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Old January 17th, 2008, 01:28 PM   #1
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Mounting HC7 inside vehicle?

I apologize if this question has been asked before. I scanned the area dedicated to the HC camcorders and didn't see anything though.

I would like to hear from someone who has mounted a HC7 inside of a vehicle via a suction mount (to windscreen). I would like to know what kind of results I can expect from doing this? I would like to record the road and/or the driver of a vehicle for one of my upcoming projects.

As far as settings go, what should I consider?
1.)Stabilizer on or off?
2.)Filters?
3.)I heard someone mention on this forum that they had issues with Canon HV20 when mounting it inside of a vehicle. I think it had something to do with the auto slow shutter (or is it rolling shutter, not sure) but I am speaking under correction regarding this. If this is correct would it also apply to the HC7?

Any help regarding this would be greatly appreciated
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Old January 17th, 2008, 03:02 PM   #2
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Car shooting with a HC7

Hi, may I suggest maybe try searching around in the Support Your Local Camera section as there are sub sections devoted to different kinds of mountings/supports, shooting from aeroplanes and choppers (and no doubt cars!) that might be of some help. Good luck!
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Old January 17th, 2008, 03:18 PM   #3
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You may have to experiment a bit to see how the stabilizer deals with the motion - generally the HC7 stabilization is much better than that of the HV20.

rolling shutter (I agree with another poster that "sequential shutter" might be a better term). is an issue only with very violent up/down motion from what I've seen (ignoring the "tilt/leaning" issue, which probably won't be picked up by most. If you're off roading, it's probably a problem, otherwise, probably not that big a deal.

Don't know what filters would be needed, unless you are trying to shoot through glass with glare, in which case a polarizer makes sense to reduce glare.

Typically you will need a Wide Angle lens if you're shooting interiors, and a WA will help with smoothing out motion significantly. Just make sure your mount is able to handle the whole weight of the rig.

I tossed a CX7 on the dash of my car out of curiousity - didn't see any major RS or stability issues on a relatively smooth highway, handheld was an entirely different matter as it was hard to hold steady, A mount should absorb some of the vibration and tend to keep the cam in motion sync with the vehicle, so with some experimentation you should be OK!
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Old January 18th, 2008, 11:23 AM   #4
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Thanks Andy and Dave.

I agree Dave, I need to experiment to get to where I want. I am just doing a bit of homework before I start splashing out the cash on the equipment.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 11:43 AM   #5
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I happened to have a rubber sticky pad for my radar detector just sitting there on the dash, tha's how I tested, and with the WA I thought the video looked pretty decent (it was a nighttime shot no less...).
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