The bicycle test

Today I decided to attach the action camera’s bicycle mount and see what the footage could look like “out in the wild.”

At first, I was disappointed with the mount. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t tighten the screw enough to make the camera stable. This turned out to be user error 1. The mount attachments all have metal at one of the screw holes, and plastic on the other. I inserted the screw into the metal end, which put a hard limit to how tight I could turn it 2. If I had inserted the screw into the plastic end first, there would have been enough “give” to create a tight fit. Had I been paying attention when I disassembled the default mount, this wouldn’t have been an issue 3. I live and I learn.

I also found I didn’t mind the fish eye effect as much for pure “action” shots. I’m discovering this is a delicate balance. Whenever the camera is stationary, or even moving at walking speed, the distortion is intolerable. Objects which are affected by it simply remain in frame too long and attract attention. When I sped up the pace to even a leisurely bicycle speed, however, the area of distortion changed so rapidly it was hardly noticeable.

For the video below, I actually used the wifi feature to transfer the video to my iPhone, edited it in iMovie, and published it to YouTube 4. iMovie doesn’t have the level of control Final Cut Pro X has, but for a simple and fast share, it really is a marvel.

I think I’m going to like this thing! Now I need to finally go out and get a new bicycle for myself.

  1. Even geeks suffer from PEBKAC. 
  2. Stainless steel has a great many wonderful characteristics. “Squeezability” isn’t one of them. 
  3. I blame video games. No, Trump. No, Obama. No, Clinton. No, global warming. No, atheists. No, theists. No… oh never mind, it was my fault. 
  4. Though my Facebook friends saw it first. Sorry.