The GoPro is probably the best video equipment for athletes. But in case one is not able, or willing to spend four hundred euro to buy it?
In this short article, I intend to show you a possible alternative with good results and especially significant cost savings (about 50%), trying to use a compact digital camera that we have them all!
My attention is more focused on "how" and "where" to place the photo-video equipment.
Looking on the market the most appropriate tools to adapt the compact digital to our Mountain Bike.
The Compact Digital CameraIn my case I used a compact digital camera that I already owned.
A small unit of the cost of 90 euro with good performance, light weight and proven robustness.
Canon Power Shot A2300 HD
28 mm wide-angle lens and 5x zoom
LCD 6.8 cm (2.7 ")
Smart Auto (32 scenes)
HD movies (720p) with button for video
VIDEO: (HD) 1280 x 720, 25 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Miniature Effect (HD (5, 2.5, 1.25 fps) or L (6, 3, 1.5 fps))
IFrame Movie (HD)
How to make sympathetic the Mountain Bike and Camera?In this case, the search was a little longer.
It was not easy to get at the same time features: versatility, lightness, strength.
After several unsuccessful attempts, and sometimes "Ridiculous," I managed to put together the pieces of the puzzle.
With a total expenditure of € 105, a final weight of 310 g (430 gr. With the camera), I got a versatile and robust to adapt to the frame of my Mountain Bike.
What is the best location for the video shoot in Mtb?I've tried pretty much all positions, coming to the conclusion that the most stable frame of Mtb are:
The steering column head and the seat holder.
This last allows for only three different positions:
- Front (great location if one wants to have in the background including bicycle)
- Side (annoying for the leg but very impressive)
-Rear (clear view videos with curious effect "type run."
Personally do not recommend mounting the camera:
-Helmet (you have to keep your head very still, otherwise the effects are normally expected is confusing.
-On the handlebar (the stresses are really too many, and also in this case, especially on rough uneven terrain, the continuous movement of the handlebar makes the video unwatchable.
Test filmIn this section, I'll post some videos that run on mountain trails with the camera positioned at various points of the Mountain Bike.
On the Steering Column:
On the Seat Holder "Front View"
On the Seat Holder "Lateral View"
On the Seat Holder "Rear View"
On the Helmet
ConclusionsThe system can be installed quickly anywhere in the frame (takes up little space in your backpack).
The strong point is the ball head, which allows you to adjust the framing in a few moments.
The tightening of the terminals are robust and reliable!
With this article I do not think anything new to tell you, each of us since a long time (long before the invention of the GoPro) tried somehow to fix with pictures and videos of hisexperiences in Mtb.
"hard to reinvent the wheel"
I just hope that all of the pieces that I have tried, can somehow make it easier for shooting video and / or save you some Euros or U.S. Dollars.
GOOD Mtbvideo at all!