This post is a first, in a particular sense: I bought a new camera. Of course I had a few cameras already. Take for instance that camera that can film in 360 degrees. It is nice, and I will certainly keep using it when images all the way around really add something, but the overall image quality of the 360 camera was a bit too poor for my liking. A lot of people agree, judging from the many blunt complaints on YouTube. That is why I now bought a GoPro8 Hero. In this post I will publish the first video I shot with it.
The partly disappointing 360 camera was not the only reason to buy a new camera. My iPhone11 Pro can shoot perfect video, but unfortunately I am no longer allowed to film handheld in the Netherlands. The fine for holding an electronic device while riding a bicycle is a little over €100 and there is enforcement I can now tell you from experience. It is simply not sustainable to keep doing this, so I had to find an alternative. Thanks to some very generous followers, who support me financially with donations, I was able to spend quite a bit of money on this new camera. (An extra ‘thank you’ to New Zealand!) Although I was able to save some money too, thanks to yet another kind follower who bought the camera for me in a location where the price was lower than in Europe at the time. Unfortunately the planned personal delivery was not possible with the travel ban (due to the Corona pandemic) so in the end I had the camera sent to me.
I had experienced how well a GoPro camera films thanks to the student who filmed his morning commute to Amsterdam, recently. Especially the extremely good stabilisation and the stunning wind noise reduction are a big plus for me to choose this camera. There still is a bit of wind noise left in this first video, but that is because I chose a particularly windy day to try it out. I have done further tests and the results were very good. I’m still tweaking which setup on my bicycle is best. I have the official bar mount, but my “baby carriage umbrella holder” setup that I also used for the 360 camera seems to do even better. I am also testing what’s better; I can either film in 4K with normal stabilisation or in full HD with extra stabilisation. This week’s video is the latter. In any case, I’m sure this new camera is going to increase the quality of my future videos. Make sure to watch it in the highest resolution. The test route I chose to cycle is not very special, but has all kinds of cycling infrastructure (and surfaces to test the stabilisation). This was filmed on 31 May. The last day of the first phase of the Dutch so-called intelligent lockdown. One day later cafés and restaurants reopened and the streets were much busier again.
In this post some pictures with extra information in the captions, but do particularly enjoy the long test-video!
Test ride from ‘s-Hertogebosch to Vught and back. 45 minutes.
For me it looks best on a PC screen in the highest resolution.
Sped-up version if you just want to quickly see where I rode. (8x & no sound).
Note: the software to create this hyper-lapse ruined the quality of the images.