Tried to make some videos - again - on my last activation, but - again - failed to get some quality footage. Video is shaky, I record audio separately using my Sony Dictaphone (DVR), but that also doesn’t sound great (although better than my phone’s microphone) and I find that I need extra hands when climbing to hold everything. I’m also so busy with the equipment that I find I can’t spontaneously talk into the camera anymore.
My phone is a 5 year old model without video stabilization and video quality is so-so. I have a DSLR (Canon EOS 750D) which takes good video, but it’s heavy and you can’t walk and film with it (again, shaky video). Also the angle is not that wide for scenery shots. For indoor use on a tripod it’s fine, especially with an external lavalier mike, so I can’t complain.
Do you really need a GoPro to get some stable action video? Unfortunately I don’t have money to buy one. So how to improve things? Maybe a gimbal will be a good, intermediate solution, they can be had for under US$100? Or some other type of selfie stick or tripod? Or in the worst case, buy a more modern phone, because I read they nowadays always have video stabilization (although I have my doubts that they will do a terrific job). My phones usually cost less than US$200, so it will be difficult to find something with good specs for that price.
In any case, I’m looking for something I can hang around my neck, or hang from my backpack strap, so I will have my hands free when I need to climb. I also need to be able to walk and shoot and make pan shots of scenery.
So all you YouTubers and other SOTA climber, give me some tips and hints, please. What works for you and how do you go about making videos of your activations? I might not be able to emulate your way of doing things, but it is sure inspiring to read about it. Cheers.