The goal of a pylon video mount is to film a skier as smoothly and accurately as possible – hands free. A photographer with some experience and attention to detail will always do a better job. Since you cannot always depend on your boat crew to know the difference between video camera and a ham sandwich, a pylon mounted video mount comes in pretty handy. Also, if you want your observer to watch you ski, you do not want them looking through a camera.
The more accurately the mount tracks the skier, the more the camera can be zoomed in without the skier moving out of the frame at the ball.
To fairly compare the mounts ability to track the skier, I used a camera with zoom fixed at 120 degrees. This is too wide of an angle for skiing analysis but allows for a fair comparison of the mounts. As you will see, each mount delivers relatively consistent results in terms of tracking the skier.
The typical problems with a pylon video mounts is not staying centered on the skier at the ball and excessive camera shake after the ball. Both of the units in the below video handle camera shake extremely well and tracked the skiers consistently. At approximately 4 times the cost, the Wakeye is more accurate at tracking the skier. The Ski-Doc mount is inexpensive, simple and gets the job done. Which mount is best? You will have to decide for yourself.
There are many more feature differences not addressed here. Visit the two web sites for more information http://theskidoc.com/
The first skier is @Rico
shot with the Ski-Doc Camera Mount. The second skier is @CharlieSkiWest
shot with the Wakeye.
NOTE: The numbers on the video do not represent an angle or anything other than a reference point.