I’ve recently been asked about mounting a camera on the Wing, eg- which camera to use? where to mount it? and how to power it?
So, here’s what I’ve done –
I used to use a Virb Elite but I’ve just changed to a Garmin Virb XE camera – because as well as it taking decent quality video and stills, it also records GPS data. This means I can see where we were when the video was shot, what speed we are doing, what elevation, even insert a map of the road too if I wish. I prefer it to all the others because of these and may other useful features.
I’ve mounted it onto the brake reservoir using a GoPro swivel mount so that I can adjust the camera angle etc to suit. I first used a RAM mount but I thought it was too bulky. I like to have it looking through the screen and showing part of the dash of the bike because I think it makes it more interesting to see the revs, and speed etc.
To set the camera view I view the lens shot through my iPhone and adjust the position of the camera and the lens til I get it how I want it – the lens has Wide angle, Zoom, and Ultra Zoom options. I shot this video in Zoom.
The camera does have an onboard battery but I powered it using a weather resistant Garmin cable and I fed power from a USB power socket in the leftside front glove pocket. It works fine and the battery never runs low.
The Virb comes with editing software from Garmin – Garmin Virb EDIT, easy to remember 🙂
Its easy to use and allows me to trim video, join them together, insert Titles, and overlay music too.
Heres a short clip of us riding in the Durham Dales over the Easter weekend, this was shot on my new Virb XE 🙂
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And heres a link to a video I shot on the Virb Elite after we exited the ferry at Hull last year.
I think the camera angle makes some of these filters look tighter than they actually were 🙂
. Have fun,