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Trans Nuang 2013

5 runners. 42km. 16 hours. Elevation gain 2,878 meters / 9,442 feet. All here.

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Palm-sized HD Shooters

Since I’m a runner and a photographer, the posts on this site alternate between both topics. There will be occassions when both passions come together just like when I covered the recent NB 15K or last year’s Salomon X-Trail.

For this post I’m just going to do a quick take on the new HD cameras that are in the market today. I’m only aware of these thanks to Photofocus’ mini review of the VholdR helmet cam and Run.Denim.Butterfly’s wish list of the Sony Bloggie. There’s also Kodak’s Zi8 and Sanyo’s Xacti range. I’m captivated by these miniature HD toys only because I’m a geek and not because I’m on the lookout for yet another piece of electronics.

There are reasons why I’m not one to carry a camera on the run and here are some of them.

  1. I don’t have the finesse to run and shoot at the same time – no in-camera image stabilization technology will prevent me from returning smooth footage.
  2. I don’t want to stop mid-run to shoot.
  3. I don’t have a small and ruggedized enough camera to bring on a run. Besides the camera need to have minimal to non-existent shutter lag time and shutter speed to counter my bobbing movements, shortcomings which point and shoot compacts are yet to surmount.
  4. Even if I do have the hardware, the routes that I take are usually the pretty standard ones. Nothing exceptional. No beautiful trails, vistas, countryside roads to share.
  5. In the creative department, I’m still partial to story-telling via stills and multimedia slideshows. Videos are still not in my horizon.

How I see these work, for runners and race organizers:

  1. Video of race route. Many large marathons post videos of the route on their websites and you don’t need large videocams to do this job.
  2. I didn’t dig into each of the camera specs but if any of them can be tethered, the race organizers would be able to stream the race live.
  3. Reality TV – c’mon there are enough reality-based talent shows already. Why can’t there be one called “Who Wants To Be A Marathoner?” Slap one of these babies to the newbies and the viewer will get a runner’s view of the training runs and races.
  4. Runners who are already carrying cameras on-the-run will find the VholdR a nice option if they can rig it up to their running cap.

Do these HD minicams work work you? Do you see any use in the exploration of your photography/blogging interests? Check those links out and I’d be interested to hear your take on them.

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