Cycling holidays are an awesome opportunity to not only experience something different and exciting but also to explore and take in some of the most gorgeous views our planet has to offer.
Vast plains of pure, white snow and monstrous mountains are just a couple of sights you could expect to find on your cycling adventure with Freewheel Holidays.
But given that you will definitely want to capture these sights to reminisce on your once in a lifetime trip, the question that always arises is:
“What’s the best way to record my next cycling holiday?”
It’s a legitimate question. And one with a multitude of answers, dependent on your needs. But it’s a certainty that capturing your memories with a camera is the way to go.
Mobile Phone Cameras
If you are more interested in speed, convenience and ease of use a modern mobile phone camera should serve you well without issue.
Nowadays, these phone cameras even out-perform some of the lower-end digital cameras that are still available on the market and have been a key selling point for mobile phone consumers since the mobile revolution began.
Some phones even boast sharpness the likes of which we wouldn’t have even thought possible a few years ago, with the higher-end phone cameras coming in at a ridiculous number of megapixels!
They’re also very customizable, borrowing traits from some of the more expensive cameras.
But the majority of people choose to use mobile phone cameras for their simple “tap and go” style. Meaning most won’t be interested in the finer technical choices when taking a photo recording a video. They’d rather choose a single setting that solves all these issues for them instantly.
The same goes for filters: Instantly interchangeable filters offering a plethora of different looks, styles and colours, like the ones on Instagram, make phones the go-to cameras for quick-fire photo and video enthusiasts.
In terms of using them on a cycling holiday, it couldn’t be easier to take a beautiful snap or video when you’ve stopped off at a stunning location.
At the other end of the spectrum, there’s always the trusty, more professional DSLR. But again, there are plenty of merits and pitfalls to talk about.
If you’re not in the know, DSLR stands for ‘Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera’ and they are the camera of choice for everybody from amateur photographers to professionals. And just like phones, the more you are willing to spend the better machine you will buy.
Their interchangeability (in terms of lenses and accessories) and their ability to alter the depth of field of a shot have made them a staple in every serious photographer’s arsenal.
The guy you see with a tripod and a camera with a giant lens on the front? Yeah, he’s probably using a DSLR. Or maybe even something more advanced.
A DSLR will definitely capture what you would refer to as a more “professional” looking shot. If the time is taken to set the shot up correctly, it will be deeper, brighter, wider and probably sharper than what your phone will produce. But you lose the convenience factor.
Also, depending on what brilliant activities you’ll be getting up to on your cycling holiday you might not even be able to use a DSLR in the situations in which you want to take photos. They are relatively large, heavy, delicate and not the easiest to use in fast-paced environments.
Having said that, depending on the circumstances, neither is your mobile phone camera.
I mean, would you really want to be pulling out your mobile phone constantly when riding over a snowy mountain? You’d have a fun time trying to navigate that one with thick, insulated gloves wouldn’t you?
Or how about stormy weather conditions? Is it really worth risking severe water damage to your camera? Probably not.
That’s why, in awkward predicaments like these, action cameras come in handy…
Action cameras are small, easy-to-carry cameras that are specifically designed to be mounted to a piece of your clothing or equipment (like a bike helmet) to capture your surroundings in glorious high-definition video.
You might know them better as “GoPros.” Although, GoPro is an action-camera brand all in itself and is not representative of the cameras as a whole.
Known for their revolutionary clarity and shocking size, GoPro quickly launched itself to the top of the action camera market and has remained there ever since.
That’s why, if you’re in the market for an action camera, they are definitely your best bet.
But what does this have to do with photography? GoPros are for video, right? Well, if you find yourself struggling to take a picture like the predicaments we discussed a second ago, a GoPro might just be your saving grace.
By attaching a GoPro to your person or your bike to record all of your movements and views, with a little tech savviness you can look back on the footage and take a snippet of whatever your photo target was! Just be sure to catch the view or image in the GoPro’s field of view when you’re out and about.
Alternatively, some of the more modern GoPros even respond to voice controls, taking a still shot at your command! But that’s a conversation for another time.
Bottom line: Capturing good photo and video content while cycling isn’t as black and white as people would like. Your camera of choice depends entirely on you, your circumstances and what you want it to achieve.
Hopefully, this will serve as a good starting point and give you some useful info. But remember photography and video isn’t just about taking photos. It’s about having fun, too.
Whatever you choose to be your weapon of choice on your next cycling holiday, just make sure you’re happy with your decision.
At Freewheel our cycling holidays give you ample opportunity to take some truly stunning pics to share with all your friends and family. To find out more, click here or call 0161 703 8161 today.