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The Day in Which a Panasonic LX7 and Pentax Q Pretend That They are GoPros

Discussion in 'Panasonic/Leica Forum' started by john m flores, May 20, 2013.

  1. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
  2. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the video is aces John....nice work. Lisa's enthusiasm is contagious. So now that you're not sitting next to her. How does it really drive?
     
  4. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Is that just a suction cup holding the mount to the window?
     
  5. Edgar

    Edgar SC Rookie

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    Mar 6, 2013
    Toronto
    Edgar Matias
    Very nice work!

    BTW, for those wanting a more filmic look out of the LX7, if you buy one in a PAL country (Europe or Hong Kong), it records HD @ 25/50 fps which can easily be conformed down to 24fps (vs. 30/60 fps for the US model).
     
  6. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    The moment I saw the thread title, I knew you were the one who posted it, John! Excellent and very cool!
     
  7. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Footage is on the blog. Processing more as we speak...

    Quite nice, actually. I really didn't push the pace since I was busy trying to have an intelligent conversation, handling seemed very neutral and composed. The near-silence of the LEAF and other EVs is the most profound thing; they literally are bank-vault quiet. Jump back into a gas-engined car or hybrid and they suddenly feel coarse and unrefined in comparison.

    Yup, just a single suction cup. Larger DSLRs often use two suction cups or more. I used to tether when possible, but that introduces its own challenges; a camera banging against the side of a car at 40MPH is likely to do some damage. I'm still gathering up the courage to mount it low on the car where I can't see it.

    Thx. Was it the gear used or the incisive writing that tipped you off LOL?!
     
  8. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Must be a super-duper suction cup!! I can't even get the suction cup for my V1 (the other V1, the Valentine radar detector) to stay stuck all the time!
     
  9. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Both! Now let's see them both stuck to the fairing of your Aprilia!
     
  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Suction cups? OMFG!! I could not trust one to mind a camera... brave man, John! Going to look at the blog now :)

    [edit] DAMMIT!!! Now I want that car!
     
  11. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    Very nice work! :thumbup:
     
  12. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
  13. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Enjoyed that !
     
  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    That Fiat looks like a blast to drive......reminds of my the new MINI I had years back.....like a go-kart.
     
  15. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Where do you get those suction cups John? Are they for the purpose you're using them?
     
  16. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    I use RAM Mounts

    Amazon.com: RAM Mounting Systems RAM-B-166-202AU Ram Mount Twist Lock Universal Suction Cup Mount with 1/4-Inch-20 Stud For Camera: Electronics

    They are built for this. I had a similar mounting system previously for Contour cameras but sometimes the suction wasn't that good and it would work its way to vibrating. They do take some time to build trust with, but after a while you'll become more comfortable using them. I hang the Pentax Q on them knowing that a failure is only going to cost me a couple hundred bucks.
     
  17. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    And a Honda Fit EV

    [video=vimeo;66816060]http://vimeo.com/66816060[/video]

    You can really see the Image Stabilization of the Pentax Q working here. If you look in the upper right corner at around 2:20, the camera is really adjusting as the car enters and exits the bend.

    I had a third party lens hood on the LX7 that I think is causing some of the vignetting on the interior shots. But it didn't happen in other shots, so I don't know if the hood was nudged or whether the IS is shifting the sensor to the point that it's causing vignetting.