For those who have been reading this blog for any amount of time longer than just this one post, it should come at no surprise to learn that I am more than a little bit obsessed with the notion of running with a camera. Dig through my archives and you’ll find a heap of various experimental adventures that involved both running shoes and photography equipment.
Three and a half years ago I bought myself a GoPro Hero 3 Black which has seen more family-friendly adventure than any little little sports camera truly deserves. In that time I’ve also spent so much on mounts and grips and gear that the price of the camera itself probably has faded into the background blur of the associated expenses.
But then Boston. Super Dave qualified for Boston this year and in eleven days he’ll be standing at the start line with his heart in his throat and a a brand new brad-recommended GoPro Session in his hand. He wanted to take some photos and video of his bucket-list adventure, but he wanted something small. The 1.5 inch cube camera, which is essentially my GoPro three years improved and crammed into a smaller casing, was on his short list. So I did a bit of research to supplement his own, and sure enough he bought one and has been training with it.
The camera is cute, but other than size it isn’t really an upgrade to what I already have. I mean, it was on my own radar, but I wasn’t honed in on getting one any time soon. It was a thought, but not a serious one. Size is cool and all, but for what I was doing — light runs and pegging it to a tree to capture some casual training footage — the Hero 3 Black was small enough.
But then New York. I was suddenly facing down the same problem, but seven months down the road. I want to take some photos and video of my bucket-list adventure, and I’m wanting something small… smaller than the Hero 3 Black. Light. Indiscrete. Permitted under the high-security conditions of big-city race with lots of rules and black helicopters circling above. A camera small enough that, say, I could strap to my arm and wear like a (admittedly big) watch, and whose battery I could trust to endure through the day of intermittent recording in the burbs of the Big Apple.
I’m still debating, but I think I’ve decided. I mean, the recent price drop helps. Also, the fact I’ve been sitting on a gift card for a camera store helps. And the fact that I’ve already got a GoPro wrist strap helps. Oh… and my upcoming scenic relay run through the mountains in about two months definitely helps.
Perhaps my next post on the subject won’t be just speculation…