The average sports camera can be used for a wide array of purposes, from recording extreme sports using a first-person point of view to recording ecological and environmental events that demand a rugged and durable sporting camera.
There are, however, quite a few situations where the humble sports camera can provide surprising and awe-inspiring glimpses into what would otherwise be invisible to the average human being:
Bears And Crocs Munching On Cameras
Ever wonder what it feels like to have a huge animal – say, a massive grizzly bear or a particularly berserk crocodile – chew on your face? Well, two particular action cameras were able to capture shocking footage of these animals clawing, chomping and gnawing on the cameras. The best part: the footage survived.
Take for example a video captured by a certain Todd Tongen in the Florida Everglades. He wanted to take an underwater shot of a 13.5-foot American Crocodile. The croc thought otherwise and proceeded to jam the waterproof camera in its mouth, puncturing the lens and frying the circuits but keeping the footage unharmed.
Then there is the work of a certain Brad Josephs, who planted a sports camera in the ground. A curious grizzly bear eventually dug the action camera up and chowed down on it, leaving quite the marker about the bear’s dental cavities.
Accidentally Videoing UFOs
The many participants of a motocross event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, were too busy to notice a strange dot in the clear sky above their heads. It looked like your average airplane reflecting light off its chassis, except this flying object accelerated, turned, decelerated and reversed in ways no modern aircraft could handle.
That strange event was captured by a small remote sports camera planted on the ground. It was supposed to simply capture upward shots of the bikers landing from a particular hill – and it did that just fine – except it also happened to record something stranger on the skies overhead.
Now imaging your own camera capturing a similar event simply by being pointed up at the sky. The chances of capturing a UFO on film are pretty slim, but one lucky camera in Brazil was able to do just that!
An Exploding Meteor
This particular classic was recorded in 2013 by numerous Russians, with many individuals uploading their own versions of the incident on YouTube. The culprit: a 10 ton, 49-meter wide meteor entering our atmosphere at 33,000 miles per hour.
That little puppy shattered into numerous pieces above our planet, releasing as much energy as a small atom bomb!Numerous dash and sports cameras recorded the event and the resulting aftermath, with more than 3,000 buildings damaged and 1 million square feet of glass blown off their frames.
It wasn’t all gloom and doom though. Some Russians joked around saying the meteor was supposed to land in December 21, 2012 – the end of the Mayan calendar – but that Russia’s postal service which is notorious for its inefficiency.
The typical sports camera comes in many shapes and sizes, from helmet cameras for sports and outdoor enthusiasts to ultra-durable models that can take a lot of punishment and still come out in one piece. Whatever your choice may be, just don’t forget to be creative with your camera.
Who knows? You may be able to capture the next ‘big thing’ if you get lucky enough!