When selecting a camera package, it is important to first consider the type of motorsport you will be using it for, as certain cameras and camera mounts will tend to suit different disciplines better than others. It may also be that a certain style of camera mount lends itself to a particular style of riding or driving, or that you wish to capture footage from a particular perspective.
For those who get their kicks on two wheels, much of the camera buying decision will come down to the type of head wear being worn. Dirt riders – such as Moto-X, FMX or speedway – who typically wear goggles with an open full-face helmet may wish to secure their camera using a goggle strap mount. This mounting method is best suited to smaller, more streamlined, bullet-style cameras, such as the Drift HD.
However, road riders will typically wear a wear a full face helmet with a built in visor, in which case a curved adhesive mount may be the most appropriate mounting option. The GoPro Front Mount is also another popular camera mount, which attaches to the front of a helmet like a headlamp and can be turned back to face the rider for self-portrait videos and photos.
For those who prefer to drive on four wheels, be it on tarmac or dirt, there are also a number of camera mounting options available. Much like above, the perspective of footage captured will be determined by the style and position of the camera mount being used.
While many drivers opt for a helmet mount in order to gain point-of-view footage, some prefer to mount the camera on the dashboard of the vehicle. Doing so can offer a smooth racing view if facing out of the windscreen, or capture a driver’s reaction or commentary if turned backwards. There’s also the option of securing the camera to the wind screen using a suction mount, if preferred.
As you can see, there are plenty of camera mounting options for any motorsport enthusiast, and there are a number of camera models available that are more than suitable for the job.
Much of the Drift HD’s appeal comes in the form of it’s built in screen and optional remote control, which make the camera perfect for recording on a bike or in a car. There are also a host of additional motorsport appropriate mounts available for the Drift HD, including the Drift suction, the Drift Handle Bar Mount, as well as clamps and roll bar mounts.
But arguably the best all-round package is the GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition. This motorsport-specific package includes the newest edition to the GoPro action camera family – the GoPro HD2 – as well as assorted kit mountable and wearable mounting hardware to suit every type of rider or driver. As well as adaptability, the GoPro HD2 packs full 1080p HD recording, a 170° wide-angle lens and 5 megapixel still image capture – it’s also waterproof, meaning rain will never stop play.
So whether you’re a professional with a big race looming, or a wannabe Stig on your first track day, an HD action camera can make it possible to capture and share the experience whenever you please.
Submitted by Matt Taylor, Marketing Manager at Action Cameras. For more information about the GoPro HD Helmet Hero range, Drift HD and Contour HD action cameras and the mounts available for them, visit http://www.actioncameras.co.uk/.
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