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Wakeye Mount Vibration

skihardskihard Posts: 563 Crazy Baller
Who owns a Wakeye pylon camera mount? I have one with an iphone mounted nicely to my pylon but the video is very shaky, even n the best calm water.
Were you able to fix it and if so how? Mine is mounted right to the swivel top on my pylon so it moves very easy and well with the rope but the vibration of the boat makes for disappointing videos.

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  • BobFBobF Posts: 162 Baller
    We have found that using the selfie camera on an iPhone works better. On my mount, Android phones are fine, but later iPhones have a lot of shake and jello using the front facing camera.
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 349 Crazy Baller
    lots of good posts in the archives on this issue

    Here’s one
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,398 Mega Baller
    Use iphone 6 or earlier, super cheap to buy on line
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,398 Mega Baller
    Oops 4S I use, works good
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,819 Mega Baller
    I use the iPhone SE and get very good video with Wakeye.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • CarlCarl Posts: 17 Baller
    I noticed a small shake in my videos and found that one of the set screws on the sides were loose. Maybe something to look for.
  • Dacon62Dacon62 Posts: 757 Crazy Baller
    edited October 2019
    Anything you can do to move the phone into calmer air at speed?
    1) Lowering the phone mounting point. May not be possible?
    2) Move the rear view mirror to reduce turbulent air buffeting the phone.
  • Live2skiLive2ski Posts: 28 Baller
    does anyone know if any of the newer iPhones (X onwards) can cope with the vibration when on a pylon mount ? (Need a new phone and would like to do away with the GoPro )
  • WishWish Posts: 8,013 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited December 2019
    iPhone 6s is the last phone in the line that can shoot with the regular camera (not selfi) and be usable if not really good. My understanding is 7 and newer use an anti-shake system that is different. Something to do with magnets. Better for people holding one but not good at all for the high frequency vibrations u get through the pylon. Selfi cam is the only option for now.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • Live2skiLive2ski Posts: 28 Baller
    Thanks @wish, I actually have the 6s and it’s really not good. Was being hopeful that the situation had improved.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,013 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    🤔 mine shoots well. Is the Wakeye adjustable in any way? This is what separates old iPhones from newer. Newer ones 7 and up have optical stabilizers vs software doing the job 6s and lower.

    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • NorthIdahoLPONorthIdahoLPO Posts: 37 Baller
    My iPhone X is horrible on my Wake Eye. Very disappointed... I was contemplating buying a new GoPro with stabilization but at $359 I feel it’s an expensive fix for something the engineers at Wake Eye should have rectified. I saw the stabilization platform ($119) they created, but again, paying extra to fix a weakness in the design? Am I way off base here?
  • BobFBobF Posts: 162 Baller
    My android phone is fine on most mounts, but several friend's later iPhones are terrible using the main camera, due to optical stabilization.

    For what it's worth... There are many videos on the web that show how to use a small magnet to lock down the lens. Seems legit, and can't argue with the results.
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 401 Crazy Baller
    Resurrecting an old thread here. I have installed a Ski-Doc Orbit on my boat and am struggling with the video quality. I’ve tried my iPhone 11 first and it was pretty bad. I grabbed an older Samsung Galaxy S7 Active and had similar results. The Wakeye app is working great, but the shaking is horrible. To get any video worth watching someone in the boat has to Hold the phone, which is really not the point.

    Anyone using an older Android device - what can I try? One the Wakeye app I see no way to try the “selfie” camera in the app. What am I missing?
  • georgertgeorgert Posts: 16 New Baller
    I would say you might consider losing the phone and stepping up to a dedicated video camera with a stabilizing mechanism. I have a Sony CX675, which has a gimbaled lens and an internal electronic system that keeps the lens and image sensor aligned.
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 401 Crazy Baller
    The idea is to use what I have... I like how the Wakeye app does things automatically. Maybe there is no such thing as a free lunch. 😊
  • cmb70cmb70 Posts: 6 Baller
    Ive sold my Wakeye do to the vibrations and iPhone. If you use a different phone it works great, but not for iPhone users.
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,441 Mega Baller
    Posted in another thread too, but any old Android phone without OIS works great.

    Wakeye plus Google Photos plus a decent wifi connection when your boat is parked is magic for videos.

    I use an HTC M8 in my SkiDoc Orbit. You can find this phone on Ebay for 30-50 bucks and it has decent battery life. Sample video.
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 401 Crazy Baller
    edited May 12
    I am trying to use an old Android phone - the Galaxy S7. @UWSkier - I’ll send you an PM.
    Update - the S7 does have OIS, so there is my problem. Guess I’ll see if I can find an older phone somewhere...
  • skihardskihard Posts: 563 Crazy Baller
    I gave up completely with this mounting system. Tried it in 3 different boats and the results were all the same. The vibration in the video makes me feel like I have Parkinson's when watching them. It's sh*t!
    Life's about working hard and then having fun on the water!
    I am - are you?
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