Okay, as promised, I am going to give a short review on my first use of the Delkin Fat Gecko Mini Camera Mount. Here is the review:
It was okay. I wasn’t thrilled, but that may be because of my lack of experience taking video from a moving automobile.
I really don’t know how people manage to take moving video without all the camera shake. My camera and lens weigh approximately 2.28lbs. That’s not all that much. Sure, it’s more than most point and shoot cameras, but I still wasn’t expecting all that camera shake. I will tell you one thing…because of my lens, I was forced to hang the camera upside down from the windshield. I couldn’t do the “hanging from the moon roof” thing I mentioned yesterday because it was swinging like a pendulum, especially with the extension arm.
As far as I can tell, the only fix for the shake is to hang the camera upside down from the windshield like I did, but to let the top (bottom) of the camera rest on the dashboard. I’ll provide a photo below of what I’m talking about. That way, the camera is mounted, but not swinging. The car’s suspension smooths things out. This worked out really well, but after watching it for a while I began wondering why I couldn’t simply get a piece of grippy rubber or velcro or something like that and just rest the camera right side up on the dash and drive to my heart’s content.
All in all, I think the product is good. For a heavier camera, you are going to need to use some support because the camera shake isn’t going to simply work itself out. Also, since this is the case, I probably could have gone with something less expensive. I believe I saw some mounts between $10 and $20.
Now, about that hanging the camera from the moon roof…I really want to get this done. I plan on trying again, but this time using some sort of a support for that. When I figure it out, I’ll post it here.
Delkin Fat Gecko Mini Camera Mount in 2008 BMW X5
The videos below are of the supported by the dashboard camera mount. The first few weren’t worth posting.
2008 BMW X5 Driving On Country Road in Connecticut
Driving On Country Road in Connecticut – 2008 BMW X5