I was so excited and happy when I bought my unipod so I could make videos safely with my camcorder attached to my windshield. Previously, I had been steering with one hand and holding the camcorder in the other – neither a wise nor a safe thing to do, especially while driving at 80 mph (approx. 130 kph). I made this post including a photo of it when I bought it.
I have to admit that it had performed quite well for a long time – but during the past half-year or so it has been misbehaving – sorely testing my normally mild nature! It seems that it no longer wants to stay in a fixed position aimed forward. Instead it insists on gradually leaning forward and down, resulting in a gradual but increasing view of my car’s hood (bonnet). Grrrr…. No matter how tightly I adjust it the adjustment doesn’t last. Maybe the set screw has worn down. And most of the time I am unaware of how badly it has drooped until it becomes obvious that it is aiming down. So, my videos have really suffered.
I guess it is time to consider replacement.
These two videos show how bad the problem has become. In the first, taken shortly after I had arrived on the island of Key West, heading towards my motel, I didn’t notice that the camcorder had leaned so far until I was stopped for a red light just before making a turn towards the motel. As much as 15% of the screen view was taken up by the car’s hood.
Here is a pretty poor video taken on Key West’s famous old town main shopping street – Duval Street. The unipod was definitely misbehaving throughout. Two things of interest in the video are: First – the strange license number of the Chevy truck from Canada that I followed early on. I can’t imagine why anyone would pay extra to have it. – and Second – near the end of the video I was following three bicyclists, two of which in blue polo shirts being police. In front of them was another truck. We stopped for a red light and the police rode around the front of the truck, making a right turn. Immediately, upon them passing, the truck proceeded to cross the intersection while the light was still red.