Is GoPro Hero7 good for MTB? Is there anything cheaper?

Is GoPro Hero7 good for MTB? Is there anything cheaper?


what action camera should you buy for mountain biking I’m going to answer that question today give you some recommendations and help you understand what makes an action camera good for mountain biking specifically I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the hero 7 black which is GoPros new flagship camera a lot of people have been calling this a game changer and GoPro claims it has gimbal like stabilization we’ll talk about whether the 7 black is the right camera for you but also explore some other options that cost less than $400 let’s start by examining a few well-known scenarios in which action cameras are used for mountain biking Brian from bkx II makes his living off a first-person video every week he’s in a different remote location with one chance to film an entire trail perfectly no needs Pat’s today every day should probably be a d-pad day since Brian speaks during his rides perfect audio is essential with 10 plus minute videos he also needs buttery stabilization because anything less would give his viewers motion sickness to achieve perfect audio and video every time Brian makes big sacrifices he straps this mechanical stabilizer or gimbal to his chest on every ride on the gimbal is a three-generation old GoPro Hero 4 which happens to have the perfect microphone for mountain bike vlogging this GoPro must be unscrewed and reinstalled on the gimbal every time Brian changes batteries plus the gimbal itself has its own set of batteries now multiply all of this by 2 because Brian brings a spare camera gimbal and hardware set to protect himself against failures this camera setup is uncomfortable complex and sometimes even inhibiting but that’s what it takes to post two to three quality videos to YouTube every week blake from global mountain bike network relies on a very different setup he rarely rides with anything but a basic unstabilized gopro this can range from a hero session on his helmet to a hero five sticking out of his jersey this is a shockingly simple arrangement which is very lightweight convenient and easy to operate GM bien edits their videos with lots of third person shots so the GoPro footage is usually in short spurts the hero session blends in provides good enough footage and doesn’t inhibit Blake’s movement in any way so here we have two very popular and influential mountain bikers utilizing camera rigs which are on opposite ends of the spectrum but most riders fall somewhere in the middle they want quality footage with a minimum of hassle enter the hero 7 black this is GoPros new flagship camera featuring in their words hyper smooth stabilization from a chest mount it’s lightyears ahead of anything that came before it and from a helmet it’s even more staple I also like it a lot better than a gimbal for shorter clips no it’s not as stable but that’s a good thing when you want to feel the rider lean into a turn or dive into a steep shoes gimbal stay level with the horizon often dumbing down the perception of rider input and trail steepness I do want to make clear that gimbals are still the best option for people like brian who post longer videos showcasing epic locations it’s just that most of us are only trying to capture a short clip or study a course for an upcoming race for $400 the 7 black is in a league of its own but what if you want to spend less I personally think the best alternative is GoPros previous flagship camera the hero six black this is currently for sale for three hundred dollars and it’s better than the Hero seven silver which GoPro also currently sells for three hundred dollars it also has most of the same features as the hero seven black aside from hyper smooth I’ve been using this camera on my helmet for months and the footage is quite good drop below that price point and you won’t find very effective stabilization the two generational Hero 5 is still available but the stabilization on that is quite primitive Sony makes some really high quality action cameras but they have a limiting form factor that isn’t the best for mountain biking the e 4k plus is certainly cheaper but I haven’t seen any good mountain bike footage from that I’d even consider the Rilo except it’s $500 and doesn’t have as good of image quality as any of these cameras so what is the best option for 200 bucks my top pick is the hero 5 session GoPro doesn’t make this camera anymore but you can still find it online fairly easily the Hero 5 session actually shoots in 4k something GoPros newest $200 camera doesn’t do it’s also stealthy compact water-resistant and really easy to pop out of its case the audio quality is arguably better than the current generation GoPros and the battery life is impressive best of all these cameras are reliable which is why I still see them on people’s helmets everywhere and it makes me wonder why do they stop making this this is one of GoPros most beloved products and I almost don’t want to tell you to grab one while you still can so those are my three picks for action cameras ranging from 200 through four and yes they’re all GoPros Amana GoPro fanboy and in fact I’m actively looking for alternatives it’s frustrating to me that GoPro stopped making the session which everyone loved it’s also ridiculous that people like Bryan are forced to buy old Hero fours for their superior microphones and on newer GoPros this $50 audio input box is a slap to the face for God’s sake is the same size of the GoPro but despite all of this these cameras are dollar for dollar the best thing you could use to capture first-person mountain biking footage of course these are my opinions if you disagree by all means outline your argument in the comments we’re all here to learn but before we wrap this up I’m sure that some of you still want footage that looks like this at all costs [Music] so here it is meet the ride runner 5000 dis consists of a chest strap a GoPro karma stabilizer a hero six black the $100 extension cable an external audio recorder because the sound from this thing is unusable and of course this big heavy controller which fits neatly in your pocket don’t forget a spare $100 grip in case you run out of battery if you want to spend $800 on all this you might guess as far as I’m concerned chest-mounted gimbals are now legacy products if your income doesn’t depend on getting silky smooth footage why deal with the hassle after all we’re out there riding to have a good time so keep your priorities straight and don’t let camera gear spoil your fun thanks for riding with me today and I’ll see you next time [Music] [Music] you