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Hi all,

was thinking of getting a sports camera to film some of my runs.

can any one recommend a cheaper version of the go pro or is it a false economy ,it dosent have to be  a perfect picture but I would like it to be watchable.

would rather not have a head mounted strap so would also be interested to no what mount is best for stability.

most of my runs are about 2hrs(half marathon)so battery and memory would be good if it could last that long,don't no if this would need swap out s d cards and extra cells.

cheers in advance Smile

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RE: Go pro or cheaper alternative

Go pro hero 3 gets four stars from the gadget show.

Linky here

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Thanx for the link ,Go pro looks good, only thing at the £300 price point it's a bit higher than I would hope to spend on it.

the drift 720 looks good for about half the price and I like the sound of the. Self balance lense.

i would spend the extra if the difference was night and day but its more just a bit of fun on some of the more pretty runs,it could well be something I use a couple of times and dosent get used again;--)

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If you don't want to head mount it, how do you plan on mounting some of the non-go pro cameras?  The go pro 3 is available for less than £200 and you can get a chest harness for them.  The go pro does have the best picture quality out of the action cams (they still lag behind a good compact camera though - my Sony RX100 is definitely better than my go pro), you can find some good comparison videos on youtube, and the best choice of mounting options should you ever want to use it for anything else.  They're popular cams, so maybe you could find a 2nd hand one cheaper on ebay.  The cheaper version of the go pro3 actually has better image quality than the most expensive (silver=cheap, black=expensive), the black can manage higher res and frame rates.  

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Cheers for replies,wasn't sure how to mount it,the head mounts just look a little anoyong but to be honist I've never seen any of these cameras in the flesh so I guess there small and lightish.

think it would be a good Idea to have a look at some videos on you tube to get an idea of pq,will probably have a search this weekend.

also while I think of it how do they stack up in comarison to an iPhone or a Nokia n8 in capture quality or is there somthing going on in them for stability or is it all in the software?

really like the look of the Sony wonder if that could be strapped to my shoulder when running,looks a little more discrete.

 

 

 

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Have you checked out amazon's website for ideas.

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simonlewis wrote:

Have you checked out amazon's website for ideas.

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carter wrote:

really like the look of the Sony wonder if that could be strapped to my shoulder when running,looks a little more discrete.

It may be possible. Here's a full list of accessories.

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Think the Sony looks good here

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I don't think the Sony was available when I bought my Gopro, it does look very good.  Looking at the accessories, I'm not sure how you'll get around not head mounting it.  Bit more research needed but I may buy one myself.

 

Edit:  Excellent camera, terrible mount options.

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"was thinking of getting a sports camera to film some of my runs."

Why though  ?

Excuse my ignorance.... but why would anyone WANT to film a run they make  ?

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Why not?

ive used adobe after effects for the last 3 or 4 years and I actually enjoy editing and splicing togethrer videos and add music to some and mess with the theams.

in the last month I did a 9 mile lap of Richmond park,7miles in Ashford forest,8 miles along the isle of sheppy coast,10 miles from Brighton seafront and 12. Miles along Hastings sea front amongst runs in Oxford and various other parks and city's and you see so much more when on foot than you do whiz zing past in the car.

would also give me a chance to use some kind of motion stabling software to minamize the movement of the footage edit the best bits of a run together and put some music to it,DIY music video kind of thing

it really is nice running along a coast Line or getting to a top of a hill and seeing the view or when running down a wooded track and seeing deer or horses up ahead, I'm not sure how this will translate onto video, obviously not like when your there but could make some nice little films.

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Craig M. wrote:

I don't think the Sony was available when I bought my Gopro, it does look very good.  Looking at the accessories, I'm not sure how you'll get around not head mounting it.  Bit more research needed but I may buy one myself.

 

Edit:  Excellent camera, terrible mount options.

to be fair looking at some of the footage on line they all look pretty good for the money and I don't think I would be disappointed with any of them.......still not sure about having one strapped to my head dalek style;-)

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