If the prize is secondary, which action cam would you get and why?
My brother wants to get an action cam which I could borrow. I'll use it for snowboarding (make a run, whatch the vid on the chairlift to check what I could improve, do the next run a.s.o.), kite surfing (must be waterproof), xc horseriding (so it shouldn't be too delicate i.e. a bit resistent to falls) and brother for motorcycling.
I have the OG GoPro (they call it the Digital Hero 5) and I've mounted it on my riding helmet (eventing helmet; skullcap with nylon brimmed cover). First time using it, galloping through the woods, the adhesive pulled
the grip-casing away from the actual helmet. Thankfully I felt and heard it wobbling and was able to one hand the reins and put one hand on the camera until I could pull up to sort it all out. The adhesive didn't fail, the helmet material did! Anyway, something to keep in mind. Also the placement of it on your helmet potentially could tweak your helmet/head/neck if you were to land on it and it didn't give way. That would be bad. If falls are a concern, you might want something low profile (not like the GoPro).
The same camera has been used on an exbf's quad (ATV) on challenging terrain, in the rain, mud, etc, and has been solid. No vibration or shaking. He didn't take it out on his sportbike (motorcycle), however. The main reason being not wanting photographic evidence of his triple digit riding/law breaking
Oh and of course I've taken it out snowboarding. Super there, too, apart from having to be closer than you think if filming others. Have only used it mounted to a frankenpole.
More eventing talk:
If you haven't seen them, Peter Atkins and Henny's run at Red Hills (famously known as, Run Henny Run
) and Doug Payne and Running Order's run at last year's Rolex are worth the watch. I do not know what cameras they use, however. (Doug's narrative is far less interesting than Peter's!)
Also, in the event you're not aware of the new rule change, please see the bold font below. Of course if you're interested in filming only for schooling, it shouldn't be a problem.
Article 140 - Protection of Athletes
1. Beginning 1 January 2013, while riding on the show grounds the use of a
properly fastened Protective Headgear will be mandatory. In the Competition arena venue and adjacent warm-up areas, as well as riding from one to the other and from the stables for the purposes of competing, the Protective Headgear requirements are governed by the applicable Sport Rules. Failure to wear such Protective Headgear where and when required after being notified to do so by an Official, shall result in a Yellow Warning Card, being issued to the Athlete unless exceptional circumstances apply. The use of cameras on Athletes or equipment (such as on Protective Headgear, head covering or carriage) shall not be permitted, unless otherwise specifically agreed by the FEI. An Athlete’s decision to wear a camera while competing shall always be voluntary and at the Athlete’s own risk.