Cameras Of The Future

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Cameras Of The Future

Cameras of

the future

Josh Neilson looks at the different

ways you can use them.

I remember when the first affordable waterproof cameras came out

on the market and I knew I had to have one. While they were kind of

bulky with cords and things everywhere, they were still quite a novelty.

Back then the quality was far from what you could achieve with the land

based cameras, but still cool to give the films a little perspective. Since

then, the race has been on to bring the quality up to speed with other

cameras and we now have an abundance of films specifically shot off

these little devices. I have been using the GoPro cameras since the

beginning and have been amazed at each new addition. You can mount

them anywhere and the results speak for themselves.

I live on the Kaituna River and have seen and taken shots from almost

every access point along the river of every drop, yet the potential to

share its unique beauty is far from over. The camera mounts stick on

anywhere and can produce amazing results, some from luck of the

photo timer and others from still frames out of the video. My advice is

to be creative and break away from the ever popular helmet mount and

see where it takes you.

the river runer

My personal favourites are;

The Paddle Blade Mount - Stick a flat or curved mount on the paddle

blade facing back

towards you. While half

the shots will be under

water you will get some

really cool framed shots.

I like to put 2 sticky pads

down and use one as a

safety attachment with a

string in case you hit a

rock etc.

The Nose and Tail

Mounts - You can get

great shots down low

facing you from both

directions. When the

water splashes over the

camera, on the front

STOMPER

the creek boat

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the screen is often clear and produces awesome images. On the

back facing forward is great for going off waterfalls as you get a great

perspective of going over the lip.

The Helmet Mount - Be creative here if you have too many standard

head cam shots. Use the add on bars to point the camera in

different directions.

The Egg Timer Mount

- By getting really crafty

you can make time-lapse

videos on your camera by

attaching it to an egg timer

and filming as the camera

spins around. Once you

speed it up in an editing

program you will see the

great results.

The Extender Bar Mount

- This is my personal

favourite. It takes a little

work to find the best design

for your boat but it’s worth

it. Like the Nose and Tail

Mount you can see front

and back but with this you

have the added extra of

height. This gives you the

feeling while watching the

footage of actually being

there. Something that can

be easily taken off is ideal for harder rivers and care is needed while

paddling with the add on but you will see some cool shots from it.

The Suction Cup Mount - This is a mount that can stick on any flat

surface. It pays to tie a safety strap on just in case but it’s pretty secure.

This can be great for all the extra shots you need for your weekend film

like sticking it to your car, boat, paddle etc.

Some of these mounts take a little extra work but being creative with it

will set your images apart from the huge number out there already. We

are always looking for cool new ways to film so if you have any ideas

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let me know! I hope to see you all out on the river with the little red light

flashing someday soon!

What I use - GoPro Hero HD 3 Black Edition

Why - It shoots at a variety of frame rates great for photos and video.

Other awesome features - Wireless remote is the best so you never

have to look at the camera to see if its on or change the mode as it can

all be done with the remote. Great slow motion frame rates. Low light

capabilities for when you are deep in a gorge!

GoPro is now available from some Canoe & Kayak Centres.

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