Even with all the hype surrounding Apple’s new iPhone 13 family and its improved cameras, a recent Apple Support blog post reminds users that exposure to vibrations, caused by improperly mounting an iPhone to the handlebars of a motorcycle or scooter, might damage its camera systems.
And so, smaller and more ruggedized POV (“point of view”) action cameras remain popular for capturing outdoor activities, ranging from dirt bike racing and surfing to heliskiing and skateboarding – as well as mounting these cams to aerial drones.
In fact, GoPro announced its new flagship camera, HERO10 Black, on Thursday, which features the company’s new high-performance GP2 chip that can process ultra-high (5.3K) resolution video at 60 frames per second, 4K video at 120 frames per second and 2.7K video at 240 frames per second, and all with improved video stabilization.
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The HERO10 Black costs $499, or with an optional GoPro subscription ($49.99/year , it costs $399. The subcription gets you up to 50% off on purchases through GoPro.com (say, for accessories), unlimited cloud backup for GoPro footage, premium editing tools and no-questions-asked camera replacements.
But even with the right gear, you might not be capturing footage worthy of the all- important “like, subscribe, and share” clicks from viewers on social media.
And so, whether you’re new to “action cams” or a seasoned shooter, I caught up with YouTuber Mitch Bergsma (“MicBergsma”), who specializes in adventure and travel, to share a half-dozen of his top tips.
Keep it short
“Filming your entire adventure start to finish with no breaks is one of the biggest mistakes people make with action cameras,” Bergsma says. “The best videos are short and snappy clips.”
Shorter videos also translates to fewer editing headaches: “More importantly, it will save you from having to scrub through long stretches of video to find those keeper moments,” Bergsma adds.
Get everyone involved
When it comes to action cams, share and share alike, Bergsma suggests.
“You’re unlikely to hand your smartphone to kids and teens, but action cameras are built to withstand drops, bumps and scrapes, making it the perfect camera to get the whole family involved in capturing a moment,” Bergsma says.
“Get different perspectives, unexpected shots and candid photos and videos that will ensure you capture the full experience – not just one person’s point of view.”
Shoot video to take a photo
It may sound counterintuitive, but action cameras can pull high-resolution, print-quality still photos (called “frame grabs”) from a video.
Bergsma says to make sure you’re filming in the highest resolution video option so you have lots of individual frames to choose from, “and you’ll never miss the ‘gram-worthy shot again.”
Try out new angles
“Let your imagination and creativity run wild to get new angles of your experiences,” Bergsma suggests.
“Action cams have tons of accessories, so you can mount them anywhere and get fresh angles of a moment – from wearable mounts for your head, helmet, chest, arms and legs to accessories designed for all kinds of equipment.”
“From paddles, poles, and surfboards to bikes, cars, and boats, action cameras will go everywhere your smartphone can’t.”