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    Barcelona, Spain
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    V8, 18XL, 16X (soon!)

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  1. Hi, I've started going on increasingly long and ambitious rides, through some truly fantastic landscapes, and am also planning on taking advantage of the fact I'm a work-from-home freelancer, and do some extended traveling in my RV (with my wheel, of course), so I think it's time I up my photography game, invest in some decent gear and start preaching the EUC gospel by sharing the amazing places we can tour on our EUCs Sidenote: Sorry for tagging you (and only you), @Marty Backe but you're the first person that came to mind in terms of extensive Insta360 experience & amount of footage produced. Although I'd be very grateful if you could give me your opinion, please don't feel obliged to (If you don't have the time to reply, perhaps you could point me to other users who also use Insta360s and might be able to provide some advice. Thanks!) So, the first piece of gear I'm planning on getting is a DJI Mavic Air. I've done some extensive research and it seems to be the best fit for my particular needs, in terms of size, image quality and overall features. I know it's not at the same level as the Mavic Pro, but it hits the sweet spot for me between portability and overall quality and functions. So my mind is pretty much made up on that one. It's the action camera department where I have doubts. My initial plan was to get a GoPro Hero 7 Black + a gimbal (7 vs 8 because of price) for the overall image quality and excellent stabilization. I'm not overly fond of recording myself, my main stress is on the landscape and where our EUCs can take us, and I know I can get some amazing shots with that combo once I've mastered the gimbal. For group rides it would be particularly awesome, I can already envision some amazing shots, from slow, upward crane movement while chasing other riders, to an array of pans, sweeps, etc., making for very visually appealing footage of group rides. Except for one issue: because of my schedule (working on weekends) and not living near where most group rides take place, most of my riding is done solo ATM, so I can't see a GoPro coming in particularly handy. I could get some cool POV shots and some beautiful footage of the scenery, but those shouldn't be the majority of the content, as having a subject in the image is more visually appealing and gives a better sense of context (and stresses the actual EUC riding). Of course, I could alternate between drone shots and different pans, sweeps & POV shots from the GoPro, but I find it would be a bit limiting for the intended use (especially considering that I can't have the drone tailing behind me in the city). So for the time being, the best option would appear to be the Insta360 One X. For solo rides, it would allow me to get myself in the frame to capture the actual EUC riding experience (and the hypnotic visual appeal of effortlessly carving your way down the road) while keeping the camera far enough from myself so that the surrounding landscape remains the central focus of the video. I also love the invisible floating camera effect, as opposed to the GoPro + (visible) selfie stick combo, which IMHO, directs too much attention to the stick and the rider. I'm also excited about the versatility of capturing in 360 so I can control the camera angle at my leisure in post. My only concern is image quality. I know there'd be no problem with image quality consistency when alternating between Mavic Air and Go Pro Hero 7 Black footage, but I'm concerned this wouldn't be the case with the Insta 360 One X. I've been analyzing tons of different videos, and I get the overall impression that due to the 360 nature of the footage being recorded, quality goes downhill pretty fast when in movement. The quality of video recorded while standing still isn't the same as when walking, and when riding an EUC at 20+ mph, it looks like a lot of detail is lost, so I'm not sure it's the best fit for me (I'm guessing a lot of the loss in detail might have to do with the stabilization). I plan on recording mostly in 1080p, not 4K. Is there a quality difference when recording in 4K vs FHD? Is image quality the same if recorded natively in 1080p vs recording in 4K and downscaling to 1080p? [Edit: after further reading on how the camera works, I now understand that it's 5.7K for the entire 360º sphere, and about 1080p(ish) for flat videos exported]. My main concern is that even if image quality holds up reasonably well for exclusively Insta360 footage, there would be too big an image quality consistency gap to be able to intersperse footage from the DJI Mavic Air. The GoPro Max seems to offer crisper images and more vivid colors, but the stitching isn't as good, nor is the invisible selfie stick, and the workflow seems very time-consuming and much more of a hassle than with the Insta360... Has anyone tried the Insta360 Evo? If so, is their a difference in quality when shooting in 180º mode to produce flat, 2D images, vs. shooting in 360º mode / vs. the Inasta360 One X? Any thoughts or advice? It would be much appreciated! Thanks!
  2. I'm coming from an 18XL and will be receiving my 16X in about 3 weeks. I understand the increased torque means I can expect much better hill climbing capabilities, right? And how about braking and control when going DOWN steep hills? Any better than an 18"?
