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Osmo Pocket for Basketball games ?
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Haz (albuquerque NM)
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We record my sons basketball games with my wifes cellphone I was thinking about getting a osmo pocket to take the place of the cellphone for better video. I wanted to know is the view angle wide enough to pickup most of the court ? Is anyone else using the osmo pocket to film sporting events ?

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WebParrot
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Kind of depends on where you sitting, courtside versus nose-bleed section.  I don't see why you couldn't choose seats higher up and simply pan the area of active play.  Hope that makes sense.
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Ray-CubeAce
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I haven't tried basketball but have tried people running around randomly. The tracking works well but be prepared to have to switch the tracking from one person to another quickly or the camera may end up following people not in play. As WebParrot say's, being further away may be an advantage. I think the footage will be more stable than from a phone but more troublesome to track. You may also end up having to connect it to a phone to get a better view of what you are capturing and that will drain the Osmos battery considerably and shortening its record time. Possibly to less than 40 minutes. That means connecting to the phone via one USB port and connecting an external portable power supply to the other Osmo USB port to have enough power to last a complete game. I have similar problems power problems covering local events. Last but not least and I haven't tried this yet, but expect the Osmo Pocket to heat up if running continuously for any length of time. My clips normally last less than a few minutes at a time, even if I then record another sequence a few seconds later.
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Haz (albuquerque NM)
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Thanks all camera works great for filming my sons games . I still use the phone as a screen though as the pockets screen is a little to small.
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txtechnonerd
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I'd be very concerned with lighting. Most gyms I've been to are like camera cancer in terms of consistent lighting from the stands.
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theprisoner6666
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The OP has a focal length equivalent of around 23mm on an APS-C camera (the most common type of budget DSLR), so if you have taken any pictures with this focal length, or know a friend with a DSLR/Mirrorless camera and a lens that can achieve this focal length, then try it out.

Good luck.
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