Bench Talk – All About Action Cameras

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There is no shortage of MFG choices and options today but why should an athlete even concern themselves with an action camera? As a coach and athlete, I have found action camera footage invaluable for many reasons. So let’s cover the Who, what, when, how where and why of action cameras on today’s Bench Talk.

I have used action cameras and action camera footage in an effort to improve my athletes and my own performances. I have used footage to look at position, gait, race and training tactics, course recon and even for safety reasons.

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So Let’s jump in and cover what you are going to learn about today.

  • Who are the big names in Action Cameras today
  • What should you look for feature wise in an action camera
  • When would I even use an action camera
  • How do I set up an action camera
  • Where do I put my files and what do I do with them
  • Why isn’t my Smart Phone a good replacement for an action camera

Who are the big names in Action Cameras today

What should you look for feature wise in an action camera

  • Mounting options
  • Mega Pixels, SD, HD, UHD or VR
  • FPS 30-200+
  • Various photo modesDisplays and Touch
  • Displays and Touch Screens Remote or app control
  • Remote or app control
  • Voice Activation
  • Sensor connectivity
  • GPS tracking
  • Image stabilization
  • Battery life
  • Recording time
  • Storage
  • Waterproof
  • Future proof

When would I even use an action camera

  • Safety
  • Bragging rights
  • Bike fitting
  • Gait Analysis
  • Race and event monitoring and evaluation
  • Social Media Sales and Marketing
  • Sales and marketing

How do I set up an action camera

  • Start with the end goal in mind
  • Practice mounts and positions before putting a camera into live action
  • Mounting options
  • Feature concerns
  • Static or Dynamic

Where do I put my files and what do I do with them

  • Storage options
  • Local storage
  • Cloud or service storage
  • Editing
  • Posting and social media

Why isn’t my Smart Phone a good replacement for an action camera

  • Mounting
  • Fragility
  • Features

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