  3. @2:02 >> "They make soup out of this, it's shit man"
  4. MSX / Nikola: Advertised as 50 km/h, you can safely ride at 50 km/h, and can ride faster than that at your own risk 18L/XL: Advertised as 50 km/h, you can safely ride at 50 km/h. End of story (If you want to ride faster, buy a GW) 16X: Advertised as 50 km/h, you can safely ride at 40 km/h, and can ride at 50 km/h at your own risk
  5. The 16X seems like a complete departure for KS’s usual approach, like they're trying to compete with GW on a level they hadn't until now, but are in unexplored territory and can't quite get it right. I may be wrong, but it seems to me like it all boils down to torque delivery. The folks at KS must be aware that they can't compete with GW in terms of speed (based on their approach to safety), so they want to hold on to the highest possible torque, which is the edge the 16X has over the Nikola, but haven't quite figured out how to keep the high torque without it being dangerous, but aren't willing to place all their chips on safety either for sales reasons. It looks to me like they're walking a line with safety on one side and sales/competition on the other, not willing to fully commit one way or the other. It would certainly explain the evolution of torque delivery from 1st batch release until firmware 1.0.7… It seems to me like the safety assumptions that have always held true for KS, for how they've historically approached safety, aren't the case for the 16X. That must be why one of the local distributors in Barcelona is advertising its max. speed as 45 km/h...
  6. It looks like wheel manufacturers like to go with one extreme or another when it comes to tiltback: GW will give you such a slow, gradual tiltback that you might not realize it's a tiltback and will put in more intent to overpower it, and KS will try to throw you off the wheel....
  7. If you're telling people to google "eclectic unicycle", this is likely what will come up: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Santoro-Eclectic-Cards-Giraffe-Unicycle/dp/B06XY5C438
  8. I can't believe I hadn't noticed this before...
  9. I guess it's all down to use-cases. In this forum, EUC is just 3 letters, and wheel doesn't require any explanations. For the general populace, on the other hand, ewheel is a good term (in line with e-scooter, e-bike, e-skate, etc.). Jason was definitely forward-thinking there! Although in my case, I have to explain it to people in Spanish so I'm still stuck with monociclo eléctrico. Either way, I usually have to give further explanations anyway ("a one-wheeled Segway with no handlebar [Blank stare] Look, your feet go here and...."), plus tons of follow-up questions, so in my particular case, the amount of syllables I use to refer to my wheel would hardly have an impact on the length of the conversation. If I want brevity, I just let them believe it's a motorized electric suitcase...
  10. That makes two of us who have trouble with brevity.... As to English, I really do have to take my hat off for all of you non-native English speakers who go to the effort of contributing to the forum. I don't know if I'd manage if I had to post in French, to name a language I can speak but am not fluent in...
  11. Great, that's exactly what I was looking for!!! Thanks!!! It looks like the same exact one sold be ewheels
  12. I imagine he meant "electric unicycle", not the abbreviated form we use in writing
  13. Specs state max. 3.5A though...I'm looking for something a bit faster (5A)...Thanks, though!
  14. Yeah, my guess would have been that it's a relationship between size and cell coverage, as in more expenditure for installing cell towers to give coverage to a larger area with a more widely distributed population, but all the articles on the subject I've found refer to market factors: few providers and lack of competition (to the point of not even overlapping) https://www.theverge.com/2015/4/1/8321437/maps-show-why-internet-is-more-expensive-us-europe-competition Here in Spain, deregulation brought plenty of competition. I can choose between at least 20 different operators if we included low-cost sister companies. Many of them have no infrastructure of their own, but instead pay larger carriers for the right to use their infrastructure. "Some researchers argue that lower population density in the United States leads to higher prices. But van der Berg doesn’t see it that way. "Population density is an important factor in the cost of broadband, when you compare Hong Kong to Sweden or the USA," van der Berg said in an email. "However just as decisive is the amount of competition or the lack of it." A choice of just two, even three, providers isn’t enough to create a competitive market that will keep a check on prices, said Nicholas Economides, an economics professor at New York University who studies telecommunications. "The only competition that remains is between telephone internet service providers and cable internet service providers — if you have it," Economides said. "That’s the real problem, and that’s why we don’t have enough competition and higher prices."
  15. If you could make your last tour public and share the link, I could take a look at it. But something tells me that if only speed was recorded, that was GPS speed, so the wheel wasn't connected. Are you using the Play Store version of EUC World?
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