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Old     (lakeskater)      Join Date: Sep 2009       08-15-2012, 9:46 AM Reply   
I tried the narrow setting for the first time yesterday, as expected there is some loss of quality but not as bad as expected. A little noise in the sky is apparent in the narrow setting. With a distance of 60 feet between the rider and the camera, the screenshots below show the difference between the three FOV settings.
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Old     (shags004)      Join Date: Aug 2012       08-20-2012, 5:59 PM Reply   
So which setting do you find to be best and not lose the rider when they cut out wide?
Old     (lakeskater)      Join Date: Sep 2009       08-20-2012, 8:23 PM Reply   
I didn't use a fixed mount so I"m not sure. I had the camera on my helmet, facing backward, and slowly turned my head as the rider went from one side to the other.
I think the wide angle with a stationary mount would keep the rider in frame, maybe the medium, but definately the narrow setting would be too narrow with the camera in a fixed position. This was just an experiment to see how the three settings would compare. Even the narrow setting is too wide for a good view of the rider.
Unfortunately the narrow FOV is as close to a zoom as the GoPro will deliver.

Below is a link to the video shot in narrow angle. The rider is my buddy Ronnie B., 56 years old, working on some new surface tricks. You won't see any ollies, shovits or kickflips, but I think he does pretty good for his age.


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