Film­ing Made Easy

Both the Gopro Hero5 Black and Shi­mano CM-2000 sport cam­era have cut­ting-edge ways for grab­bing great images

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - re­viewed by Matthew Pioro

Both the Gopro Hero5 Black and Shi­mano CM-2000 sport cam­era have cut­ting-edge ways for grab­bing great images

Call me a Lud­dite, but I don’t like talk­ing to elec­tronic giz­mos. No one needs to hear me ask­ing my phone what the weather is sup­posed to be to­mor­row or what the Bea­tles’ last al­bum was. But if there is a place for voice con­trol, it’s on an ac­tion cam­era. While the Gopro Hero5 Black ($ 550, ogc.ca) is not over­bur­dened with but­tons – one turns it on and tog­gles modes and an­other starts or stops record­ing – voice con­trol is great when you’re on your bike. “Gopro take photo.” “Gopro start record­ing.” “Gopro stop record­ing.” “Gopro turn off.” Easy. The voice con­trol let me pay more at­ten­tion to the road and my sur­round­ings. I didn’t have to worry about or check what mode I had left the cam­era in. I could just ask the ma­chine to shoot a photo, video, time lapse or burst. Things did get a lit­tle silly when I tried to use voice con­trol with the cam­era mounted on my han­dle­bars. In the wind, I’d have to put my face over the bars to is­sue my com­mands. On a flat stretch of road, it looked as if I was try­ing to do a tuck on a long moun­tain de­scent. Not ideal.

The Hero5 Black can shoot video at a res­o­lu­tion of 4K at 30 frames per sec­ond (f.p.s.) at the high end or at a 480p at 240 f.p.s. res­o­lu­tion at the low end. It can shoot pho­tos at 12 megapix­els. The best bal­ance be­tween video qual­ity and stor­age space is prob­a­bly 2.7K at 60 f.p.s.: you’ll have plenty of data if you want to do some fancy edit­ing af­ter­ward. If you’re up­grad­ing from an old Hero4 and plan­ning to use your old mi­crosd, be care­ful. The Hero5 Black moves a lot of data quickly. Older mi­crosd cards just can’t han­dle the speed and will fail to record the video, es­pe­cially at 4K res­o­lu­tion. I opted for a Class 10 card with uhs Speed Class 3, which worked per­fectly.

An­other sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence be­tween the Hero4 and Hero5 is wa­ter­proof­ing. The old Hero4 re­lied on ex­ter­nal hous­ing to keep out the wet. The Hero5 comes with a sim­i­lar hous­ing, but it’s just for af­fix­ing the cam­era to a mount. You don’t lose ac­cess to the touch screen when the cam­era is bun­dled up.

While the Gopro turns to your voice to make tak­ing pho­tos and videos eas­ier, the Shi­mano CM-2000 sport cam­era ($ 460, shi­mano-sport­cam­era.com) has a more pro­gram­matic method that uses much of the tech that you’re likely rid­ing with. You can con­nect your smart­phone to the cam­era via Blue­tooth and the cam­era’s Wifi. Then, us­ing the Shi­mano Sport Cam­era app, you can link other de­vices, such as speed and cadence sen­sors, a power me­ter, a heart rate mon­i­tor and even your Di2 sys­tem.

Take heart rate. You can cre­ate a record­ing con­di­tion in which the cam­era starts shoot­ing video once your heart rate reaches 120 b.p.m., for ex­am­ple. The film­ing will stop once your heart­beats fall be­low that set­ting. If you want to record the looks on your fel­low rid­ers’ faces as you at­tack off the front, ty­ing the cam­era into your power me­ter is bet­ter than your heart rate mon­i­tor. As you’ve seen dur­ing your in­ter­val work­outs, power num­bers go up al­most im­me­di­ately, while heart rate takes a lit­tle longer to climb. If you were us­ing heart rate to record that awe­some at­tack, you’ll prob­a­bly be too far ahead for the cam­era to cap­ture the looks of sur­prise in the group be­hind.

The high­est res­o­lu­tion on the Shi­mano is 1440p. It also does 1080p, 720p and 480p. For stills, you can do 6 megapix­els, a qual­ity good enough for pub­lish­ing in a mag­a­zine.

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