Motovlogging has been getting more traction within the motorcycle community in recent years. This is in line with the overall shift towards more video based content on the Internet.
Here’re some stats regarding use of video in 2016
- Businesses using video grow 49% faster than those who don’t.
- 4% of Consumer finds video helpful while doing comparison shopping.
- Social video generates 1200% more share than text and images combined.
As such, Video has emerged as a new content marketing medium and is commonly referred as Vlogging in marketing lingo. You can refer to this excellent infographic for understanding the evolution of video.
Vlogging is a short acronym for video blogging. So, if you happen to be a blogger then, going Vlogging route should be a great option for you.
One cool way to start and uniquely position oneself is by doing motovlogging.
However, there’re many options for buying the right accessories and setting up your system that it might become a nightmare for you to do it correctly.
The camera is one of the most important piece of the puzzle that you need to figure out before you start boom boom with your Vlogging.
In this post, I’ll share with you some of the best and affordable camera that you can work with.
So, let’s get started
GoPro HERO Session review
We all know about the GoPro brand which is becoming a big player in the POV (point-of-view) camera market. These action cams are used by surfers, skydivers, Moto drivers to do extreme videography.
GoPro Hero session is the smallest and lightest GoPro video camera in the current market.
Design and Features
GoPro Hero Session weighs 2.6 ounces (74g) and comes in a square shape along with mounting frames and quick-release buckles. This allows let you rotate the camera easily for better accessibility and functionality.
It also hasa 8-megapixel sensor with 170-degree wide-angle lens. GoPro Hero Session is waterproof till 10m down the water and can be used to capture your underwater activities.
The camera comes with two frames: Bottom mount frame and back mount frame for quick positioning. The Session also comes with a quick release buckle which makes it easier for us to use it in congested places with enhanced performance.
One feature that is highly useful is the presence of buckle with a ball joint which helps in tilting the camera up and down.
The GoPro comes with only two buttons – Top and Back button. You can press the Top button to start the camera recording. If you need to take flash pictures, then you need to push the on/off button for 3 seconds.
You can push the back button to open up a screen with video resolution and battery power information. It also enables the HiLight feature for tagging key moments. With one more push, you can on the wifi features and connect it with any IOS or Android device.
There is a Micro-USB port for connectivity reason and a micro- SD card slot which supports up to 64 GB.
The camera can record at up to 1,920×1, 440 at 30fps, 1,920×1, 1080 at 60fps and 1,280×720 at 100fps. It also has the ability to do loop recording and single photo capture with great efficacy.
GoPro has two mics, one in front and one in back. The mics come with noise reduction ability and perform impressively with high-speed wind stacking on it.
For underwater video capture, the mics get muted and function to clear the maximum amount of water in the minimum time.
Battery life is around 2 hours when recording at 1080p at 30fps with Wi-Fi off.
- The device is extremely small and tough and can fit anywhere.
- GoPro Session is water resistant without any case and builds ease of use to that.
- You can’t remove the battery.
Drift HD Ghost-S Camcorder review
Drift HD is another action camcorder you can look into. It comes with superior features such as 300 degrees rotatable lens and 12-megapixel sensor to make your Vlogging experience superb.
Design and Features
The camcorder comes with the ability to shoot 1080p video at 60 fps giving your videos highly polished and professional look.It can also take 12 MP still photos with distinctive ease.
Drift HD has a swivelling lens which can be turned by 300 degrees. This allows you to use the camera at any angle while maintaining perfect orientation between Lens and Camera.
AT the top you’ll find all the navigation and power buttons. The back covercontains microSD, mini HDMI, and mini USB ports, and a 3.5mm mic port.
The Drift HD Ghost-S comes with an accessories box containing remote, the battery, a non-waterproof connector, a mini USB cable, a microphone extension cable, and a goggle mount.
The Ghost-S comes with a remote which you can attach to your wrist, and you can use it to take video, time-lapse, and burst photos. The recording status is shown in the remote which makes it useful when the camera is mounted on your biking helmet.
You can record 1080p videos at 25 to 60fps with fields of view ranging from 90 degrees to 160 degrees.
I found that the video quality captured by the 12-megapixel Sony CM sensor is quite good if not better than its overpriced competitors.
Though, if you use the normal mode to capture 1080p videos then sometimes I found edges to be interlaced in the video which is a turnoff.
With the Ghost-S you can capture picture both in time lapsed mode as well as of burst mode of 5sec or 10 sec.
There is no image stabilization feature in Ghost-S, and it might appear that it’ll negatively affect the picture quality while motovlogging. However, truth to be told I didn’t find any noticeable difference in the image quality.
GoPro Hero Session vs. Drift HD Ghost-S
Both the cameras are built to last and provide you with the ultimate experience.
Ghost-S has 12-megapixel sensor whereas the GoPro uses 8-megapixel sensor. Ghost-S also has a rotatable lens which you can rotate by 300 degrees for a better field of view.
Ghost-S also has a better battery life 3.5 hours than Go Pro which only boast battery life of 2 hours.
The remote of Ghost-S camcorder comes with the greater option of showing the recording status and control functionality than Go Pro.
Overall, I would recommend Drift HD Ghost-S over Go PRO. However, Ghost-S is more costly. Hence if you’re looking for an affordable option, you could always go with Go Pro.
Motovlogging is on the rise.
And, with more and more social media platforms getting added every day and the internet is opening up video content consumption will also increase accordingly.
Both the cameras are good ones. You need to choose one according to your flair and budget and start using it to get accustomed to the features.
Let us know in the comment if you’ve used any of the cameras and how was your experience out of it?