Skiing and the Video Camera Dilemma

Skiing at Camelback Ski Resort

It was 4:15 pm and the sun was going down. We had just started our run on a quiet trail that headed right into the sunset. The image was beautiful. Gorgeous mountain scenery, great skiing conditions, the wind rustling through my dark gray helmet and yellow-tinted goggles. The air was fresh, clean and cool. The only thing missing was my video camera.

Well, not exactly. You see, I had a choice of cameras to take with me skiing: My Canon T2i dSLR with telephoto lens (55mm-200mm), my Canon Vixia HF S10 video camera or my Blackberry 3mp still camera. I was skiing with my 8 year old and my 12 year old. As any parent knows, skiing with kids is challenging. You have lots of equipment to take including gloves, goggles, helmet, ski pants, boots, hand warmers, balacava (we love our blacava’s to wear under our helmets- they keep our faces and necks warm), water, gum, etc.

CanonT2i

With all that gear, that brings me back to what video/camera gear I could take that’s easy to hold and keep on me, while still holding my ski poles. The dSLR with telephoto lens was OUT of the question, although it would have made for the best still photos. Oh, well. I decided to take my Canon Vixia video camera. It’s small, light and can fit in my breast pocket. However, it’s still on the chunky side for a quick video and going for that instant video shot is tougher than it looks.

My blackberry is with me all the time and is good for a quick informal photo. I love using it to share pictures on Facebook. I did have one alternative…my wife’s little Canon digital camera. It’s tiny. It also takes video. It has a little pouch with a sturdy clip that I could attach to my ski jacket that made borrowing her camera a no-brainer.

Helmet Camera

One last alternative I strongly considered was a “POV” or “Point of view” camera that attaches to my helmet. It takes video of what you see. B&H Camera sells a really cool POV helmet video camera and I honestly debated whether I should get it. Then I realized that I have absolutely no need for it, other than it being a cool little toy.

Here’s a short clip that I took skiing with my kids using my wife’s Canon Powershot 1400. Let me know what you think of the quality of this tiny digital camera.

At the end of our day, on the last run with my son and daughter, I reached the bottom of the slope first, followed by my kids. They whooped for joy since we had such a great day skiing on January 2, the day after New Years. The slopes were empty and the conditions were awesome. My 8 year old high-fived me and said in an anchor-news voice “That’s it for our great day of skiing…I’m Gerry Oginski in the Lawyer’s Video Studio…Thanks for watching!” I couldn’t stop laughing. I only wish I had my video camera at that moment.

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2 Responses to Skiing and the Video Camera Dilemma

  • Robert Brown says:

    You know you should have bought the POV as active as you and you family is you would use it a lot. The video from you wife’s camera is great, I shoot with a Panasonic hxv200. My wife has a little Kodak and sometime her video is as good if not better than mine.

  • You’re right Robert. My wife often chides me that her photos from her small camera are “better” than my dSLR photos. I like to believe mine are still better :-)

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