What camera took these videos?
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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
What camera took these videos? on 08/27/2012 00:26:46 MDT Print View

Can anyone guess what camera took these videos? I'm camera-dumb, but would love to take videos of these quality. Any advice?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: What camera took these videos? on 08/27/2012 00:37:03 MDT Print View

"Any advice?"

I would suggest to find the correct link to the videos. There is nothing visible here.

--B.G.--

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
My bad on 08/27/2012 00:43:33 MDT Print View

Here it is: http://www.runtheplanet.fr/videos

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
The evolution video is my favorite. on 08/27/2012 00:45:03 MDT Print View

Seriously awesome footage.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
What camera took these videos? on 08/27/2012 16:37:27 MDT Print View

looks like footage from a Go Pro to me...
Franco

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: My bad on 08/27/2012 17:05:49 MDT Print View

Nice find. Scanned a few blog pages and in addition to my lack of French I saw no gear references. I'll guess he has something strapped to his chest--how does a GH2+7-14/4 lens sound? :-)

An exif utility might be able to read camera info from the stills.

Cheers,

Rick

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Gopro on 08/27/2012 17:12:20 MDT Print View

I'm no camera expert, but I'm starting to think it's a gopro too. In the beginning you can see a shadow that looks like it's a head mounted gopro.

I'm considering buying one now, but the whole no screen thing is kinda weird. I know they have that add-on screen, but that adds cost.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
What camera took these videos? on 08/27/2012 18:44:41 MDT Print View

it's head mounted.
Note that as he is walking the camera pans around, can't do that with a chest mounted camera.
The video is shot on a very wide lens and cropped in most places on editing.
There is no optical stabilisation , so those are the clues that it could be something like a GoPro.
Could not see that shadow (?)
Franco

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: What camera took these videos? on 08/28/2012 12:18:14 MDT Print View

FWIW I think it is stabilized--it looks much less jittery that the simple helmet-cam video I'm used to seeing.

Which still doesn't answer the question, "how'd he do dat?"

[edit: looked up GoPro specs and though they don't list IS, they do offer extreme wide-angle models, which could by itself reduce apparent camera shake.]

Cheers,

Rick

Edited by halfturbo on 08/28/2012 14:41:54 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: What camera took these videos? on 08/28/2012 17:38:19 MDT Print View

He used a head-mounted GoPro HD for almost all videos (some of them with an Olympus Tough camera, which he uses for pictures). Sometimes he uses the GoPro in his hand instead, depending on the situation. He does not use a steadycam or anything like that. Since he's doing these videos during 50-mile days in the mountains, he'd rather travel light!

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: What camera took these videos? on 08/28/2012 17:41:14 MDT Print View

"Could not see that shadow (?)"

About 30 seconds in on the Mineral King video.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
What camera took these videos? on 08/28/2012 18:23:31 MDT Print View

OK, thanks.
It is "visible" at around 28 sec for about 3 frames... I was looking a bit higher than that.
Franco

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Any other camera like this? on 08/29/2012 00:48:52 MDT Print View

I recently heard that the gopro doesn't have a replaceable battery and doesn't work well in low light. I may get it anyway, but are there any alternatives I should be considering instead?

Here's what I'm hoping for: (forgive any mistaken terminology, I'm very new to camera's)
-wide angle lense like gopro
-HD video 1080
-Decent at still shots in many light conditions.
-Lightweight and compact
-replaceable battery
-Under $400
-Has some way to mount to my head like a headlamp. Do they make headbands that fit regular camera mounts?

You guys seem to know what you're talking about so I figured I'd ask.

Thanks

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
What camera took these videos? on 08/29/2012 03:12:06 MDT Print View

Sony will announce soon, officially, their "action" camera.

Here it is :
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/08/sonys-new-gopro-killer-might-be-the-most-badass-action-cam-weve-ever-seen/

looks like it has a built in battery but apparently it has a built in stabiliser (probably of the digital type)
JVC has the CG XA1 (Adixxion), don't have any idea about this one but I never liked their image quality including from pro stuff and had plenty of problems with their CODECS
(basically hard to edit)
Some like the Contour, others the Drift, neither looked as good as the GoPro particularly once the vision was processed via their new software.
(CineForm Studio)

Don't expect high quality stills from this kind of cameras, just snapshots.
Franco

Edited by Franco on 08/29/2012 21:28:22 MDT.

Andrew Weldon
(hypnolobster)
Re: Any other camera like this? on 08/29/2012 18:48:08 MDT Print View

The Gopros all have replaceable batteries. Extras aren't terribly expensive, either.
The new Hero HD 2 works considerably better in low light, but it's not exactly astonishing. Better than your average compact, though.


There are GoPro alternatives (contour, etc), but the gopro is the original and probably the most fleshed-out by far. You really cannot go wrong with the new Hero HD2.
Even the stills are pretty acceptable with good composition and lighting.

Here are some sample images I've taken
http://i.imgur.com/s9sR7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/hYAt6.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/h7hiQ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/6QZyU.jpg

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Awesome on 08/29/2012 23:50:32 MDT Print View

Thx guys. I'm sold. Just picked up an HD2 at REI on sale. :)

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Stills with Gopro HD2 on 09/05/2012 14:47:37 MDT Print View

Hey Andrew,
Your pictures are awesome. How did you do that? I'm having a hard time getting the same quality pics from my new gopro. I'm sure much of my problem is my lack of talent with photography, but are there any settings or tricks I should be aware of?

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
What camera took these videos? on 09/06/2012 16:47:56 MDT Print View

Pretty sure that there is a good ammount of processing involved with those shots...
Possibly the CineForm Studio software I mentioned above can do it, otherwise the likes of Photoshop.
keep in mind that the Cine Form is a free download.
Franco