Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Want It Wednesday: GoPro Hero 3, Outride and QMountz

I probably spend too much time looking at bike videos on YouTube.  I like watching what people ride and like to see previews of places where I will ride or race next.  So of course its not long before ideas come into my head that I could do that too.  Actually my imagination runs wild with a lavish imagination of entire bike movies and super cool music.  Although realistically a video of my runs down the local trails will no doubt show off how slow I actually am and probably won't prove that interesting to watch it still is something I'd like to do.  So what should I be looking at to make me the next biking Ridley Scott?

There is one real big option out there and lots of people will have heard of them and that is GoPro.  These are loved because of their small size and versatility.  They can be mounted on a riders helmet, handle bar or even by using a harness, strapped to your chest. They can be used under water too so while not a use for cycling has its uses for diving, surf boarding and many other water sports.  In fact with its 1080p quality it can be used for all manner of sports.

There are three main cameras within its range.  White, Silver and Black editions.  The white edition is its cheapest model at £199 and has the lowest image quality with 1080p at 30fps. As a standard camera it has 5mp with an 3fps burst time.  For the more expensive Black edition the camera boasts a 12mp camera and films at 60fps.  It costs a more robust £359, although does come with a natty little wifi remote.

The quality of film is outstanding and has truly revolutionised home video quality but what do you do if this is out of your price range and you can not really justify this lavish toy?  Well the are a few alternatives.  Well there are if you own an Iphone anyway.

Outride and Qmountz are a couple of different companies who are using the phones ability to shoot 1080p quality film and have created a safe secure cases for the phone that can be mounted in much the same way a GoPro can.  The cases are waterproof too and can be used to a few meters under water, as well as been shock proof and shatter proof.  Which is just as well as the Iphones are a bit fragile.  The camera cases change the cameras focal length into a more wide angle view giving a broader range of shot but just as importantly a more stable image.

Having viewed the images compared to the GoPro they are not as good but that's not to say they are bad.  The iphones doesn't cope as well in light to dark situations as fast as the GoPros nor is the image as stable but the image quality is still really high and not pixelated like older style cameras.  They have the advantage of being to upload you film shot to the Internet faster too or even put on twitter or facebook.  For £65 to £85 they are more than half the price of the basic GoPro so are a sound option for those on more of a budget.

Film below shows the quality of the GoPro Black



Jez, I got the Gopro Hero 3 Black for Christmas. Unfortunatly I found out my computer wasn't able to handle the editing of the Gopro,too slow and lame graphics card. So now I'm waiting for my brand new IMAC 27inch to come in, that I just ordered. Then I'll be ready to edit my video's and soon they will be on my blog.

You're a lucky man Paul! Although, not being able to do any editing would be eating me up. The great thing is you could show off some your rides on your blog for us all to see. Well a few minutes of it anyway. Not sure how much time a card stores.

We've been looking at the GoPro, too - a couple of my teammates have them and the quality of image they provide is excellent - just have to get over the bite of the price...

Hi Jez, have you seen the new Google Glass glasses ? They look to be the next big thing in action filming but very expensive so i don't think the likes of GoPro have anything to worry about just yet but the days of strapping a camera to your helmet look to be numbered !

Yes I have! Strangely enough the company behind the qmountz already do a pair of glasses with a camera mounted and MP3 player. It probably is the future but they are very small cameras and still haven't got the same quality. I may write up more on this in the future.

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