A while ago we were discussing the merits of the Osmo pocket gimbals Versus the Go Pro Hero 7's built in stabilisation.
Well. This part of my mission is to try and get the smoothest video I can from equipment carried on a motorcycle - and even then there's some caveats.
I learned the hard way about the damage that the rigors of vibration and shock can cause while transporting camera kit in panniers or top boxes. I had an expensive lens shake itself to bits while securely (I thought) stowed and padded in foam inside the luggage of a Harley. Subsequently unless it's really bad weather I only ever ride with kit in a variety of bags secured on my person. Call me 280lbs worth of vibration dampening.
The DJI Osmo ticked the size and transport-ability boxes in optimal fashion, but I wasn't sold on the frame rates available - nor was I overly impressed with the stability of the footage from one of my colleagues who owns one. Good ... great for selfies et al - not so good when moving around a stationary subject.
So I pulled the pin on a new Hero 7 Black - and bundled it with a Feiyutech G6 3-Axis Gimbal. Double down!
First test run was this afternoon. I don't have a test bike currently so I used on of my Bicycles as a subject - the Fat Fink - I shot at 240p and output at 30p and for a quick low-light trial - I'm OK with the results considering the effort involved. For hand held it's not too bad.
I attached a small articulated arm on the Gimbal and use the Go Pro app on my phone to give a viable monitor and easier controls - I also stuck an extra pole on the base for two handed operation - although this sample shoot is single handed.
Importantly It all folds down to one pocket on my backpack or a section of my shoulder bag. Still plenty of room for the D800, speedlight and some lenses.
Somewhat disappointing is that the Gimbal's app doesn't connect to the Go Pro - next firmware upgrade will hopefully fix that - in the meantime the Go Pro's voice commands work really well. Siri-type well.
I've also been in the horns of the 'D850 versus Z7 mirrorless' next-upgrade dilemma too - but more of that later.