Action cameras are a good option for capturing great images even in more demanding conditions, whether it is terrain, weather, or high speed. Compared to smartphones they are better at handling motion blur (which is particularly an issue when cycling) and more resistant to damage.
For Mapillary purposes it’s best to capture images in time-lapse mode, not video, because you save a lot on data volume, reviewing and upload time.
Below you’ll find a quick overview of some of the action cameras we recommend using with Mapillary. Note that imagery from any camera will work, but the cameras listed below typically work better.
- HERO 5 Black
- HERO 6 Black
- HERO 7 Black
- HERO 7 Silver
- FDR-X3000 (supports 4K video for up to 60 minutes)
- HDR-AS300 (supports 4K images at 1 FPS)
Left: GoPro mounted on the car hood. Right: Sony rig mounted on top of the car roof.