Advances in wearable HD videography have really raised the bar on extreme sports and how they can be watched and filmed. No more 3rd-person-only shots now that you go POV and strap a Go Pro or ContourHD camera on your helmet, handlebars, chest, wrist, surfboard, kayak, etc… My personal favorite use of these is definitely backcountry and big mountain snowboarding and also kayaking. If you’ve ever been waist deep in powder your likely also a fan of these vids. I’m actually considering getting one of these this winter for some trips of my own; they both offer a myriad of accessories and they take some great photos. Plus crazy shit can happen at any time and getting it on film might be pretty awesome.
What I’m really interested in however is applying this technology to UFC and other MMA venues. An upfront view of highlight knock out replays would really be stepping it up from ringside cameras. Can you imagine seeing Anthony Petis’ ninja kick from Herb Dean’s vantage from inside the Octagon? Also after the fact, this would be a great way to judge the actually referee’s performances as their decisions would be closely scrutinized and I believe this could lead to much better reffing. Obviously the main draw back is fighter’s safety, you can’t be jumping on an unconscious fighter and smashing them in the face with the camera strapped to your chest… But as the technology gets better and smaller, I guarantee you will see this type of footage coming to live events, maybe even sports like football, hockey, or baseball where the camera could be integrated into the actual helmet design. Now that’s a reason to stare at the jumbotron!
What’s your favorite use of these cameras? What do you think about UFC and Pro sports using them?