The original Shimano CM-1000 didn’t win any accolades with me – by that read it was a very poor camera. Undeterred Shimano has returned to the crowded action camera market with a new sensor and a couple of interesting new tricks. Let’s see if things have improved enough to worry GoPro?
Shimano CM-2000 Sports Camera Review
Shimano is better known for the gearing systems than there action camera when it comes to cycling. The company had a brief foray into the consumer market for action cameras in 2015, but without making much of a dent. This year Shimano has updated the CM-1000 I previously reviewed from 6.9M pixels gross 20M pixels gross in the new CM1-1100. The Shimano CM-2000 uses the same image sensor but in an entirely new and frankly improved package
Out on the bike I primarily use a Fly12 camera and bike-light-combo for commuting, as it covers my needs as cycle camera, and I would think has been taking up market share from the casual and safety conscious cyclists. Sometimes though the Cycliq Fly12 isn’t the easiest unit to use and Shimano are hoping to bring in more users with a couple of fancy features, not least of which is an auto start/stop function, based on the transmission of data from your sensors. Which sounds like a great fire and forget function! But how does the Shimano CM-2000 far in real-world usage? Let’s take a look!
Shimano CM-2000 Sports Camera Design
First up is the obligatory unboxing:
Now the original Shimano CM1000 microphone was particularly exposed when it came to wind noise. On the Shimano CM-2000, the receiver has been redesigned to point backwards. As you’ll see in the videos below, there is still quite a bit of wind noise, which is why it is odd that the above muffle is not included in the box
The Shimano CM-2000 is waterproofed to IPX 8 allowing it to function down to 30m for 1 hour. Hence the grey gaskets protecting the internals
The door is then closed and additionally locked to prevent accidental openings.
The Shimano CM-2000 as a removable front lens protector, which minimises the chance of having a damaged camera, without the need for a bulky external case. Something I’m very pro!
On the underside are the rails for attaching to the plastic mount, and the wireless certification logos.
The rails and mounting system are one of my favourite parts of the Shimano CM-2000. Yes, a metal, direct GoPro mount might be stronger, but having a little cradle, which attaches to a GoPro mount is just SO MUCH easier to live with when it comes to taking the unit out and charging it!
The unit has a relatively small, and moderately unhelpful LCD screen on the back, above the power/stop button on the LEFT, and record button on the RIGHT. Still, shots can also be taken when recording by pressing the record button… but that button is so small, and most action cams are normally slung under the handlebars such that this is a useless function.
Shimano CM-2000 Specification
- Image sensor: 20 MP, 1/2.3″ CMOS
- File Type: H.264 MP4
- Video recording mode:
- 2560 x 1440 30fps
- 1920 x 1080 60/30fps,
- 1280 x 720 120/60/30fps,
- 640 x 360 240/120/60/30fps
- Still Photo resolution:
- Single mode : 6M pixels ( 2848 x 2136 ),
- 4M pixels ( 2304 x 1728 ),
- 0.35M pixels ( 6480 x 480 )
- Burst mode: 4 M pixels ( 2304 x 1728 )
- Interval mode : 4 M pixels ( 2304 x 1728 )
General device specs
- Device weight – 103 grams
- Screen: LCD
- Battery: 700mAh
- Battery Duration: 1.2 hrs at Full HD
- Dimensions: 47 x 32sd x 85mm ( with lens protector )
- Max SD card: 128GB
- Water resistance: IPX 8 – 30m for 60mins
- Sensor compatibility: ANT+ Power, Speed, Cadence, Temp
- Connectivity: ANT+, WiFi, Bluetooth
- Other bits:
- Compatible with BlueTooth audio for remote mics
The Shimano CM-2000 instruction manual can be found here:
Using The Shimano CM-2000
A recording is initiated by pressing the record button until you get a long beep. Conversely, the stop button will give a short beep to registered the effect, and well stop recording. You can lock the keys on the Shimano CM-2000 by holding the Stop, Record and Mode buttons for 4 seconds. Although I’m not sure how often this will be of use. To really get the most out of the Shimano CM-2000 you need to download the Shimano camera app.
You connect to the app by switching the Shimano CM-2000 into WiFi mode – which is a little fiddly. First off pressing the Mode button until “C” shows on the LCD to put the unit into connect mode. You then need to hit the scroll key to bring up the WiFI icon.
Not quite finished yet! You then have to press Mode for 2 seconds to engage the Wifi, which is confirmed by the indicator light turning green – see what I mean, not exactly straight forwards
With the above steps followed, the Shimano CM-2000 sets up a WiFi network to which you can connect to on your phone. The password to which is set as “shimano_cam”. From there the app allows access to all of the camera controls, including a LiveView function, which enables you to view and frame your images.
In the bottom RIGHT of the LiveView image is a series of buttons to allow you to change the camera angles for the best picture.
From the app, you can also connect your various sensors. Which although the unit does support BLE, you can only connect to ANT+ sensors.
Shimano CM-2000 Camera Quality
But the question with all action camera’s is what is the quality of the recording like?
Well here is a YouTube Video comparing both the c and the Fly12, as mentioned my usual action camera
But for those of you whom cant access the video due to being at work etc. here is a comparison of the films. To my eye, the Shimano CM-2000 is now the superior camera. Yes is can record in 4k, but even when using 1080p video, the Fly12 footage, by comparison, is overly sharp and suffering from some artefacts. These artefacts, in turn, reduce the quality of essential things like number plates, which by contrast are much clearer with the Shimano CM-2000
Shimano CM-2000 Conclusion
I really surprised how much Shimano has been able to improve the Cm-2000 compared to it’s older unit.
Now the unit isn’t perfect but is is a massive improvement. Shimano has retained a slightly fiddly connectivity approach but has installed a dramatically improved sensor, making this a very viable action camera for cyclists – if you don’t turn the volume up – as the microphone on the CM-2000 without a muffler is just an onslaught of noise
As a cycling camera, I’d put the Shimano CM-2000 as 4/5, especially with the ease of removal from the bike, which is very important if you are locking up your bike in town. The overall unit compared to something like the Garmin Virb Ultra should be 3/5, but given that I have seen places selling this unit for £64, I can only say that is an utter STEAL and for that price an easy 5/5. Frankly, I think thw price has a lot to do with the rating on the Shimano CM-2000, if you can find the unit for under £200, then it is still definately 5* worthy!
As ever, any comments, drop them below!