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Monday
Apr142014

Moto-Vlogging with the Sony Action Camera

Judging from some comments under my Sony AS100 action camera review, a few people still believe it's not possible to access the microphone socket on the camera when it's mounted to something. This was an issue that Sony resolved last year with the introduction of their Skeleton Case...but it seems like it must be time for a demonstration. 

 

Here is a list of items featured in the video.

The Audio Technica ATR3350 Microphone (also used for the piece to camera at the beginning)

If you haven't been keeping up to date with the available accessories for the Sony Action Camera range, you may be surprised by how many items are now available. You can bring yourself up to speed by looking here on the UK Sony Shop..and there is an even greater range of accessories available in Japan

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Reader Comments (24)

Hi Mat, well this is a first for me,to watch an entertaining and informative moto-vlog. It makes a difference having a lovely day to take the video too. Very impressed with the quality and clariity of the video and the sound, considering you are speaking real time with a helmet on. Very impressive indeed to do an entertaining commentary while on the bike and point out local landmarks. Is there no end of your talents?

Thanks again.

Daz

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

There are a few things I'd do differently if this was a hobby I planned to take up - but as this was a one off - shot edited and uploaded within 5 hours - I'm relatively satisfied with the results.

I'll take a break for a few days then I'll be onto the next gadget, not sure what it is yet, but that's a big part of the fun for me.

April 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well done on the setup and video, big fan of Sir Bradley here so that was a nice touch although I didn't quite get what that gold box was about (mail ?) and why it would be gold for Wiggo...a fan of his maybe?

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWebvan

Nice video, thanks for making it.

As to your pondering question about fanboism, IMO I think a lot of people want to feel 'justified' for their decisions so that's why a lot of fanboi's are so vehement in their support for certain companies and their products.

Finding the best solution for you is what is most important. Besides, the one thing these companies love about you is your money and if you can't give them that, they have no problem with getting it from someone else. :p

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBicketybam

Hi Matt, To avoid surround (wind) noise you could consider using a throat microphone.
I've been using this one with good results: http://www.ixradio.com/shop/throat-mic/XTM880RD
Thanks and greetings.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraviva

Hi Mat, To eliminate stray noise you may want to consider a throat microphone, I've used this one with success: http://www.ixradio.com/shop/throat-mic/XTM880RD
Thanks for your reviews and greetings

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraviva

Hi,

Thanks again for another excellent review.

Proof of your talent is that you are truly part of a very select group of authors that get my undivided attention even if I really don't care at all for most of the products you review. I'm very happy with my Mobius and yet I never miss a single video you post—and I'm even going through the entire archive. Gosh, I've even watched you making French fries and enjoyed every moment of it! (Yes, my wife also questions my sanity.)

These last two videos raised a poignant question so I'll have to bite and ask: do you keep a special brand new penny just for shooting purposes? You are so fastidious with your quality standards that I can see you going to the bank and asking for a freshly mint coin to shoot the tripod mounting scenes. :o)

Anyway, thanks for your great work and for being always willing help. In the age of self-entitled ignorant internet commenters this Herculean, if not Sisyphean task, requires a great deal of patience.

Have a nice day.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDashing Along

You aren't too far from the truth... I did make a special effort to pick out a shiny coin from my wallet for both videos. I'm still learning on the patience thing.

April 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Matt ,

Thanks again for another entertaining video . Unfortunately , as ever , there is always one person that asks "that one question" that you haven't got covered by the buying / info links .
Sorry to be "that person" that is asking "that one question" , but can you possibly provide a link to a cheap reputable supplier of memory cards please ? Or do you just pay top dollar from eBuyer or some such place ? There seems to be quite a plethora of "upgraded" cards on the market at the moment . The last thing I want after recording something is to loose it all on a dodgy card .

Thanks

Fat Biker

April 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFat Biker

I only buy cards from Amazon themselves - (not their marketplace sellers). One reason is because I have prime, but another reason is because you can trust Amazon to source their products direct from the manufacturer. This is a link to the 64GB SDXC card I bought for and used in the video. http://amzn.to/1eYDkW3

April 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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