimate Audio / Visual tool for all riders.
The 50C conveniently offers both Mesh and Bluetooth Intercom platforms, allowing users to connect with any Sena headset for rider-to-rider communication. Mesh Intercom provides robust, reliable connections and flexible intercom message routing with significant enhancements to Sena's Mesh algorithm. Mesh offers unprecedented intercom audio quality and houses two Mesh settings, Multi-Channel Open Mesh Intercom and Group Mesh Intercom.
Digital assistant access allows the 50C to connect to Google Assistant and Apple's Siri with a simple voice command enabling you to tap into your smartphone's features, including GPS navigation, music playback, voice dialing, and more. All you need to do is ask: "Hey Siri" or "Hey Google"! Looking for some entertainment on a long ride? "Hey Siri, play me a podcast
Sena believe that there is no such thing as a viable shortcut in the pursuit of a passion. They are all motorcycle riders and technology enthusiasts at Sena, including their CEO. So when they develop new products, they go to great lengths to ensure the final version is everything they dreamed it could be and everything their customers expect it to be. This is the Sena way, and has been since they first got started in 1998. Their passion for adventure and obsession with perfection fuels them. Sena. Advancing adventure.
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