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Old 09-03-2010, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just wondering if anybody uses a cheap hd camera like a flip video camera to do snowboard videos. Also i found i have been having difficulty with follow shots as the camera shakes to much for that kind of stuff.....how do u guys take follow shots without the camera shaking too much?
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Old 09-04-2010, 05:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A lot of people use one of these cam caddies with a video camera that has built in image stabilization:

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Old 09-04-2010, 06:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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use the go pro or contour
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think it probably helps if your doing follow shots to have something that's stationary on your body, like a helmet cam or something. Not only that, but it's rather tricky to accurately shoot someone while having to still snowboard...

I've tried with just crappy cameras being held in my hand and they always end up really shakey. I think the best one I shot was with my Ipod strapped to the front of my helmet. It eliminated alott of the shakeyness and the focus was better since it was recording basicly whereever my head was looking.
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def go with the HD GoPro. its about 250 which is pretty good considering its hd and water proof along with having a nice wide angle lens to catch everything.

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Amazon.com: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver): Camera & Photo
My friend got one of those then another firend bought one after seeing it. They are great cameras. Check youtube for some samples of video from it. It's small, waterproof to 30ft and shock proof to 6ft drop. You can easily keep this in your jacket pocket with no worry and whip it out when ever you want to shoot something. If you want to do any follow cam then it has the same problem as any other small camera. It doesn't weigh enough to absorb the tiny movements of you body. I was able to do some decent follow stuff at the skatepark using an old camera bracket but it still needed more weight to get it to fully stabilize. Something like this is what you want for follow. $14 Camera Stabilizer
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I have the GoPro/Contour and both Drift Cameras: My choice?

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Our price: $329.95

The reason this is the best? GoPro fogs, Contour is not a true fish-eye, and the Drift has a LCD and Remote. It also feels the best holding it with snow gloves for follow cam style shooting. LCD playback is so key. Otherwise you can spend all day shooting the sky and missing the better angles.
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Thanks for posting. It's always good to see people who have all 3 and compare. What about mounting capabilities, battery life and price? Is $330 the market price or can we find it for cheaper? You can find GoPro/Contour at $250 range very easily for example.

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I have the GoPro/Contour and both Drift Cameras: My choice?

Drift HD170 Action Camera
See details

Our price: $329.95

The reason this is the best? GoPro fogs, Contour is not a true fish-eye, and the Drift has a LCD and Remote. It also feels the best holding it with snow gloves for follow cam style shooting. LCD playback is so key. Otherwise you can spend all day shooting the sky and missing the better angles.
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Thanks for posting. It's always good to see people who have all 3 and compare. What about mounting capabilities, battery life and price? Is $330 the market price or can we find it for cheaper? You can find GoPro/Contour at $250 range very easily for example.
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