Aug 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm #1293396
Can anyone guess what camera took these videos? I'm camera-dumb, but would love to take videos of these quality. Any advice?Aug 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm #1906348
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
I would suggest to find the correct link to the videos. There is nothing visible here.
–B.G.–Aug 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm #1906349
Here it is: http://www.runtheplanet.fr/videosAug 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm #1906350
Seriously awesome footage.Aug 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm #1906572
looks like footage from a Go Pro to me…
FrancoAug 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm #1906591
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
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.
RickAug 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm #1906596
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.Aug 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm #1906635
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 (?)
FrancoAug 28, 2012 at 11:18 am #1906874
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
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.]
RickAug 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm #1906990
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!Aug 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm #1906991
"Could not see that shadow (?)"
About 30 seconds in on the Mineral King video.Aug 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm #1907011
It is "visible" at around 28 sec for about 3 frames… I was looking a bit higher than that.
FrancoAug 28, 2012 at 11:48 pm #1907118
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
-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.
ThanksAug 29, 2012 at 2:12 am #1907127
Sony will announce soon, officially, their "action" camera.
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.
Don't expect high quality stills from this kind of cameras, just snapshots.
FrancoAug 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm #1907387
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.Aug 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm #1907484
Thx guys. I'm sold. Just picked up an HD2 at REI on sale. :)Sep 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm #1909358
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?Sep 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm #1909791
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.
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