Skiing with camera - ski & snowboard videos
This entry was posted on November 17, 2017.
It becomes more and more popular to record unforgettable moments on the slope while skiing or snowboarding. You can have a POV camera (Point of View Camera) in your hand, on a stick, on your helmet... Because winter sports demand more sophisticated devices to work with, it’s important to understand the terms and features that POV cameras use. Thanks to that you can decide which one will best suit your needs.
Shortly speaking, contrast is the difference in color and shading that makes an object more distinguishable.
Display resolution is one of the most common features - it has to do with video quality. In general, resolution measures the size of the screen in a number of pixels. Therefore, the more pixels there are, the larger the screen and higher the quality become. Common high-definition (HD) resolutions are 720p and 1080p.
Exposure is a thing that has to do with the amount of light allowed to hit a photosensor in a camera. It is up to the photographer to decide the intended exposure, however, underexposed photos will be too dark and -unfortunately - shadows will be indiscernible from blacks. On the other hand, overexposed photos will be white, we can say: “washed out” and there will be no highlight detail.
Frames Per Second (fps)
Each display resolution has a specific frame speed that it can film at (ex. 720p 60fps). You can translate these speeds to how many still pictures (or frames, professionally speaking) the camera can take per second in the video mode. If you plan on taking slow-motion shots, this is an important number to check before buying. To keep the video smooth, glitch-free during slow-motion playback, you can't forget to have a higher fps rate. The more frames per second you have, the smoother the shot will appear while stretched out to a slower speed. For slow-motion shots, 60fps or above is recommended.
Metering is the process by which a camera selects itself an appropriate combination of aperture and shutter speed. It can do it by reading light levels. It automatically sets the required exposure value, so you don't have to worry about the quality of video recorded during changeable circumstances.
Photo quality is measured in megapixels (MP). To make it more clear, each megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels. The more megapixels there are, the higher quality the photo will be.
Sharpness determines the amount of detail a camera can catch on a photo or a video. It is measured in comparison to the naked eye.
White balance solves the “temperature” issues. It's not about the weather though :). It is about colors in an image or video. White balance removes unrealistic color casts. It makes objects that are actually white appear white in the picture or video as well.