I’ve been an avid user of Action Cams for awhile, and was really stroked when SONY asked me to test out their latest 4K FDR-X1000V Action Cam. So after using it for a couple of weeks, I’ve come up with a couple of tips to help you in getting the best out of your SONY Action Cam.
The biggest problem with using Action Cams though, is that it’s super hard to frame a shot. Unless you have psychic powers, it takes lots of trial and error to achieve that perfect framing.
It also doesn’t help that whenever you’re using an Action Cam, it’s likely that you’re doing something exciting (like wakeboarding or jumping off a cliff) and won’t get a second chance to film that sequence again. One shot is all you have. Not to mention that sometimes you’ll even have to mount the camera on some obscure spot.
Although most action cams can be connected to your smartphones for viewing, it’s pretty silly to have your phone in front of you while performing some action activity. Imagine dropping your phone! D:
That’s why I really love the Live View Remote that comes with the SONY FDR X1000V Action Cam. Not only does it allow you to view the live footage and control the camera, it’s very also hardy and splash proof.
Wear it like a watch, strap it to the handlebar of your bicycle, or get creative based on your needs.
Another common problem action cameras face is image stability. Due to the nature of the activities, as well as the weight of the camera (it’s lightness ends up being a con here), it is all to easy to come back home after a fun filled day to shaky footage that gives the viewer a headache while watching it.
The built in Steady Shot Image Stabiliser does a great job at reducing vibrations (the best I’ve seen so far), but you’ll still have to be very conscious if you want smooth footage.
Choosing where you mount the action cam is crucial. Unless you have awesome suspension and are riding on a smooth road, avoid mounting the action cam to the bike/vehicle. Opt for a more stable head or chest mount as your body naturally absorbs the vibrations.
If you have shaky hands like me, try tucking your elbows in when filming. When possible, use two hands to stabilise the footage.
Highlight Movie Maker
The SONY FDR X1000V Action Cam also comes with a great in-built Highlight Movie Maker that automatically creates short movie clips from your selected footages. It does so by choosing the most action packed scenes with the motion gyro. No video editing skills required!
While this is convenient for quick sharing, it doesn’t allow you to control the scenes it shows. Imagine the software choosing your most unglamorous moment for the highlight clip!
One way to have more control is to film shorter sequences whenever possible. This gives you more flexibility in choosing the parts of a footage to show. Or rather, you can choose not to select any unglamorous footages!
Hope this short tips article helped. Stay tuned for my final side by side comparison with the GoPro Hero 4 Black soon!