The GoPro Hero has to be the best conception and implementation of a point of view camera. We use them for a host of things at Bike198 and I have even used it to video my kid in the car around hard turns in the mountains. Their versatility and ability to mount anywhere with surprisingly good video quality is unmatched in the industry right now.
Where GoPro really gets it right is the ability to mount the camera in locations that seem impossible. This example is a fantastic representation of what is really possible. Want to put the GoPro on a boom and film yourself hitting a DH track? Well…you can with the GoPro…
Check out this video of Andrew Whiteford shredding up his local track in a first person view that he dubs the “vain cam”. I am not sure this would work in the trees of the southeast US, but it sure does make for a cool video.
This video was actually shot as part of a promotional series for the G9300 MUDMAN Compass. Luckily for us, the promotion is kept at a minimum and 95% of the video is about mountain biking with Cam Zink and Kyle Strait (also known for my favorite 661 Kyle Strait Knee Pads).
Outside of the huge drops these guys are pulling off in Utah, I think my favorite part of the entire video is when Kyle narrates “definitely one of the coolest parts about mountain biking is just being out there and it is just you and the bike”. He talks about how riding is “gravity fed” with no motors…just you grunting up the hill for the next shot at having gravity help you down. When I am out riding…that is really how it feels. Man power with machine conquering the hill. How fast or slow I am that day is completely dependent upon me as me and my rig of choice for that day seek out to do the impossible.